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  1. Rightly distinguishing between law and gospel, as Paul helps us see in 2 Corinthians 3, is, quite literally, a matter of life and death.
  2. Even as he was dying, the heart of God poured itself out for the sake of sinners.
  3. I think the problem with the idea of eternity is that we do not have any direct experience of it, but we encounter enough of its possibility to be unsettling.
  4. All of Scripture, every last syllable of it, is meant to drive us to "consider Jesus," the One who comes to "make us right" by gifting us his righteousness.
  5. This is an excerpt from “The Alien and the Proper: Luther's Two-Fold Righteousness in Controversy, Ministry, and Citizenship,” edited by Robert Kolb (1517 Publishing, 2023). Now available for purchase.
  6. Jesus not only healed her daughter, but he also gave himself to her. Wherever she went from then on, he was with her.
  7. Morons though we all have been, there is nothing we need that Christ hasn’t given us.
  8. This is an excerpt from “The Alien and the Proper: Luther's Two-Fold Righteousness in Controversy, Ministry, and Citizenship,” edited by Robert Kolb (1517 Publishing, 2023).
  9. God gives us the power and authority to proclaim the forgiveness of sins to burdened sinners who entrust us with their pain, guilt, and defeat.
  10. The law had to have its way with the expert to bring him around (and back) to Abraham's response.
  11. The usual acclamation when one becomes King is: “Long live the King!” But this King of kings, this son of David, has come to die.
  12. Maybe, just maybe, our goal for 2023 should not be to live more but to die more.