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You Are Doing It Wrong

A little more social science… It is utterly impossible for a congregation of several hundred or more to worship together without squelching the blessings and opportunities of the majority of people there. I have run into this time and time … Continue reading

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Self-Reliance Requires Faith

Self-reliance on the human level does not conflict with faith in Christ. It takes a lot of faith to be self-reliant. The issue is that we know we cannot all be self-reliant in the same ways. Thus, we form a … Continue reading

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Theology and Practice: Justice

The Law of God, expressed in His Covenants, is the measure of justice. The fundamental question is: Who has been offended? When one has answered this question, all other issues have already been decided. Once we as children of His … Continue reading

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Office and Vocation in the Local Church

Thus, we come to the point where we understand that both pastors and elders teach Biblical Law. Pastors (AKA New Testament priests) emphasize the mysticism angle in their ritual leadership. Elders emphasize the practice of the Covenant. They work together … Continue reading

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Option Not Available

In a virtual parish like ours, most of you don’t notice it, but we have plenty of folks hanging around who really don’t belong. If this were an actual church meeting together in some facility in meat space, you would … Continue reading

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The Apostles Were Not Perfect

There are three primary reasons why this Covenant of Radix Fidem cannot rest on my work alone. 1. The distance we must travel is too great for a single generation. It’s hard to fathom just how very far we are … Continue reading

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Pulling Back the Hedge

Most of you are probably familiar with the parabolic image of the hedge (Isaiah 5:4-6). It’s a figure of speech for moral covering, a part of what elders and priests offer to those they serve. It requires a good understanding … Continue reading

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Covenant Book: 09 Implications

If you understand these things, you would hardly be surprised at what characterizes our behavior under this covenant. We prefer natural settings for worship. At the same time, we as individuals tend to worship privately all day every day. It’s … Continue reading

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Wiggle Those Fingers

Good things come to those that wait, Not to those who hesitate… (a line from “More Power To Ya” by Petra) How do you build on ancient ruins? You build with living stones. On the one hand, much of what … Continue reading

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A Spoonfull of Crow

I have to confess I didn’t do it right, and I regret my mistake. The other day my wife and I were at Walmart. A rather large older man approached me. In his hand was visible one of those cheap … Continue reading

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