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Are You A Christian In New York City (NYC)?

Do you live in New York City or know someone who does? If so: Are you Lutheran and: Believe the Augsburg Confession accurately describes the teaching of Scripture? And/or: Are you from another Christian tradition and: Believe the Holy Scriptures are God’s preserved and eternal Word? Read the Bible. Believe we are justified by grace through faith when we believe that Jesus Christ suffered and died for our sins and was raised from the dead, and even now sits at the right hand of God?

God's People Are Everywhere

Yesterday on the plane home I noticed the man next to me reading what appeared to be a large print New Testament in Korean. The leather binding, india paper and chapter numbers in red all seemed very Bible-like. Reaching into my backpack I pulled out my travel Bible (This one), first pointing to it, and then to the book the man was reading. His face brightened, and for the next half hour we enjoyed the sweet fellowship of those who believe the gospel.

The Difference Between Reformed Calvinism and Lutheranism

Seems to me that the Reformed emphasis tends to be to look from God down to man, while the (Book of Concord) Lutheran position is to look from our perspective upward, always emphasizing the Scriptures over our own surmisings. The Achilles heel of Lutheranism is Justification by Faith. Once Lutherans turn away from this, the whole system breaks down into cowardly universalism (like UOJ) or antinomianism. The Reformed problem at root is the separation of the Holy Spirit from the Word, and the emphasis on election.

Statement of Faith

Perhaps you’ve found it difficult to find a comfortable place in the visible church. Think of this site as an ongoing resource and source of encouragement. I’m here as a brother in Christ to support you in your faith. We don’t become acceptable to God because we are members of a church, but rather because we have personal belief in the saving work (the atonement) of the Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf.

Why I Unsubscribed From My Friend's Blog

Over the last year I’ve steadily stopped following political and economics blogs. The trajectory to a world ruled by the scientific elites clicks on towards an expected end. Table of Contents The land of Reds and blues This demoralized people Christian, stranger That spiritual kingdom Dear Mitchell (name changed), You asked why I unsubscribed after reading your messages for so long. Over the last year I’ve steadily stopped following political and economics blogs.

Social Isolation and the Christian

Christians aren’t supposed to have emotional problems. But some of us do. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are just as fallen as other people, though forgiveness (Psalm 103:12) makes hope possible. Even so, reconciliation with God the Father does not always eliminate the suffering which marks this side of eternity. Pretending otherwise is not wise. Especially for Christians who struggle with social anxiety or are socially isolated for other reasons.

The loss of a gay friend

It’s a terrible thing to lose a friend, and especially when there is nothing we can do to remedy the situation. Sometimes we have to lovingly let people go. During the twenty years I was living as a non-Christian my friends were all unbelievers. I still treasure the relationships I made then, though many have drifted away and others have chosen to break the ties. Here’s a message I received from someone I’d known and loved for 15 years:

Photographs and memories [Video]

I’m neither a picture-taker nor -saver. I’ve always preferred the moment. But I returned home Thursday night with a bag of framed images. And I’m so glad that I did. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away. – James 4.14 This past week marked another death in my family. This one broke the last thread connecting me to the town where I was born.

Why I stopped reading tarot cards

Tarot was an important part of my life for almost 20 years. I studied it, wrote about it, performed countless readings, and was considered knowledgeable by experts. Here’s why I stopped. Table of Contents What is tarot Tarot is efficacious What happens in a tarot reading Fortune-telling and now-telling A kind of dependency What is divination How tarot readers believe it works Betrayal of trust The Long Con Yes, tarot divination really is evil The spirit behind the cards hates you Divination separates you from the divine Why I no longer read tarot cards Matt writes, Alec, could you tell me why you took down your tarot site?

Letter to my dying aunt

Today when I visited you in the hospital, it took all my courage to say, You need to ask God to help you. But I didn’t go far enough. What I wanted to say is written in this letter. Please have one of the nurses read it to you. If at all possible, I will return shortly and read it to you myself. My dear Sandy, The shock of seeing you on that narrow bed unnerved me.