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“The LORD is not divided, not composite, not partly here and partly there, partly this and partly that, partly now and partly then”

I have begun a slow read of Paul Griffith’s dogmatic reflections on the last things—Decreation. After only a chapter or two I realized that I had before me a book of intellectual depth and speculative power. Griffiths wears his scholarship … Continue reading

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“Moses saw Christ even from the Virgin’s womb drawing the Church to himself, and the Church in the water of baptism drawing Christ to herself”

In his mysterious plans the Father had destined a bride for his only Son and presented her to him under the guise of prophetic images. Moses appeared and with deft hand sketched a picture of bridegroom and bride but immediately … Continue reading

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Mysteries and Problems

“Mysteries can never be solved. The deeper you enter into a mystery, the deeper the mystery itself gets. Nor can you think your way out of a mystery, because to do so is to reduce the mystery to the standing … Continue reading

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“To what place are we to follow Christ if not where he has already gone?”

When the Lord tells us in the Gospel that anyone who wants to be his follower must renounce himself, the injunction seems harsh; we think he is imposing a burden on us. But an order is no burden when it … Continue reading

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“For through the cross the nations were caught as in a net and the seeds of faith are sown everywhere”

The cross is raised and appears above the earth, which until recently malice had kept hidden. It is raised, not to receive glory (for with Christ nailed to it what greater glory could it have?) but to give glory to … Continue reading

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Johannes Brenz on the Real Presence of Christ in the Supper

The First Sermon: On the Substance of the Supper To begin with, therefore, we will consider the words with which the Evangelists and Paul describe Christ’s Supper, so that we may explain what the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is. … Continue reading

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“God has done all his good works and done them well for our sake, knowing that we take pleasure in goodness”

Just as the divine law says that when God created the world “he saw all that he had made and it was very good,” so the Gospel, speaking of our redemption and re-creation, affirms: “He has done all things well. … Continue reading

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