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Simon Chan makes the following provocative point:

“The Word proclaimed is truly the Word of God.  As the Second Helvetic Confession (1566) puts it, ‘The preaching of the word of God is the word of God.’ This is the closest that Protestants get to a doctrine of transubstantiation.  Human words do ‘become’ God’s Word in the event of preaching…If this is so, why is it so difficult to believe that created things like bread and wine could ‘become’ the body and blood of Christ in the event of the eucharistic celebration…?  Preaching and eucharistic celebration share the same logical function.  Could not the traditional doctrine of transubstantiation be understood in a similar way?”  

And as one of my seminary professors and well known radio personality ends his sermons and talks, “Now you think about that.”

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Simon Chan writes:

“To pray is to turn away from oneself and to be fully attentive to the Other… Initiation into the Christian community means that ‘I’ can longer be the center.  The world no longer revolves around me… Rather, my life revolves around a new Center, Christ, who holds me along with other believers in a relationship that is to be determined solely by him.  In short, ‘I’ must see myself as a member of the body of Christ, functioning as his hand, foot, eye or other part (cf. 1 Cor. 12).” (Liturgical Theology, 114-15)

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Wisdom from Country Music…

From Billy Currington’s song People Are Crazy:

“God is great.  Beer is good.  People are crazy.”

Sounds like a good sermon title.

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Thomas Woods writes, 

“‘Stimulus” packages that encourage both private nonproductive consumption and public nonproductive consumption (i.e., federal spending) will only intensify the present crisis and hollow out the economy’s productive capacity still further.  And on top of that, they seek to strengthen the economy by the obviously paradoxical means of building roads and bridges funded by more debt – like a homeowner who decides to solve his debt problem by borrowing more money to remodel his house.  It makes no sense, so it’s no surprise that our leaders favor it.” (Meltdown, 147)

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Listening to a sermon can sometimes be a dull and even passive event.  Read what the Westminster Larger Catechism says is the duty of those who come under the preaching of the Word:

“It is required of those that hear the word preached, that they attend upon it with diligence, preparation, and prayer; examine what they hear by the scriptures; receive the truth with faith, love, meekness, and readiness of mind, as the word of God; meditate, and confer of it; hide it in their hearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives.”

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Marva Dawn in A Royal “Waste” of Time writes:

This is one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible, this promise in verse 18: the more we look at God, the more we become like God.  We are transformed into the same image, Paul says, from degree of glory to another.  Oh, the wonder of it all!

It is very much like marriage or deep friendship.  People who are together a lot pick up each other’s mannerisms, their language habits, their likes and dislikes.  Isn’t it astonishing that this happens between us and God?  What an overwhelming Joy this is: the more we look at Jesus, the more we become like him!  The more you dwell in God’s presence, the more you shine.  Let us take this seriously in the days to come: Jesus shines through you–in the word and for it.

This is the greatest wonder of all: we are transformed from one degree of glory to another.  As we grow in faith, God’s community becomes more and more reflective of God’s splendor.  The more we worship together, the more we pray together, the more we study together, the more we can be the people that God has called us to be.” (118 )

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Calvin on Prayer

In his commentary on Psalm 10, John Calvin writes:

“It should always be observed, that the use of praying is, that  God may be the witness of all our affections; not that they would otherwise be hidden from him, but when we pour out our hearts before him, our cares are hereby greatly lightened, and our confidence of obtaining our requests increases.”

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