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Does faith really mean faith, or did James redefine it?
This week's prayers and Scripture readings
To emphasize the catholic nature of the Lutheran Reformation, Hermann Sasse was quoted in the sixteenth-century section on August 12, 2006. His quote at the top of the main page was added a week later. Augustine quote added August 22, 2006.

Added July 12-13, 2006

Brief comments on the just-released OPC committee report on justification were incorporated into the introduction of this essay on the original meaning of "justification by faith alone." A scholarly work on "the new perspective on Paul" was added to the off-site list of recommended books, now accessible from the left side bar. Many of them are available from Concordia Publishing House. The introductory paragraph was changed on July 15 to better represent the theology of the cross.

Added May 8, 2006

The Athanasian Creed was added to summarize the one true faith. To point out the non-Protestant nature of the Lutheran reformation of the catholic church, the sixteenth-century section was modified on July 4, 2006.

Added from June 2005 to March 2006

Blog archives

Added December 22, 2005

Why we decided to join the Lutheran Church: The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches the true gospel

Added November 5, 2005

The presentation of the good news was clarified and corrected by making a sharper distinction between law and gospel.

Added October 29, 2005

Promising the forgiveness of God: The first Protestant confessions of the sacraments

Added October 3, 2005

The Lutheran, Zwinglian, Radical, and Counter Reformations

Added August 29, 2005

Three footnotes to clarify and correct "What does it mean to seek the kingdom of God? Matthew 6:33 and Luke 12:31 in the contexts of the Sermon on the Mount and the Lucan parables."

Added July 1, 2005 (LYNX2LYNX)

Links to pages of monergistic Lutheran links
Links to pages of monergistic Reformed links

Added June 1, 2005

A blog was set up to facilitate responses to this web site and related articles. The first two articles (and the TULIP table added on 6/4/05) may generate dialogue between Reformed and Lutheran believers. The registration requirement for leaving a comment was dropped on June 2, 2005.

Added May 2, 2005

The Gospel according to Luther. References to the following Christ-centered exposition were added to the pages on seeking the kingdom, the covenants, the Lord's prayer, and the Lord's Supper:
David P. Scaer, The Sermon on the Mount: The Church's First Statement of the Gospel, 2000, Concordia Publishing House.

Added April 2, 2005

Do Christians really know Jesus is God's Son, or do they accept it without warrant?
The sacrament pages now have more information on Lutheran interpretations.
Three Lutheran sites were added to the above search engine on April 13, 2005.

Added March 14, 2005

How to make the Christian hope attractive to those who do not yet share it

Added March 4, 2005

A believer's assurance of hope should be as strong as the reliability of God's promises. Related addendum to the exposition on seeking the kingdom was added on March 5, 2005.

Added February 26, 2005

Two quotations of Mark's Gospel provide strong motivation to pray in faith. References to the Westminster Standards, Bunyan, and Hagner supplement the exposition on seeking the kingdom of God.

Added February 19, 2005

The new search feature finds quick results for this web site and similar sites, including those of three members of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council. The OT/NT button enables searching the Scriptures for words or for phrases enclosed in "quotation marks," but does not effectively search by reference. Safety feature added February 21, 2005.

Added February 4, 2005

What effect did the kingdom's dawning have on the use of the Torah, God's law?

Added January 4, 2005

Jesus' compassion and novel teaching flowed from his perception that the final kingdom of God was breaking into time, according to a concise book by P. F. M. Zahl.

Added December 19, 2004

Advent, Christmas, and other days of the Christian calendar help the "kingdom of priests" celebrate the greatest events of salvation history, when God powerfully exerted his reign.

Added September 16, 2004

Summary and Vos book reference for the exposition on seeking God's kingdom
In teaching his disciples to seek the kingdom of God, Jesus instructed them to trust their heavenly Father to not only freely give them what they needed most, forgiveness of sins and deliverance from the evil one, but also to meet their earthly needs.
(reference to Future Grace added on September 22, 2004)

Added August 29, 2004

More detail was added to the the description of three views of the Genesis creation week, and their acceptability in leading conservative denominations was noted.
(discussion of extra-biblical considerations and reference to P&R book added on December 2, 2004; remarks on "intelligent design" added on December 18, 2004)

Added August 28, 2004

Letters to the editor (requirements relaxed on September 11, 2004)
The site was also moved to a new server, so links and bookmarks to specific pages require updating.

Added July 17, 2004

Baptism as a benediction for all citizens of the kingdom of God
Baptism is not a profession of faith to be forgotten, but is a visible presentation of the good news, helping believers serve God and others. This is related to an incident in which Jesus' own disciples angered him.

Added May 22, 2004 (slide show added May 29, 2004)

What it means to take up the cross
The church is the light of the world with the mission to proclaim to the world the good news of the reign of God, but is she "missional" in the sense of existing for the world?

Added January 17, 2004

The neglected channel of Christ's life
Baptism and the Lord's Supper sustain saving faith

Added January 1, 2004

Covenants: God's reign for the good of his people
Prayer in the Spirit: a foretaste of the coming realm

Added December 13, 2001 (or shortly thereafter)

Original version of the essay on seeking the kingdom of God

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Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Dawning Realm proclaims the good news of the kingdom as confessed at Caesarea Philippi, Nicaea, and Augsburg.
This cross symbol, when appearing to the left of a topic, designates a category in Theology of the Cross, a directory of Lutheran articles.
Last modified: July 13, 2016 11:46 PM
Author information. David Bickel confesses the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the Augsburg Confession, and the other documents of the Book of Concord because they faithfully summarize the sacred writings of the prophets and apostles. As a layman, he lacks the call needed to publicly teach in the church. | professional web page

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