There are two important things to glean from these few verses in Matthew. One is about Jesus retracing the steps of the children of Israel, doing correctly what everyone before Him did incorrectly. The second is in regard to the death of the innocents by Herod. How can we make sense of this tragedy, that … Continue reading Podcast: Matthew 2:11-18–The Death of Innocents
We all know the story of Jesus' birth and the Wise Men. But there are some interesting contrasts and important questions that Matthew 2 brings up that might not have come to your mind before. Listen in to hear a fresh perspective on this familiar text. https://oembed.libsyn.com/embed?item_id=16528637
My neighbor and his wife want to be faithful Christians, but find their disposition very negative toward people wearing masks during the Covid pandemic. They asked for my help. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The “name of the Lord” is an abbreviation for all there is … Continue reading Wearing masks during the pandemic
Today I noticed something particular about one of the taunts thrown at Jesus during His crucifixion: “He has been and remains honest about dependence on God. Let Him save Him now if He wants” (Matt. 27:43). (Sidenote: “wants” here is the one that means wanting something no matter what, as referenced in podcast 35.) Those … Continue reading Now!
Professor, how does the green V model deal with horrendous historical acts done in the red pyramid model? One of my biggest challenges with Christianity as a whole is the way it was used to justify slavery and forced on people, in particular Black and Latino people. I know that these acts are not to … Continue reading Q&A: Dealing with Atrocities?
Given God's active love in the world and in His people, how is it possible for two Lutherans to be so at odds that they don't even know how to talk to each other without at least one, if not both persons getting really upset and/or uncomfortable? The answer to this question begins with an … Continue reading Q&A: Lutherans At Odds?
I have a friend who's a big Rob Bell, Liturgists, deconstruction guy. He just raised the thought that Jesus may have been speaking about hell parabolically/rhetorically to convince his Jewish audience his message was important enough to act upon. Or something like that. How would you respond? This is an important question, especially for … Continue reading Q&A: Hell Deconstructed?
Dr. Eschelbach ministered at Christ Lutheran Church Rancho Palos Verdes last Sunday, focusing on Genesis 3 for the first week of Lent. Watch the Bible study: Watch the sermon: Click here to download the scripture readings and notes.
This week's sermon focuses on the human desire to cheat vs. Jesus upholding the law in its fullness. Click here to download the sermon texts and outline. The Bible class worked on what it meant for Paul to say, "I desired to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
Sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWUL_YFS4c4&w=956&h=538 Click to download sermon notes: Presentation of Jesus RPV Feb 2 2020 Bible Study: Click to download Bible study slides: Blessed Happy Joy + gospel icebert in 4 slides.pptx Full Service: