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  • "Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/07/2014 5:23:07 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 7, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law (Romans 13:1-10)Do you want to know what you should be doing this week? I can tell you with sure confidence what Gods will is for you this week. Its pretty simple, actually. I can sum it up in one word: Love. Thats right. Love. In terms of how you deal with the people you encounter this week, thats about the size of it: Love them. How can I be so sure of this? Because Gods Word tells me this is so, that this is Gods will for each one of us. Its no...
  • Subday Meditation;Romans 1 ...What God requires, He supplies

    I WILL SERVE No FOREIGN GODSHoly God We Praise Thy Name For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for therein the righteousness of God is revealedRomans 1:16The book of Romans is unique among the epistles in that it isnt polemic, that is it isnt trying to refute any error. Romans is therefore a clear rendering of the Gospel of salvation . Paul calls it the Gospel of God , and takes us from the bankruptcy of Jew and Gentile to the glorification of man and creation, all realised by the gospel. Paul begins with the declaration that...
  • An ancient wreck tells the tale of Romans in France

    03/20/2014 3:03:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    National Geographic ^ | March 20, 2014 | Robert Kunzig
    Published: April 2014Roman Boat Romans in France An ancient wreck tells the tale of Romans in France. By Robert Kunzig Photograph by Rémi Bénali The Romans had a serious trash problem, though by our standards it was good-looking trash. Their problem was amphorae. They needed millions of the curvy clay jars to ship wine, olive oil, and fish sauce around the empire, and often they didn’t recycle their empties. Sometimes they didn’t even bother to pop the cork—it was quicker to saber the neck or the pointy base, drain the thing, then chuck it. In Rome there’s a five-acre,...
  • Love and Hate [Excerpt from commentary on the book of Romans]

    01/24/2014 7:25:29 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    Crossway Publishing ISBN: 1-43350685-8 | 2009 | RC Sproul
    I believe that the greatest ethical issue today is that of abortion. In recent years many have come to see terrorist as more concerning than abortion. I am baffled by that, because more people were killed on September 10 in the womb of U.S. women than were killed on 9/11 in New York City. More babies were slaughtered on September 12 than adults were killed on 9/11. If we had a camera on the womb so that CNN could show us graphic videos of what actually happens in the slaughter of unborn children, abortion would be quickly abolished, but the...
  • Mystery of 39 skulls found at London Wall is solved after 25 years

    01/16/2014 4:32:45 AM PST · by Renfield · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-15-2014 | Amanda Williams
    Skulls discovered within the boundaries of ancient London a quarter of a century ago are now believed to be those of gladiators, brutally killed for the amusement of Roman audiences. The haul of 39 skulls, discovered beneath the site of the Guildhall in the City of London, were discovered in 1988 and were believed to have originated from human remains washed out of burial sites by the Walbrook, one of the areas lost rivers. But now after 25 years in storage, the remains have been re-examined by an historian from the Museum of London, who believes they are the first...
  • Romans 1:17ff A Prophetic Interpretation of Reality for Our Times?

    07/01/2013 4:26:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/30/2013 | Msgr Charles Pope
    Scripture is a prophetic interpretation of reality. That is, it tells us what is really going on from the perspective of the Lord of History. As an inspired text it traces out not only the current of the times, but also the trajectory, the end to which things tend. It is of course important for us to read Scripture with the Church and exercise the care the Church would have us show and, at the end of the day, to submit our understanding to the rule of faith and the context of Sacred Tradition.With those parameters in mind, I would...
  • Unlocking the scrolls of Herculaneum

    12/20/2013 9:11:01 AM PST · by Renfield · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12-19-2013 | Robin Banerji
    For centuries scholars have been hunting for the lost works of ancient Greek and Latin literature. In the Renaissance, books were found in monastic libraries. In the late 19th Century papyrus scrolls were found in the sands of Egypt. But only in Herculaneum in southern Italy has an entire library from the ancient Mediterranean been discovered in situ. On the eve of the catastrophe in 79 AD, Herculaneum was a chic resort town on the Bay of Naples, where many of Rome's top families went to rest and recuperate during the hot Italian summers. It was also a place where...
  • "Hope of the Gentiles" (Advent sermon on Romans 15:4-13)

    12/11/2013 10:29:21 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 11, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Hope of the Gentiles (Romans 15:4-13)In the reading from Romans that we just heard, there are two words that jump out at me. One of those words is found in the first verse of our text, which reads: Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. And this same word that Im thinking of occurs again--twice--in the last verse of our text, as follows: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power...
  • "Light in the Darkness" (Advent sermon on Romans 13:8-14)

    12/04/2013 9:18:17 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 4, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Light in the Darkness (Romans 13:8-14) Advent is a season of light. In fact, you could say that Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany--the whole three-month sequence centered around Christmas--each of these seasons could be called a season of light. Think of it: Youve got the Advent wreath, with its candles for the four Sundays in Advent. Youve got the Christmas tree, of course, with its tradition of being adorned with lights. And at Epiphany we think of the star that led the Wise Men to the Christ Child, and so we put an Epiphany star on top of the Christmas tree....
  • Prove it

    10/26/2013 9:54:35 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 5 replies
    overcoming-lust.com ^ | 10-2 | Jim Vander Spek
    Following Jesus means being transformedchangingprogressively becoming more like Him. Dealing with the sin of lust is a good example of how this works. Anyone who has struggled and failed when it comes to lust and then later enters into victory over it knows what this is like. A fascinating and important byproduct of this transforming process is that it proves Gods will. Whoyou may askare you proving this to?
  • London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls: Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.

    10/05/2013 2:00:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    National Geographic ^ | October 4, 2013 | Roff Smith
    Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possiblyjust possiblybe victims of the famed Queen Boudicca's troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D.
  • Italian archaeologists have grape expectations of their ancient wine

    08/28/2013 12:18:19 PM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-22-2013 | Tom Kington
    Archeologists in Italy have set about making red wine exactly as the ancient Romans did, to see what it tastes like. Based at the University of Catania in Sicily and supported by Italy's national research centre, a team has planted a vineyard near Catania using techniques copied from ancient texts and expects its first vintage within four years. "We are more used to archeological digs but wanted to make society more aware of our work, otherwise we risk being seen as extraterrestrials," said archaeologist Daniele Malfitana. At the group's vineyard, which should produce 70 litres at the first harvest, modern...
  • Archeologists revise image of ancient Celts

    06/17/2013 7:16:28 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 50 replies
    DW ^ | 1-19-2013 | Richard A. Fuchs
    The Celts were long considered a barbaric and violent society. But new findings from a 2,600-year-old grave in Germany suggest the ancient people were much more sophisticated than previously thought. The little Bettelbhl stream on the Danube River was completely unknown, except to local residents. But that changed in the summer of 2010 when a spectacular discovery was made just next to the creek. Not far from the Heuneburg, the site of an early Celtic settlement, researchers stumbled upon the elaborate grave of a Celtic princess. In addition to gold and amber, they found a subterranean burial chamber fitted with...
  • Herculaneum Panoramas

    05/10/2013 6:20:20 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Herculaneum Panoramas ^ | 2001 - 2012 | Herculaneum Conservation Project
    Virtual tour of Herculaneum, documenting the site, and the work of the Herculaneum Conservation Project. Click on the node-markers to view an interactive 360-degree panorama (in a new window). The plan above shows the locations of panoramas made mainly in 2001 (a few are from 1999), where the aim was to provide an overview of the site (as it was then), along with tours of a few selected houses. The menu of houses and other areas at left accesses additional, more recent coverage (including revisits to some houses and other structures) made from 2003 onward.
  • John Piper on Homosexuality

    04/14/2013 2:12:39 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-14-13 | John Piper
    A thoughtful pastors teaching on what the Apostle Paul says about homosexual behavior in his letter to the Romans Homosexuality is the most vivid form of that breakdown. God and man in covenant worship are represented by male and female in covenant sexual union. Therefore, when man turns from God to images of himself, God hands us over to what we have chosen and dramatizes it by male and female turning to images of themselves for sexual union, namely their own sex. Homosexuality is the judgment of God dramatizing the exchange of the glory of God for images of ourselves.
  • Researchers building stronger, greener concrete with biofuel byproducts

    03/14/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 03-14-2013 | Provided by Kansas State University
    Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement," said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral student in civil engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan. "By using these materials we can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete materials." Concrete is made from three major components: portland cement, water and aggregate. The world uses nearly 7 billion cubic meters of concrete a year, making concrete the most-used industrial material after...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Roman toilet paper mistaken for toys

    01/24/2013 1:36:05 PM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1-18-2013
    Ancient artifacts in a British museum have been reclassified as Roman toilet paper. Previously they were displayed as gaming pieces until researchers took another look at them. The artifacts are made of ceramic, and would have been rather - uncomfortable. LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - Dr. Robert Symmons, curator of the Fisbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, has announced that new research indicates the ceramic disks, once identified as gaming pieces, were used as sanitary devices, the ancient equivalent of toilet paper.....
  • Handwringing about homosexuality

    12/10/2012 7:45:16 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 73 replies
    Renew America ^ | Dan Popp
    Christians are sometimes challenged as to why we so strongly oppose the normalization of homosexual behavior. After all, there are worse sins and more imminent threats to national security. Before I begin my answer, as I try to say whenever I write about this topic, the biblical view concerns homosexual acts not homosexual people. The current paradigm that some are "born gay" seems to be less empirical than political. It's a weapon used to stifle discussion by intentionally confusing disapproval of a practice with hatred for a person. But even if people are born attracted to the same...
  • America The Unthankful and Doomed

    11/21/2012 7:40:43 PM PST · by kindred · 29 replies
    The Ignorant Fishermen.com ^ | November 21, 2012 | DJP I.F.
    Well my dear friends... we have arrived at another Thanksgiving Day and we as a nation are more unthankful than ever. It is indeed a sign of the times that we as a nation - founded on moral absolutes and the rule of law - are at a final fatal decline. When millions of Americans receive government befits and many of those have no intention of working or being accountable and are addicted to moral relativism and decadence the jig is up my dear friends. This past 2012 election has showed us that it absolutely pays to be slothful, lazy,...
  • Ancient Romans, Chinese Helped Warm Planet

    10/04/2012 8:25:35 PM PDT · by Milagros · 22 replies
    Newser ^ | Oct. 4, 2012
    Ancient Romans, Chinese Helped Warm Planet ICE SAMPLES REVEAL GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Oct 4, 2012 1:08 AM CDT (NEWSER) Human activity contributed to climate change long before the Industrial Revolution, according to new research. Scientists analyzing ice core samples from Greenland found a spike in emissions of the greenhouse gas methane during a 200-year period around 2,000 years ago, when the ancient Roman and Chinese empires were at their peak, reports the Los Angeles Times. Researchers believe the rise was caused by the widespread use of charcoal as fuel and the burning of...
  • Romans, Han Dynasty were greenhouse gas emitters: study

    10/03/2012 7:20:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/3/12 | Alister Doyle | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A 200-year period covering the heyday of both the Roman Empire and China's Han dynasty saw a big rise in greenhouse gases, according to a study that challenges the U.N. view that man-made climate change only began around 1800. A record of the atmosphere trapped in Greenland's ice found the level of heat-trapping methane rose about 2,000 years ago and stayed at that higher level for about two centuries. Methane was probably released during deforestation to clear land for farming and from the use of charcoal as fuel, for instance to smelt metal to make weapons, lead...
  • Divers discover 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that is so well preserved even the FOOD is intact

    08/09/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 8/9/12 | Mark Prigg
    The ship, a navis oneraria, or merchant vessel, was located at a depth of about 200 feet after a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used to scour the seabed. A search for the shipwreck was launched after local fisherman revealed they kept finding pieces of pottery in their nets. The divers found the wreck so well preserved even the food, still sealed in over 200 pots, is intact.
  • Lead poisoning in Rome: The skeletal evidence

    05/31/2012 5:10:10 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 2-24-2012 | http://www.poweredbyosteons.org/
    A recent article in the online publication io9, The First Artificial Sweetener Poisoned Lots of Romans provided a (very) brief look at some of the uses of lead (Pb) in the Roman world, including the tired old hypothesis that it was rampant lead poisoning that led to the downfall of Rome - along with gonorrhoea, Christianity, slavery, and the kitchen sink. The fact the Romans loved their lead is not in question, with plenty of textual and archaeological sources that inform us of the uses of lead as cosmetics, ballistics, sarcophagi, pipes, jewellery, curse tablets, utensils and cooking pots,...
  • Sacrificial Language in the Book of Romans

    01/01/2012 7:59:25 PM PST · by rzman21 · 20 replies
    Paredwka ^ | Fr. Benjamin Hardu
    To be Prosphora Romans 15:15-16, Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, that I might be a minister [λειτουργόv] of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering [ἱερουργounta] the gospel of God, that the offering [προσφορά] of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. From Strong's Dictionary and Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon: λειτουργός - a public minister, a servant of the state a minister, servant - so of military labourers - of the temple + of one busied with holy things +...
  • Rick Santorum says he'd cast vote for Ron Paul after taking 'a lot of antacid'

    12/28/2011 3:07:08 PM PST · by TBBT · 28 replies · 1+ views
    thehill.com ^ | 12/28/2011 | Alicia M. Cohn
    The Republican candidate said he would "absolutely" vote for Ron Paul if he were the alternative to President Obama. Rick Santorum said Wednesday he would "absolutely" vote for rival Ron Paul if he were the GOP presidential nominee, but admitted he is "nervous" about the possibility. "I'd have to take a lot of antacid when I go into the voting booth and vote for him," Santorum said. The former Pennsylvania senator said ultimately he would vote for Paul in order to have anyone other than President Obama in the White House, with the hope that if Paul won the office,...
  • Rick Santorum Picks Up Two Endorsements in Iowa

    12/19/2011 2:00:04 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/19/2011 | By Shushannah Walshe
    It has been a busy day for the Rick Santorum campaign, which reeled in two endorsements for the former Pennsylvania senator that he can tout on the campaign trail in the last two weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Sioux City talk-show host Sam Clovis is backing Santorum, the first time he has endorsed a candidate in the caucuses. He has a popular conservative radio show on KSCJ, an ABC News affiliate. Clovis said in a statement that his listeners were always asking me who I will be supporting in the upcoming caucuses and its time to take a stand and...
  • Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod

    11/26/2011 3:24:42 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11-25-2011 | Rob Waugh
    The history of one of the world's holiest sites - sacred to both Jews and Muslims - is set to be rewritten, following a surprise discovery in a ritual bath beneath the complex. It proves that the Wall - supposedly built by Herod, the Jewish king who features prominently in the Gospels, was in fact built much later. Newly found coins underneath Jerusalems Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the worlds most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday....
  • Italian Students Storm Milan Goldman Sachs Office (Occupy reaches Europe)

    10/14/2011 8:38:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/14/2011 | Tyler Durden
    While hardly the explanation for why the EURUSD has surged nearly 100 pips in the past 45 minutes on absolutely no news (or, in this bizarro market, explaining it perfectly), and as the market focuses its attention on where the line of angry young protesters is longer: by the New York Stock Exchange or in front of the Apple store, Italians, once again betrayed by their politicians who were bribed by Berlusconi to vote for him in the latest vote of "confidence" (at a price of 250k per vote), have decided to make their feelings for financial innovation, and its...
  • How do homosexuals who profess Christianity .........

    09/10/2011 8:10:42 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 94 replies
    ...... reconcile themselves to Romans 1? Rom 1:18-32 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness....24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature......27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS, 09-06-11

    09/06/2011 9:13:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-06-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS Written by St. Paul at Corinth about A.D. 58, when he was about to leave for Jerusalem at the end of his third missionary journey. He was on his way to Rome. It is the only Pauline letter addressed to a church that the apostle had not personally founded, preparing the people for his visit to them. He dwells on the justification of humankind through faith in Jesus Christ, the sinfulness of the world, the meaning and fruits of justification, what faith is, and that its fruits are humility, obedience, unity, and...
  • "How God Uses His Law in Our Lives" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10)

    09/03/2011 1:59:03 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | September 4, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    How God Uses His Law in Our Lives (Romans 13:1-10)Our text today is the Epistle, from Romans 13, and our topic is How God Uses His Law in Our Lives. And he does. God uses his law in several ways in our lives, all ultimately for our good. Traditionally we talk about three uses of the law, and our text today especially deals with two of those three, what we commonly call the First Use of the Law and the Third Use of the Law. Oh, we wont forget about the Second Use. And St. Paul hasnt either; its just...
  • "Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ" (Sermon on Romans 12:9-21)

    08/27/2011 4:16:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 28, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Genuine Love: Instructions Connected to Our Life Together in Christ (Romans 12:9-21)In 1927, a writer by the name of Max Ehrmann wrote a poem called Desiderata. Desiderata means the things desired. You may have heard of this poem. It begins like this: Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. And the poem goes on like that. And on. And on. For example: Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. . . . Be yourself....
  • "What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?" (Sermon on Romans 11:33 12:8)

    08/20/2011 10:18:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies · 3+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 21, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything? (Romans 11:33 12:8)Some of you probably remember the old advertising slogan, What do you give the man who has everything? Youd hear it during the Christmas shopping season, or maybe coming up on Fathers Day, when you were out looking for just the right gift for that special man in your life, your father, your husband, maybe your pastor. The idea was, the fellow youre shopping for is sitting at home in his recliner, wearing his bathrobe and smoking his pipe--hes a successful man whos made it, hes got everything...
  • "The Particularity of God's Mercy for All" (Sermon on Romans 11)

    08/13/2011 8:34:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | August 14, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Particularity of Gods Mercy for All (Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32)The question of Jews and Gentiles is not a big deal for us today. Most all of us here are Gentiles, I think, that is, non-Jews. The Christian church around the world is almost entirely made up of people who are not ethnically Jewish. For that matter, the world itself--there are just not that many Jews to go around. So the question of Jews and Gentiles is not at the forefront of our consciousness, and naturally so. We do not normally think in those terms. However, the question of Jews...
  • "If God Is for Us" (Sermon on Romans 8:28-39)

    07/23/2011 6:30:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 16 replies · 2+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    If God Is for Us (Romans 8:28-39)If God is for us, who can be against us? Well, indeed, if God is for us, then it really wouldnt matter who is against us, would it? I mean, who could be greater and more powerful than God? No one. By definition, no one or no thing can be more powerful than God; otherwise, that person or thing would be God. If God is for us, who can be against us? But that question then raises another question, one that could be a little ominous, depending on the answer: Is God for us?...
  • "The Glory That Is to Be Revealed" (Sermon on Romans 8:18-27)

    07/16/2011 4:37:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 17, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Glory That Is to Be Revealed (Romans 8:18-27)Today we continue in Romans 8. Last week we heard that we have received The Spirit of Adoption as Sons, that is, that God has changed our status from slaves to sons, that he has given us the Holy Spirit, so that we would know this, and that we have an inheritance waiting for us in the future, which gives us hope even now. So continuing on from that point, today St. Paul tells us more about the inheritance to come, what it is we are waiting for. And so our theme...
  • "The Spirit of Adoption as Sons" (Sermon on Romans 8:12-17)

    07/09/2011 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 10, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Spirit of Adoption as Sons (Romans 8:12-17)Romans 8 is one of the great chapters of the Bible. It is certainly one of the most familiar and best-loved chapters in the Bible. So many memorable passages in Romans 8! The chapter opens with the great assurance, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. It goes on to say, We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. And it closes with the great crescendo, In all these things we are...
  • Roman-era shipwreck reveals ancient medical secrets

    07/09/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 09 Jul 2011 | Nick Squires
    A first-aid kit found on a 2,000-year-old shipwreck has provided a remarkable insight into the medicines concocted by ancient physicians to cure sailors of dysentery and other ailments. A wooden chest discovered on board the vessel contained pills made of ground-up vegetables, herbs and plants such as celery, onions, carrots, cabbage, alfalfa and chestnuts all ingredients referred to in classical medical texts. The tablets, which were so well sealed that they miraculously survived being under water for more than two millennia, also contain extracts of parsley, nasturtium, radish, yarrow and hibiscus. They were found in 136 tin-lined wooden vials...
  • "The Battle Within" (Sermon on Romans 7:14-25a)

    07/02/2011 12:37:21 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 3, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Battle Within (Romans 7:14-25a)Its not easy being a Christian. First of all, its not easy being just about anybody these days. The economy is in the tank, people are running themselves ragged, trying to keep their mortgages from going under. All of our wonder drugs are keeping us alive longer, so we get to enjoy many more years of . . . going to the doctor, and aches and pains, and prescriptions and pills. Life isnt easy, even if youre not a Christian. But then theres a whole new set of problems that come with being a Christian. To...
  • "God Wants to Kill You" (Sermon on Romans 7:1-13)

    06/25/2011 6:28:12 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 15 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 26, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    God Wants to Kill You (Romans 7:1-13)God wants to kill you. God wants you dead. Does that shock you, my friends? Well, let me put it this way: God has to kill you! God has to kill you, in order to make you alive. Thats the point of our Epistle reading today from Romans 7, and thus our theme this morning: God Wants to Kill You. What in the world are you talking about, Henrickson? God wants to kill you? That doesnt sound very nice. Its not. In fact, in can be very painful. But its the most loving thing...
  • Iran's Nukes: Apocalypse Soon?

    06/08/2011 5:28:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2011 | Staff
    Terror: Iran is speeding up its nuclear materials production and moving it underground amid reports that the regime is eight weeks from atomic bomb capability. Doomsday, anyone? Tehran announced Wednesday that it will triple its production of high-grade uranium and relocate enrichment operations underground. This comes just days after the Rand Corp. determined that the Islamofascist government is less than two months from being able to build a nuclear explosive, and that only an occupation force not just airstrikes can stop it. On Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his demand that Israel go away. "As long as...
  • "United with Him in a Resurrection Like His" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Romans 6:1-11)

    04/23/2011 4:12:46 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 24, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    United with Him in a Resurrection Like His (Romans 6:1-11)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Indeed! And Christs resurrection has great implications for our life now--and our life forever. Both of these are brought our in our text for today, from Romans chapter 6, reading as follows: What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We...
  • "We Have Now Received Reconciliation" (Sermon for Good Friday, Tenebrae Vespers, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 3:38:44 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    We Have Now Received Reconciliation (Romans 5:6-11)Our text this evening is the same as it was earlier today, a portion of Romans 5. At noon, under the theme Christ Died for the Ungodly, we focused on these verses: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Now tonight we continue on from that point: Since, therefore,...
  • "Christ Died for the Ungodly" (Sermon for Good Friday, Chief Service, on Romans 5:6-11)

    04/22/2011 8:59:31 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Christ Died for the Ungodly (Romans 5:6-11)Christ Died for the Ungodly. What an awesome, profound statement that is! The words come from Romans, the fifth chapter, reading as follows: For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die--but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Christ died for the ungodly. Every term here has great meaning. Lets start with the term, the ungodly. That...
  • "Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon for Maundy Thursday, on Romans 13 and John 13)

    04/21/2011 11:27:50 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 21, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law (Romans 13; John 13)In Romans 13 we read: Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet, and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law. In other words, if you positively love...
  • "The Root of Jesse Will Come" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on Romans 15:4-13)

    04/16/2011 8:29:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 17, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Root of Jesse Will Come (Romans 15:4-13)On Palm Sunday the crowds welcomed Jesus as he entered Jerusalem, hailing him as their king: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! Great excitement! Great joy! Cloaks and palm branches spread in front of him, a welcome fit for a king! Here was the one they had been waiting for. Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold your king is coming to you. This was the Son of David they were welcoming, the long-promised Messiah, who would deliver...
  • "Present Yourselves to God" (Sermon on Romans 6:12-23)

    04/13/2011 2:37:22 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 13, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Present Yourselves to God (Romans 6:12-23)Under New Ownership. Have you ever seen that sign on a storefront? It means that the business has been bought out by a new owner, that the old owner is no longer in charge. And the new owner may have a different way that he wants to run the business. Things will be different now, perhaps vastly different. Under New Ownership. Hey, that sign could be placed on you! For you have come under new ownership. Ever since your baptism, you have belonged to a new owner--to God, who purchased and won you with the...
  • "The Spirit Is Life" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Romans 8:1-11)

    04/09/2011 9:44:13 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 10, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Spirit Is Life (Romans 8:1-11)When you became a Christian, what happened? That is to say, when you were joined to Jesus in Holy Baptism and given the gift of saving faith, what changed for you? Well, we can say that God the Father took you as his own dear child. We can say that all your sins were washed away on account of Christ. But something else happened as well. You were given the gift of the Holy Spirit, to dwell in you. And thats something special. Thats something to rejoice in. Because, as our text today tells us,...
  • "The Promise to Abraham and His Offspring" (Sermon on Romans 4:13-25)

    04/06/2011 2:47:45 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 6, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Promise to Abraham and His Offspring (Romans 4:13-25)There is a monster on the loose. Tonight I want to warn you about this monster. It is dangerous. It could kill you. No, it is not big and hairy. It does not have sharp claws and teeth. But it is a monster nonetheless, a deadly one. And it especially likes to attack Christians. The monster Im talking about is the monster of uncertainty. Thats a term that Luther came up with, the monster of uncertainty, for he himself had been subject to its attacks for many years. But our text tonight,...