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Sermon: Luke 18 (August 31th, 2014)

The Sermon* for the 12th Sunday after Trinity at Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma, OK.

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*Text versions available at Pastor’s blog.

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Episode 62 – Ezekiel 28:20-30:19

More Ezekiel was discussed, focusing on the judgement of Egypt – for which Pastor got to draw on his experience visiting Egypt years ago. In the Inquisition, Thomas asked Pastor to talk about the Coptic Christians in Egypt, and Pastor asked Thomas what makes a sermon… well: meh.

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Episode 61 – Ezekiel 27:1-28:19

Pastor and Thomas continued through Ezekiel and talked at length about the ancient city of Tyre. In the Inquisition, Thomas asked Pastor to expound on the idea of “sabbath rest”. Then, Pastor asked Thomas for his opinion on how church attendance gets prioritized these days.

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Episode 60 – 5 Stages of Deception

Pastor took a vacation, so Thomas is all alone for this installment, which was on the 5 stages of successful deception. If you’re interested in learning about the initiation and progression of deception, and what that looks like, this is for you. If not, listen anyway – you just might get something out of it (like a nap!).

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Episode 59 – Ezekiel 25:1-26:21

Pastor and Thomas went through Ezekiel chapters 25 and 26, dealing with the judgements God through Ezekiel proclaimed against the nations surrounding Judah. In the Inquisition, Pastor was tasked with talking about the history of the falling of nations and what we should take away from such events. Thomas was asked to discuss the difference between apologetics and polemics.

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Episode 58 – Ezekiel 24:1-27

After an (unannounced) two week hiatus, we knocked out chapter 24 of Ezekiel. In the Inquisition, Thomas asked Pastor about why there is to be solemnity for the death of Ezekiel’s wife and the “death” of Jerusalem when Christ weeps for Lazarus. Pastor asked Thomas about Christian approaches to the “border crisis” and a follow-up discussion on the Corpus being removed from the cross in some Protestant traditions.

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Episode 56 – Ezekiel 23:1-49

We tackled chapter 23 of Ezekiel. In the Inquisition, Thomas was asked about the Sudanese woman (Meriam Ibrahim Ishag) and if she should verbally deny the faith to save her life. Pastor was asked a listener question about the relationship of fear and love.

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Episode 55 – Ezekiel 22:1-31

In this edition we got through chapter 22 of Ezekiel. In the Inquisition, Pastor talked about several hypothetical marriage counseling situations, such as a couple from different denominational or religious backgrounds. Thomas was asked questions about the subject of free will.

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Episode 54 – Ezekiel 21:1-32

We are back in the saddle, continuing forward with the book of Ezekiel.

It was kind of a grab bag of observations on chapter 21, and in the Inquisition Pastor asked Thomas about what category of statements made by Christians online annoys him most, and Thomas asked Pastor about the value of fiction and fantasy.

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Episode 53 – The Church Calendar

In what is hopefully our last episode before getting back to “normal”, Pastor goes through the different seasons of the Church year in a solo program.

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Episode 52 – Public Discourse (why so shrill-ious?)

This was going to be a bonus episode, but things ended up getting in the way of recording, so we decided it would take the place of a regular episode. In it, we sit down in Pastor’s office and talk about whether or not the religious (and political, and pretty much you name it) conversations happening seem to us to be getting more shrill. Pastor voiced an interesting theory for why this might be the case, and Thomas mused over whether this makes us less effective in swaying people’s minds.

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Episode 51 – Dialogue About Dialogue

In this 1/2 length episode (done in this way so that Thomas can enjoy his month post-marriage with little or no Count Joy obligations) we talked about the unhealthy ways theological (and non-theological) discourse can often be approached.

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Episode 50 – Marriage

In this 1/2 length episode (done in this way so that Thomas can enjoy his month post-marriage with little or no Count Joy obligations) we talked about the topic of marriage. The entire episode is spent on the positive teaching of the Bible with regard to marriage, causing Pastor to remark later that he’s surprised that the conversation didn’t turn to “gay” marriage. How could it when we only had half an hour to cover a subject this massive as the Bible’s teaching on the union of men and women in matrimony?

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Episode 49 – Preaching

In this 1/2 length episode (done in this way so that Thomas can enjoy his month post-marriage with little or no Count Joy obligations) we talked about the topic of preaching. We discussed how it’s done, how it should be done, and why it’s important. This has already become one of our favorite episodes!

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Episode 48 – The Culture War

In this 1/2 length episode (done in this way so that Thomas can enjoy his month post-marriage with little or no Count Joy obligations) we talked about the topic of the “culture war:” what it is, and why we are… er… less than enthused about it.

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