Category: Table Talk

December 14, 2016

True Joy and Peace

by Mathew Block “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people…’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,…

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October 7, 2016

Why I am a Lutheran

by Mathew Block Why am I a Lutheran? It’s about the Gospel. It’s about a God, looking with love on a broken creation—looking at sinful humanity and knowing they can’t save themselves. So He steps down, takes their weakness, their sin upon Himself and suffers…

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August 15, 2016

Blind Men Seeking the Light

A blind friend once shared with me the story of what it was like to go blind. She suffered from macular degeneration—a condition where you lose the ability to see in the centre of your visual field. Consequently, my friend kept some peripheral vision, but…

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June 28, 2016

When I Doubt

by Mathew Block The thought arises unbidden and unwelcome. Maybe it comes on quickly. Maybe it comes on slowly—so slowly, in fact, that you never even suspect it’s coming, until one day you wake up and there it is in the back of your mind….

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June 20, 2016

Ashamed of the Gospel

by Mathew Block It’s easy to become discouraged these days as Christians living in Canada. The legalization of euthanasia, attempts to ban graduates of a certain Christian university from entering the legal profession, and ever increasing hostility to public expressions of faith are all evidence…

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May 12, 2016

The Martyrs: Esch and Voes

by Mathew Block On July 1, 1523, two Augustinian monks were burned at the stake in Brussels. Their crime? They were Lutheran. A year earlier, in 1522, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes and the other monks at the Monastery in Antwerp had declared their adherence…

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April 13, 2016

Prepared for Good Works

by Mathew Block Faith transforms lives. The Scriptures tell us that those who believe in Jesus Christ begin to live differently. Those who have been given the Holy Spirit are empowered by Him to begin to live a new life, to strive to follow God…

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February 9, 2016

Rebelling against the Father

by Mathew Block In the days leading up to His crucifixion, Jesus makes a particularly angry speech against the religious leaders in Jerusalem (Matthew 23:1-39). There Jesus condemns the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the Law, pronouncing “Seven Woes” and condemning these men…

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December 9, 2015

A Promised Peace

by Mathew Block For several weeks leading up to Christmas, the Church commemorates a season called Advent. The word comes from a variant of the Latin word for “to come,” and refers to the prophesied coming of Christ. Consequently, in Advent Christians do two things:…

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October 16, 2015

Old News?

by Mathew Block “Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favour and that their sins are forgiven for…

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