What issues are most important to Lutherans in the upcoming election? How do the candidates and parties stand on these issues, and how does that compare to the LCMS stance? Moderator Kip Allen discusses these issues with Rev. Chris Thoma, senior pastor of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland, Michigan.
‘The great mystery of Ephesians 6 is that God bestows his own armor on his people. The medium of the great gift is first Jesus Christ, God’s Champion, who is depicted by the OT and the NT as clothed in the same armor as YHWH, wielding his ferocious long sword against his people’s enemies (Is 11:4–5; 59:16–17; Rev 1:13–16; 19:11–15). But Ephesians takes this one step farther by arguing that, since the Christian is mystically “in Christ,” this armor is bestowed on everyone baptized into him.’
Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 748). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.
For years, I’ve been working on the assumption that I cannot use a cell phone. I can’t swipe or pinch or twiddle
various thingies. After seeing what people post, I didn’t particularly think I was missing out on much.
Then… I discovered the awful truth! I WAS WRONG!
There is a device called TECLA.
Tecla lets you use a single switch (on off) to use a cell phone or tablet. Granted, you don’t have to go THAT bare-bones. You can use as many as four switches or a joystick.
Today, I discovered the camera. (Yes, I knew it was there before. I had even taken pictures. I just realized how much fun this was!) Here is an intentional selfie. I deleted the unintentional ones.
I double-dog-dare you to come up with a caption for this one. Better yet, make up a story about where I am!
The order to “stand” that pervades Ephesians 6:11–14 does not imply that Christian soldiers are given a special tactic by which they are able to defend themselves, but rather teaches them that the battle is the Lord’s. They are to stand back and watch him win the victory for them (cf. הִֽתְיַצְב֗וּ, “stand firm!” in Ex 14:13 in the context of Ex 14:13–14, 30–31; and הִתְיַצְּב֣וּ עִמְד֡וּ, “stand firm! stand!” in 2 Chr 20:17).
Winger, T. M. (2015). Ephesians. (D. O. Wenthe & C. P. Giese, Eds.) (p. 703). Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.