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Articles by Andrew Bartelt

Matthew 18 and “in statu confessionis”
September 11, 2014 – 10:07 am | 13 Comments
Matthew 18 and “in statu confessionis”

Thinking about the collegiality (or lack thereof) among the church’s pastors….

Lent 5 • Ezekiel 37:1–14 • April 6, 2014
March 25, 2014 – 10:00 am | One Comment

By Andrew H. Bartelt
On this Sunday before Passion Week, both Ezekiel 37 and John 11 (the gospel reading) anticipate Easter; even if not there yet we know where we are headed.
Within the context of Ezekiel, the …

These Are the Generations
February 26, 2014 – 4:59 pm | 3 Comments
These Are the Generations

Thinking about today’s ministry after installing a new pastor.

Reflections on Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church
February 3, 2014 – 9:40 am | 9 Comments
Reflections on Becoming a Multi-Ethnic Church

The Multi-Ethnic Symposium just concluded (January 27-28) reminds us of the changing mission environment in which the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seeks to be, as confessional Lutherans, a faithful witness to the visible church on earth.  Whether …

Reflections on “Listening to the Word,” Part 1
November 12, 2013 – 8:42 am | No Comment
Reflections on “Listening to the Word,” Part 1

We don’t need to be – and really can’t afford to be — independent islands, working only in our own contexts, cultures, and circles.

Proper 24 • 2 Timothy 3:14–4:5 • October 20, 2013
October 8, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Andrew Bartelt
Exegetical Comments
The past two weeks have heard the apostle encourage the “next generation” (1:2) to carry on and carry out the gift of God “delegated” to him (1:6) as one of Paul’s dearest …

The King Is Not Dead!
February 14, 2013 – 10:00 am | One Comment
The King Is Not Dead!

A sermon on Isaiah 6 in conjunction with the Winter 2013 CONCORDIA JOURNAL.

Epiphany 3 • 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a • January 27, 2013
January 15, 2013 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Andrew H. Bartelt
Exegetical Issues
The central point is clear: the unity of the corporate body of Christ, made up of diverse parts with different functions, all working for the common good. This is integral to …

What’s In A Preposition: The Call
May 1, 2012 – 8:30 am | No Comment
What’s In A Preposition: The Call

A time to leave

Easter 5 • Acts 8:26–40 • May 6, 2012
February 29, 2012 – 7:00 am | No Comment

By Andrew Bartelt
Textual Notes
Verse 26: The pericope is framed by the actions of “messenger of the Lord” (v. 26) and the “spirit of the Lord” (v. 39). The “mal’ak yhwh” emphasizes the special presence and …