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Articles by Paul Raabe

Lutheran Churches charged with Anti-Semitism
August 22, 2016 – 9:32 am | 5 Comments
Lutheran Churches charged with Anti-Semitism

According to JNS News (8/17/2016), Special Envoy to the United Nations Laurie Cardoza-Moore criticized the ELCA’s resolution that the U.S. stop giving military aid to Israel.  She said, “The Lutheran Church’s decision to single out …

Proper 11 • Luke 10:38-42 • July 17, 2016
July 5, 2016 – 8:59 am | No Comment

By Paul R. Raabe
The Gospel lesson appointed for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost is the Mary and Martha account. It illustrates the priority of the word over food. The psalm for that day prays, “Teach …

Do Non-Lutherans Pay Attention to LCMS Theology?
April 12, 2016 – 3:39 pm | 30 Comments
Do Non-Lutherans Pay Attention to LCMS Theology?

…or is it the best kept secret in American Christianity?

Epiphany 4 • Luke 4:31–44 • January 31, 2016
January 19, 2016 – 9:10 am | No Comment

By Paul R. Raabe
This gospel lesson records part of Jesus’s Galilean ministry, after he went down from Nazareth to Capernaum. Here we see Jesus teaching, casting out demons, and healing the sick. It is important when …

Reflections on the state of Biblical Studies
December 14, 2015 – 8:02 am | 2 Comments
Reflections on the state of Biblical Studies

. . . from the SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia (Nov 21-24, 2015).

Easter 3 • 1 John 3:1–7 • April 19, 2015
April 7, 2015 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Paul R. Raabe
During the Easter season the epistle lessons come from 1 John. The epistle lesson appointed for the third Sunday of Easter is 1 John 3:1–7. Here is the helpful translation and lineation given by Bruce …

Lectionary@Lunch Live – 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
December 19, 2014 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

Paul Raabe continues the discussion of the Old Testament pericopies in Advent Year B.

Easter 7 • Acts 1:12–26 • June 1, 2014
May 20, 2014 – 8:30 am | 2 Comments

By Paul R. Raabe
Acts 1:12–26 narrates what the followers of Jesus did after his ascension. They remained in Jerusalem as Jesus had commanded (Acts 1:4). Luke names the eleven disciples and then summarizes that they were together in …

Innocent Suffering: A Lenten Thought
April 7, 2014 – 11:08 am | No Comment
Innocent Suffering: A Lenten Thought

In the piety of Lenten self-reflection, the confession of our sin holds a prominent place. Especially for Lutherans who recognize that, as simul iustus et peccator, our confession of sin is comprehensive. The words of Isaiah 64 …

New Review of Lessing’s Isaiah
February 3, 2014 – 9:15 am | No Comment
New Review of Lessing’s Isaiah

The periodical published by the Institute for Biblical Research, known as “Bulletin for Biblical Research” (23/4, 2013), included a positive review of Reed Lessing’s commentary on Isaiah 40-55. Gary Smith of Bethel Seminary writes:
“Overall, this …