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  1. Michael says:

    Beginning tomorrow, we will have a new study every Sunday through the book of Hebrews.
    This study is written and facilitated by our own MLD.
    I asked him to do so and he graciously accepted and I’m quite grateful that he did.

    I asked him to do this for us because I wanted a specifically Lutheran view in these studies.

    Because Lutheran doctrine is crystal clear about the distinction between law and grace and this distinction has become so blurred in evangelicalism as to distort many other doctrines.

    The other reason is that Lutherans understand the doctrine of grace…and I want this doctrine front and center.

    I look forward to interacting with his studies and your input…

  2. Thank you Micheal – so that no one thinks of me as too holy, I just want you to know I spend my Saturday mornings going through this web site. It is great fun. Seriously

  3. Jim says:

    Looking forward to it.

  4. The Dude says:

    Looking forward to it…..

  5. Michael says:

    I forgot to mention one thing.
    MLD is an example of what I hope for everyone who ever reads here.
    He knows why he believes what he believes and he’s a very capable theologian for his tradition.
    That’s my goal for all of us regardless of tradition.

  6. Michael says:

    I didn’t know Matty Alou was dead…see, I’ve learned something already. 🙂

  7. Erunner says:

    I am looking forward to this.

    I’ve run into MLD here a few times!! 🙂

  8. Erunner says:

    For some reason I recall Matty Alou using a huge bat. Takes me back…

  9. Michael says:

    Lovely vacation… 🙂

  10. Xenia says:

    I too appreciate MLD’s knowledge and understanding of Lutheranism.

    Here’s something interesting: Whenever myself (or any other Orthodox Christian) takes one of those “What denomination do you belong to?” online quizzes, we (I) always come up 100 percent Orthodox but number two, in the high 90’s, is always Lutheranism. This caused me to believe that Orthodoxy and Lutheranism had a lot in common.

    However, after reading MLD here for several years, I realized most similarities (apart from the basics) are superficial. We both adhere to the Creed (mostly- not entirely), observe the a liturgical calendar, keep the sacraments, etc,. but I have realized over the years that the very core of our theologies are quite different.

    So, God bless MLD and may you all enjoy and benefit from his teachings but out of respect for MLD and Michael and lack of enthusiasm for the topic, I will not be participating. Please don’t view this as pouting or irritation, it is neither.

    May it be blessed.

  11. Xenia says:

    Frankly, I have more in common with Pentecostalism than Lutheranism, I have come to see.

  12. Michael says:


    I expect that I will push back on some things as I am very much a Calvinist.
    Sharing different traditional perspectives is healthy, in my opinion.

    You’re welcome to share the Orthodox perspective as well.

  13. Xenia says:

    I think it’s healthy, too, but I could get so sucked into this discussion that I would find myself neglecting my studies and I already have two papers due so I can’t allow myself to get sidetracked!

    Besides, I would just be repeating my “Mom in the kitchen baking cookies with the kids” analogy.

  14. Xenia,
    I find that all Christians agree on 80 – 90% of all things Christian. Probably half of the differences are over words, such as “real presence” where Catholics, Lutherans and the
    Reformed all claim it (a thing we have in common) but something that we each place a different meaning (something that divides).

    In general, I find comfort in hanging with folks of any denomination or grouping who don’t see God as mad at us any longer and those who have given up trying to contribute to salvation – all parts, justification or sanctification (and I get really upset with those who are trying to contribute to their own glorification) 😉

    But hey, before it’s over, I’ll suck you in to the study. I would hope you would join in and show where the Orthodox may differ – I am sure the evangelicals will 🙂

  15. Michael says:


    I hope she gets involved too…because between the two of us it’s going to get real Protestant around here. 🙂

  16. Xenia says:

    MLD, oh, you know me. I probably won’t be able to resist.

  17. Hebrews is a book that does give me the advantage. It’s like 99.9% about God’s grace authored by a person so concerned about people’s welfare that he is almost crawling over broken glass to get their attention and to keep them from going back to a system of satisfying God’s wrath and “working” with God to stay saved.

    There, I slipped in a bit of introduction. 🙂

    I would actually be surprised that the Orthodox view could be that much different on Hebrews. Perhaps I should search for some MP3 teaching from Orthodox.

  18. Xenia says:

    MLD, well, I wasn’t talking about the book of Hebrews in particular.

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  20. Em says:

    Hebrews? i thot 1Petr was the book of the month…
    will TRY not to muddy the teaching with inane commenting, tho 🙂

  21. Pineapple Head says:

    I’m starting a message series in 1 Peter come September. Calling it Standing Firm in a Wobbly World.” I think a few folks will be surprised – some even annoyed – by learning what God prescribes when things seem to out of control.

  22. Michael says:


    With T being on summer break and my ongoing issues, I can’t keep up…I just wrapped up tomorrows study for my own church.

    When things settle down , I really want to get back to it.

  23. Em says:

    Michael, you and yours stay in my prayers

  24. Nonnie says:

    MIchael, enjoy the summer with T. You will never get it back.

  25. brian says:

    That might be something to read I remember going through Hebrews when I first became a Christian,

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