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Two Kinds of Righteousness

by Martin Luther

Brethren, “have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of god, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped” [Phil. 2:5-6] 

[1] There are two kinds of Christian righteousness, just as man’s sin is of two kinds. The first is alien righteousness, that is the righteousness of another, instilled from without. This is the righteousness of Christ by which he justifies though faith, as it is written in I Cor. 1:30: “whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” In John 11:25-26, Christ himself states: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me…..shall never die.” Later he adds in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” This righteousness, then, is given to men in baptism and whenever they are truly repentant. Therefore a man can with confidence boast in Christ and say: “Mine are Christ’s living, doing, and speaking, his suffering and dying, mine as much as if I had lived, done, spoken, suffered, and died as he did.” Just as a bridegroom possesses all that is his bride’s and she all that is his—for the two have all things in common because they are one flesh[Gen. 2:24]—so Christ and the church are one spirit [Eph. 5:29-32]. Thus the blessed God and Father of mercies has, according to Peter, granted to us very great and precious gifts in Christ [II Pet. 1:4]. Paul writes in II Cor. 1:3; “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”  Continue reading

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Memorial Day

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.

The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns. Continue reading

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I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

— C.S. Lewis

Choosing and Ordering Standardized Tests

We are getting to the end of the year and I am starting to think about this. There are a lot of choices out there and I got a little overwhelmed when I first started looking, but I found this on the HSLDA website. It is a good resource so I thought I would put it out there for anyone else that might need it. It briefly explains the differences between most of the major tests out there. You can get the pdf here.

I think I have narrowed our choices down to the CAT (the 1970 version) offered by Christian Liberty and the SAT10, as both are offered for online (which means you get your results almost immediately) and both are accepted by our state (NC). If anyone has any experience with either of these I would love to hear about it in the comments. Or, if you don’t use either of these, what do you use and why? Continue reading

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Private school teacher cites “White Privilege” as reason for Common core in NH

Here’s a defense of Common Core that we haven’t heard before: American schools need the nationalized learning standards so minority students can learn to read as well as white students. In other words, supporting the experimental learning standards is a matter of social justice. Continue reading

What would life be like without a cell phone?

What do you suppose life would be like if you’d never gotten hooked on that oh-so-handy electronic tether? I’m considering finding out. My current contract ends today and I am considering ending my service altogether. I’ve noticed, or allowed myself to admit, that my phone is always in my hand. It comes between me and other people. It gets in the way of me just being in a moment because I’m trying to “capture” it with my phone. I’m constantly checking to see if anyone has responded to posts on Twitter, or Facebook, or Instagram. And email! Oh, the email. At one point I had a Blackberry, so I have been trained to treat email as a compulsion.

But what if all of that just went away? Is life really better with the screen constantly calling for my attention? The Internet, through our phones and devices, is one giant siren call grabbing our attention and stealing it from us. I feel like we are being trained to be inattentive to those around us, to the task at hand, to the road ahead. Is this really an acceptable way of life? Continue reading