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Jin O Jeong

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The Issue of Homosexuality and the Church: Misconceptions and Truth

Opinion

On June 26, 2015, the United States became the twenty-first, and most populous country to legalize same-sex marriage, as result of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. Now, the issue of homosexuality has become a war without guns in the US. Furthermore, considering America’s influence in the international community, the Supreme Court’s decision for the same-sex marriage will most likely influence other country in various ways.READ MORE

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Father’s Day: Luther as Son and Father

Opinion

In Korea, we celebrate Parents Day on May 8th every year, but Americans celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day separately. Generally, in the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of every June. The first Father's Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, a Civil War veteran, William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children.READ MORE

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The Way of the Cross X: Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis X

Opinion

In earlier thesis, Luther rebutted the scholastic tradition that good works done by an unbeliever (without Christ) are said to be dead in the sense that (being without grace) they are not meritorious, but still they were not such as to be mortal, that is, deserving of eternal condemnation. For Luther, the scholastic tradition made us surrender the fear of God.READ MORE

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The Way of the Cross IX: Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis IX

Opinion

As we have shown before, Theses 7 and 8 have insisted that works done without fear of God by either the righteous or unrighteous are mortal sins, but theologians of glory are always looking for loopholes and arguing the leg off an iron pot. They raise the following questions; What is one to say of woks that are genuinely good but done by nonbelievers, that is, works “without Christ”? Whether every act of an Unbeliever is a mortal sin?READ MORE

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Sermon: The Food and Drink that Satisfies Eternally

Opinion

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. A Japanese writer, trying to write a critical analysis on the history of world culture, came to an interesting conclusion. He says that if we are to compare world culture, civilization and reality to what we drink, there is a ‘Coffee Culture’ and ‘Tea Culture.’ READ MORE

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The Way of the Cross VIII: Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis VIII

Opinion

Thesis 8 is the contrapuntal comparison with the previous thesis 7. While thesis 7 dealt with the works of the righteous, thesis 8 discusses human works; works done by, and in the pure confidence of “natural power” alone. In other words, if works done by the righteous without fear of God are deadly sins, more so are those deeds done in the confidence of "natural power." What Luther continues to stress in Theses 7 and 8 is the issue of the fear of God.READ MORE

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'Jesus Care': the Ultimate Healthcare, Free of Charge

Opinion

Grace to you and peace, from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. In many respects, there seems to be obvious differences between Korea and America. One of these differences is the price of healthcare. It is a well-known fact that the hospital bills in America are some of the most expensive in the world. Recently, one of our church members, who does not have health insurance, had to have an endoscopy and blood test done.READ MORE

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The Way of the Cross VII: Heidelberg Disputation, Thesis VII

Opinion

Luther, in Thesis 7, introduces a new note that the works done by the righteous, in grace, are deadly sins when there is no fear of God. It looks to be a shocking proposition for Christians. If so, who is the righteous and when then are the works of the righteous mortal sin? To understand this thesis, we have to know what the medieval penitential practice is. As I mentioned earlier in Thesis 2, the scholastic theologians in Middle Age, including Thomas Aquinas, in spite of Adam’s corruption, the innate understanding of the good has its source in an uncorrupted state or condition of human nature. READ MORE

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The Dispute of Islam and the Rise of the Islamic State

Opinion

Lately, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant Islamic group that just recently decapitated two Japanese hostages, a freelance journalist Kenji Goto and security contractor Haruna Yukawa, caught the attention of the world. Why does Islam continue have internal disputes amongst itself, and why does ISIS continue to kill innocent people in the name of Islam?READ MORE

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