The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.
Wednesdays Romans 1-5 in Greek

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Responses to First Greek Lesson

People wrote immediately after the first New Testament Greek class. I am taking this slowly because I know everyone needs to absorb a lot. I remember those days, even though it was 50 years ago. I was a slow starter.

Note this - Little Ichabod was a whiz at St. John in Latin. When we were done, he could read and translate a chapter at a time, no notes - fast - and he got even faster. When we repeated in Greek, it was slogging away, just like the first days in Latin.

Tough slogging in the Slough of Despond

Pliable: Then said Pliable, Ah! neighbor Christian, where are you now?
Christian: Truly, said Christian, I do not know.
Pliable: At that Pliable began to be offended, and angrily said to his fellow, Is this the happiness you have told me all this while of? If we have such ill speed at our first setting out, what may we expect between this and our Journey's end?

Do not be like the character who fell into the Slough of Despond in Pilgrim's Progress. "If this is how the journey begins, how will it end?" He went back to the City of Destruction.

'This miry Slough is such a place as cannot be mended; it is the descent whither the scum and filth that attends conviction for sin doth continually run, and therefore is it called the Slough of Despond: for still as the sinner is awakened about his lost condition, there ariseth in his soul many fears, and doubts, and discouraging apprehensions, which all of them get together, and settle in this place; and this is the reason of the badness of this ground.'[1]

Not everyone wants to do this, and that is perfectly understandable. Do I want oboe, skiing, or voice lessons? No.

Two approaches really help in immersion training:

  1. Speak the words out loud until reading them smoothly is natural, no longer like the piano student chopping at the keys instead of playing them.
  2. Spend a lot of time matching Greek words to their English derivatives or equivalents.
Some Greek Words You Already Know - More or Less - From English
Catherine - pure
Margaret - pearl
Peter - rock
Stephen - crown
Greg - watchman
Aspirin - yes that is found in 1 Thessalonians

 Westcott and Hort worked  hard to destroy Christian
trust in the text and the truth of God's Word.

Knowing some Greek is the key to understanding
these frauds and the damage their deceptions continue
via the New NIV.