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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Law and the Gospel”
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The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 30, 2018   “The Law and the Gospel”   Matthew 22:34-46   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.  Then one of them, a lawyer, asked … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
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 Each of our Scripture lessons today speaks against placing our self and our names, personal needs and reputations above those of our neighbor. Given the fact that our dear Lord has given us His name in Holy Baptism, and with it has promised upon His reputation to defend us and … Continue reading

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity – “Sabbath Keeping”
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The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity   October 12, 2014   “Sabbath Keeping”   Luke 14:1-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity
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Just as Christ raised the son of the widow of Nain to go home and help his mother, and she to love her son all the more than before his death, so too does our Lord raise us up out of the death of sin to live a new life … Continue reading

Flashback

Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?

During my past 9 years of pastoral ministry the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education: Why Lutheran Schools and Why Lutheran Teachers?

Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … Continue reading

Concordia University Plan for the Future? A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud.  It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.).  He stated that student … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Saturnalia

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? The Roman celebration discussed in this article is the multi-day festival of Saturnalia. The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early … Continue reading

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

LCMS prof calls maleness of Jesus/pastors “inconsequential” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I came across an interesting blog article written by Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyperson serving as a professor at Valparaiso University. The article is called “The Being of Adam, the New Adam, and the Ontology of Pastors.” In it, … Continue reading

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity – “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 16, 2018   “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”   Luke 7:14-15   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Feast Of St. Michael & All Angels Sunday

Never forget, dear Christians, as the Baptized, you are children of God and, thus, you are of those little ones with your very own angels, who while keeping guard over you in the kingdom of heaven, “always see the face … Continue reading

St. Michael and All Angels Day – “Guardian Angels”

St. Michael and All Angels Day   October 4, 2009   “Guardian Angels”   Matthew 18:10-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

What is this faith of the tenth leper by which Jesus says he was saved, not merely cleansed as He says of the other nine? It is right worship of sinners humbly bowing to beg God’s blessed gifts, while religious … Continue reading

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Spirit and the Flesh”

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 1, 2018   “The Spirit and the Flesh”   Galatians 5:16-24   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

We are, each of us, like the priest and the Levite who pass by the man dying on the road. It is not until we have our own wounds of guilt for our sin bound up by the forgiveness of … Continue reading

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Good Samaritan

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2018   The Good Samaritan   Luke 10:23-37   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Keys

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VII. Of the Keys. 1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are … Continue reading

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity – “God’s Word and our Confession”

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2012   “God’s Word and our Confession”   Mark 7:31-37   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Faith boasts not of itself, but is always seeking the mercy of God for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiven in Christ Jesus, faith and the good works it produces boast always and only of Him.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Jesus did not tolerate the misuse of His Father’s house and drove out those who robbed His people in the name of worship. Neither do we tolerate the misuse of His Word, but drive out every teaching and practice that … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar. 1] Of the Sacrament of the Altar we hold that bread and wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ, and are given and received not … Continue reading