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Gospel Determinism: A Preview
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Gospel determinism has two elements. 1.  We know the Gospel. 2.  Gospel determines everything. The elements are simple. Together they are total. The Gospel rules all. The elements spawn their implications in two rounds. The first round is their implications about Scripture. The second is their implications for a host … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: How One is Justified before God and Does Good Works
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This entry is part 19 of 19 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XIII. How One is Justified before God, and of Good Works. 1] What I have hitherto and constantly taught concerning this I know not how to change in the least, namely, that by faith, as St. Peter says, we acquire a new and clean heart, and God … Continue reading

Concordia’s Diversity Resource Guide
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Concordia University Wisconsin (and now Ann Arbor) has a Diversity Resource Guide, where students and faculty are encouraged to learn about diversity, as though we aren’t constantly beaten over the head with that kind of thing from infancy through 12th Grade. You can find that page here. I don’t intend … Continue reading

Lent 2020 – Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified – Service Plan
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This year, continuing our effort to bring the catechism part by part to Confessional Lutherans and their congregations we are going to be focusing on the Apostles’ Creed.  Borrowing the language from the Large Catechism we are using the theme of “Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified”.  Authors are working … Continue reading

Flashback

It’s More About the ‘Heart’ Knowledge than it is About the ‘Head’ Knowledge According to St. Louis Sem Magazine, by Pr. Rossow

In this Fall’s edition of “Concordia Seminary,” the magazine of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, it is reported that the professors remind the students that “it’s more about the ‘heart’ knowledge than it is about the ‘head’ knowledge” (p. 21). This … 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

Christ Myth Theory [Jesus is a copy-cat]

This particular claim toward pagan sources for Christianity and Christian Holy Days goes under various names: Jesus Myth Theory, Jesus Mythicism, Mythicism, Copy-cat Theory, and probably other terms. The basic claim is that Christ is a fake: an unoriginal copy-cat … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints’ Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pronounced: Sow-in] which the Christian Church supplanted for the sake of forcing pagans to … Continue reading

Christ Myth Theory: Horus? Born of a Virgin? Not!

One of the many points falsely claimed in Christ Myth Theory about the supposed dependence of Christ upon the legends of Egypt is the claim that Horus was born of a virgin. The claim is utterly false. Egyptian mythology is … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Epiphany – “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”

The Second Sunday after Epiphany   January 16, 2011   “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”   John 2:1-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XII. Of the Church. 1] We do not concede to them that they are the Church, and [in truth] they are not [the Church]; nor will we listen to those things which, under the name of Church, … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Christmas – “Fleeing for Justice”

The Second Sunday after Christmas   January 5, 2014   “Fleeing for Justice”   Matthew 2:13-21   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to … Continue reading

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon – “Christmas from God’s Perspective”

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon   December 24 & 25, 2011   “Christmas from God’s Perspective”   Luke 2:1-14   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   And it came to pass in those days that a decree … Continue reading

The Fourth Sunday in Advent – “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”

The Fourth Sunday in Advent   December 18, 2011   “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”   John 1:19-28   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now this is the testimony of John, when the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XI. Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] To prohibit marriage, and to burden the divine order of priests with perpetual celibacy, they have had neither authority nor right [they have done out of malice, without any honest … Continue reading

Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Barrick, William D., “Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.” (article, 12 pp.) (PDF, and online edition is here). Carson, D. A., Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996). Franzmann, Martin H., The Word … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

UPDATE NOTE: Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography. Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline. Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of … Continue reading

Defending Concordia University System Schools from Ideologies

Introduction This article provides a thumbnail sketch of what Kenneth Minogue calls the “pure theory” of ideology and applies it to destructive ideological mobilization on the campuses of Concordia University System schools. This is the barest introduction, but we have … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary of the Smalcald Articles: Ordination and Call

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article X. Of Ordination and the Call. 1] If the bishops would be true bishops [would rightly discharge their office], and would devote themselves to the Church and the Gospel, it might be granted to them for the … Continue reading