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A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
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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 pretenders present holy worship to God to gain audience and … Continue reading

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Spirit and the Flesh”
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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 fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
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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 Christ and soothed by the oil of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Good Samaritan
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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 see the things you see;  for I tell you that … Continue reading

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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

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

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: 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

9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Yours truly was the guest on the “Studio A” radio program on KFUO, AM 850, on Monday, October 25, to discuss “What Holds Lutheranism Together.” You can listen to the interview below. The 25-minute segment runs from about the 29:00 … Continue reading

Why Christians Make the Sign of the Holy Cross (and a word on genuflection)

In The Small Catechism, Martin Luther encouraged Christians to retain the practice of making the sign of the cross. The Missouri Synod, following Luther’s advice, has encouraged Christians to continue making the sign of the cross, notably at a number of places during … Continue reading

Some Quotes for Discussion of AC XIV

Here are some quotes when considering AC XIV: XIV Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called.     “…it is with those who are … 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

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

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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Baptism

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article V. Of Baptism. 1] Baptism is nothing else than the Word of God in the water, commanded by His institution, or, as Paul says, a washing in the Word; as also Augustine says: Let the Word come … Continue reading

A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod holds a synod-wide convention every three years. The convention receives reports, elects leaders, votes on proposed resolutions, worships, hears essays, receives greetings, gives recognitions, and brings people together in both formal and informal social … Continue reading

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

Why does Jesus tell us to “Beware of false prophets?” These “ravenous wolves,” regardless of their pious appearance and stated intent, are destructive to souls and enemies of salvation.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD EIGHTH … Continue reading

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – “Beware of False Prophets”

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity   July 26, 2015   “Beware of False Prophets”   Matthew 7:15-23   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but … Continue reading

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

Whether four thousand gathered in a desolate place, or a few hundred (or even two or three) gathered around Jesus to hear Him speak, His Word provides plenty of bread to go around.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     A READING … Continue reading