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Striving for Heavenly Things: An Example of Luther’s Preaching on Sanctification
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In a previous post, I described how Dr. Luther recognized St. Paul’s pattern of teaching good works and virtues after the preaching of the Gospel (Christians Teach Morals). Most often he connected the good works that result from faith with a Christian’s various vocations in life.  Certainly, the assigned biblical … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – Notes on various writings of Forde
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Reviewing Forde

Editor’s Note: The following comes from Pastor Joseph Abrahamson of the ELS.  He is the well-known author our Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies series.  He has been assigned a paper that will require him to research Gerhard Forde’s works.  He is providing these as his notes from which he … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
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This entry is part 76 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found in … Continue reading

Open Communion: Strange to God
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Strangeness of Open Communion

Open Communion—the practice of communing those confessing something contrary to the Bible—is strange to God and His Word. God’s Word is clear: It teaches us who should and shouldn’t commune. Before we learn this, however, we first need to remember what the Lord’s Supper is. It’s what Jesus says it … 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

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

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

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

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 75 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 74 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

The Battle Belongs to the Lord, not to the Statistics

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

We rightly call ourselves the Church Militant. As long as we live in this world we fight against the devil, world, and sinful nature. So what, right now, does the Church need in order to succeed against these enemies? There’s … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 73 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me;     the … Continue reading