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O Sacred Head Now Wounded: Luther’s Devotion to the Passion of Christ
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Many Lutherans sing the beloved hymn, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, (LSB 450) during Lent and especially on Good Friday.  Paul Gerhardt wrote the German hymn, O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden, upon which this hymn is based in the 17th century.  Johann Sebastian Bach later incorporated elements of this … Continue reading

Holy Thursday: The Will and Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord … Continue reading

Easter Sunday Sermon – “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”
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Easter Sunday Sermon   April 1, 2018   “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”   Mark 16:2-6   Click here to audio of this sermon.   Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  And they … Continue reading

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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

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows’ Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

On All Hallows’ Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints’ Church. The regular bulletin board for such … 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

Parallels of Pornography and “Praise” Music

Warning: this post contains sexually explicit material Pornography is wicked. So is the sinful flesh, which is why porn sells. One source reported a “conservative estimate” of U.S. pornography revenues around $8 billion in 2012. Pornography is just as damnable a sin … Continue reading

The Call Process Primer

Calling a new pastor is a great and glorious occasion.  It can however be a hard time as well.  Your congregation is going through a lot of things after losing its pastor.  There is grief in many situations at his … 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

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: 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

Easter Sunday Sermon – “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”

Easter Sunday Sermon   April 1, 2018   “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”   Mark 16:2-6   Click here to audio of this sermon.   Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Church Authority

This entry is part 29 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVIII: Of Ecclesiastical Power. 1] There has been great controversy concerning the Power of Bishops, in which some have awkwardly confounded the power of the Church 2] and the power of the sword. And from this confusion very great … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Eighth through Tenth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 1 Kings 21:1-29. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Every one of the Ten Commandments protects a gift that God has given, as we’ve been … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Sixth and Seventh Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 11:1-27. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sixth and Seventh Commandments protect gifts of God. The Sixth Commandment protects the gift of … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Monastic Vows

This entry is part 28 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVII: Of Monastic Vows. 1] What is taught on our part concerning Monastic Vows, will be better understood if it be remembered what has been the state of the monasteries, and how many things were daily done in those … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Fourth and Fifth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 15:1-14. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Fourth Commandment concerns God’s authority on earth. Through father and mother God rules households. Through … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Second and Third Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church in North Liberty, IA on 1 Kings 18:20-40. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Second and Third Commandments flow from the First. In the First … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Distinction of Meats

This entry is part 27 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVI: Of the Distinction of Meats. 1] It has been the general persuasion, not of the people alone, but also of those teaching in the churches, that making Distinctions of Meats, and like traditions of men, are works profitable … Continue reading

Philip Melanchthon’s Early Teaching on Justification

Philip Melanchthon published his first major theological work, Loci Communes (Theological Commonplaces) in 1521. At the age of 21, in 1518 Melanchthon had come to Wittenberg to teach Greek, but soon took on other teaching responsibilities.  He began to lecture on … Continue reading