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2019 Congress on the Lutheran Confessions – Antinomianism New and Old
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A Congress on the Lutheran Confessions Presented by the Association of Confessional Lutherans National Free Conference No. 30 and the Luther Academy Lecture Series No. 26 May 8 – 10, 2019   LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Aire BLOOMINGTON, MINNESOTA; NEAR THE MALL OF AMERICA About the Congress “A Congress on the … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Second and Third Commandments
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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 Commandment the Lord indicates that he is giving us himself. … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Distinction of Meats
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This entry is part 27 of 27 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 to merit grace, and able to make satisfactions for sins. … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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-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

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

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

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

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

Does your worship prepare you for death?

I had the opportunity to hear an excellent presentation this afternoon from a neighboring pastor (Rev. Shawn Kumm of Zion, Laramie) on Lutheran worship.  One of the best points that he made was related to how worship is meant to … 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

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

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

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

This entry is part 27 of 27 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Abuses of Confession

This entry is part 26 of 27 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXV: Of Confession. 1] Confession in the churches is not abolished among us; for it is not usual to give the body of the Lord, except to them that have been previously examined and absolved. And 2] the people … Continue reading

Memorizing the Catechism: False Dichotomy between Words and Meaning or, How to Forget the Faith

When I was a child, we already had the Small Catechism memorized before we entered confirmation instruction. We recited portions in Sunday School from about the third or fourth grade onward. We recited all portions in Vacation Bible School year … Continue reading

The First Sunday in Lent – “Christ’s Victory Over the Devil”

The First Sunday in Lent   February 18, 2018   “Christ’s Victory Over the Devil”   Matthew 4:1-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Mass

This entry is part 25 of 27 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXIV: Of the Mass. 1] Falsely are our churches accused of abolishing the Mass; for the Mass is retained among 2] us, and celebrated with the highest reverence. Nearly all the usual ceremonies are also preserved, save that the … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Confession of the Gospel of Justification

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1519, Luther published an edited copy of his lectures on Galatians.  This text represented his clearest exposition of the doctrine of justification.  His new colleague, Philip Melanchthon, edited the text and gave Luther the citations of the church fathers.[1] … Continue reading

Why is preaching a big deal? Why this book of sermons?

Foreword from A Year of Law & Gospel Preaching: Postil of Sermons on the One-Year Lectionary by Rev. Rolf Preus Being called to write this foreword is among the highest honors of my life. The call came to me because … Continue reading