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The Second Sunday in Advent – “Free at Last!”
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The Second Sunday in Advent   December 6, 2015   “Free at Last!”   Luke 21:25-36   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests
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This entry is part 17 of 17 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 reason], but have acted like antichristian, tyrannical, desperate scoundrels [have … Continue reading

Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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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 of the Lord Grows: An Introduction to the Origin, Purpose, … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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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 Heresy: An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 17 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

Last Sunday of the Church Year – “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity   November 25, 2018   “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Excommunication

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IX. Of Excommunication. The greater excommunication, as the Pope calls it, we regard only as a civil penalty, and it does not concern us ministers of the Church. But the lesser, that is, the true Christian excommunication, … Continue reading

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity – “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity   October 23, 2016   “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”   Matthew 18:23-35   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a … Continue reading

The Twenty First Sunday after Trinity – “God Hidden and Revealed”

The Twenty First Sunday after Trinity   October 20, 2013   “God Hidden and Revealed”   John 4:46-54   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had … Continue reading

All Saints’ Day – “Blessed Are You When You Suffer for Christ’s Sake”

All Saints Day   November 4, 2018   “Blessed Are You When You Suffer for Christ’s Sake”   Matthew 5:11-12   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Confession

This entry is part 14 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VIII. Of Confession. 1] Since Absolution or the Power of the Keys is also an aid and consolation against sin and a bad conscience, ordained by Christ [Himself] in the Gospel, Confession or Absolution ought by no … Continue reading