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Baptism: Common Questions Answered, Part 1
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Introduction You hear questions about Baptism. You have your own questions. Many of these questions are common and are asked repeatedly. Many of these questions also are classic. They have been asked for centuries. Dr. Martin Luther answered these questions in sermons to the people. Because the questions are classic, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Excommunication
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This entry is part 15 of 15 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, consists in this, that manifest and obstinate sinners are not … Continue reading

Baptism Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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Buchanan, Colin, A Case for Infant Baptism, rev. ed. (Cambridge: Grove Books Limited, 1984). Chemnitz, Martin, “Original Sin” in The Doctrine of Man in the Writings of Martin Chemnitz and Johann Gerhard (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005). Das, A. Andrew, Baptized into God’s Family: The Doctrine of Infant Baptism … Continue reading

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity – “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”
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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 certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  … Continue reading

The Heavenly Indulgence
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In the last quarter of 1519, Dr. Martin Luther published three sermons on the sacraments of penance, baptism, and Lord’s Supper.  He wrote them in German and dedicated all three to Duchess Margaret of Brunswick.  These texts represent Luther’s early attempts to interpret the sacraments through the theology of justification … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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 15 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

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Son of Man’s Authority on Earth to Forgive Sins”

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity   October 11, 2015   “The Son of Man’s Authority on Earth to Forgive Sins”   Matthew 9:1-8   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   So he got into a boat, … Continue reading

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Law and the Gospel”

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 30, 2018   “The Law and the Gospel”   Matthew 22:34-46   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, … Continue reading

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

 Each of our Scripture lessons today speaks against placing our self and our names, personal needs and reputations above those of our neighbor. Given the fact that our dear Lord has given us His name in Holy Baptism, and with … Continue reading

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity – “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 16, 2018   “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”   Luke 7:14-15   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Feast Of St. Michael & All Angels Sunday

Never forget, dear Christians, as the Baptized, you are children of God and, thus, you are of those little ones with your very own angels, who while keeping guard over you in the kingdom of heaven, “always see the face … Continue reading

St. Michael and All Angels Day – “Guardian Angels”

St. Michael and All Angels Day   October 4, 2009   “Guardian Angels”   Matthew 18:10-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for … Continue reading