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A Communion Statement is Not Yet Closed Communion
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Congregations should have communion statements that summarize their position on closed communion. The statement can be in bulletins, on communion cards, and read before Divine Service – wherever it will be brought to the attention of those visiting the congregation for Divine Service. The statement should briefly tell visitors that … Continue reading

Advent Midweek 2 A+D 2018: The Creed
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Last week we examined the Ten Commandments in light of the Advent of Christ. We know something of the Ten Commandments by nature, but we can know nothing of Christ or his work by nature. God’s … Continue reading

The Third Sunday in Advent – John the Baptist Sends Us to Jesus
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The Third Sunday in Advent   December 13, 2015   “John the Baptist Sends Us to Jesus”   Matthew 11:2-10   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples and … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Civil Government
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This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XVI: Of Civil Affairs. 1] Of Civil Affairs they teach that lawful civil ordinances are good works of God, and that 2] it is right for Christians to bear civil office, to sit as judges, to judge matters by the Imperial and other existing laws, to award just punishments, … 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

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

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

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

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: 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

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 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

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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Civil Government

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XVI: Of Civil Affairs. 1] Of Civil Affairs they teach that lawful civil ordinances are good works of God, and that 2] it is right for Christians to bear civil office, to sit as judges, to judge matters by … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 98 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent 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. … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 97 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Populus Zion — The Second Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 96 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Populus Zion 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 … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XV: Of Ecclesiastical Usages. 1] Of Usages in the Church they teach that those ought to be observed which may be observed without sin, and which are profitable unto tranquillity and good order in the Church, as particular holy … Continue reading

“Thanksgiving and Peace” — Thanksgiving Day Sermon — Pastor Rolf Preus

“Thanksgiving and Peace” Thanksgiving Day Sermon November 22 81, 23, 2018 Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which … Continue reading

The Last Sunday of the Church Year – Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming

The Last Sunday of the Church Year   November 26, 2017   “Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 95 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Order in the Church

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XIV: Of Ecclesiastical Order. Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called. Only pastors are to publicly preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments.  They … Continue reading