Pr. Mize’s Meditation for New Year’s Eve

Meditation on New Years Eve Scripture Reading: Romans 6:1-4: What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in … Continue reading

ACELC — What About the “Koinonia Project?

Here is the email that the ACELC sent out two days ago:   “Every day that error is tolerated without challenge, the roots of that error deepen!” These words, spoken recently by a fellow pastor, reminded me of the Pastors’ … Continue reading

A rose by any other name would not smell as sweet… Circumcision, Jesus, Joshua, and Baptism

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. In Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Juliet laments the fact that … Continue reading

A Sermon for the Name and Circumcision of Jesus

+ Name and Circumcision of Jesus – January 1st, 2012 + Text: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 3:23-29; Luke 2:21 Theme/Outline: Jesus is circumcised, fulfilling the Law for those who are cut off from God by sin. Jesus is named, Savior (The … Continue reading

The Third Use of the Law – A Historical Examination, pt.3

Part 1    Part 2 By the late 1570’s the dispute regarding faith and good works had been assumed into the broader political and theological discussions of the day but the issues addressed during the antinomian controversies had not. As the … Continue reading

Give the Koinonia Project Some More Time, by Pr. Rossow

Like most of the other conservatives, I am frustrated with the lack of progress of the Koinonia project but on the eve of a new calendar year, upon further reflection, I think it deserves some more time. There is more going … Continue reading

Thank God for our Concordias!

I recently was trying to find a good exegetical treatment of the Bible’s doctrine of creation, when I found Joel D. Heck’s little booklet In the Beginning, God: Creation from God’s Perspective (Saint Louis: CPH, 2011) (available here for $3.99). … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Beginning Again with a Baby

Christmas Morning In the Name X of Jesus.  Amen!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the first chapter (John 1:1-14). Beloved in the Lord, Our God, the God of creation, does not deal … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Sermon: Matthew 1

The following sermon was preached by Pastor Jonathan Huehn, Associate Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, IL. … Continue reading

Beware “testimonies” of heaven from outside of Scripture

The fad of “Heaven is for Real” is starting to pass, but there is always more effort by the devil to distract people away from God’s Word and onto their own fancies.  FoxNews magazine reported recently that a neurosurgeon had … Continue reading

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Simeon’s Song: What a Way to Go!” (Luke 2:22-40) This month we have been spending the Advent and Christmas seasons in the Gospel of Luke. All of our sermons have come from there, particularly from Luke’s so-called “Infancy Narrative,” chapters … Continue reading

Continued loveless treatment of error ruins Witness, cheapens Mercy, and empties Life Together.

“A fellowship in which the Word of God is fundamentally falsified, or in which a fundamental falsification of it is tolerated, is not a true orthodox church, but a false, heterodox church or sect.” – C.F.W. Walther (Essays For the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Simeon’s Savior

Christmas I — 12-30-2012 Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Luke’s gospel account the second chapter … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Good Word for an Evil World

Christmas Eve — Luke 2:1-20 In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.  AMEN Beloved in the Lord, Our God has good news for us tonight.  The Lord has a good word … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — First Blood

New Year’s Eve — Luke 2:21 In the Name of Jesus! AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, St. Luke records for us our Gospel reading.  It is only one verse, but it is a verse packed tight with theology, a theology … Continue reading

You Might Be A Lutheran Nerd If…

And now for something completely different. Some people do their nails while watching TV, others read the paper. I often sit around and ponder anything from the profound depths of Lutheran theology to the hazy heights of the Misty Mountains. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Twelve Days Of Christmas, 2012.

A great stuff article correcting the misunderstanding of many people about the twelve days of Christmas on Past Elder by Terry Maher of St Paul LCMS in Omaha:   If you, like good king Wenceslaus in the song, look out … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Was Luther Anti-Semitic?

Was Luther Anti-Semitic? Uwe Siemon-Netto argues against the notion that Martin Luther was anti-Semitic. He argues that while Luther wrote some unfortunate things later in life they need to be understood in the context of the times and his life. … Continue reading

2013 – a Year to hear three great Lutherans speak at the BJS Conference…

This year take the opportunity to come to the 5th Annual Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference on February 15-16th.  This year the theme is simple, “Lutherans in Africa, Out of Evangelicalism, and in the LCMS” and it describes … Continue reading

We Need Manly Men as Pastors, Not Sissies – Two Quotes from J. A. O. Preus, by Pr. Rossow

Over on the post about licensed deacons an anonymous commenter with the moniker “LCMS Quotes” has dropped a few more pertinent quotes from past synod president J. A. O. Preus asbout the need to screen applicants to the seminary. Let … Continue reading

We Need The Lutheran Confessions Because A Theology Of Experience Is Not Easily Transferable

This past week I had a dialogue with a gentleman on Facebook over a theological topic. Part way through the discussion he asked me to define my position so that he could properly understand my context and perspective. I also … Continue reading

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Sermon on Luke 2:15-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Ripple Effect of Christmas” (Luke 2:15-20) Our text this morning is the second part of the Christmas Gospel we heard last night, that is, Luke 2, reading now verses 15 through 20: “When the angels went away from them … Continue reading

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Sermon on Luke 2:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Gift, the Announcement, and the Exclamation Mark” (Luke 2:1-14) Suppose I got a Christmas present for you, but I didn’t tell you about it. I didn’t tell you that I had something for you, and I didn’t tell you … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Internet – Certified Lay Minister Criticizes Lack of Training for those Outside the One-Fold Office

Sometimes “good stuff found on the net” is right under your nose. This is a comment on a comment on a BJS article from yesterday. Pastor Rossow posted on benefits of the catechumenate and then Martin Noland piggy-backed on that … Continue reading

Advent IV Sermon

Sermon by Pastor Chris Hull Christ Lutheran Church Normal, IL Advent IV “Prepare the Way” Deut. 18:15-19 Psalm 111 Phil. 4:4-7 John 1:19-28 … Continue reading