About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com.

A Simple Weekly Catechism Reading Plan – With Bulletin Insert

Luther kept reading the Small Catechism every day. It is a prayer book, a meditation book, and a life book. It keeps offering more. It is not just information. It comes to us in daily life, when we know it … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Transfiguration

Humanity has a sin problem.  Sin doesn’t get us to God.  Sin separates us from God.  In the garden Adam ate the fruit, sin entered the world, and death spread to all men, women and children.  While humanity tends to think the only problem is a death problem, the reality is that we have a death problem because we have a sin problem.  Humanity has a sin problem and having such a problem has led us to believe that we have to fix our sin problem to alleviate our death problem.  Fixing our sin problem we can get back to God.  If sin separates us from God and leads to death and then surely fixing our sin problem gets us back to God and leads to life.  That’s what makes sense.  That’s we humanity thinks. That’s what our fallen nature believes.

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2016 Steadfast Conference Recap – Texans show some great hospitality and Lutherans confess great theology

Today marked the last day of the 2016 Steadfast Lutherans Conference.   This year was a marked difference than previous years.  Instead of braving blizzards and freezing temps to hear good theology and so forth in Naperville, the conference was … Continue reading

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ’s glory as the incarnate Son of God … Continue reading

Steadfast Lutherans Conference going on now in Tomball, Texas!

The Brothers of John the Steadfast conference is going on now in Tomball, Texas! Be sure to follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #bjs2016 (anyone tweeting from the conference, please use this hashtag!) Or link to our page here … Continue reading

Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. The selections are edited from the Meissner schedule for the one-year lectionary. Simply download and print the inserts. Links to the … Continue reading

Aging Misnomer: “The Church’s Self Identity”

This very question is crucial for the church upon which to ponder. To use the phrase “the church’s self identity” is in itself a misnomer. The church does have an identity, but it is not an identity of itself. Its … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Lent 1

The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday in Lent (Invocabit) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold … Continue reading

Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Vocation

I like guns.   It’s not a big secret. As a police officer I spend a lot of time around guns. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association. I’m an advocate of concealed and open carry. In fact, … Continue reading

URGENT — 3-10A Task Force Overture

With the upcoming (Feb 20th) deadline of overtures to the 2016 LCMS Convention (see this post), and the late arrival of the 3-10A Task Force Report (PDF file here), there is very little time to get an overture submitted to … Continue reading

“When Pain is Good for You” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Sexagesima Sunday Sermon January 31, 2016 “When Pain is Good for You” 2 Corinthians 12:9 The parable of the sower and the seed describes four different kinds of soil: three bad kinds and one good kind. The good ground was … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Quinquagesima — Faith Alone: Up to Jerusalem

Quinquagesima Sunday Luke 18:31-43 (NKJV) 31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 5 — The Church Militant: Tares Among the Wheat

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 13:24-30 (NKJV) 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Baptism of our Lord, Jesus

Historic Lectionaries vary on the choice of when to observe this Feast. Some of the dates include Epiphany (January 6), LSB the Sunday before Transfiguration, ELH the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Matt 3:13-17 (NKJV) 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee … Continue reading

“Life and Love in the Body of Christ” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:1 – 13:13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Life and Love in the Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:1 – 13:13) I don’t know if you noticed it, but today and for the last two weeks our Epistle reading has come from 1 Corinthians. That’s One Corinthians, by … Continue reading

Catching Waves with Christ!

At first I thought this was a video of somebody mocking Christianity. If only that were the case. As it turns out, we do the best parody of ourselves. If this was all I knew about Christianity, I’d be an … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Crisis of Catechesis — “Churches are full of activity, but may often fail to ensure quality teaching,” David Rueter

Found over on the new website, LutheranCatechism.com. Join in the conversation on Facebook in the group Lutheran Catechism: In the Preface of his Large Catechism, Luther states substantive reasons why the Christian faithful should continually use the catechism. Both the … Continue reading

Bad Accountants

William’s accountant retired, so he met with the new accountant who would be his replacement. When William met with the new accountant, he brought his accounts. “So here are my receipts, and here are the new memberships in my organization … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Quinquagesima

The Gospel Notes for Sexagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord (February 2)

February 2 (Forty Days after the Nativity of Christ) Luke 2:22-40 (NKJV) 22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it … Continue reading

Can We Enjoy Life Amidst Decay and Destruction? — A pastoral letter of Pastor Rolf Preus, January 2016.

Look how much can arrive in a thin envelope, especially when we read it slowly. Following is a monthly pastoral letter of Rev. Rolf Preus to his congregations, Trinity Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana and St. John Lutheran Church in Fairview, … Continue reading

Part 3 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

Part 3 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the  editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these installments of William E. Thompson, … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” – Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Septuagesima Sunday January 24, 2016 St Matthew 20:1-16 The Bible says that you should work for what you get. St. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3: 10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” You should be willing … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sexagesima — Word of God: Sower and the Seed

Sexagesima Sunday Luke 8:4-15 (NKJV) 4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 4 — Trust: Jesus Calms the Storm

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 8:23-27 (NKJV) 23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. … Continue reading