Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part One of Two

This blog article, “How Lutherans Implicitly Deny Faith Alone in Christ Alone,” showed up in my Facebook news feed a couple days ago. I usually allow things like this to drift past without a second glance. This one, however, I … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 4 -Christian Unity and Peace

Luke 6:36-42 New King James Version 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. … Continue reading

Evaluate Your Pastorlings and Usurp Their Authority!

Do you find the Table of Duties and AC V inadequate when it comes to defining the responsibilities of a pastor? Wouldn’t it be great to have something a little more practical? Shouldn’t pastors be more concerned about meeting your subjective expectations … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Nativity of John the Baptist

June 24th Luke 1:57-80 New King James Version Birth of John the Baptist 57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 3 -The Lost Sheep

Evangelism: Luke 15:1-10 New King James Version The Parable of the Lost Sheep and The Parable of the Lost Coin 15 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Broken, Common, and Small

There’s nothing special about Ezekiel’s branch.  It’s just a twig.  And there’s certainly nothing extraordinary about a farmer sowing his seed.  Farmers have done that for thousands of years.  Nor is there anything especially attractive about a mustard seed.  Mustard seeds are small, very small.  Yet each of these are used by the Lord in our text to teach something quite extraordinary –  for each of these reveal the Kingdom of God.  You see the Kingdom of God isn’t about the mighty, the extraordinary or the attractive.

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unLutheran Worship

If you were to visit 5 different LCMS congregations, there’s a good chance you’d witness 5 very different approaches to worship. Hopefully you would come across at least one Divine Service, but you would almost certainly come across blended services, contemporary services, postmodern multi-media … Continue reading

Why I Quit the Gideons

Associate Editor’s note: this is the first of what will hopefully be many posts by Joseph Klotz. He’s the author of the forthcoming “Lutheran Book of Hours”, a talented musician, and a solid Lutheran layman (St. Paul, Brookfield, IL). He’s also bought … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 2 -Invitation: The Great Supper

Invitation: Luke 14:16-24 New King James Version The Great Supper 16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were … Continue reading