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Catechesis integrating the Small Catechism with the Liturgy — Didache by Prof. John Pless

December 4th, 2013 6 comments

It seems like pastors are always looking for some ways in which to catechize their members of all ages (new or veteran ones) in the truths of the Scriptures and the Catechism.  This is what most catechetical materials are built around, but it often misses a third key to the Christian life, how our beliefs from Scripture and Catechism find their expression in our daily lives or in our worship (best found in the hymnal).  It can be said that the three most essential works for a Lutheran to have would be the Bible, the Small Catechism, and the Hymnal.    More…

Sasse, Harrison, and Inerrancy

December 2nd, 2013 5 comments

It has been a long time since I have been so thoroughly edified, educated, and stimulated by one book.  I am talking about Hermann Sasse’s Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1, 1948-1951 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013) (available here in print: http://www.cph.org/p-21568-letters-to-lutheran-pastors-volume-1.aspx; also in Kindle ed.).  Confessional Lutherans of all types are looking forward to the second volume, to be released soon by CPH! Like other works by master theologians, this volume has not been a “quick read” for me.  I now have two letters more to read in the “Letters to Lutheran Pastors” section, as well as the letters   More…

Last Sunday of the Church Year: Wake Awake, for Night is Flying (St. Matthew 25:1-13)

November 23rd, 2013 1 comment

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “Come to the wedding feast.” May slumber not befall us nor watchfulness decrease (LSB 514, st. 1). Ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom, but only five got in to His wedding feast. The other five missed out because they fell asleep and found themselves unprepared when the bridegroom came. Have you ever overslept and missed something important? I just did this last week. Last Sunday I was up until way too late working on my sermon, went to bed at 6am on Sunday morning, and didn’t wake up when the alarm went off at 7. Sure enough,   More…

Do Hebrew and Greek Really Matter?

When I was first learning the Biblical languages, I found a great deal of encouragement in Luther’s  words:  “In proportion then as we value the gospel, let us zealously hold to the languages. For it was not without purpose that God caused his Scriptures to be set down in these two languages alone—the Old Testament in Hebrew, the New in Greek. Now if God did not despise them but chose them above all others for his word, then we too ought to honor them above all others.”[1] Naturally, the devil puts a great deal of effort into attacking God’s Word.    More…

Christian Behavior?

April 16th, 2013 18 comments

How do Christians behave? Also, what is a Christian? I bet you’re thinking the answer is someone who believes in Jesus. You would be correct. Maybe the question would be served up like – What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Now, Dr. Masaki would probably say, “You ask the wrong question.” So how does someone know that another person is a Christian? Can a Christian go to church every Sunday, attend Bible study on Sunday and Wednesday and maybe even attend a midweek worship service and still condone, support, vote for, and defend abortion, gay rights, same-sex marriages,   More…

Neutering the Bible

Words matter.  Luther once said, “And let us be sure of this: we will not long preserve the gospel without the languages [Hebrew, Aramaic & Greek].  The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit [Eph 6:17] is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder in which this food is stored.”[1] If the Word of God is a diamond, the translation is its setting.  Unfortunately, there are a great number of Bible translations out there that look a lot   More…

Keep Watch For The Theological Underpinnings Of Word-Faith Tenets In The History Channel’s “The Bible”

Last night The History Channel aired its miniseries, “The Bible.” It is a miniseries produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. Leading up to this miniseries there seemed to be a well organized marketing campaign to promote this series. The promotional efforts by The History Channel certainly grabbed my attention. Besides the marketing campaign, the miniseries seemed to generate a lot of grassroots speculation, reviews, and anticipation from Christian leaders, bloggers, and the Christian community in general. CLICK HERE for a very worthwhile article by Rev. Joshua Scheer. Pr. Scheer sets forth 4-5 things to be on the lookout for   More…

The Bible – Night One review…

So last night the History Channel docudrama “The Bible” premiered.  It was overall a hard episode (actually two episodes) since it covered the time of Creation (covered by Noah retelling Gen 1-3 on an Ark filled with terror and worry) all the way to the story of Rahab and the beginning of the conquest of the Promised Land.  It was very interesting what the writers chose to cover and what they chose to not cover. The chapters of the Scriptures which are covered in these first two hours are:  Genesis 1, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22.  Exodus   More…

A Reflection for July 4th, 2012

From The Constitution of the United States of America, Article 2, Section 1:  “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’” The oath for a military officer:  “I, _____ having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm)   More…

Biblical Apologetics, Part 1

Logical, philosophically reasonable arguments can – and indeed, must – be used in the defense of the Christian faith. But are Christians able to claim Biblical precedent for apologetics? Is it right for Christians to understand that Holy Writ teaches and uses(widely) apologetics as opposed to something merely read into the text? And does a Lutheran apologetic entail more (but certainly not less) than arguments and intellectual understanding? Yes, unequivocally.  Biblical examples of apologetics are numerous, not to mention prescriptive and descriptive. The list below is a first step towards an annotated collection of Biblical apologetics’ passages. This is why, when it comes   More…

“A Church without Chicken”: Comments on Marcus Borg’s Lecture Notes

A month ago a well-known Biblical scholar, Marcus Borg gave two lectures at Lexington Presbyterian, “Lex Pres”, here in Lexington,Virginia. Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute.  Lex Pres is one of the historic churches in our fair city.    A former member (a not-so-retired, 83 year old, Presbyterian pastor with LCMS sensibilities, now serving an ELCA congregation) told me that many professors are members. Its claim to fame is that one of its members was none other than VMI Professor, later General, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.    I did not attend the lectures but my wife was   More…

Steadfast ELS — It is written.

Gegraptai, “it is written.”  This was the motto found on the seal of the old Norwegian Synod.  It has served as the byline for the Lutheran Sentinel, the official monthly publication for the laity of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, for many decades. The predecessor publication of the Lutheran Sentinel, the Evangelisk Luthersk Kirketidende was begun as a weekly paper in 1874.  Following the reorganization of the synod, an editorial committee consisting of Pastors G.A. Gullixson, J.A. Moldstad, and H.A. Preus was elected in 1919. (Today the grandson of G.A. Gullixson, Ted Gullixson, is the Sentinel editor and J.A. Moldstad the   More…

Bible or Bylaws? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In reading the answers of the candidates for synod president, a number of people have noted how the leading candidate, Rev. Matt Harrison, makes frequent and able use of the Bible, while Rev. Jerry Kieschnick does not. This is not to say that Rev. Kieschnick does not believe the Bible is the Word of God; I’m sure he does. But, based on nine years of observation, I don’t think he is as capable of using the Scriptures–putting them into use, freely, fittingly, and on his feet–as is Rev. Harrison. Instead, for these past nine years under President Kieschnick’s leadership, we   More…

Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

December 31st, 2009 2 comments

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading Plan” (pp. lix-lxiii) in it. And with the start of a new year, this is an opportune time to begin. Having read through the Bible before, and having taught OT and NT survey courses, I can tell you this is a great way to grow in your faith and understanding. And the amount of reading per day and per week   More…