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A Review of “Teach These Things”

“Another catechism book!? Why can’t we just teach the Small Catechism?” This common — and legitimate — question arises with the publication of each new catechetical book. Many such books add lots of extra material apart from the Small Catechism, which has the effect (even if unintended) of diminishing the role of the catechism, and subtly teaches catechumens that the Small Catechism is insufficient on its own. Catechists like me understand that Luther’s Small Catechism is a resource so rich and beneficial that one could hardly improve upon it. And this is why “Teach These Things,” a catechesis recently self-published   More…

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Steadfast Throwdown Series on Luther’s Catechisms

Steadfast Throwdown on KNGN and Pirate Christian Radio has started a series of interviews that focus on the structure and use of Martin Luther’s Catechisms in personal, family, and congregational devotional life. This first program discuses what a Catechism is, what catechesis is, and the value of such Biblical instruction, especially when confronted with mainstream christian preachers like Rob Bell, Joel Osteen, David Aschcraft. The first half of this week’s show deals with Pr. Christopher Neuendorf’s article on Blogia regarding former LCMS pastor Joshua Genig’s abdication from the Lutheran faith into Eastern Orthodox. Much of what is discussed in this   More…

“Amen” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 20th, 2014 1 comment

“Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we finally get to let it loose. And what a day to do so! Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on this day, winning the victory for us over death and the grave. If that doesn’t elicit an “Alleluia,” I don’t know what will. “Alleluia” is a Hebrew word originally, and it means “Praise ye the Lord.” And praise   More…

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 23:32-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 19th, 2014 No comments

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49) “But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. For the greatest evil that has ever been perpetrated on this earth is the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. I mean, really, Good Friday could just as well be called “Evil Friday,” that is the magnitude of the evil committed against this wholly innocent man, the most innocent man who has ever lived–indeed, the only truly innocent man to have   More…

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 22:1-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 18th, 2014 No comments

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them   More…

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 10th, 2014 No comments

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, since this is the last of our Wednesday midweek services, and we’re only up to the Fifth Petition, you may be wondering how we’re going to finish out the Lord’s Prayer. Don’t worry. We’ll do the Sixth Petition, “And lead us not into temptation,” next week on Holy Thursday; the Seventh Petition, “But deliver us from evil,” on Good Friday;   More…

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” So finally we get around to praying for our own needs! Remember, up to this point, the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer all have been about God’s concerns: “Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done.” Those are Jesus’ top priorities for us to pray, and of course rightly so. That at the forefront of our   More…

“Thy Will Be Done” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 26th, 2014 No comments

“Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.” “Thy will be done.” Are we sure we really want to pray this? You know, sometimes we think of “Thy will be done” as just a resigned afterthought, after we’ve prayed for what we really want. “Lord, here are the things I really want you to do for me, but I know you probably won’t answer me the way I would like,   More…

“Thy Kingdom Come” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 19th, 2014 No comments

“Thy Kingdom Come” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, a series that we’re calling “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” We come now to the Second Petition, “Thy Kingdom Come.” I have three main points to make about this petition: 1) In this petition, our Lord is teaching us to seek first the kingdom of God. 2) In this petition, we are praying that God’s kingdom would come in our midst now. And 3) In this petition, we’re praying that God’s kingdom would come with Christ’s return at the Last Day. We’ll take these points   More…

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 12th, 2014 No comments

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (The Lord’s Prayer) For our midweek Lenten services this year we’re doing a sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” because that was the request of the disciples to Jesus, as you heard in the reading from Luke 11. And Jesus responded by giving them the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Notice, by the way, that the request was “Lord, teach us to pray,” not just “Lord, teach us about prayer.” And notice that Jesus’ response starts out, “When you pray, say. . . .” Not “When you think   More…

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Sermon on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 5th, 2014 2 comments

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer) You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks it’s important. He gives us   More…

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…

Thanksgiving Day- Jesus is Not Ashamed of You (Romans 1:16)

November 28th, 2013 No comments

  Thank God for the Gospel! As we celebrate this day of Thanksgiving, it is meet, right, and salutary to give thanks to God for the Gospel. You’re probably thinking, Of course! I know that, preacher! Let’s get on with it, tell me something I don’t already know. Fair enough. But what did you expect to hear from a preacher of the Gospel on Thanksgiving Day? Don’t be thankful for the Gospel? Of course not! So now that you know you’re going to get another routine Thanksgiving sermon, you can safely go back to letting your minds wander of doing   More…

False Doctrine, the Highest of the Satanic Arts

September 16th, 2013 19 comments

Luther explains the Second Commandment, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God”, as follows: We should fear and love God so that we do not curse, swear, use satanic arts, lie, or deceive by His name, but call upon it in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks. Personally, I have often found Luther’s comment about the satanic arts curious. Certainly Christians are not to engage in the occult, but isn’t that rather obvious? The “satanic arts” includes things like witchcraft, sorcery, fortune-telling, devil worship, etc. Christians are not immune to participating in these things, so perhaps   More…

Attention Lutheran Pastors, New “Becoming Lutheran Catechesis Aid”

Evangelicals face very large hurdles, obstacles, and bring with them several presuppositions that need to be addressed and resolved during their Lutheran catechesis process. Research conducted in this area through the author’s ongoing and unpublished Major Applied Research Project at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis will serve in a foundational manner to this teaching aid. This catechesis aid is not designed to replace the catechism curriculum of the local Lutheran parish. Otherwise stated, this aid is not to be a substitute for the Small Catechism, it does not function independently from a more comprehensive catechism curriculum. Rather it is an educational   More…