An Updated, Revised, and Free to Download E-reader of Wilhelm Loehe’s, Questions and Answers to the Six Parts of the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther

“The Catechism should become engraved in the memory of the child for its entire life”- Wilhelm Löhe As Rev. Dr. John Pless writes, “The great twentieth century scholar of Luther’s Catechisms, Albrecht Peters notes that the Luther’s Small Catechism is … Continue reading

The Full Brunt of God’s Wrath

In his formulation of theologia crucis Luther understood that God arrived at his proper work only by way of his strange and alien work. Luther formulated this work in the Genesis lectures in describing the experience of Abraham, asserting that only … Continue reading

Sermon — The Ten Commandments Preach Repentance; That Is, By Them God Shows Us Our Sin And How Much We Need A Savior

Text: Exodus 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying,  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.  “You … Continue reading

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Must Repent And Die (If She Is Going to Live)

The Church in every generation preaches one thing: the wisdom of the cross. She comes proclaiming a message of death and resurrection. Her life’s blood is repentance and renewed faith in Christ’s saving work for His people. Her watchword is … Continue reading

The Supper tells us what the Church is ~ A Brief Meditation on 1 Corinthians 11:26-29

This meditation is taken from and based on Herman Sasse’s “The Holy Supper and the Future of Our Church: A Reformation Festival Address in a Newly Constructed Church” (1939), in The Lonely Way, vol. 1, p.489ff. For as often as … Continue reading

A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby ~ Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4: The Righteous Live By Faith

THE RIGHTEOUS LIVE BY FAITH JESU Juva! 25 OCTOBER 1992—TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST ZION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, ST PAUL MN Kenneth F. Korby, THD     Hymns (LW) 209;210; 334; 155*; 362 Psalm 62 (TLH) 6;261; 231*; 371 HABAKKUK 1:1-3; … Continue reading

Why do you cling so tenaciously to the Mass?

According to Trent, and not quite according to the Catechismus Romanus the sacrifice of the Mass is not a repetition of the sacrifice on the cross, but its remembrance, its being made present, and its application. Nevertheless, the sacrifice of … Continue reading

Order of Service for Catechization, from Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith, by Wilhelm Loehe

*The service begins with a hymn, suitable to the part of the Catechism to be studied. During the last stanza the minister approaches the altar and reads, whenever possible alternately with the congre gation, one of the following Psalms 1; … Continue reading

Worship and Pastoral Care In the Theology of Pr. Wilhelm Loehe

The object of pastoral care is the creation of new creatures in Christ. This happens ordinarily, and most effectively, through sermon, liturgy, and catechesis. Pastoral care flows into and out of, not the lives of individuals in individual crises, but … Continue reading

The Chief Article: Justification by faith alone

Reference Texts: CA IV and Apology IV _____________________________   The fourth article of the Augustana is the chief article. The hub of the wheel and the epicenter of all controversies in the Church. But, talking about justification is like talking … Continue reading

Sanctification: By Grace Alone

by Rev. Dr. David P. Scaer Luther placed justification, the doctrine of God’s free grace in Jesus Christ, at the heart of his theology. Man is saved not by anything he does or could hope to do, but by what … Continue reading

The Ten Commandments preach Repentance; that is, by them God shows us our sin and how much we need a Savior.

by Rev. Dr. Ken Korby   You shall have no other gods. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things. My God is that which I love, trust and fear most in my … Continue reading

Preaching law and the Gospel. Do you dare?

Herein I am addressing the matter of confession. That is, what is being done when the preacher is making a public witness to the world of the one, holy Catholic Church’s proclamation of, and faith in Christ. Just as Paul … Continue reading

Sermon for Good Friday, by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Korby ~ Behold! The Lamb of God

by Rev. Kenneth Korby Abraham was right. That faithful old man, the “father of believers,” was caught in the deepest anguish of his faith when God stuck him on the spear-point of his order to sacrifice his son. Laden with wood on … Continue reading

Examining “Luther’s Theology of the Cross,” by Hermann Sasse

Whenever the Church points to her Lord’s bloody agony at Calvary as the revelation of God’s faithful, loving kindness, the old man in Adam is repulsed. Sinners want to see God, but not there. Not beaten. Not bloodied. Not screaming … Continue reading

It Is Sufficient… w/ excerpts from Wilhelm Loehe on “Liturgy for Christian Congregations of the Lutheran Faith”

Popularly accepted terms for the church’s worship, whether the form of worship is traditional or contemporary contain within them the ideological wedge which creates division in the churches. This is especially so among the Lutheran churches, not least because we … Continue reading

A Summary of the Doctrinal Differences Between the Lutheran and Reformed Church Regarding Faith, from “Here We Stand,” by Hermann Sasse

When the Gospel is not understood as the gracious promise of God alone, the forgiveness of sins for Christ’s sake, not only is the Gospel lost, but faith is recast into something other. When the common, basic understanding of the … Continue reading

The Problem of Enthusiasm

Here is the second (of three papers) I will be presenting at the NID Fall Pastors Conference on the topic of: “Conscience, The Bound Will, Preaching, and The Care-taking of Souls.” click here for the first paper Smalcald Articles Part … Continue reading

What God Is Doing About Your Death

When raising the dead by the forgiveness of sins the first thing expressed by God’s preacher is Jesus Christ alone, and Him crucified. One can read how Martin Luther does this, for example, in the Smalcald Articles in 1537:  “Here … Continue reading

Conscience, The Bound Will, Preaching, and The Care-taking of Souls.

Here is a paper I will be presenting next month at our circuit Winkel, which is a warm-up for a set of papers I will be delivering next Fall at the NID Fall Pastors Conference on the topic of: “Conscience, … Continue reading

Submission to the Lutheran Confessions Frees Us to Preach Christ in Truth & Purity

The Lutheran Confessions. A public witness to the world of our biblical proclamation and faith.  For Lutherans, those who enter into the office of the holy ministry are invited to join this public witness. They are called to preach and … Continue reading

He Who Would Help Himself With His Own Works… – Hans Iwand’s Use of Luther’s Romans Lectures as a Critique of Karl Barth and Nineteenth Century Liberal Protestant Theology

When Hans Joachim Iwand took the podium during his 1941 lectures the dust had yet to settle from Barth’s explosive critique of nineteenth century liberal theology. Friedrich Schleiermacher’s theology in particular. Iwand’s colleagues requested that he address the question Barth … 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

Sermon on Luke 1:46-56 ~ Mary Teaches Us…

“My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done … Continue reading

The Third Use of the Law – A Historical Examination, with Questions, pt. 2

Part 1     Part 3 The Synod of Eisenach was convened during 1556 to discuss Justas Menius’ contention that good works were necessary to salvation.  Seven theses were agreed upon, of which the first by Nicholas Amsdorf stated: “Although the … Continue reading