About Dr. Paul Edmon

Dr. Paul Edmon is from Seattle, Washington and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He has his B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in 2004 and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He is professional staff at Harvard University and acts as liaison between Center for Astrophysics and Research Computing. A life long Lutheran, he is formerly a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle and University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis. He now attends First Lutheran Church (FLC) of Boston where he teaches Lutheran Essentials. He sings bass in the FLC choir and Canto Armonico. He was elected to the Concordia Seminary St. Louis Board of Regents in 2016. He is single and among his manifold interests are scotch, football, anime, board games, mythology, history, philosophy, and general nerdiness. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent Harvard University or Concordia Seminary. Twitter: @pauledmon

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Article

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!     Praise befits the upright. 2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;     make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song;     play skillfully on … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Conclusion of the Ten Commandments

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,     who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;     the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Ninth and Tenth Commandments

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. 4 Their … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Eighth Commandment

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?     Who shall dwell on your holy hill? 2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right     and speaks truth in his heart; 3 who does not slander with his tongue     and … Continue reading

Movie Review: Is Genesis History?

Is Genesis History? is a film produced by Thomas Purifoy and hosted by Del Tackett that purports to look into this titular question.  The description on Netflix reads “Del Tackett travels the world to interview scientists and scholars to determine … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Seventh Commandment

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

        Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Sixth Commandment

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;     I address my verses to the king;     my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;     grace is poured upon … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fifth Commandment

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;     you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fourth Commandment

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to … Continue reading

On Miracles and Science

When reading Scripture one is immediately struck by the plethora of miracles one finds.  From the relatively minor miracle of changing a staff into a snake to the creation of the whole universe and the resurrection of the dead, Scripture … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Commandment

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Commandment

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Blessed are those whose way is blameless,     who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,     who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,     but walk in his ways! … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Introduction to the Large Catechism

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Note: This is the first in a series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural … Continue reading

How to Make a Lutheran Choir in 10 Easy Steps

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Kantor at First Lutheran Church of Boston.  Jonathan is a super awesome Lutheran organist who has a lovely wife and two wonderful children.  Along with being a consummate organist, he also enjoys good … Continue reading

Athanasian Creed According to Scripture

Building on a guide I recently posted to the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed I now present a guide to the Athanasian Creed.  Sadly even among Lutherans the Athanasian Creed is neglected and misunderstood.  This is a shame as the Athanasian … Continue reading

Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds According to Scripture

A few years back BJS reposted a breakdown of the Nicene Creed and the Scriptures that support the different sections.  This guide has proven popular owing to the confusion that exists among some Christians, and sadly some Lutherans, regarding the … Continue reading

St. Augustine on Science and Scripture

One of the many abuses of science is Christians trying to prove Scripture with science.  There are many well-meaning Christians who both use Scripture to validate their pet theory but also then try to use their pet theory to validate … Continue reading

Hymns for the Book of Concord

The Book of Concord is a wonderful devotional book as well as being the formal confession of faith for the Lutheran Church. To aid in using the Book of Concord for devotion I have provided a copy of the hymns … Continue reading