Gospel Notes for the Epiphany

The Gospel Notes for Epiphany from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: The Epiphany of our Lord (Jan. 6th)   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes — The Circumcision of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are two separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Eve of the Circumcision   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Christmas

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Christmas Eve   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

Martin Chemnitz on Good Works

The Augsburg Confession and the Apology set forth the reasons thus: It is necessary to do good works commanded by God, not that we may trust to earn grace by them, but because of the will and command of God, … Continue reading

The Second Table of the Law and Sanctification by Martin Luther

Beyond these seven chief ways of Christian sanctification there are also additional external marks by which the holy Christian church is recognized. Put another way: The Holy Spirit sanctifies us also according to the Second Table of the Law. The … Continue reading

Why Do We Distinguish Between Sins? by Martin Chemnitz

203 Do the Remains of Sin Exist and Remain in the Reborn in This Life? They by all means are and remain. For though [the reborn] are ruled by the Holy Spirit, yet they complain that nothing good dwells in … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. It is available in two versions this year — to cover the alternate reading. You may download the notes for John … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Gaudete (Advent 3)

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for a day of Thanksgiving

The Gospel Notes for a day of Thanksgiving from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Review of Rev. Dr. Frederic Baue’s book “The Pilgrim”

“The Pilgrim” by F.W. Baue.  Available from Pergola Press and for sale at Amazon.com Review by Holly Scheer The Pilgrim is, in many ways, a book about baseball. Beyond baseball, it’s a book about a very Lutheran family, a family that … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Last Sunday of the Church Year

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?

By Pastor Travis Berg Recently, I’ve seen quite a few memes arguing for the taxation of churches. These memes have pictures of mansions or of Joel Osteen on them. So, I thought I’d write a “little” post on tax exemption … Continue reading

Sermon by Robert Preus Preached at CTS Chapel April 26, 1983

The following sermon was preached by my grandfather, who was a pastor, seminary professor and president of Concordia Theological Seminary. He died on November 4, 1995 and will be remembered by many this All Saints Day. This sermon is about … Continue reading

Dr. Montgomery’s post-debate statement

Editor’s Note: I have asked the debate participants to provide some final thoughts about their debate experience. Below is what Dr. Montgomery provided. I want to thank both Dr. Kloha and Dr. Montgomery  for participating. I think it has advanced … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Festival of All Saints

The Gospel Notes for All Saints’ Day from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — Commandments 1-3

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   I have been asked to offer a critique of the Revision of our Explanation to Luther’s Small Catechism.  Below are criticisms.  There is much to commend in … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 3rd Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   THE THIRD ARTICLE (PART 1) Article and Explanation Text (top p. 89)   Perhaps just a typo, but “Christ” is missing after “Jesus” in the first paragraph … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 2nd Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   The Second Article of the Creed is the beating heart of the Christian confession. It concerns the person and work of Jesus Christ. Here Christ is revealed … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Distinction Between Law and Gospel

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism. Note that the deadline for comments on the revision is coming up fast — October 31st! Download the catechism or comment on it by clicking here.   “The … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 1st Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   This review is in no way intended to be the final say in a discussion of the Revision.  The intention is merely to begin a conversation that … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Office of the Keys

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   The 1912 and 1943 Small Catechism published by Concordia Publishing House called the fifth chief part “The Office of the Keys, Confession.” In 1991, the explanation of … Continue reading