To Address the Practice of Infant Communion

To Address the Practice of Infant Communion WHEREAS, St. Paul says in his first letter to the Corinthians, “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Baptism of our Lord

The Gospel Notes for the Baptism of our Lord of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the PDF, the Bi-Fold PDF, or the Half-Page Legal version. Note: there is only a black … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Drafting our Daughters

A great post written by LCMS Laity Aaron Wolf over on ChroniclesMagazine.org:   The leftist regime, incarnate in bold and belligerent Democrats and tepid, me-too Republicans, hates women, the same way it hates black people.  The way you can tell … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Koinonia Part 15: Challenges To Unity

Another great post found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Pastor:   Nota Bene: In keeping with the parameters of the Koinonia Project, I will not be divulging any discussions from the Koinonia Project itself. The … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Should I Go on Sinning?

Another great post found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Pastor:   Yesterday in Bible Class we were talking about providence and sin. On the one hand, God can use anything – even the works of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Second Sunday after Christmas

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday after Christmas of the Historic 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

Gospel Notes for First Sunday after Christmas

The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday after Christmas of the Historic 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

Concordia Irvine Employs Pagan Priest Despite Faculty Outcry

Yes, you read that correctly.   No, this is not a joke.   The powers-that-be over at Concordia University Irvine (CUI) have hired an active pagan who once publically renounced the doctrines of Christ Alone and Scripture Alone, and who believes, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 4 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Gaudete (Advent 3)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 3 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 2 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 1 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF or the Black and White PDF. Additional one-year lectionary Gospel Notes can be found here. If you would like to … Continue reading

Thoughts by a Concerned Layman on the Diaconate…

Here’s a submission from a Concerned Layman: Before I begin in earnest, let me say that I am not a pastor, nor am I an expert in theology, Lutheran or otherwise. I am simply a layman in the Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Great Stuff — How to make your church irresistible

by Earle D. Treptow Found over on WELS.net:   Did it work? Did the title grab your attention and compel you to read? If you’re feeling like you’ve been hooked by a title, allow this confession. I got hooked by … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Alan Taylor — As I Ought to Speak

This sermon was posted on LutheranSermon.com, a website that allows pastors to post their sermons. This sermon by Rev. Alan Taylor was preached at St Mark Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson, Texas on August 30, 2015 — Pentecost 14B Sermon … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On

Found over on blogs.LCMS.org:   There is no doubt this was a difficult Summer for Christians in America. It felt like one blow after another on our religious freedoms. There were landmark decisions regarding marriage, and many embattled consciences over … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Jesus didn’t say homosexuality and same sex marriage are wrong?

Found over on Pastor Mark Surburg’s blog:   In discussions about homosexuality and same sex marriage, you will often encounter people who deliver this as if it is a clear proof that homosexuality and same sex marriage are morally acceptable: … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The LCMS Calls a Post a Post

Found over on Chronicles Magazine:   By:Aaron D. Wolf If the role of religion in America today is to teach the faithful to bend over and kiss the ring of postmodernity and beg for forgiveness for actually believing something, the … Continue reading

Nothing to Give Except Jesus: A Vicarage Retrospective

Greetings!  My name is Jacob Hercamp and I am a vicar finishing up my year of “servitude” in a congregation that I have come to love.  Allow me if you will to recount some of my lessons and experiences: My … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Was John Tietjen Right?

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Pastor:   Of course not. The man was a heretic, and his removal was necessary for the continued faithfulness of the church. But even a stopped clock is right … Continue reading

Survey of the Synod – Time for an Evaluation?

Many Districts encourage congregations to survey their members about the status of their congregation and the quality and character of their pastor’s work.  It is also common for congregations to conduct annual reviews of their pastors.  This too is encouraged by Districts.  Some of … Continue reading

Justin Schwarz Update

Thanks to all who have been praying to Our Father for Justin Schwarz.  Justin’s surgery was successful, the bypass has new blood flow heading to his brain and after a few rough days he is feeling much better.  Yesterday, he … Continue reading

Guest Post — Out of Place Pastors and Hearers

Guest Post by Rev. Jonathan Boehne, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso, IL. Everyone has their place to serve God. Luther showed us that church isn’t the only place people have callings. It wasn’t only by running to … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor

Posted over on JoshuaTheilen.blogspot.com:   Tullian Tchividjian, the well known pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has resigned his position.  According to his own statement both he and his wife committed adultery.  This disqualifies him from the pastoral office.  He … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: Persecution, Preaching, Teaching, and Translating

Originally published by Lutherans in Africa: Sudanese Refugees Last month, I began the newsletter talking about the situation in Dadaab Refugee Camp which is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. There are a couple Lutheran congregations there … Continue reading