Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 3, Fatal Flaws and a Prescription for Recovery

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In Part 1, I reviewed some of the strengths of the Revised Catechism Field Test. In Part 2, I looked at some new things that didn’t quite work. In Part 3, … 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

Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 2, Needs Improvement

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In part 1, I examined the changes that I thought were good in the catechism revision. In part 2, I take a look at some of the more challenging parts of … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision – Commandments 7-10.

General comments The “Central Thought” could be helpful but the questions involved in this section turns the focus on the student’s experience of the Law rather than what God says in the Law.  Perhaps the questions could be combined towards … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — Confession

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   Critical scholars doubt that Luther wrote the Office of the Keys. No such doubt exists for Confession; yet, this part remains unknown and unused by Lutherans. In … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: Baptism

The following review of the proposed Catechism explanation of Baptism includes both positive and negative critiques. I will not give them in any particular order. Instead I will try to follow the order of what is in the actual text … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: The Lord’s Prayer

Here is the first guest article on the proposed revision to the Catechism:   Of all 6 chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, quite often it is the Lord’s Prayer which is given the most superficial treatment in church catechesis. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — “The sect can not wait.” A Catechism Commentary

Found over on Musings of a Country Pastor:   At her recently concluded Pastoral Conference, the Wyoming District asked for more time. The LCMS Catechism Review Committee mailed the “Field Test” of the catechism this past July. Three years of … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Revision — Resolution to Express Concern

Resolution from the Pastors of the Eldora Circuit of Iowa District East.   To Express Serious Concern with the Catechism Revision   The following resolution was drafted for the purpose of discussion and dissemination among our fellow brothers in the … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision

The deadline is approaching to submit feedback and commentary on the proposed Catechism Explanation Revision.  As the “field-test” edition of the new version of the Explanation of the Small Catechism has been sent out to all Missouri Synod pastors and … Continue reading

Reactions to BJS Publication of “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis.”

Here are some comments and questions from Lutherans on Facebook when they saw the post on LutheranCatechism.com titled, “Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, in Three Parts, at Brothers of John the Steadfast.” [See Part 1 , Part 2, or Part 3.] … Continue reading

A Simple Weekly Catechism Reading Plan – With Bulletin Insert

Luther kept reading the Small Catechism every day. It is a prayer book, a meditation book, and a life book. It keeps offering more. It is not just information. It comes to us in daily life, when we know it … Continue reading

Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. The selections are edited from the Meissner schedule for the one-year lectionary. Simply download and print the inserts. Links to the … Continue reading

Part 3 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Crisis of Catechesis

Part 3 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the  editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these installments of William E. Thompson, … Continue reading

Part 2 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Crisis of Catechesis

Part 2 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these installments of William E. Thompson, “Catechesis: The … Continue reading

Part 1 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Crisis of Catechesis

Part 1 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these  installments of William E. Thompson, … Continue reading