A “Restoration” of the Church and of the Gospel?

With my son’s recent call to serve as a pastor in the Salt Lake City area (at Hope Lutheran Church in West Jordan, Utah), I have been prompted to do some reading once again in the history and teachings of … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Conclusion

Part I     Part II In September 1915, Sanger returned to America and began working again on publishing a new journal titled, Birth Control Review. At that time, she also opened the first reproductive clinic in Brooklyn, New York. … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Part II

For Part I click here. Margaret and her husband Bill arrived in New York City in 1910.  Upon arrival, the Sangers became involved in the Socialist Party Local 5, Bill going so far as to run for municipal alderman in … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger, part I

This is the first part in a series on Margaret Sanger. This is not a complete study on Sanger, but rather an introduction into the worldview espoused by Sanger. This paper asserts that Saner was a eugenicist and was driven … Continue reading

A Bound Giver

Article 18 of the Augsburg Confession asserts the Lutheran belief concerning the will of man saying, “Concerning free will it is taught that a human being has some measure of free will, so as to live an externally honorable life … Continue reading

Ordination Appreciation

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  There are many good articles out there about how to appreciate your Pastor. One way that we can appreciate or support our Pastors is to remind them of their Ordination vows. At Ordination, the pastor … Continue reading

Infant Communion in the Lutheran Church?

The Lutheran Reformers knew that many otherwise emulatable figures in church history (beginning with St. Cyprian of Carthage) had practiced infant communion. And they knew that the Eastern Church and probably also some of the Czech Hussites were practicing it … Continue reading

Martin Luther, On the Councils and the Church

St. Bernard was an abbot for thirty-six years, during which time he founded one hundred and sixty monasteries of his order. Now, one knows what kind of monasteries the Cistercians have. At that time, perhaps, they may have been smaller, … Continue reading

Bound to abort

Many Lutherans are involved in the pro-life movement in America. We attend rallies and have a Life Sunday at our church. This is a good thing. It is good to be pro rather than anti-life. God is pleased with those … Continue reading

DPS: Defensive Pastor Syndrome Part 1

After His resurrection, Christ the Lord appeared to the Apostles saying, “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood … Continue reading

Life Sunday: Matthew 2

The goods were delivered in this sermon for Life Sunday. The texts are the readings for the festival of Holy Innocents, which is on December 28th. Most Churches will celebrate Life Sunday on January 20th, but becuase that is the Sunday … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Sermon: Matthew 1

The following sermon was preached by Pastor Jonathan Huehn, Associate Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Normal, IL. … Continue reading

Advent IV Sermon

Sermon by Pastor Chris Hull Christ Lutheran Church Normal, IL Advent IV “Prepare the Way” Deut. 18:15-19 Psalm 111 Phil. 4:4-7 John 1:19-28 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Chris Hull — Here Comes Krampus

The Second Sunday in Advent Luke 21:25-36 Jesus proclaims the signs of his second coming. This lesson is a great comfort for the baptized. Pastor Chris Hull Christ Lutheran Church Normal, IL … Continue reading

Table Talk: Ordain Women Now

Recently there has arisen a group in the LCMS who believes that there should be a peaceful discussion concerning the ordination of women. Should the LCMS have further discussion concerning this topic, or is the debate itself a rejection of … Continue reading

Table Talk: Beth Moore Part 2

Last week I began a two part article on Beth Moore bible studies. There were a lot of comments, some helpful and others counterproductive. However, I would like to conclude this article and give some constructive ways in which we … Continue reading

Table Talk: Beth Moore part 1

Jesus warned His disciples in Matthew 16, “How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 12 Then they understood that he did not tell them … Continue reading

“A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago” (Sermon and hymn for Reformation Day, on Psalm 119:46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago” (Psalm 119:46) A Lonely Monk, Now Long Ago A lonely monk, now long ago, Nailed truth upon a door; The echoes of that hammer blow Rang out to many more. And when he spoke … Continue reading

The Priceless Treasure

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no … Continue reading

Luther vs. Erasmus on Scripture — Round 2

Erasmus, over and against Luther’s understanding concerning the authority of Sacred Scripture, places great importance on the interpretation of the church fathers concerning the Holy Scriptures.  Before Erasmus begins his discussion on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon Scripture, … Continue reading

Luther vs. Erasmus on Scripture

The clarity of scripture is the establishment of all confession. Without a clear understanding of what God says in His Holy Word, every doctrine capitulates on the opinions of man.  An understanding of the clarity of scripture is absolutely necessary … Continue reading

Life Together: Luther on discussing Worship

Koinonia. This word can be translated or understood as “Life Together.” How does the Church have life together? The Augsburg Confession answers this question saying, “It is also taught that at all times there must be and remain one holy, … Continue reading

Look down on or Despise: Luther on the extent of the law

1st Timothy 4:12 says, ” Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” The Greek word, kataphroneito, means to despise or look down on. … Continue reading

Steadfast proclamation: Giving the goods of the cross

In the season of Pentecost we meditate on the giving of the Holy Spirit, that is, the giving of the benefits of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, asserts the benefit of the … Continue reading

The Best Construction — Luther on the 8th commandment

Theological discussion centered in the article of Justification is one of the many treasures that Jesus Christ gives to His Bride, the Church, (Matthew 18:19-20).  Wherever and whenever two or three are gathered in the Name of Jesus, Christ Himself … Continue reading