Why Contemporary Worship is Less than Biblical – an Introduction

There have historically been two dominant approaches to the determination of worship forms and substance within Protestantism, known as the “normative principle of worship,” and the “regulative principle of worship.”  Summarized briefly, the normative principle states that whatever the Scriptures … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 3 (Trinity 21) – Spiritual Armor

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity, or the Third Sunday After Michaelmas Spiritual Armor John 4:46-54 New King James Version 46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Luke the Evangelist (Oct. 18)

October 18 St. Luke the Evangelist Luke 10:1-9 New King James Version 10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 2 (Trinity 20) – Confirmation

Second Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity Confirmation: Perseverance in Faith Matthew 22:1-14 New King James Version 22 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: the Festival of St. Michael and All Angels (Sept. 29)

September 29 or Sunday Preceding. Matthew 18:1-11 New King James Version 18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 1 (Trinity 19) – Absolution

First Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Ninteenth Sunday after Trinity Absolution: Jesus Forgives the Paralytic Matthew 9:1-8 New King James Version 9 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 18 – Law and Gospel

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity Law and Gospel: The Great Commandment Matthew 22:34-46 New King James Version 34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 17 – Christian Freedom

Christian Freedom: Healing on the Sabbath Luke 14:1-11 New King James Version 14 Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: the Festival of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21)

September 21 Matthew 9:9-13 New King James Version 9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. 10 … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 16 – Death and Burial

Death and Burial: The Young Man of Nain Luke 7:11-17 New King James Version 11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 15 – Contentment

Contentment: The Lilies of the Field Matthew 6:24-34 New King James Version 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 14 -Thanksgiving

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19 New King James Version 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 13 -Charity

The Good Samaritan Luke 10:23-37 New King James Version 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Bartholomew’s Day

August 24th Luke 22:24-30 New King James Version 24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 12 – Healing

Jesus Heals the Sick Mark 7:31-37 New King James Version 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 11 -Humility

Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector 9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 10 -Renewed Obedience

Luke 19:41-48 Jesus Cleanses the Temple 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 9 -Stewardship

Luke 16:1-9 The Wise Steward 16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 8 -Beware of False Prophets

Matthew 7:15-23 New King James Version 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospels: St. Mary Magdalene

July 22nd Luke 7:36-50 36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 7 -Providence

Providence Mark 8:1-9 New King James Version Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 8 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 6 -Sin and Righteousness

Matthew 5:20-26 New King James Version 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 5 -Discipleship

Following Christ Luke 5:1-11 New King James Version 5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Visitation (July 2)

July 2 Luke 1:39-47 New King James Version Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospels: Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles

June 29th Matthew 16:13-20 New King James Version 13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the … Continue reading