A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Article

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!     Praise befits the upright. 2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;     make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song;     play skillfully on … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Introduction

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon continues the theme of prayer, focusing on the importance of the “our” in the Our … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part V: The Christian’s Spectacles

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

When the Lord made man, he made him with eyes that gaze outward from himself, that desire to see something and take it in. In short, the Lord made man to behold spectacles. As with every inclination with which we … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: Preparing for Lenten Prayer

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon introduces the theme of prayer, preached on Quinquagesima (Luke 18:31-43), and largely influenced by The … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part IV: Restoring a Proper Sense of Wonder

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

The following is a sermon on Luke 2:22-40, preached on December 31st, 2017, the First Sunday after Christmas. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “And his father and his mother wondered at … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Conclusion of the Ten Commandments

This entry is part 12 of 18 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,     who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;     the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part III: The Benefits

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

Well, having taken to heart the paternal warnings of the Church Fathers, and having preached against the folly of the screen, it remained for me to see exactly what life without television would be like. I had some misgivings, not … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Ninth and Tenth Commandments

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. 4 Their … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part II: The Advent Sermon

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

The following is the sermon I preached on the topic of Entertainment on December 7th, 2016. If you have not read Part I of this series yet, please do so. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and … Continue reading