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Gospel Notes for The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
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The Gospel Notes for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s 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 Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White … Continue reading

Closed Communion: Repentance and Faith
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When a pastor practices Closed Communion, he is simply teaching repentance. Introduction In the FL/GA District, I’ve often heard pastors say, “We [the LC–MS] practice ‘close’ communion.” When I ask, “What do you mean by that?” They typically respond along the lines, “It means that anyone who confesses Jesus is Lord, and is baptized, … Continue reading

Pewcards for Africa
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  Posted by Pr. James May over on the Lutherans in Africa facebook page .. Brothers of John the Steadfast and Rev Timothy Rossow made these great little pamphlets to help teach the liturgy, its Biblical references, and how it can be applied to every day life. Thank you to … Continue reading

Law and Gospel in Marriage.
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My wife and I have been married for over 14 years. In terms of our lives in the church, we have both changed over those 14 years. Our upbringings in the church were vastly different and the years before we met were influenced by different circumstances. One thing is for … Continue reading

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every … Continue reading

Flashback

Who was this John the Steadfast, anyway?

Kick off your Reformation celebration this year at the annual Reformation Lectures at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, Thursday, October 27 to Friday, October 28, 2016.  This year’s topic is “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.”  Hear what … Continue reading

Bosom, Burial, Banishment – Step 5 in the Humiliation of Christ

Bosom Jesus from eternity was in the bosom of the Father. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18) Skip the dead illustrations … Continue reading

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words

Cross-dressing is defined as wearing the clothing typical of the opposite sex. It is a man wearing a dress and high heels or a woman dressed like a soldier for combat. Cross-dressing doesn’t change the reality of God’s creation of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s 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, … Continue reading

Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right

The Montgomery – Kloha debate is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at Concordia University-Chicago in River Forest Illinois. This is another article in preparation for the debate and to bring a better understanding of the issues to the public. Be … Continue reading

Freed to Sin, or Freed from Sin?

Slavery and Freedom: A Sermon on Romans 6:19-23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Adam’s sin earned him the just reward of death and condemnation. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Counting on Grace

September 18, 2016 Sermon Text — Luke 16:1-15 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_09-18-2016.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is … Continue reading

“Faithful Stewards” (Sermon on Luke 16:1-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Faithful Stewards” (Luke 16:1-15) In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. This story is also known as the Parable of the Unrighteous Steward. The terms are interchangeable: dishonest or unrighteous; manager or steward. But … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s 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, … Continue reading

Solidifying our Lutheran Trinitarian Preaching & Teaching

Outside of Holy Trinity Sunday, when was the last time you preached on the Scriptural teachings on the Trinity?  In your Bible teaching, do you spend much more time than just quoting the normal proof passages such as Matthew 28:19, … Continue reading

The Lutheran Confessions – Why Do We Still Bother?

We have Moses and the Prophets, isn’t that enough? If Holy Scripture is God’s infallible Word and the only source and norm of Christian doctrine, what need do we have for the Lutheran Confessions? If Scripture is the ultimate authority, … Continue reading

Why not a Formula of Concord for Today?

It should not be disputed today that unfortunately there is much doctrinal divergence still in the LCMS.  One easily discovers this when traveling to other congregations and discovering the wide range of belief, confession and practice of various doctrines.  Some … Continue reading

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Sermon on Luke 15:1-10 and 1 Timothy 1:5-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus Receives, Rejoices over, and Restores Sinners” (Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:5-17) Jesus receives sinners. Do you qualify? If so, great, I’ve got good news for you today. Or do you think you’re not that bad of a sinner? Well, … Continue reading

Star Trek at 50: An Aesop for Today?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016. To most, this day did not stand in distinction to any other day of 2016, a year filled with political, moral, and theological upheaval, but for me and millions of “Trekkies” around the world, that day was the 50th … Continue reading

Montgomery-Kloha Debate to be livestreamed. Stay tuned for more information.

First of all, thanks to the Lutheran Concerns Association for heading up the organization of this debate.  Thanks to Dr. Montgomery and Dr. Kloha for agreeing to do it.  The other co-sponsoring groups also for their support of the event … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Carried by His Word from the Wilderness to the Rail

Without words we would be forever lost. It is words that brought creation into being. It is words that condemned sin and the works of the devil. And it is words that restored Adam and His descendants through the promised Messiah. Without words, especially God’s Word we would be forever lost, forever hiding in the bushes, forever captivated and held captive by our sins. And so it is with Words that the God who made the heavens, the earth, and all therein, gives to us new life. Words give us life because God’s Word give us God’s life, the life of His Son, who comes to us and carries us along. The Word who was in the beginning with God has become flesh and dwelt among us. It is God’s Word in the Jordan sanctifying the waters of baptism as a lavish flood that washes away sin. It is God’s Word in the wilderness casting Satan away. It is God’s Word that heals the sick, enlightens eyes, opens ears and loosens tongues, even raises the dead. God’s grace comes to us through His Words and without His Words we would be lost forever.

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“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 43:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When You Walk through Fire You Shall Not Be Burned” (Isaiah 43:1-7) “When you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” This is the Lord’s promise to his people. You heard it … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s 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, … Continue reading

Lutheran Clarion — Theological Problems in Some of Dr. Kloha’s Recent Publications

This article is one of two that is to be published in the September 2016 issue of The Lutheran Clarion, published here with the permission of the LCA. Any typos are our fault in transcribing the text from a PDF … Continue reading

Lutheran Theologians to Debate Textual Criticism of the Bible

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin and Dr. Jeffrey John Kloha, Provost and Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Semniary, Saint Louis, will conduct a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism … Continue reading