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Gospel Notes for Lent 2

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday in Lent (Reminiscere) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The bi-fold version is a “booklet … Continue reading

An Open Letter to the Members of Lutheran Church-Canada from the President of Concordia University of Edmonton

Editor’s Note – I received this “Open Letter” and am posting it for information’s sake in the ongoing discussion about Concordia University in Edmonton.  The Open Letter is from Dr. Gerald Krispin, the university President. Dear Friends of Concordia, I pray that everyone in our synod, and indeed all those … Continue reading

The Emperor’s Fig Leaves: Feminism and the Draft

This guest article is written by Rev. John Preus, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.   The Emperor’s Fig Leaves: Feminism and the Draft When the emperor wore no clothes, the subservient crowds were fooled by their own self-willed blindness and refusal to judge the situation by objective … Continue reading

2016 Conference Video Study — Reformation Preaching

The following are some reflection/study questions for watching the presentation by Pr. Hull on “Reformation Preaching”: Whose beard surpasses Pr. Hull’s beard? What is the serious problem Pr. Hull speaks about in the Synod? What’s the primary purpose of the sermon? What does it mean to preach the Gospel as … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Women Don’t Need To Get Drafted To Be Equal With Men

Found an article by Pr. Hans Fiene over on The Federalist:   When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden naked, this was a sign that he had given our first parents all they needed. Because God had created them without sin, they had no need for … Continue reading


Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — First Sunday in Lent

The Temptation of Now February 14, 2016 — Lent I Sermon Text — Luke 4:1-13 Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from … Continue reading

On My Heart, a Lutheran memory work program

Dr. Martin Luther said, “Let everyone know therefore, that it is his duty … to bring up his children above all things in the fear and knowledge of God.” A beautiful tool to help parents with this is On My … Continue reading

From His Fullness We Have Received — 2016 Lenten Devotional

Here it is, just in time (late actually).  For use wherever it is needed.  This devotional is the culmination of the work of four pastors (Rev. Marcus Baikie, Rev. Daniel Hinton, Rev. Chris Hull, and Rev. Joshua Scheer) based upon … Continue reading

These Are Not Exceptional Times For The Two Kingdoms

This is a guest article written by Rev. Scott Adle, associate pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Collinsville, IL.   Over the last few decades (at least) Christians in America have lamented that the notion of a “separation of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Ash Wednesday

It is not now what it once was.  For there was a time when there was no sin in the world and with no sin so also no death.  There was a time when humanity was free from sorrow and full of joy, when man could walk with God in the cool of the garden and draw near to Him without fear of judgment, without fear of rejection.  Yes beloved, there was a time, a long time ago, when God and man were by nature friends.  But that time is no more.  Sin has entered the world.  Death has spread to all men, women, and children.  Paradise is lost.

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Last minute Lenten Devotional from Steadfast in the Parish coming by tomorrow

As we did in Advent, so there will be a free Lenten Devotion put out by Steadfast Lutherans, but it has been delayed in its release for a  variety of reasons.  So, tomorrow I hope to have it done.  It … 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

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Transfiguration

Humanity has a sin problem.  Sin doesn’t get us to God.  Sin separates us from God.  In the garden Adam ate the fruit, sin entered the world, and death spread to all men, women and children.  While humanity tends to think the only problem is a death problem, the reality is that we have a death problem because we have a sin problem.  Humanity has a sin problem and having such a problem has led us to believe that we have to fix our sin problem to alleviate our death problem.  Fixing our sin problem we can get back to God.  If sin separates us from God and leads to death and then surely fixing our sin problem gets us back to God and leads to life.  That’s what makes sense.  That’s we humanity thinks. That’s what our fallen nature believes.

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2016 Steadfast Conference Recap – Texans show some great hospitality and Lutherans confess great theology

Today marked the last day of the 2016 Steadfast Lutherans Conference.   This year was a marked difference than previous years.  Instead of braving blizzards and freezing temps to hear good theology and so forth in Naperville, the conference was … Continue reading

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Sermon on Luke 9:28-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Transfiguration–and Exodus–of Our Lord” (Luke 9:28-36) Today is the Transfiguration of Our Lord. This is the festival we celebrate every year on the last Sunday after the Epiphany. We have seen Christ’s glory as the incarnate Son of God … Continue reading

Steadfast Lutherans Conference going on now in Tomball, Texas!

The Brothers of John the Steadfast conference is going on now in Tomball, Texas! Be sure to follow us on Twitter using the hashtag #bjs2016 (anyone tweeting from the conference, please use this hashtag!) Or link to our page here … 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

Aging Misnomer: “The Church’s Self Identity”

This very question is crucial for the church upon which to ponder. To use the phrase “the church’s self identity” is in itself a misnomer. The church does have an identity, but it is not an identity of itself. Its … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Lent 1

The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday in Lent (Invocabit) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold … Continue reading

Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, and Pro-Vocation

I like guns.   It’s not a big secret. As a police officer I spend a lot of time around guns. I’m a life member of the National Rifle Association. I’m an advocate of concealed and open carry. In fact, … Continue reading

URGENT — 3-10A Task Force Overture

With the upcoming (Feb 20th) deadline of overtures to the 2016 LCMS Convention (see this post), and the late arrival of the 3-10A Task Force Report (PDF file here), there is very little time to get an overture submitted to … Continue reading

“When Pain is Good for You” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Sexagesima Sunday Sermon January 31, 2016 “When Pain is Good for You” 2 Corinthians 12:9 The parable of the sower and the seed describes four different kinds of soil: three bad kinds and one good kind. The good ground was … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Quinquagesima — Faith Alone: Up to Jerusalem

Quinquagesima Sunday Luke 18:31-43 (NKJV) 31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 5 — The Church Militant: Tares Among the Wheat

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 13:24-30 (NKJV) 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares … Continue reading