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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 whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47 When he heard … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Life We all Want

October 11, 2015 — Proper 23 Sermon Text — Mark 10:17-22 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/2015-10-11_08-33.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 taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 10th … Continue reading

The Gospel According to Elsa

Jesus never said, “Let go and let God”, He said, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” There’s a big difference. Both “let go and let God” and “repent and believe” acknowledge that we have trouble, but they locate the source of that trouble in two very different places. One leads … 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 about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The … Continue reading


“You Will Have Treasure in Heaven” (Sermon on Mark 10:17-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Will Have Treasure in Heaven” (Mark 10:17-22) Today we have the story of the rich young ruler. It’s a story of idolatry, repentance, and faith–the declining of repentance and faith, actually, even though Jesus lovingly calls this young man … Continue reading

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention

This came to my attention the other day.  It is a good overture to try to restore faithfulness to our Lutheran Confessions in our use of vicars.  Any member congregation can submit an overture to the LCMS Convention.  For more … Continue reading

The Theology of Worship and the Tomatin 15-year-old Scotch Whisky

Strap yourself in. I can tell you right now that this will be the longest whisky review you’ve ever read – even longer than my philosophical crucifixion of Scoresby. I would imagine that there are folks who, at first, may … Continue reading

You’re Killing Me Peter: Wiki Part 2

You’re Killing Me Peter St. Paul guides us to treat one another gently when it comes to correcting each other. He, inspired by the Holy Spirit in Galatians 6:1 declared, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who … Continue reading

Free for theology folks who know Latin — Martin Chemnitz’s works!

Lutheran Heritage Foundation is offering a free hardcover copy of selected works of Martin Chemnitz in Latin.  They do ask that you donate to help offset shipping costs if you are able. To order, call the LHF office at (800)554-0723 … Continue reading

Luther on Just War Against the Turks

In the early sixteenth century the Ottoman Empire had become the dominant power in the Middle East.  When Suleiman the Magnificent (r.1520-66) became Sultan in 1520 the empire included modern Turkey, Syria, Northern Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, the west coast … Continue reading

Take me to Church.

I work every other Sunday, it’s one of the few things I dislike about my job. Back when I started 13 years ago I didn’t attend church and wasn’t even a member of a local congregation. Working on Sundays didn’t … 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

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Sermon on Mark 10:2-16 and Hebrews 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Receive the Kingdom of God like a Child” (Mark 10:2-16; Hebrews 2:1-18) How would you like to enter the kingdom of God? I know I would. After all–literally, after all–the kingdom of God will be the only thing going. It … Continue reading

Convention 2016: Nominating for various positions, by October 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Convention 2016: Nominating for various positions, by October 9 The time is growing short to submit nominations for various positions to be elected at next summer’s LCMS convention. The nomination forms are due by October 9. Ordained ministers, commissioned ministers, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — What’s Good for the Goose

You have heard it said, “What’s good for the goose is good for gander.”  James tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (Jam 1:17 ESV)  What is good comes from God and because it comes from God what is good does not change.  But humanity is not content with what is good.  Wanting to be like God our first parents chose for themselves their own goodness.

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FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous

Every September the shadow synod within the LCMS, FiveTwo, hosts a gathering in Katy, TX. The organization’s WikiConference recently concluded and, once again, rang every alarm bell and raised every red flag imaginable for Confessional Lutherans as well as LCMS office … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — St Michael and All Angels

St. Michael and All Angels Luke 10:17-20 September 27. 2015 Audio: http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/2015-09-27_08-37.m4a   In the Name of Jesus!  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, A. Rejoicing in the Kingdom of God In the beginning God saw all that He had made, … Continue reading

“When God Visits” (Homily for Trinity 16)

Text: Luke 7:11-17 Listen here. We are entangled in death. The cords of death wrap around us like poison-filled tentacles. Death makes headlines. One professor shoots another professor and then takes his own life. People die in wildfires and flash … Continue reading

Satan’s Catechism

A thought-provoking article in Touchstone magazine gave me inspiration for this article. Dr. Marcus Johnson wrote “Who’s Your Teacher?” in the September / October issue of Touchstone. The by-line of the article was “Our Sacred Duty to Teach the Devil … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther — Loose Lips

  Another edition of Tuesday with Luther   The Second Commandment — Loose Lips … Continue reading

The Silver Spoon Jesus Left in a Drawer

Before 1700, common folk had wooden spoons. Well off people had silver. The saying, “He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth,” views a high-born person as knowing nothing about the struggles of life. As the Son of … Continue reading

A Major Conference on LCMS Missions in Houston Sponsored by Lutherans in Africa

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas is hosting Pastor James May (Director of Lutherans in Africa), Rev. Steve Schave (Director of LCMS Urban and Inner City Missions) and Rev. Dr. Tim Rossow (Administrative Pastor, Bethany Lutheran, Naperville, Illinois for … 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

Celebrating a Life

On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss … Continue reading