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Pride (superbia) was the foundation of all sin in medieval piety and theology.  A concept well-established on the Bible and the Church Fathers, pride was the devil’s original sin. Augustine of Hippo explained that pride was the original sin of human beings and led to The Fall and its horrible … Continue reading

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
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The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 “Confessing the True Faith” Matthew 10:26-33 Faith alone makes us Christians. Confession alone marks us as Christians. Only God can judge the heart. Only God can see what we really and truly believe. Nobody but God can see our faith, but … Continue reading

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?
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Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?: A Casualty of Casuistry Rev. John A. Frahm III 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Sermon on Psalm 119:46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Psalm 119:46) Today Lutheran churches around the world are celebrating the 487th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. On June 25, 1530, in the city of Augsburg, Germany, a group of Lutheran princes presented a confession of their faith, composed by … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after Trinity
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Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found in the Lutheran Service Book (page 295). … Continue reading

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Demystify Your Pastor With The Small Catechism

We all know pastors can be a bit mystifying sometimes.  Growing up in a small congregation with fairly high pastor turnover, that’s what I thought anyway, no matter which pastor it was who was serving us at the time.  They … Continue reading

Man Up! The CHRIST-Centered Quest for Real Masculinity

Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity, by Jeffrey Hemmer (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017) I won’t lie to you. When I first read the title for this book, I wasn’t sure I would read it since “Man up!” has … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Gottesdienstonline Video — The Form of the Divine Service

Found over on Gottesdienst Online: The video is finally done! Over a year in the making, we have at last completed our work of preparing our instructional film, The Form of the Divine Service: an instructional video for pastors and … Continue reading

CPH to produce Desk Diary for Pastors! Fall 2017

Concordia Publishing House has decided to print a great resource for Lutheran pastors, a new desk diary (daily scheduler) that has great information to help us in planning services, sermon preparation, etc.  This is going to replace other planners that … Continue reading

Great Stuff — ULC: Groundbreaking!

Found over on BuildULC:   The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new University Lutheran Chapel has been set for Saturday, June 24 at 4 PM. (It will have been five years to the day since we closed the old ULC … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 4 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraceptionnota bene: Why is this important? Lutherans have insisted from the very beginning of the Reformation that we are not inventing new teachings and only seek … Continue reading

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Exodus 19:2-8) “You shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” What did this mean for … Continue reading

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Funeral sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Created, Redeemed, and Sanctified by the Triune God” (Apostles’ Creed) Bob, Karen, Michele, friends and family of our dear sister Dottie: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian funeral service is … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Pentecost 2

June 18, 2017 — Proper 6 — Pentecost 2
Sermon Text — Matthew 9:35-10:1-20

God’s Mission of Love

The Mission of Jesus– Preach, Teach, Heal

The savior is on a mission.  His face is set.  His eyes are fixed.  His hands are outstretched.  His voice is lifted high.  The Savior is on a mission and His mission is the salvation of the world.  He is no Moses – though many would prefer Moses to Jesus.  Moses gives you something to do, something to work for, something measurable.  The Law came through Moses.  Jesus is no Moses.  Jesus gives you something to believe.  The Law measures what you deserve.  Faith on the other hand receives what the heart knows we don’t deserve.  With Jesus it’s not about what you deserve.  With Jesus is all about what He has to give and what we are to receive by faith.  It’s not about deserving, it’s about believing.  God is love.  Jesus is God made flesh.  Jesus is love incarnate.  We are given to believe this, to believe in Love made flesh for us.

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Lambs at Pasture for the Second Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the Second Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the … Continue reading

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ

Recently the Biblical Archaeology Review website republished a short article on Codex Sinaiticus. The article was titled: “What’s Missing from Codex Sinaiticus, the Oldest New Testament? Compare differences between the King James Version and Codex Sinaiticus.” [Attributed to the “Biblical … Continue reading

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This year, the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), the commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530), June 25, falls on a Sunday. Here is a hymn I wrote that is appropriate for the occasion (or … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Second Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 11 of 11 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Second 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 … Continue reading

Catechesis is not like the McRib!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Pastor Marcus Manley. Pastor Marcus Manley is an LC-MS called minister to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa.  He is a husband of one wife (Amy) and father to four children.  The … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 6 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesThe pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O … Continue reading

A guest editorial on the practice of birth control by Rev. Dr. Walter A Maier, first Lutheran Hour Speaker and Professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 3 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on ContraceptionMany and contradictory statements have been made to explain (the) drastic declines (in the birth rate), but no reasonable doubt remains that the most pronounced factor … Continue reading

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Athanasian Creed: Incomprehensible?” Today is Trinity Sunday–or, more properly called, the Feast of the Holy Trinity–and as such, this is the one day in the year when we confess the Athanasian Creed. Actually, we believe, teach, and confess the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Trinity Sunday

June 11, 2017 — Trinity Sunday
Sermon Text — Matthew 28:16-20

All Authority has been given to Me

Some worshipped and some doubted.  All were gathered on the mountain.  All saw the resurrected Jesus yet some worshipped and some doubted.  Why did some doubt?  Why, do you doubt?  What they saw with their eyes we are given to behold by faith, to see with our ears so to speak.  Yet some worship and some doubt.

While some are worshipping and some are doubting the Lord of all creation knows their hearts.  Your Lord knows your heart.  Knowing the hearts of men, women and children, our resurrected Jesus speaks.  He addresses our doubts with His Word.  His Word gives us what we need and eases our doubts intending to quicken and stir up faith.

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Second Annual B.I.B.E.L. Symposium, June 22nd

  BIBEL (Bethany Institute for Biblical & Ecclesiastical Languages) will have the 2nd Annual BIBEL Symposium at Bethany Lutheran College on Thursday, June 22nd. Major presentations by Pastor Joe Abrahamson: Hebrew Readings in Exodus, and “The Language of Probability and … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the First Sunday after Trinity

Lambs at Pasture for the First Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the … Continue reading