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“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” And then our … Continue reading

Conversion: To See Decisions Dead People Make, Visit the Cemetery
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My Dad liked Billy Graham. When Graham’s crusades were televised, Dad watched. Graham had a gift of oratory. He preached God’s Law. He preached sin and salvation. He preached the person and work of Christ. But his sermons were spoiled by a serious error, the call to make a decision … Continue reading

Advice from Dr. C.F.W. Walther When Considering a Call
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Editors Note – I received this small snippet from a friend – The volume (Walther’s Pastoral Theology) it belongs to is coming out in early 2017 and will be quite a gift to the whole English speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Thank you Concordia Publishing House for bringing the whole of … Continue reading

The Bible: The Cradle of Christ — Advent Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
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Romans 15:4-13 The Bible is the most revered book in the world.  People who rarely read it and know little of what it teaches treat it with respect.  The Bible is a symbol of tradition, of stability, and of truth.  It connects us with the past.  The Bible assumes a … Continue reading

Law & Gospel Does Not Make Reformed & Evangelical Churches Orthodox
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Confessional Lutherans were tantalized by the idea of other denominations adopting Law/Gospel language in the expectation that it might lay a bridge across the Missouri. There were high hopes for former Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian to be the celebrity convert whose high profile would slipstream thousands of closeted Lutherans into the Lutheran … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Advent 2

December 4, 2016 — Advent II Sermon Text — Matthew 3:1-12 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of the sermon.   Our Daily Exodus Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. It is available in two versions this year — to cover the alternate reading. You may download the notes for John … Continue reading

The Will in Conversion: Protestant Rationalism versus Lutheran Adherence to Scripture

A recurring issue in Christian conversations is: what is the role of man’s will in conversion. Some say this is no better than arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. This issue really matters, … Continue reading

Reformers Are Not Radicals

The Evangelical Lutheran princes of the Holy Roman Empire presented their confession of faith to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530.  This document became known as the Augsburg Confession because the meeting took place in Augsburg (in modern southern … Continue reading

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Sermon on Isaiah 2:1-5, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Mountain of the House of the Lord” (Isaiah 2:1-5) Today we’re beginning a series of sermons I’m calling “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” We’re taking the Old Testament readings for this season of Advent, all taken from the prophet Isaiah, and … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Gaudete (Advent 3)

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Advent 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

Praying Intentionally

We have both the command from God to pray, and the promise that He will hear us. Sometimes it is easy to pray. Words come easily and we know what to say. Sometimes, prayer is more difficult. We struggle with … Continue reading

Christ’s First Advent: The Triumph of Humility — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Advent means coming. Jesus’ first coming was at Christmas. He came in humility. His second coming will be on Judgment Day. He will come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead. He came in humility. He … Continue reading

A Simple Map of Conversion Terminology

On a recurring basis, online Lutheran discussions will confront you with terms like pelagianism, synergism, and monergism. You will see one participant claim that what another person said is wrong because it is pelagian. Maybe you ventured to speak up, … Continue reading

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“‘Hosanna!’ Our Advent Prayer and Praise” (Matthew 21:1-11) Today is the First Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas. But you’ll notice that the Holy Gospel for this day is actually a reading about Palm Sunday. What gives? … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Sermon – by Pastor Rolf Preus

1 Timothy 2: 1-8 We should pray for our government because it serves us as God’s servant. The Bible teaches that all governments instituted among men get their power to govern from God. We should submit to all legitimate human … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Populus Zion (Advent 2)

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday of Advent 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

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Thanksgiving sermon on the Apostles’ Creed, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts” (Apostles’ Creed) Thanksgiving is a time for “Thanking God for His First-Article Gifts.” What do I mean by that? I mean all the good gifts our heavenly Father gives us that are summarized in … Continue reading

Advent – A Good Time to Pair Arch Books to the Lectionary

The Brothers of John the Steadfast have said before that, “We can use Arch Books coordinated with the Lectionary to engage young children in the Divine Service.” The Brothers published an “Arch Books to Lectionary Table (Historic 1-Year Lectionary)” to … Continue reading

Who Is “Apt to Teach”?

One of the Biblical qualifications for those who are to be Pastors is that they must be “apt to teach.”  Teach the faith, that is.  But if we are honest with ourselves, we have all experienced the work of many … Continue reading

The Wise and Foolish Virgins — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity Matthew 25:1-13 Today is the last Sunday of the church year.  Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Advent.  The church year ends just over a month before the calendar year does.  People stay … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures Now Online

The forty-ninth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN on October 27–28, 2016. The theme of the lectures was “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.” The first lecture, given … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for a day of Thanksgiving

The Gospel Notes for a day of Thanksgiving 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 … Continue reading