Comments for An international fraternity of confessional Lutheran laymen and pastors, supporting proclamation of Christian doctrine in the new media. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:11:36 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on “Friend, Move Up Higher” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson) by Jason WW Tue, 30 Aug 2016 02:11:36 +0000 Pastor,

Thank you for sharing your sermons. I am new to the site and have read a few of them. As a lay person I find them easy to understand but not lacking in substance.

May God continue to bless your writings.

Comment on The Secret to Church Growth by mac Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:40:35 +0000 Somehow I missed this article–along with everyone else. 🙂 Hard to believe there isn’t more argument (errr… discussion) after Rev. Andersen’s borderline heretical statement:

Do not be deceived: any Church that throws Scripture out the window and starts deciding for itself what’s right and wrong is no longer a church, but a synagogue of Satan—even if it says LCMS on the sign outside. Christians more devout than us have fallen prey to this error and liberated themselves from the “tyranny” of the Bible.


+soli deo gloria +

Thank you for your Steadfast work, Rev. Andersen!

Comment on Fundagelical Newness of Life by George A. Marquart Mon, 29 Aug 2016 16:25:35 +0000 Dear Mr. Klotz: Thank you, from one layman to another, for writing a great piece on the Lutheran view of Baptism.
I have just two areas of disagreement: When you write, “we should, to quote Luther, ‘…by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever,’” (Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation 1986), this is not quite accurate. Luther actually wrote “…the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die…” Ironically, the result would be the same, if we followed Luther’s advice: whether we drown the Old Adam or ourselves, drowning causes death. But apparently the Old Adam is livelier than we are, because, lo and behold, there he is again the next day, waiting to be drowned. Luther’s claim that Romans 6 speaks of this is nonsense. Romans 6, as you quoted, speaks of the onetime effect of Baptism. In a later writing, the Smalcald Articles, he writes that the Repentance leading to Baptism is in effect for our entire lives.
The other is when you write, “The disciples are not commanded to baptize penitent believers.” You may recall that, after Peter’s first sermon at Pentecost, when, in response to that sermon, the people asked him what they should do, he responded with, Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” We believe that, just as God is able to give faith to a baby, so is He able to grant repentance to it. It is questionable whether, for instance, the forcible baptism of whole of South American tribes, under the threat of death, carried the benefits of true Baptism. I suspect that “to make disciples,” involves the same preaching of Law and Gospel that leads a grownup first to Repentance and then to the desire to be Baptized.
Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart
PS.: If you chose to respond, please know that I will be out of town until Friday of this week and will thus not be able to respond to you until then. George

Comment on Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years! by helen Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:02:49 +0000 @Steve #36

…The meter markings, such as C.M. (8,6,8,6), L.M. (8,8,8,8),, etc., indicate syllables per phrase using a full singing voice. These are at the top of the page in TLH, bottom right in LW, and bottom right in LSB. Generally, if you can’t easily get through a phrase in one breath, using a full singing voice, it is because the tempo is too slow. Don’t get wrapped up with time signatures…

Thank you. I was pretty sure someone would answer better than I did.

Comment on Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years! by Ginny Valleau Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:51:19 +0000 If anyone wants a copy of the suggested tempos for Lutheran Worship and Hymn Supplement 98, send me an email ( and I will send it to you. I received a hard copy at an Organists’ Workshop in Fort Wayne and scanned it into PDF.

Ginny Valleau

Comment on Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him by Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:28:55 +0000 @Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) #5

I do have to plead guilty myself to occasionally having “shoehorned” ideas into sermons and leaning at times to eisegesis rather than exegesis. My mistakes don’t justify the mistakes of others, though. We all need some correction along the way to help us keep on the “straight and narrow” road of good homiletics.

Comment on Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him by Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:17:38 +0000 @Rev. Dr. Tony Sikora #2

You have to admit, Rev. Sikora, that the Calvinist remarks were “shoehorned” into the sermon. Jesus wasn’t speaking about Calvinism (of course!). I know that Reformed congregations are numerous in your part of the country, especially just west of you; so I’m sure that this is on your mind more than on the minds of most of the rest of us. In any case, the Calvinist theme in the sermon seems to lean more in the direction of eisegesis than exegesis.

(By the way, do younger people know what a “shoehorn” is any more? It occurred to me that I’m showing my age… )

Comment on Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him by Ted Badje Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:44:21 +0000 You can do better.

Comment on Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him by Ted Badje Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:42:28 +0000 The Calvinist remark is hyperbole. Just when the Confessionals are getting a voice and creditability, you have this.

Comment on Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him by Rev. Dr. Tony Sikora Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:31:44 +0000 Carl, you’re right, there are many Calvinists missionaries, churches, schools, etc. However, the point of the sentence and the thrust of the sermon is that Calvin’s doctrine of limited atonement goes against Jesus and the gospels. According to a strict Calvinist interpretation of Luke 14 the man with dropsy was surely one of the reprobate as evidenced by his dropsy. Jesus turns all of this upside down by healing the man on the Sabbath, real healing for a real sinner.