A Tiny Error Overthrows the Whole Teaching

“A little yeast leavens the whole lump.” Galatians 5:9 In Dr. Luther’s commentary on this verse, we may observe his typical approach in dealing with false teaching.  Even when someone seems to agree with right doctrine in most matters, divergence … Continue reading

Love, Homosexuality, and Christianity – Do Ask, Do Tell

If you have paid attention to the news over the last several years you have noticed that there has been a lot of attention given to the topic of homosexuality, especially over gay ‘marriage’ and the, Don’t ask, Don’t tell … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 15 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Sixth 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

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 22 of 26 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 22 of 26 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for the Sixth 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 … Continue reading

Time Running Out – Three Estates Conference in Denver, CO

Want to make sense of the world around you? Want to understand how your family fits into everything? What about the Church? Come and hear teaching on the Three Estates, a teaching that will help us understand much that is … Continue reading

The Role of Human Experience In Reading The Written Word of God

I remember a pastor at seminary giving us the terrible advice that you shouldn’t preach against abortion because you will have members who have had abortions—“they might get hurt or be offended.” I said, “So we shouldn’t preach against sins … Continue reading

Your Family As Impetus For Daily Prayer

Throughout my twenties, I remained unmarried.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I was able to pursue my education without other distractions.  Serving a parish as a single man had a lot of advantages too.  I was able to devote … Continue reading

“Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest” (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Come to Me, and I Will Give You Rest” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Here in this verse from today’s Gospel, Matthew 11:28, Jesus issues … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 14 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fifth 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

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 21 of 26 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 21 of 26 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for the Fifth 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 … Continue reading

The Devil Hates Your Good Works

The devil hates your good works for three reasons. First, the Father of lies hates your good works because good works, by necessity, flow from faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus said, “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but … Continue reading

The Fear of the Lord

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Ps. 34:11). Do you fear the Lord? “Why would I fear the Lord?” someone might say. “The Lord says that he is ‘a God merciful … Continue reading

“A Sword, a Cross, and a Life” (Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Sword, a Cross, and a Life” (Matthew 10:34-42) Today Jesus tells us that he came to bring us three things: “A Sword, a Cross, and a Life.” Are you sure you want these things? Let’s find out. Our text … Continue reading

Pentecost or Babel: A Plea for a Common Language in the Church

On a recent vacation, my family and I visited some of our pastor friends and their families in Michigan and Iowa. It was a wonderful time of refreshment. Even as we lamented the divisions in the Church around us, we … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Fourth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 13 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes

This is part 13 of 18 in the series Gospel Notes The Gospel Notes for the Fourth 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

Lambs at Pasture for the Fourth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 20 of 26 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 20 of 26 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs at Pasture for the Fourth 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 … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 7 of 8 in the series The Book of JudgesAs with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as … Continue reading

Higher Things – Quo Vadis?

Over the years Higher Things has received the support of many readers of Brothers of John Steadfast as well as of our editors. Sadly and with great regret the editors of the Brothers of John the Steadfast can no longer … Continue reading

Pride

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 … Continue reading

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

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 … Continue reading

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?

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 … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith with the Augsburg Confessors” (Sermon on Psalm 119:46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 19 of 26 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 19 of 26 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs 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 … Continue reading

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