What’s So Special About the Reformation? Faith Alone.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the third article in a series published in local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.  “But he who does not work … Continue reading

The Life of Repentance — Reformation Day Sermon, Pr Rolf Preus

Reformation Day October 31, 2017 The Life of Repentance Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Five hundred years ago today Martin Luther nailed 95 … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Scripture Alone.

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the second article in a series published in the local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Luther was brought before the Emperor, Charles V, at the Diet of Worms in 1521.  They told him to recant his writings about … Continue reading

Out of Love and Zeal for the Truth

“Out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following theses will be publicly discussed at Wittenberg under the chairmanship of the reverend father Martin Lutther [sic], Master of Arts and Sacred Theology … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

The following is the first of a series of articles written for the local papers in Clayton County, Iowa. This October 31st is the 500th anniversary of what is known as the Reformation. On this day, the eve of All … Continue reading

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus

Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar and professor of theology, nailed the ninety … Continue reading

“Reformation 500: By Grace Alone” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Reformation 500: By Grace Alone” (Romans 3:19-28) Happy Reformation Day! Now I could say that every year on the last Sunday in October, which is when we observe Reformation Day. But this year it is something special. Because this year, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 29 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-First 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 PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 3 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-first 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 … Continue reading

Two hymns for Reformation Day (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Here are two hymns for Reformation Day that I wrote, which we’ll be singing in our church this Sunday. If you click the tune links, you can sing along. BY GRACE ALONE WE ARE GOD’S OWN By grace alone We … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Commandment

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

On Proof Texting

When I was a young warthog, in college to be precise, I was drinking beer with a co-worker and one of his friends at a little hole-in-the-wall called “Sportsman’s Pub.” I tip my hat to Pr. Ryan Loeslie, who joined … Continue reading

“Render to Caesar, Render to God” (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Render to Caesar, Render to God” (Matthew 22:15-22) Our text today is the Holy Gospel from Matthew 22, the passage that includes the famous saying, “Render unto Caesar.” But as we’ll find out, that is only half of the verse. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 28 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the main reading (Matthew 22:1-14) here as a Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 4 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twentieth 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 … Continue reading

Advent 2017 Series from Steadfast in the Parish – “For unto us a Son is given” – Service Plan

The start of a new church year is coming.  As has become custom here at Steadfast we are working up a series for Advent which will include a devotional (look for that early to mid-November).  This year’s series is titled … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

“Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Sermon on Philippians 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rejoice in the Lord Always” (Philippians 4) “Rejoice in the Lord Always”: So says Paul in our Epistle reading today. Really? “Rejoice”? “Always”? Are you kidding me? “Rejoice always”? That’s easy for you to say, Paul. You don’t know what … Continue reading

“Invited to the Feast” (Funeral sermon on Isaiah 25:6-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Invited to the Feast” (Isaiah 25:6-9) There’s a big feast coming, and Bob is invited! In fact, his seat is already guaranteed. There’s a big feast coming, and you are invited too. That’s what I want to tell you about … Continue reading

Reformation 500 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation — Pastor Rolf Preus

October, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This month, we Lutherans celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That event … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 5 of 40 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth 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 … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 27 of 33 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Nineteenth 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 PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Broadening Your Devotion With Lutheran Hymns

Sometimes I get the vibe that Lutherans are dissatisfied with their own devotion and piety, as if it were too narrow or restricting.  It makes me think of a phenomenon I’ve seen in our hymnals in several places – the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism

  Blessed are those whose way is blameless,     who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,     who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,     but walk in his ways! … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” — Reformation 500 Sermon No. 1 by Pr Rolf Preus

“Grace Alone” The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity October 8, 2017 Romans 3:23—25a “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God … Continue reading