Mission: Decline of the Church, Self-Esteem, and the Small Catechism

At the recent LCMS convention, a recurring topic was the decline of the church. President Harrison had written about it in his report. Some had criticized one part of what he said, the part about declined birth rates among church … Continue reading

LCMS Convention Levity

Concentrating when you and your assigned seat have become one can be problematic. One more “Press ‘one’ for ‘yes,’ press ‘two’ for ‘no’ ” and I’m gonna storm the dais. And I don’t need another guy going to the microphone … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s His Office

Sermon Text — John 20:19-23 Installation of Pastor David Dodge at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Hope MI. July 31, 2016   In the Name ✞ of Jesus. AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, dear servants of Christ’s Church, David, … Continue reading

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Sermon on Ecclesiastes 1-2, Luke 12, and Colossians 3, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26; Luke 12:13-21; Colossians 3:1-11) We all want to live the good life, don’t we? I mean, we want to have the best life now that we can have. Financial security, good … Continue reading

We’re Not Alone: A Brief Summary of the 2016 Synod Convention

After being elected as the Pastoral Delegate for the Orlando-West Circuit of the Florida-Georgia District (FL/GA) in 2015, I attended the 2016 LCMS Synodical Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Being a Lutheran Pastor for less than two years, I needed to … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Eleventh 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

Commemorating the Saints

Satan’s always working to confuse our theology. If he can’t knock us off the horse on one side, he’ll try to knock us off the other. He’s done a really great job when it comes to commemorating the saints. I … Continue reading

When God Tests You — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has … Continue reading

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Sermon on Colossians 2:6-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Colossians 2:6-15) “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is the rhythm of the Christian life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is God’s will for you, in your life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is how Paul describes … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Tenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Tenth 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

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?

A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to go with him to a Cubs game. Now, despite the fact that baseball is about as exciting to me as watching paint dry, I had a good time. Not only do I … Continue reading

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope

A great post out of our archives — note that the discussion on the original post is worth re-reading. I’ve included some of the comments below. This post was originally penned by Dr. C.F.W. Walther in 1846 .. a reminder … Continue reading

Book Review — Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry

Rev. Philip Hale’s new book, “CONFESSING THE SCRIPTURAL CHRIST AGAINST MODERN IDOLATRY: Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Truth in Scientific and Biblical Conflict” is a must read for every serious LCMS theologian, whether pastor, professor, synodical official or layman. Rev. Hale exposes … Continue reading

The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement

In what had been touted for decades as the movement able to rescue the American Christian Church from extinction, The Church Growth Movement (CGM) has itself become extinct.  Yes, the Church Growth Movement has lost its movement.  It had been … Continue reading

TWL: Closer than the Devil

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“The Testimony of the Holy Spirit” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

I know of no other part of the Bible that provides as much comfort to the troubled soul as Romans chapter 8.  When I visit someone who is facing a critical life-threatening event I often turn to this beautiful chapter … Continue reading

Great Stuff — LCMS Convention: An Outsider’s Perspective

Another great post found over on Pr. Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt:   Some may argue that “Outsider” is not an apt description. But, I was not a delegate, I saw no updates on the convention until after it was finished, … Continue reading

LCMS Resolution 12-07A: Is This Dissent?

It didn’t take long for the quips to fly regarding the just-passed LCMS Convention Resolution 12-07A, “To Clarify Definition of Dissent.” This circularly humorous question was posed on Facebook: Can I dissent on Facebook with Resolution 12-07A, adopted 684 to … Continue reading

Dr Luther on the Office of the Ministry

“This much is sure: Whoever despises the office of the ministry will not think very highly of the Gospel.” [Martin Luther, The Sermon on the Mount, LW 21:226] Dr. Luther wrote these words in the early 1530s.  He preached on … Continue reading

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation

West Baltimore’s Bethany Lutheran Church and its pastor, Rev. Elias Abite Kao, have taken their leave of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Bethany plans to reconstitute as an independent non-denominational church following a direct revelation from God to … Continue reading

Baptismal Regeneration: A False Gospel?

I am consistently amazed at the visceral reaction of those who deny the efficacy of Baptism to any talk about how Baptism is efficacious. One person wrote a long response to my article, “Three Examples of How Lutherans DenyJustification by … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Choosing the Good Portion

July 17, 2016 — Proper 11 Sermon Text — Luke 10:38-42 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Choosing the Good Portion Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Ninth 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

LCMS Convention Day Four

The Fourth Day of the Convention has finished up.  The big thing today was the elections.  The United List fared very well.  Delegates weighing in the strengths of the candidates and also the trustworthiness of the list’s recommendations voted astoundingly … Continue reading

Small Catechism Memory and Flash Cards in 11 English Translations

Small Catechism memory cards and flash cards are great tools for learning by heart and meditating on the truths of Scripture “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15) … Continue reading