“The Raising of Lazarus” (Sermon on John 11:1-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Raising of Lazarus” (John 11:1-53) Our text today is the account of “The Raising of Lazarus,” from John chapter 11. In this chapter, Jesus does three things: He raises the dead. He arouses faith. And he rouses the opposition. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Palmarum (Lent 6)

The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday in Lent (Palmarum) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the readings for Matthew 21:1-9 for Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Palmarum — Palm Sunday

Lambs at Pasture for Palmarum — Palm Sunday and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Christ’s Cross and the Christian’s Cross

The dogmaticians make a distinction between Christ’s cross and the Christian’s cross.  Christ’s cross is propitiatory while the Christian’s cross is disciplinary. Christ’s cross alone takes away the guilt of sin.  The Christian’s cross teaches him to commend himself to … Continue reading

Sons of Luther

Martin Franzmann wrote, “Preach you the Word and plant it home and never faint; The Harvest Lord who gave the sower seed to sow will watch and tend His planted Word” (LSB 586:6). I remember singing this hymn in the … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism” So far in our series on the catechism, we’ve covered the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. Tonight we come to the sacraments. We begin, fittingly enough, with … Continue reading

Cleansing from Death: A Brief Study of Hebrews 9 and Numbers 19

Hebrews 9:13-14 is an example of arguing from lesser to greater: For if the blood of goats and calves, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have become unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more … Continue reading

“A Real Eye-Opener” (Sermon on John 9:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Real Eye-Opener” (John 9:1-41) Our text today is a real eye-opener. It’s the story of Jesus healing the man born blind, from John chapter 9. It’s an eye-opener in several senses. Just the fact that Jesus can heal the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Judica (Lent 5)

The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Judica) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Judica — The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Lambs at Pasture for Judica — The Fifth Sunday of Lent and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Catechism in Six Parts: The Lord’s Prayer” So far in our series on the Catechism we’ve had the Ten Commandments and the Apostles’ Creed. The Commandments show us God’s good will for our lives, but the problem is, we … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: External and Internal

This week our series on the Cross in the life of the Christian continues with the distinction between the external and internal cross.  Paul makes this distinction in 2 Corinthians 7:5.  This is a lot like the visible and invisible … Continue reading

“God Bearers” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” But He said, “More than … Continue reading

Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

The Life of Christian Holy People

You have perhaps read or heard someone say that the life of a Christian looks exactly the same as the life of an unbeliever. Some even say that the life of pagans is often externally more righteous than that of … Continue reading

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God

Animals are a first article gift from God. Dogs fall into this category. They’re creatures over which man has dominion, and beasts that we have domesticated. God has blessed us with plenty of temporal gifts for this short life: Dogs are … Continue reading

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (Sermon on John 4, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Samaritan Woman: A Well-Known Story” (John 4:5-26, 27-30, 39-42) Does God really accept me? I mean, I’m able to hide my faults and shortcomings from people–well, most of my faults from most people, at least. And I’m able to … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Laetare — The Fourth Sunday of Lent

Lambs at Pasture for Laetare — The Fourth Sunday of Lent and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

I Am Not Alone: A Sermon on Proverbs 18:1

A man, when he is isolated, continually seeks his own desire; He quarrels with all wisdom. ~Proverbs 18:1 Jesus often went by himself alone to pray.  He encouraged his disciples to do the same.  This is a good reason to separate ourselves … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Laetare (Lent 4)

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (Laetare) of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Devil, the World, and Sinful Flesh

While I am finishing up my STM thesis on the topic of the cross in Lutheran dogmatics, I thought I would attempt to begin a series of poems outlining the dogmatic arrangement of this topic. Today I am posting a … Continue reading

Two Lutheran Elephants: Negligent House Pastors and Divorce

The decline in membership of Lutheran churches in America is a like a migraine headache. It is always there. We keep explaining it with the same explanations. We keep taking the same medications. The pain continues. What is the right … Continue reading

Relevant Worship: The Story of Your Life

In the worship wars, one of the alleged reasons for abandoning the historic liturgy is to make worship relevant. We want application of the Gospel in ways that connect with people. Dear friends, the historic liturgy is like a many-layered … Continue reading

Word Study for The Third Sunday in Lent: HAZAQ by Pastor Andrew Richard

One of the options for the Old Testament reading on Oculi is Exodus 8:16-24 (which is 8:12-20 in Hebrew).  Exodus 8:19 has a recurring phrase in the account of the Exodus: “But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.”  Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, … Continue reading

Anxiety, Depression, Vocation, and Art by Vanessa Rasanen

By Vanessa Rasanen Vanessa is one of the contributors over at Sisters of Katie Luther and we have invited her to tell her story on Steadfast Lutherans. Be sure to visit Solus Calamum Designs to see her amazing artwork.   … Continue reading