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Great Stuff — Gottesdienstonline Video — The Form of the Divine Service
Very nice. I saw that pop up on their YouTube page the other day. …
    Timothy Schenks at Jun 21 2017 09:39 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
@Ben #5

Sorry, that should be Homily 28 on Matthew, and the text is Mt. 8:23-24. An older translation of the entire sermon is readily available online. I would recommend reading the whole thing for context. Let me know if you have any questions concerning …
    Pastor Andrew Richard at Jun 21 2017 09:04 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
‘Homily on Matthew 28:23-24’

Can’t find the …
    Ben at Jun 20 2017 12:23 pm

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
“sacrifices children?” There is no life before conception.
“Contraception leads to no-fault divorce, cohabitation, gay marriage, and transgenderism?” Really? Why would gay marriage and transgenderism need contraception. What does no-fault divorce have to do with it? People with children also get divorced.

The church fell into a false doctrine early in its history due to Greek philosophy and the Eastern religion coming through Egypt. …
    Richard Lewer at Jun 20 2017 11:12 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
The nature of man is to desire the production of children. So it was in the beginning, so it will be until the last day. This new “more enlightened” contempt for God’s creation despises what God calls a gift, and sacrifices children on the altar of self-satisfaction. It would be one thing to do this as Paul suggests, and take no wife, but to pursue the carnal pleasure of the marriage bed while deliberately avoiding that blessing which it has …
    Cody Norton at Jun 20 2017 10:41 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
Forgive the fat thumbing of my reply. You’ll have to decipher the …
    Alex G at Jun 20 2017 09:40 am

New Site for the ULC Build it Back Campaign
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isaiah …
    John Rixe at Jun 20 2017 07:50 am

New Site for the ULC Build it Back Campaign
Ground breaking for the new chapel will be June …
    John Rixe at Jun 20 2017 07:41 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom
So, anyone eho practices both control is equivalent to the “one who looms over everyone while in his thoughts he kills both friends and relatives, even his own parents.”

Rather basic circular readoning, here. And if that isn’t the point, here, to make them analogous, in the leadt, then what is the point?

Chrysostom refers to those who, at worst, have mutilated themselves so as to be childless yet, those who have chosen to be Eunuchs …
    Alex G at Jun 19 2017 09:19 am

“A Kingdom of Priests” (Sermon on Exodus 19:2-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Dear Rev. Henrickson: When you write, “So both for Old Testament Israel and for the New Testament church, that’s who we are: A kingdom of priests. We are God’s treasured possession, bought with the price of Christ’s holy blood. We are a holy nation, set apart to belong to God alone, who has rescued and redeemed us to be his people. And we are a kingdom of priests, dedicated to God’s service with a high and holy calling: to offer up a …
    George A. Marquart at Jun 18 2017 03:08 pm

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ
@Rev. Henry Koopmann #3

Rev. Koopmann wrote, “I also believe Shanks might well print your response, although it is a bit long.”

The response is a bit long for a letter to the editor, but I believe that Shanks would print it as a follow-up article rather than as a …
    Rev. Robert Fischer at Jun 17 2017 08:07 am

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ
I did study textual criticism at length under Dr. Degner at the Fort in my years there – 1982-86. Personally, in my own study, and most often with the agreement of Dr. Degner in exegetical classes on various books of Scripture, the Textus Receptus was arguably the best overall, and thus, the reason why my “go to” Greek source is the LXX polyglot – TR.

Others argue for whatever Nestle-Aland says. But their text crit apparatus makes me wonder. …
    jb at Jun 17 2017 12:36 am

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ
I would agree with Pastor Fischer’s assessments — great article you came up with, and I also believe Shanks might well print your response, although it is a bit long. I believe Hershel feels controversy draws in readership. I wonder if he hasn’t printed articles he does not agree with just to see what kind of response it will bring. Yours is a very good response. …
    Rev. Henry Koopmann at Jun 16 2017 10:05 pm

Catechesis is not like the McRib!
Thank you, Pr. Manley. Good observations all …
    Pastor Ryan Loeslie at Jun 15 2017 11:58 am

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ
I agree completely with your posting but feel that you should also send it Hershel Shanks (Editor of BAR). I think the odds of him publishing it in BAR are very good. I’ve been reading BAR since I started sem in 1984. Hershel doesn’t shy away from controversy, indeed he seems to welcome it. Give it a …
    Rev. Robert Fischer at Jun 15 2017 09:39 am

Responding to a Hit Piece against the Doctrine of Christ
There is no doctrine in the Bible that rests upon any verse that is in the Textus Receptus but not in the critical texts. A great introductory book on textual criticism that I would recommend is The King James Only Controversy by James R. White. He is a Calvinist apologist but he does a great job discussing the issues of textual criticism and why the modern critical texts are trustworthy, and actually affirms the Textus Receptus which the KJV …
    Sean at Jun 15 2017 09:08 am

Catechesis is not like the McRib!
@mac …
    LW at Jun 14 2017 09:08 pm

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Thanks Rev. Henrickson. I really like the …
    LW at Jun 14 2017 08:01 pm

Catechesis is not like the McRib!
Thanks for sharing this great post, Rev. Manley and Steadfast. It’s encouraging to see the growing number of Confessional men being called to serve throughout the LC-MS.

+ soli deo gloria …
    mac at Jun 14 2017 03:46 pm

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Of course, this Day we should also sing LSB …
    Rev. Weinkauf at Jun 14 2017 03:03 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
@helen #40

You’re welcome, Helen. It is a rather unique situation indeed. Yes, by “funded by synod” I meant that the funds came from St. Louis (as opposed to each campus raising the funds on their own).

That’s a really interesting question you asked. I don’t know the answer for sure. But, at my campus, it seems to me that the largest donors are …
    CU Professor at Jun 14 2017 10:46 am

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision
I saw a FB post by MH today that the revised catechism explanation has been sent to CPH for …
    Erich Heidenreich at Jun 13 2017 10:18 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
@CU Professor #39

Thank you. It was an honest question; I did not know.

But when you say “funded by synod” I take it you mean that the money went through St Louis.
Since the majority of students are not members of synod these days, it would be interesting to know if the majority of funds also come from outside the member congregations of …
    helen at Jun 13 2017 09:57 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
@helen #38

Helen,
I believe that the property of each campus belongs to the synod. But, for many years now, when a new building is built on any campus it is up to that campus to raise funds and secure financing. I have heard (but don’t know if this is true) that the last building to be built on a Concordia campus that was entirely funded by the synod …
    CU Professor at Jun 13 2017 06:49 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
LCMS did build those schools; are they paying their own construction debts …
    helen at Jun 13 2017 06:13 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
@Penny #35
I have taught in the Concordia system for nearly 25 years (no, not at Portland).I would agree that some of our campuses have strayed from their mission and are and LCMS school in name only. The campus at which I teach has thankfully not lost its identity and core values completely, although it is a much different institution than the one which I …
    CU Professor at Jun 12 2017 07:05 pm

A guest editorial on the practice of birth control by Rev. Dr. Walter A Maier, first Lutheran Hour Speaker and Professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
http://christforus.org/Papers/Content/BasicCatechesisontheSixthCommandment_001.htm

^By Rev. Rolf Preus

Reading the entire article will explain the entire topic more fully. However, here are some excerpts which I hope retain the original intent of the author:

” The rhythm method is deemed acceptable because there is nothing artificial about it. Well, I would dispute that.”

“But the rhythm method appears to be quite artificial when …
    JL at Jun 12 2017 09:57 am

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Introduction and Part I: Concordia Cyclopedia
Not sure what to make of the references to Malthus. Out of love for people and for the truth, let us reject any insinuation that every couple’s interest in using contraceptives reflects the influence of a centuries-old Malthusian concern about the planet’s carrying capacity.

And let us not not harbor judgment about any couple that, in good conscience, has used contraception to limit their family size on account of a reasonable assessment …
    Carl H at Jun 11 2017 03:42 pm

Concordia University Portland news…
@Penny #35

Penny, you make a great point on the acceptance of federal money. As Douglas Wilson says (quotes from someone? Maybe this is an old proverb?), “He who takes the king’s coin become’s the king’s man.”

If you’re looking for other good colleges, a good place to start is to read Joy Pullman’s article over at The Federalist, entitled, “The …
    Joseph Gerth at Jun 11 2017 03:42 pm

The Bottom Of The Page – A Trick For Identifying Good Hymns
A number of the hymns by Paul Gerhardt (mentioned in the article) are indeed among my favorites. LSB 596, however, gives me pause for several reasons, especially where it says:

“You were before your day of birth
Indeed from your conception,
Condemned and lost with all the earth….”

Scripture says:

[God] chose us in [Christ] before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before him.
In love he predestined us for …
    Carl H at Jun 11 2017 02:55 pm