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Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales
Musicians better than myself could probably describe it better, but I’ve thought sometimes a kind of Waltz tempo fits many …
    Rev. John A. Frahm at Feb 23 2017 08:44 am

Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales
Thank you for this post Pastor Frahm. I’m a novice organist in my congregation and I play a full communion service once a month. It has been a struggle to get the congregation to sing boldly! I feel I’m always ‘pulling’ them along. For many years they have sung the chorales/hymns too slowly because the previous organist has not played the correct tempo. This has resulted in a perception by the congregation that good, solid Lutheran chorales all …
    Diane at Feb 23 2017 08:42 am

Prayer: God Always Says Yes to His Children!
@Jonathan Rexroth #3

Christopher Hitchens: “Any claim made without evidence can be dismissed without evidence,…

You haven’t even given a citation to prove Hitchens made this statement. So much for “evidence”. …
    helen at Feb 22 2017 02:17 pm

Prayer: God Always Says Yes to His Children!
@Marion Schwartz #13

Omnipresence: He hears them individually.
Omniscience: He already knows what they are going to …
    helen at Feb 22 2017 02:12 pm

Lenten Devotional Released – A Christian Holy People
Rich confessional Lutheranism boiled down into a devotional booklet for Lent? I was all for it the moment I heard. Thank you all for your hard work on this.

I used a different link to donate through Paypal, as the article link takes me to an expired/invalid session. Could this be fixed for ease of access?

Our Lord bless you and keep you in His grace. Thank …
    Jana at Feb 22 2017 01:52 pm

2017 Conference Videos Available
@Jonathan Schultz #1

As soon as they are available we will link …
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Feb 22 2017 06:12 am

2017 Conference Videos Available
Only three videos are linked here; are the other four supposed to be …
    Jonathan Schultz at Feb 22 2017 12:00 am

Imagine My Surprise
@Mark #26

I hear you. I was basing my take on the role of deacons from some of the historical sources such as the didache, mention of Phoebe as a deacon in Romans, etc. My understanding of the Greek word is that deacon means servant, attendant, or minister, particularly in the sense where the person is charged with running specific errands or even …
    Sean at Feb 21 2017 05:52 pm

Imagine My Surprise
@Mark #24

“The problem has become that Confessional Lutherans are seen by too many within the LC-MS as a faction or an enclave of stubborn holdouts, fearing the inevitability of change. We’re seen as obsessed with incessant, internal purification. We’re not seen as mainstream, but as purists who want something that is ideal but not possible this side …
    Rev. William Ringer at Feb 21 2017 05:37 pm

Martin Luther Against Scholastic Theology
Gotcha, essentially you are referring to the debate with Erasmus and his publishing of On the Bondage of the Will, correct? I think he also addressed this issue in many of the Table Talks that were recorded. Seems like the Catholic Church has flipped away from Augustine toward the spectrum of Pelagianism. Are you also referencing the works of St. Thomas Aquinas when you refer to the scholastic theologians? Just …
    Sean at Feb 21 2017 05:18 pm

Prayer: God Always Says Yes to His Children!
How does God hear all his children talking to him all talking at …
    Marion Schwartz at Feb 21 2017 03:51 pm

Martin Luther Against Scholastic Theology

Dr. Luther was addressing the late medieval scholastic theologians’ use of Aristotle’s ethics to explain the theology of justification. Many sixteenth-century humanists agreed with Luther’s attack on the scholastics. However, most humanists did maintain an optimistic view of human nature’s free …
    Dr. Matthew Phillips at Feb 21 2017 03:02 pm

Imagine My Surprise
@Sean #25

Sean, start with this LCMS document:

It touches on a number is issues including the role of elders in a congregation and the definition but not the duties of a deacon:

… Scripture does not define the exact role of such deacons, only their qualifications (1Timothy 3:8-13). Scripture gives …
    Mark at Feb 21 2017 01:47 pm

God for us in Christ trumps it all
…The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. – Gal 5

Thanks so much, …
    John Rixe at Feb 21 2017 01:20 pm

Martin Luther Against Scholastic Theology
Dr. Matthew, are you referring to the impact of humanism on doctrine / theology? Just trying to zero in on what you are hinting at. …
    Sean at Feb 21 2017 12:16 pm

Imagine My Surprise
@Mark #24

Question, is our understanding of the duties and responsibilities of elders still reflective of the elders or overseers in 1 Timothy 3, or would they be more in line with the duties and responsibilities of the deacons and deaconesses in 1 Timothy 3? My understanding of the apostolic definition of overseers is that these were the original pastors and bishops, …
    Sean at Feb 21 2017 12:11 pm

Call for Insights into PLI, by Pr. Rossow
OM gosh! The respondents on this thread are convinced that pastors need to be stuffed with leadership practice. This is a ruse to be sure. This is akin to teaching a fish to ride a bicycle.

PLI is a lie. An untruth with ambitions beyond their reach.

Do not be fooled into thinking that pastors lack the stuff- Pastors in LCMS churches need to attend to the core issues that are plaguing the people sitting in the pews. Does anybody know what these …
    Kelly Duro at Feb 21 2017 10:37 am

“God’s Word Does What God Wants” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
Thank you, Pastor Preus. Almost every sentence is a sermon in itself. And a Gospel promise as well. Excellent …
    backinthefold at Feb 21 2017 09:35 am

“God Crowns His Own Gifts” Commemoration of St. Augustine of Hippo
Bishop Ambrose said of Monica’s many tears for her son. “It is IMPOSSIBLE for the child of these tears to be …
    kevin williams at Feb 20 2017 09:01 pm

I Don’t Want The Lord To End Up In This Box
As the father of two sons and two daughters, a pastor of one presbyterian congregation, and a fan of King of the Hill, I commend this message (with one or two very minor exceptions — 😉 ). Well said, …
    Rev. Marq at Feb 20 2017 07:21 pm

Imagine My Surprise
Miguel, if only it were that cut and dried. I have found while living in a heterodox Lutheran community that the Pastor is all too ready to defend himself and the new brand of outreach as compliant with the Lutheran Confessions as he understands them. In other words, pastors who countenance contemporary worship, open communion and women elders have justified these practices and rationalized them in their own minds as not being contrary to …
    Mark at Feb 20 2017 02:52 pm

Lambs at Pasture — Daily Devotions for the Family
Faith and Truth and Life Bestowing could be replaced with a Lutheran hymn, maybe Lord Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word or Preach Ye the Word. This is an awesome resource! If we could get people singing Lutheran hymns (not Dudley-Smith) that would be even …
    Elizabeth Peters at Feb 19 2017 07:02 pm

CSL sends out a new cohort of SMP.
I’m not pleased about “The Exchange Community” in Jackson, Missouri. It was spun off from a larger congregation under an assistant pastor affiliated with FiveTwo, who is now the sole pastor there. The rest of our Circuit congregations were not consulted about it. Why they would need a SMP there I have no idea, or how they’re able to financially support a Sole Pastor and an SMP Vicar at the same time. The coffee house alternative-contemporary …
    TimS at Feb 19 2017 04:48 pm

Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS, by Pr. Klemet Preus
Sean, it comes down to Saint Paul on self-examination. Catechesis teaches you self-examination. If you cannot confess your beliefs and confess your sins in light the Small Catechism then you should not be admitted to the …
    TimS at Feb 19 2017 04:41 pm

Imagine My Surprise
@CKR #1

This (Atlantic District) person’s posts read just like Dave Benke’s posts over on the ALPB Forum. Sad.

I sent a copy of Mr. Ruiz’ article to my pastor and asked that it be put in our Sunday …
    TimS at Feb 19 2017 04:29 pm

Imagine My Surprise
This post appeared on my FB page & considering I’ve been a Lutheran for just the past 7 yrs. I decided to read it…..and see it was written by Miguel, one of my favorite I-Monkers, along with CalvinCuban (think that was his name). Great article! Don’t know if you still follow Internet Monk. I only occasionally visit there these days, a little too progressive for …
    Karen at Feb 19 2017 04:08 pm

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 7
Been watching cartoons with the boys again? This should be a fun sermon to hear. See you …
    Dennis Peskey at Feb 18 2017 08:48 am

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods
By invitation of the Editor, I mention here my book, Catechetical Evangelism in the Newspaper, which is available in multiple eBook formats (including .mobi for Kindle) for free, PDF for free on, Amazon Kindle for $0.99, and in paperback on Amazon. Link to page listing editions and distributors is below.


Evangelism springs from Luther’s Small Catechism into the newspaper. This book shares from the …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 17 2017 06:56 pm

Lambs at Pasture — Daily Devotions for the Family
The way this connects the lectionary readings with the Catechism is just …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 17 2017 06:50 pm

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods
@Rev. Warren Woerth #1

Very true, Pastor Woerth. The role of the Catechism in that program is most …
    T. R. Halvorson at Feb 17 2017 06:49 pm