Our Faith Needs Baptism — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Baptism of Our Lord St. Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, say­ing, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You … Continue reading

Conversion: Trusting God’s Word for Your Regeneration and Resurrection

We must trust Christ to raise us from death to life. We must trust him for this twice: regarding our resurrection, and regarding our regeneration. These two cases are alike. In both cases, we are dead, and because we are … Continue reading

Fundagelical Newness of Life

When I go out of town I love to read the newspaper, particularly when I’m in a small, isolated, rural community. You get a feel for the local culture. For example, when I worked for the Desplaines Valley News in … 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

Satan, the World’s First Feminist

Adam did battle with Satan in the Garden Paradise and lost. It was a no-contest, really. By the time round two came around, Eden had been a distant memory and Satan had home-field advantage. The desert wilderness couldn’t have been … Continue reading

Living Catechisms

Despite all of the emphasis Scripture puts on life together, it’s really common for Christians to see faith individualistically. Of course you can’t believe for anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook the impact your faith (or lack thereof) has … Continue reading

Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two

This is the second part of my response to the blog article, “How Lutherans Implicitly Deny Faith Alone in Christ Alone.” Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two 3) Loss … Continue reading

Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part One of Two

This blog article, “How Lutherans Implicitly Deny Faith Alone in Christ Alone,” showed up in my Facebook news feed a couple days ago. I usually allow things like this to drift past without a second glance. This one, however, I … Continue reading

FiveTwo: Movements and Gifts

One of the problems with FiveTwo is that it is a movement. The thing about movements is that they move (or at least try to move). They change things already instituted. For example, Christ instituted the office of public ministry. … Continue reading

“Trinitarian, Born Again, Christian” (Sermon for Trinity Sunday by Pastor Rolf Preus)

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can … Continue reading

FiveTwo’s Wordless, Bloodless, and Christless Theory of Sacrament

FiveTwo recently published an article by Jim Marriot titled, “The Sacramental Nature of Music.” At the outset he claims: “I believe music has a sacramental nature and efficaciousness.” He next says, “There is no way, within one blog post, to … Continue reading

The Intolerance of the “Tolerant”

Christians are often accused of hypocrisy and intolerance. As sinners, we routinely fail to practice what we preach. However, hypocrisy is not synonymous with moral failure, Merriam-Webster notwithstanding. Hypocrisy is claiming to hold beliefs that you don’t actually hold. Samuel Johnson was right: … Continue reading

When Shadows Are Better than Reality: A Devotion for Easter Tuesday on Exodus 15 & 16

“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come…” (Hebrews 10:1) Who would settle for looking at a shadow all day if you had the option of seeing the real thing? You don’t get very … Continue reading

“Something in the Water” (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5) I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes … Continue reading

Jesus Visited Doc Martin’s Surgery

In the British television show, Doc Martin, the newly arrived doctor in a small village is annoyed by villagers using the waiting room of his surgery as a social club. They assemble without having medical complaints. Doc Martin rudely tells … Continue reading

How Can We Expect This to Work?

The first time my Dad sent me out seeding alone, a feeling of pessimism overcame me. That night I said, “How can we expect a green, leafy, lush crop from this? We are dropping dry seed through dead iron machinery … Continue reading

A Hymn on Baptism

For K.H. I come, O God, back to this bath, With sorrow for my many sins, To claim the death that stilled Your wrath, And take the life Your word begins. I come, O Jesus, to this stream Which flowed … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Baptism

Baptism I’m in conversation with a gentleman who is visiting our church and has a Baptist background. This series on baptism with Dr. Andrew Das will be helpful in the discussion. Baptism & Salvation [podcast]http://www.issuesetc.org/podcast/Show116120808H2S2.mp3[/podcast] Infant Baptism [podcast]http://www.issuesetc.org/podcast/Show117120908H2.mp3[/podcast] Modes of … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year: Wake Awake, for Night is Flying (St. Matthew 25:1-13)

The Bridegroom soon will call us, “Come to the wedding feast.” May slumber not befall us nor watchfulness decrease (LSB 514, st. 1). Ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom, but only five got in to His wedding feast. The … Continue reading

Sheep Food

It goes without saying that major festivals (e.g., Christmas and Easter) are important for the life of the Church.  The Church year is ordered around the life of Christ, drawing us into the story of salvation.  Instead of ordering our … Continue reading

Is There Forgiveness of Sins In Baptism? Taking A Closer Look At Acts 2:38

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for … Continue reading

Why Evangelicals Struggle With Infant Baptism; The Platonic Connection

In a previous article about infant baptism on Steadfast Lutherans, I covered one of the main reasons why Evangelicals struggle with infant baptism. In my previous article I assert that the reason for the struggle over infant baptism is due to it … Continue reading

The Kyrie: Simple Words, Profound Comfort

(Luther, “The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector”) Sometimes the most simple and obvious things are also the most profound.  We often go to great lengths to find comfort, to improve our situation in life, to find peace.  … Continue reading

Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?

During my past 9 years of pastoral ministry the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more … Continue reading

The Baptist: a conversation

B: “Well, we don’t really agree with you. You see, we don’t add to the Scriptures. We only use the original King James Version. And we don’t add the idea that Baptism can save.” Me: “That’s very interesting. I also … Continue reading