A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fourth Commandment

  Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to … Continue reading

The Post-Reformation Reformation: 1546-1580

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part one of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Commandment

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Commandment

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism

  Blessed are those whose way is blameless,     who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,     who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,     but walk in his ways! … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Introduction to the Large Catechism

Note: This is the first in a series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural … Continue reading

Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds According to Scripture

A few years back BJS reposted a breakdown of the Nicene Creed and the Scriptures that support the different sections.  This guide has proven popular owing to the confusion that exists among some Christians, and sadly some Lutherans, regarding the … Continue reading

Hymns for the Book of Concord

The Book of Concord is a wonderful devotional book as well as being the formal confession of faith for the Lutheran Church. To aid in using the Book of Concord for devotion I have provided a copy of the hymns … Continue reading

The Lutheran Confessions – Why Do We Still Bother?

We have Moses and the Prophets, isn’t that enough? If Holy Scripture is God’s infallible Word and the only source and norm of Christian doctrine, what need do we have for the Lutheran Confessions? If Scripture is the ultimate authority, … 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

Tune in to Concord Matters, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 Central (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Join me Tuesday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Central), as I host “Concord Matters” on KFUO, AM 850 in St. Louis, and streaming online worldwide at kfuo.org. My guests will be Matt Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Leopoldo … 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

Inviting Tullian Tchividjian Gave the Wrong Impression

In a recent article highlighting examples of how LCMS institutions sow confusion among members, the comments overwhelmingly concerned Tullian Tchividjian’s recent address at Concordia Seminary St. Louis (CSL). The comments were quite balanced in favor of and against Tchividjian’s appearance … Continue reading

Sisters of Katie Luther — Book of Concord for Sunday

31] Neither have the bishops the power to institute services, as though they justified, or were necessary for justification. Yea, the apostles, Acts 15:10, say: Why tempt ye God to put a yoke, etc., where Peter declares this purpose to … Continue reading

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Book Of Concord, Sunday Edition!

Continuing from yesterday, we have more awesomeness from the Confessions. Article XV (VIII): Of Human Traditions in the Church. 13] However, what need is there of a long discussion? No tradition was instituted by the holy Fathers with the design … Continue reading

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Book of Concord for Saturday

if you’re like me, you just don’t have enough time spent reading our Confessions. It’s OK- we’re here for you. What better time than the present to read some great theology? Saturdays and Sundays at SKL we’re going to post … Continue reading

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Concord Matters on KFUO: Recap and Preview (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

UPDATE, MONDAY, DEC. 16 . . . I just received this word from on high: The show that was snowed out on Saturday–with host Craig Donofrio and guests Steve Cholak and Ellie Corrow, picking up at paragraph 7 of the … Continue reading

“Concord Matters” premieres on Saturday! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Concord Matters,” a new radio/internet program taking listeners through the Book of Concord, premieres tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Central), live on KFUO, AM 850 in the St. Louis area, and streaming online worldwide at kfuoam.org. The four rotating … Continue reading

Ever want to be a part of a Book of Concord Reading Group?

You will have the chance very soon.  At the end of this month a new endeavor sponsored by the Brothers of John the Steadfast will launch — not on the blog although you will see a lot of posts related … Continue reading

CPH — Concordia Triglotta back in print by popular demand!

Concordia Publishing House has re-published by popular demand an out-of-print edition of the Book of Concord, Bente’s Triglotta. Get your copy here. This is a unique edition of the Book of Concord featuring the text of the Lutheran Confessions in … Continue reading

Listen to Luther, Melancthon, and Chemnitz on your mp3 player for free!

On my way to the 2013 BJS Conference I had some time to listen to stuff on my cheap mp3 player while I sat in the airport and flew on the planes.  So since I was working on catechizing my … Continue reading

Wawa Theology

A dear colleague, friend and mentor, Rev. Arthur J. Henne is a ’57 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).  He is a retired ELCA pastor.  In the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor denom to the … Continue reading

Minnesota North Encourages Its Congregations to Study the Book of Concord (Communion in One Kind — Part One)

One feature of District and Synodical Conventions is the “mom and apple pie” resolution. These are the kinds of resolutions that no sensible person can really vote against. Cynics suspect that such resolutions are set forward in order to get … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Three Words about Worship in the Lutheran Confessions

 I would like to spend a little time with three words mentioned by Pastor Martin Noland in his response (comment #32) to my previous post.  Thank you (and everyone) for your comments! In the Missouri Synod’s latest Rite of Ordination … Continue reading