Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: The Lord’s Prayer

Here is the first guest article on the proposed revision to the Catechism:   Of all 6 chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, quite often it is the Lord’s Prayer which is given the most superficial treatment in church catechesis. … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Revision — Resolution to Express Concern

Resolution from the Pastors of the Eldora Circuit of Iowa District East.   To Express Serious Concern with the Catechism Revision   The following resolution was drafted for the purpose of discussion and dissemination among our fellow brothers in the … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision

The deadline is approaching to submit feedback and commentary on the proposed Catechism Explanation Revision.  As the “field-test” edition of the new version of the Explanation of the Small Catechism has been sent out to all Missouri Synod pastors and … Continue reading

Mission and Outreach: Mapping the Small Catechism against the Enemy’s Stock Lies

In its mission, the church always has run up against some recurring stock errors in the world’s thinking. These errors have a strong hold on the minds and hearts of people, and they are obstacles to people hearing or believing … Continue reading

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love God, Love Your Neighbor” (The Ten Commandments) “Love God, Love Your Neighbor”: Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? And it is. It is simple. And it is good and right and holy. This is how life is meant to work. … Continue reading

“Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Loving God with Our Mouth and Ears” (The Ten Commandments) We started off this series on the Ten Commandments with, obviously, the First Commandment: “You shall have no other gods.” There is but one God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, … Continue reading

“The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods” (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The First Commandment: Have No Other Gods” (The Ten Commandments) “You shall have no other gods.” OK, that sounds pretty simple. “Have No Other Gods”? Yeah, I can do that. After all, I don’t bow down to any idols of … Continue reading

The Catechism is Strategic — New Website: Lutheran Catechism

A new website, Lutheran Catechism, promoting the use of Luther’s catechisms went live January 4, 2016. As a new site, it is still small, but here is what it is developing: Blog. A blog with posts of quotations, links to articles, pointers … Continue reading

Real Men Catechize their Children

Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche was the title of a best-selling book by Bruce Feirstein published in 1982. Supposedly, a real man would eat egg and bacon pie if his wife made it, she served it to him, and she … Continue reading

Stage 4 Cancer – Do Our Families Have It; or, the Sorry State of Catechization in the Home

My aunt, Gladys, was a manager in the U. S. Geological Survey. As a federal government employee, she had excellent health care. The plan included frequent checkups and examinations. But it failed her. My Dad from North Dakota visited her … Continue reading

The No-Name Evangelistic Association, or How the Faith Came to My Grandchildren

How did the Christian faith come from my grandparents to my grandchildren? It came by mission, but not by missionalism. If this mission were given a slogan, it would be, “Start true to reach true.” Truth was the first thing. … Continue reading

A Circuit Meeting Taught Me Again the Importance of the Liturgy

  Before our circuit meetings, the pastors come together for the Divine Service.  In a recent meeting, a retired pastor was the preacher.  He wore a sports jacket and tie.  He did not preach from the pulpit. He prefaced the … Continue reading

Sanctification: Losing for Lack of a Lord

Jesus saves us from sin. But we sin on. This sinning on bothers people. We are saved from the penalty of sin in justification. We will be saved from the presence of sin in the resurrection. For the bothered, that … Continue reading

The Catechism and the Home in 1845: Wilhelm Löhe

Luther emphasized that the Catechisms are meant not just for study by pastors, Church and school, but primarily for the Home. Fathers are to instruct their children and daily to pray the Catechism at home. The Church today cannot make … Continue reading

The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 3 of 3

We conclude our look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is included in the Book … Continue reading

The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 2 of 3

We continue to look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is included in the Book … Continue reading

The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 1 of 3

1580 was the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is included in the Book of Concord as one of the Lutheran Confessions. But how did … Continue reading

A Review of “Teach These Things”

“Another catechism book!? Why can’t we just teach the Small Catechism?” This common — and legitimate — question arises with the publication of each new catechetical book. Many such books add lots of extra material apart from the Small Catechism, … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown Series on Luther’s Catechisms

Steadfast Throwdown on KNGN and Pirate Christian Radio has started a series of interviews that focus on the structure and use of Martin Luther’s Catechisms in personal, family, and congregational devotional life. This first program discuses what a Catechism is, … Continue reading

“Amen” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Amen” (The Lord’s Prayer; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, “Alleluia” of course is the word of the day for Easter Day. We’ve been saving it up all Lent, and now today we … Continue reading

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 23:32-49, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“But Deliver Us from Evil” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 23:32-49) “But Deliver Us from Evil”: The seventh and final petition of the Lord’s Prayer. And how appropriate that we should come to this petition on this particular day, Good Friday. … Continue reading

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer and Luke 22:1-46, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday … Continue reading

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And Forgive Us Our Trespasses . . .” (The Lord’s Prayer) Today we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer with the Fifth Petition, “And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” By the way, … Continue reading

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue with our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Tonight we come to the Fourth Petition, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread.” So … Continue reading

“Thy Will Be Done” (Sermon on the Lord’s Prayer, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thy Will Be Done” (The Lord’s Prayer) We continue in our series on the Lord’s Prayer, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And tonight we come to the Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer, namely, “Thy Will Be Done.” “Thy will … Continue reading