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

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!     Praise befits the upright. 2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;     make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! 3 Sing to him a new song;     play skillfully on … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Conclusion of the Ten Commandments

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,     who greatly delights in his commandments! 2 His offspring will be mighty in the land;     the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 Wealth and riches are in his … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Ninth and Tenth Commandments

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. 2 Day to day pours out speech,     and night to night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech, nor are there words,     whose voice is not heard. 4 Their … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent?     Who shall dwell on your holy hill? 2 He who walks blamelessly and does what is right     and speaks truth in his heart; 3 who does not slander with his tongue     and … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

        Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;     I address my verses to the king;     my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;     grace is poured upon … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;     you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  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

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

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  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

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    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

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

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

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on 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

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on 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

Bulletin Inserts — Large Catechism Readings for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

LutheranCatechism.com provides without charge bulletin inserts for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter that present readings from Luther’s Large Catechism. The selections are edited from the Meissner schedule for the one-year lectionary. Simply download and print the inserts. Links to the … 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

Brainwashing Our Children?

Are parents- especially Christian ones- brainwashing their children? Dr. Chester M. Pierce, Emeritus Professor of Education at Harvard Medical School and Psychiatry, thinks so. When speaking as at the 1973 International Education Seminar, he said: “Every child in America entering school … Continue reading

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 2 The First Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 2, the First Commandment. Watch for these and share it with your friends, you will not be disappointed. And as the summer goes by, keep coming back for more installments. For those pastors … Continue reading

The Small Catechism Snippets on YouTube – a New BJS Project

Great news to our readers (and watchers!).  Some of our authors here at BJS are working diligently on what we are calling “The Brothers of John the Steadfast Catechism Series”, which are 2-5 minute video segment summaries of the Small … Continue reading

Luther on Idolatry in the Appendix to the First Commandment

We all know the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods” (or more literally, You shall have no other gods before My face). Although we don’t recite these words when listing the Commandments in the Small Catechism, Moses records … Continue reading