Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 5. Procreation

So, we’ve talked about why the Church need not fear for her survival. We’ve started the discussion of outreach with the importance of doctrinal faithfulness, the appropriateness of beauty, and the essence of congregational hospitality. Our discussion of outreach now … Continue reading

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?: A Casualty of Casuistry Rev. John A. Frahm III 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

nota bene: Why is this important? Lutherans have insisted from the very beginning of the Reformation that we are not inventing new teachings and only seek to carry forth the pure teaching of the Church which we received from the … Continue reading

A guest editorial on the practice of birth control by Rev. Dr. Walter A Maier, first Lutheran Hour Speaker and Professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

Many and contradictory statements have been made to explain (the) drastic declines (in the birth rate), but no reasonable doubt remains that the most pronounced factor in the diminution of our American families is the employment of artificial means to … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part II: Concordia Seminary Professor John H. C. Fritz’s Pastoral Theology

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

John H. C. Fritz served as a parish pastor for over 20 years, including two as the president of the Western District of the Missouri Synod, before becoming a professor of church history and pastoral theology at Concordia Seminary St. Louis for 33 … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Introduction and Part I: Concordia Cyclopedia

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

There has been quite a blustery reaction to the letter sent to the Lutheran Witness that was posted on BJS last Tuesday. The letter, authored by Pr. Mike Grieve and signed by a group of pastors, myself included, expressed great disappointment … Continue reading

A Requiem for Marriage

While the world was celebrating the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling to legalize gay marriage, conservative Christian blogs everywhere were filled with obituaries. And while SCOTUS’ decision is yet another example of exchanging God’s glory for that of the world, it … Continue reading

Bible Study on Marriage & Homosexuality

As the world gets further and further away from God’s design for marriage and human sexuality, the more important it becomes for Christians to know what God has to say about these things. Pornography, pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, and same-sex marriage … Continue reading

Responding to Legalized Sin

Today the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Unless you’re under the illusion that America is a Christian nation, this decision should come as no surprise. This isn’t the first time our country has ignored God’s will … Continue reading

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage and the Family: The Cultural Slide and the Christian Response” (Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 128:1-6; John 2:1-11) The readings for today–the Old Testament Reading, the Psalm, and the Holy Gospel–these readings are filled with references to marriage and the family. … Continue reading