Reformation 500 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation — Pastor Rolf Preus

October, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This month, we Lutherans celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That event … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” — Reformation 500 Sermon No. 1 by Pr Rolf Preus

“Grace Alone” The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity October 8, 2017 Romans 3:23—25a “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God … Continue reading

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 “Confessing the True Faith” Matthew 10:26-33 Faith alone makes us Christians. Confession alone marks us as Christians. Only God can judge the heart. Only God can see what we really and … Continue reading

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This year, the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), the commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530), June 25, falls on a Sunday. Here is a hymn I wrote that is appropriate for the occasion (or … Continue reading

The Cause of Salvation

“In human teachings the righteousness of man is revealed and taught, that is, who is and becomes righteous before himself and before other people and how this takes place. Only in the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (that … Continue reading

Reformers Are Not Radicals

The Evangelical Lutheran princes of the Holy Roman Empire presented their confession of faith to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530.  This document became known as the Augsburg Confession because the meeting took place in Augsburg (in modern southern … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures Now Online

The forty-ninth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN on October 27–28, 2016. The theme of the lectures was “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.” The first lecture, given … Continue reading

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

The Reformation of Penance

When Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, he sought to redefine the foundation of late medieval piety: the sacrament of penance.  While he argued that Christ “willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance,” Luther … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Reformation

Reformation Day Matthew 11:12-15 New King James Version 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures 2015: Lutheranism and the Arts

The annual Bjarne Teigen Reformation Lectures will be held October 29–30, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN. This year the theme will be Lutheranism and the Arts.  These lectures delve into our Reformation heritage with presentations on the history and … Continue reading

Great Stuff – Reformation of Suffering

Suffering. The many explanations are pretty much a pile of rubbish. People suffer on without consolation. The explanations more or less just pile on, making suffering worse. Think of Job’s comforters; and let’s not be too harsh on them. Do … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows’ Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

On All Hallows’ Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints’ Church. The regular bulletin board for such … Continue reading

“A Mighty Fortress is Our God” — Sermon for Reformation Sunday

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma + Text and Theme: Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 656, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” (The Preaching of the Gospel for this feast takes a different form than what is our usual practice. The intention is to … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Combined for easier reading)

“He must be a Lutheran; he sure sounds like one.”  These were some of the first words out of my mouth when I first read the writings of Pr. Tullian Tchividjian.  However, upon further investigation I discovered that Pr. Tchividjian … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Part 2 of 2)

In part one of the Steadfast Lutheran Interview with Presbyterian Pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, I interviewed Tchividjian about his background and explored his various interactions with Confessional Lutheranism. In this second part of the Steadfast Lutheran Interview, Pr. Tchividjian discusses the … Continue reading

A Steadfast Lutheran Interview With Pastor Tullian Tchividjian (Part 1 of 2)

“He must be a Lutheran; he sure sounds like one.”  These were some of the first words out of my mouth when I first read the writings of Pr. Tullian Tchividjian.  However, upon further investigation I discovered that Pr. Tchividjian … Continue reading

Reforming The Local Congregation

It has been said before that the church is in need of a continuous reformation. In other words, this call for reformation is a plea for the church to daily reclaim her fundamental roots. The reason why the church is … Continue reading

A Reformation Sermon

nota bene: This sermon was preached on October 28 for the High Plains circuit Reformation festival, at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. … Continue reading

Why the Reformation Still Matters

This is a post by Peggy Pederson found at lutheranchurch.ca and was published in the magazine The Canadian Lutheran for Sept/Oct 2012. The full edition can can be found here.   On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – The Divine Call

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive … Continue reading

9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Yours truly was the guest on the “Studio A” radio program on KFUO, AM 850, on Monday, October 25, to discuss “What Holds Lutheranism Together.” You can listen to the interview below. The 25-minute segment runs from about the 29:00 … Continue reading

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 493 years ago, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, … Continue reading

Reformation and the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, by Pr. Rossow

Reformation is a great day for men. It is a festival for men to exhale with all the breath in their lungs the strong notes and vigorous rhythms of “A Mighty Fortress,” until they have to gasp for more air … Continue reading