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Walther’s Theses on Open Questions – helpful in starting to see issues in our current times.
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From http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/djw/lutherantheology.waltheropenques.html Theses on Open Questions   1868 C. F. W. WALTHER Church Fellowship was established in 1868 between the Wisconsin Synod and the Missouri Synod, on the basis of agreement on these theses as drawn up by C. F. W. Walther. THESIS I. It cannot be denied that in the … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity
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This entry is part 90 of 90 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer meditation found … Continue reading

Flashback

LCMS prof calls maleness of Jesus/pastors “inconsequential” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I came across an interesting blog article written by Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyperson serving as a professor at Valparaiso University. The article is called “The Being of Adam, the New Adam, and the Ontology of Pastors.” In it, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education: Why Lutheran Schools and Why Lutheran Teachers?

Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North … Continue reading

The Call Process Primer

Calling a new pastor is a great and glorious occasion.  It can however be a hard time as well.  Your congregation is going through a lot of things after losing its pastor.  There is grief in many situations at his … Continue reading

Concordia University Plan for the Future? A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud.  It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.).  He stated that student … Continue reading

Why Christians Make the Sign of the Holy Cross (and a word on genuflection)

In The Small Catechism, Martin Luther encouraged Christians to retain the practice of making the sign of the cross. The Missouri Synod, following Luther’s advice, has encouraged Christians to continue making the sign of the cross, notably at a number of places during … Continue reading

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 90 of 90 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Lord’s Supper

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article X: Of the Lord’s Supper. 1] Of the Supper of the Lord they teach that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present, and are distributed 2] to those who eat the Supper of the Lord; and they … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 89 of 90 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Baptism

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article IX: Of Baptism. 1] Of Baptism they teach that it is necessary 2] to salvation, and that through Baptism is offered the grace of God, and that children are to be baptized who, being offered to God through Baptism … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – “Where God Meets Man” Chapter 2

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Reviewing Forde

Gerhard Forde 1972 Where God Meets Man: Notes on Chapter 2 Where God Meets Man: Luther’s Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel, Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis. https://archive.org/details/wheregodmeetsman00fordForde’s second chapter is titled “The ‘Down to Earth’ God.” Forde continues with … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 88 of 90 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twentieth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: What the Church Is

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article VIII: What the Church Is. 1] Although the Church properly is the congregation of saints and true believers, nevertheless, since in this life many hypocrites and evil persons are mingled therewith, it is lawful to use Sacraments administered by … Continue reading

The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy: Part 2 – Service of the Word

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy

In Part Two we begin on page 186 in the Lutheran Service Book which is where the Service of the Word begins. Again, we will be following Divine Service Setting 3 and the words of the liturgy will be in … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – “Where God Meets Man” Chapter 1

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Reviewing Forde

Gerhard Forde 1972 Where God Meets Man: Notes on Chapter 1 Where God Meets Man: Luther’s Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel, Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis. https://archive.org/details/wheregodmeetsman00ford In his Preface, Forde states that he wrote this particular book for people struggling … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 87 of 90 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity – David’s Son and David’s Lord

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 25, 2016   “David’s Son and David’s Lord”   Matthew 22:34-46   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Church

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article VII: Of the Church. 1] Also they teach that one holy Church is to continue forever. The Church is the congregation of saints, in which the Gospel is rightly taught and the Sacraments are rightly administered. 2] And to … Continue reading