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Beware the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod — Sermon for Wednesday of Trinity VII
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11 Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with [Jesus], seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. 12 But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of the Cross” part one
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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Reviewing Forde

Editor’s Note: The following comes from Pastor Joseph Abrahamson of the ELS.  He is the well-known author our Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies series.  He has been assigned a paper that will require him to research Gerhard Forde’s works.  He is providing these as his notes from which he … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity
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This entry is part 77 of 77 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Ninth 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 in … Continue reading

Open Communion: Strange to the Church
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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Strangeness of Open Communion

Now that we’ve seen what Scripture says about fellowship in the Lord’s Supper, we learn that Open Communion is strange to church history as well. The practice of Closed Communion wasn’t decided, it was inherited. In this section, you’ll learn that the early church not only taught Closed Communion but … Continue reading

Flashback

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints’ Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pronounced: Sow-in] which the Christian Church supplanted for the sake of forcing pagans to … 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

Christ Myth Theory: Horus? Born of a Virgin? Not!

One of the many points falsely claimed in Christ Myth Theory about the supposed dependence of Christ upon the legends of Egypt is the claim that Horus was born of a virgin. The claim is utterly false. Egyptian mythology is … 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

Does your worship prepare you for death?

I had the opportunity to hear an excellent presentation this afternoon from a neighboring pastor (Rev. Shawn Kumm of Zion, Laramie) on Lutheran worship.  One of the best points that he made was related to how worship is meant to … Continue reading

Christ Myth Theory [Jesus is a copy-cat]

This particular claim toward pagan sources for Christianity and Christian Holy Days goes under various names: Jesus Myth Theory, Jesus Mythicism, Mythicism, Copy-cat Theory, and probably other terms. The basic claim is that Christ is a fake: an unoriginal copy-cat … Continue reading

It’s More About the ‘Heart’ Knowledge than it is About the ‘Head’ Knowledge According to St. Louis Sem Magazine, by Pr. Rossow

In this Fall’s edition of “Concordia Seminary,” the magazine of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, it is reported that the professors remind the students that “it’s more about the ‘heart’ knowledge than it is about the ‘head’ knowledge” (p. 21). This … Continue reading

Eighth Sunday after Trinity – The Testimony of the Holy Spirit

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity July 17, 2016 “The Testimony of the Holy Spirit” Romans 8:12-17 Click this link to listen to audio of this sermon. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors; not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 3. Beauty

No congregation can claim to be Christian without faithfulness to the Word of God, because it is the pure Word of God that makes us Christians. God’s Word is the one thing needful, both for our preservation in the faith … Continue reading

Striving for Heavenly Things: An Example of Luther’s Preaching on Sanctification

In a previous post, I described how Dr. Luther recognized St. Paul’s pattern of teaching good works and virtues after the preaching of the Gospel (Christians Teach Morals). Most often he connected the good works that result from faith with … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 76 of 77 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 75 of 77 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh 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

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 74 of 77 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth 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