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“AN LCMS” – An attempt to identify the various divisions within the LCMS by Rev. Neil Carlson
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Editor’s Note – This is a good attempt to identify the major divisions within the LCMS.  These are constantly shifting and so forth and Rev. Carlson wrote this a while ago.   A – Antinomian synod. N – Never-gonna-change nostalgia synod (aka Bronzers)   L – Liturgical synod C – Confessional … Continue reading

Standing to Sing
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Written in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Kantor at First Lutheran Church of Boston.  Jonathan is a super awesome Lutheran organist who has a lovely wife and three wonderful children.  Along with being a consummate organist, he also enjoys good beer, mocking terrible church music, and driving super fast on … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent
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This entry is part 98 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

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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

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?

During my past 9 years of pastoral ministry the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more … Continue reading

Parallels of Pornography and “Praise” Music

Warning: this post contains sexually explicit material Pornography is wicked. So is the sinful flesh, which is why porn sells. One source reported a “conservative estimate” of U.S. pornography revenues around $8 billion in 2012. Pornography is just as damnable a sin … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 97 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Populus Zion — The Second Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 96 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Populus Zion 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 … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XV: Of Ecclesiastical Usages. 1] Of Usages in the Church they teach that those ought to be observed which may be observed without sin, and which are profitable unto tranquillity and good order in the Church, as particular holy … Continue reading

“Thanksgiving and Peace” — Thanksgiving Day Sermon — Pastor Rolf Preus

“Thanksgiving and Peace” Thanksgiving Day Sermon November 22 81, 23, 2018 Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which … Continue reading

The Last Sunday of the Church Year – Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming

The Last Sunday of the Church Year   November 26, 2017   “Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 95 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Order in the Church

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XIV: Of Ecclesiastical Order. Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called. Only pastors are to publicly preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments.  They … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVII)

This entry is part 94 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVII) 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. … Continue reading