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Missions Presentation at the ACELC Conference – Some trouble at LCMS Missions? It’s Time to ask some questions.
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Rev. Jeffrey Kuddes presented at the latest ACELC Conference on missions.  He gives a presentation on his experience in getting called as a missionary, fundraising, training, and deploying as a missionary.  If you donate to LCMS missions or are considering doing so, please watch or read this and then ask … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
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We are, each of us, like the priest and the Levite who pass by the man dying on the road. It is not until we have our own wounds of guilt for our sin bound up by the forgiveness of Christ and soothed by the oil of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Good Samaritan
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The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2018   The Good Samaritan   Luke 10:23-37   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;  for I tell you that … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Keys
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This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VII. Of the Keys. 1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are known only to God, as it is written in Ps. … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

Some Quotes for Discussion of AC XIV

Here are some quotes when considering AC XIV: XIV Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called.     “…it is with those who are … 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

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

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

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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Keys

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VII. Of the Keys. 1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are … Continue reading

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity – “God’s Word and our Confession”

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2012   “God’s Word and our Confession”   Mark 7:31-37   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

Faith boasts not of itself, but is always seeking the mercy of God for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiven in Christ Jesus, faith and the good works it produces boast always and only of Him.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Tenth Sunday after Trinity

Jesus did not tolerate the misuse of His Father’s house and drove out those who robbed His people in the name of worship. Neither do we tolerate the misuse of His Word, but drive out every teaching and practice that … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar. 1] Of the Sacrament of the Altar we hold that bread and wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ, and are given and received not … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Baptism

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article V. Of Baptism. 1] Baptism is nothing else than the Word of God in the water, commanded by His institution, or, as Paul says, a washing in the Word; as also Augustine says: Let the Word come … Continue reading

A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod holds a synod-wide convention every three years. The convention receives reports, elects leaders, votes on proposed resolutions, worships, hears essays, receives greetings, gives recognitions, and brings people together in both formal and informal social … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Why does Jesus tell us to “Beware of false prophets?” These “ravenous wolves,” regardless of their pious appearance and stated intent, are destructive to souls and enemies of salvation.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD EIGHTH … Continue reading

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – “Beware of False Prophets”

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity   July 26, 2015   “Beware of False Prophets”   Matthew 7:15-23   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Whether four thousand gathered in a desolate place, or a few hundred (or even two or three) gathered around Jesus to hear Him speak, His Word provides plenty of bread to go around.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     A READING … Continue reading