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Baptism Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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Buchanan, Colin, A Case for Infant Baptism, rev. ed. (Cambridge: Grove Books Limited, 1984). Chemnitz, Martin, “Original Sin” in The Doctrine of Man in the Writings of Martin Chemnitz and Johann Gerhard (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005). Das, A. Andrew, Baptized into God’s Family: The Doctrine of Infant Baptism … Continue reading

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity – “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”
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The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity   October 23, 2016   “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”   Matthew 18:23-35   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.  … Continue reading

The Heavenly Indulgence
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In the last quarter of 1519, Dr. Martin Luther published three sermons on the sacraments of penance, baptism, and Lord’s Supper.  He wrote them in German and dedicated all three to Duchess Margaret of Brunswick.  These texts represent Luther’s early attempts to interpret the sacraments through the theology of justification … Continue reading

Our Children Are Human Beings, Part II
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This article was originally published in the Ancora Scholastica, the school newsletter of Mount Hope Lutheran School in Casper, WY. Last week we began examining how important it is to define correctly what a human being is. If we do not define a human being correctly, we will not educate … Continue reading

The Twenty First Sunday after Trinity – “God Hidden and Revealed”
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The Twenty First Sunday after Trinity   October 20, 2013   “God Hidden and Revealed”   John 4:46-54   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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

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

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

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: Christmas and Saturnalia

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? The Roman celebration discussed in this article is the multi-day festival of Saturnalia. The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early … Continue reading

All Saints’ Day – “Blessed Are You When You Suffer for Christ’s Sake”

All Saints Day   November 4, 2018   “Blessed Are You When You Suffer for Christ’s Sake”   Matthew 5:11-12   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Confession

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VIII. Of Confession. 1] Since Absolution or the Power of the Keys is also an aid and consolation against sin and a bad conscience, ordained by Christ [Himself] in the Gospel, Confession or Absolution ought by no … Continue reading

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Son of Man’s Authority on Earth to Forgive Sins”

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity   October 11, 2015   “The Son of Man’s Authority on Earth to Forgive Sins”   Matthew 9:1-8   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   So he got into a boat, … Continue reading

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Law and the Gospel”

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 30, 2018   “The Law and the Gospel”   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 Reading From The Book Of Concord – Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

 Each of our Scripture lessons today speaks against placing our self and our names, personal needs and reputations above those of our neighbor. Given the fact that our dear Lord has given us His name in Holy Baptism, and with … Continue reading

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity – “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 16, 2018   “Life or Death: What Does Jesus Say?”   Luke 7:14-15   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then He came and touched the open coffin, and … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Feast Of St. Michael & All Angels Sunday

Never forget, dear Christians, as the Baptized, you are children of God and, thus, you are of those little ones with your very own angels, who while keeping guard over you in the kingdom of heaven, “always see the face … Continue reading

St. Michael and All Angels Day – “Guardian Angels”

St. Michael and All Angels Day   October 4, 2009   “Guardian Angels”   Matthew 18:10-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for … Continue reading

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

What is this faith of the tenth leper by which Jesus says he was saved, not merely cleansed as He says of the other nine? It is right worship of sinners humbly bowing to beg God’s blessed gifts, while religious … Continue reading

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Spirit and the Flesh”

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 1, 2018   “The Spirit and the Flesh”   Galatians 5:16-24   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not … Continue reading