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Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima
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This entry is part 107 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima 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 the Lutheran Service Book (page … Continue reading

Sexagesima Sunday – “The Power of God’s Word”
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Sexagesima Sunday   February 4, 2018   “The Power of God’s Word”   Luke 8:4-15   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Marriage of Priests
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This entry is part 24 of 24 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXIII: Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] There has been common complaint concerning the examples of priests who were not chaste. 2] For that reason also Pope Pius is reported to have said that there were certain causes why marriage was taken away from priests, but that there were … Continue reading

Concerning Congregational and Choral Song
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Below is a translated excerpt from August F.C. Vilmar’s “Textbook of Pastoral Theology” (Lehrbuch der Pastoraltheologie) from 1872.  Vilmar was an influential figure for the Lutheran Confessional movement in 19th century Germany.  His remarks on congregational song are insightful and thought-provoking for us even today. Concerning Congregational Song   Song … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Discovery: The Late Medieval Background
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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1545, Martin Luther wrote the preface for the publication of his complete works in Latin.  Therein he included a biographical statement that included his recollection of how he rediscovered the doctrine of justification by faith alone.  He wrote: At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Luther’s Discovery: The Late Medieval Background

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1545, Martin Luther wrote the preface for the publication of his complete works in Latin.  Therein he included a biographical statement that included his recollection of how he rediscovered the doctrine of justification by faith alone.  He wrote: At … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima

This entry is part 106 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Both Kinds in the Sacrament

This entry is part 23 of 24 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXII: Of Both Kinds in the Sacrament. 1] To the laity are given Both Kinds in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, because this usage has the commandment of the Lord in Matt. 26:27: Drink ye all of it, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Septuagesima

This entry is part 38 of 38 in the series Gospel Notes

Lambs at Pasture for Septuagesima 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 … Continue reading

The Transfiguration of our Lord – The Word of God

The Transfiguration of our Lord   January 21, 2017   “The Word of God”   2 Peter 1:16-21   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Worship of the Saints

This entry is part 22 of 24 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXI: Of the Worship of the Saints. 1] Of the Worship of Saints they teach that the memory of saints may be set before us, that we may follow their faith and good works, according to our calling, as … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Transfiguration of our Lord

This entry is part 105 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Transfiguration of our Lord 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

Morality, “the Wall,” and Abortion

Christians of good will may disagree with the wisdom of certain civil policies and support different political parties. However, other issues involve stances that are intrinsically immoral and must be rejected by Christians. Two issues have lately been dominating the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Good Works

This entry is part 21 of 24 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XX: Of Good Works. 1] Our teachers are falsely accused of forbidding Good Works. 2] For their published writings on the Ten Commandments, and others of like import, bear witness that they have taught to good purpose concerning all … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

This entry is part 104 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 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 … Continue reading

Third Sunday after Epiphany – God’s Will, God’s Word, and Faith

The Third Sunday after Epiphany   January 22, 2017   “God’s Will, God’s Word, and Faith”   Matthew 8:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

This entry is part 103 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The Third Sunday after the Epiphany 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 … Continue reading