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Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter
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This entry is part 64 of 64 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Petition
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This entry is part of 19 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof,     the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas     and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?     And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has … Continue reading

A Sermon on the Two Kinds of Righteousness
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Our observation of the 500th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther’s publication of the Ninety-Five Theses took place a few months ago.  However, this event only initiated the Lutheran Reformation.  Luther’s rediscovery of the Gospel resulted from his study (and teaching of) the Holy Scriptures from 1515 to 1520.  He developed … 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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

A Sermon on the Two Kinds of Righteousness

Our observation of the 500th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther’s publication of the Ninety-Five Theses took place a few months ago.  However, this event only initiated the Lutheran Reformation.  Luther’s rediscovery of the Gospel resulted from his study (and teaching … Continue reading

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (Sermon on 1 John 3:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-7) Last week we began a series of six straight weeks of Epistle readings from 1 John. Our theme last week was “Fellowship through the Word of Life”: We … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 63 of 64 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Third Sunday of Easter 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Petition

This entry is part 18 of 19 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;     sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;     tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations,     his marvelous works among … Continue reading

The Resurrection: Blasphemy to the Religion of Reason

In 1777, a German writer, philosopher, and play-writer named Gotthold Lessing published a short article entitled, “On the Proof of the Spirit and of Power.”  Lessing had already published many other writings arguing that there is no one correct religion, … Continue reading

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (Sermon on 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1 – 2:2) Today on this Second Sunday of Easter, we begin six straight weeks of Epistle readings from First John. This is quite appropriate for the Easter season, since First John … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 62 of 64 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quasimodo Geniti — The Second Sunday of Easter 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer

This entry is part 17 of 19 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!     Give ear to my voice when I call to you! 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,     and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! … Continue reading

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, it’s true! This is no April Fools’ joke. Jesus really is risen from the dead! Just like he said he would. Just like … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Conclusion

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, III. … Continue reading

“It Is Finished” (Sermon on John 19:17-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“It Is Finished” (John 19:17-30) “Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Seventh Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Sixth Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Sixth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“Love Received, Love to Give” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love Received, Love to Give” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, Jesus did that. And he also tells his disciples: “A new commandment I give to you, … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Quasimodo Geniti — The Second Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 61 of 64 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quasimodo Geniti — The Second Sunday of Easter 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 the Resurrection of our Lord

This entry is part 59 of 64 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Resurrection 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

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Sermon on Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Annunciation, Acclamation, Crucifixion” (Luke 1:30-33; Mark 11:1-10; 15:1-39) Today is a day in the church year that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” This is Palm Sunday, the day when our Lord Jesus Christ … Continue reading