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A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests
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This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XI. Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] To prohibit marriage, and to burden the divine order of priests with perpetual celibacy, they have had neither authority nor right [they have done out of malice, without any honest reason], but have acted like antichristian, tyrannical, desperate scoundrels [have … Continue reading

Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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Barrick, William D., “Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.” (article, 12 pp.) (PDF, and online edition is here). Carson, D. A., Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996). Franzmann, Martin H., The Word of the Lord Grows: An Introduction to the Origin, Purpose, … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson
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UPDATE NOTE: Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography. Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline. Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of Heresy: An Affirmation of Christian Orthodoxy (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Morehouse Publishing, … Continue reading

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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Defending Concordia University System Schools from Ideologies

Introduction This article provides a thumbnail sketch of what Kenneth Minogue calls the “pure theory” of ideology and applies it to destructive ideological mobilization on the campuses of Concordia University System schools. This is the barest introduction, but we have … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary of the Smalcald Articles: Ordination and Call

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article X. Of Ordination and the Call. 1] If the bishops would be true bishops [would rightly discharge their office], and would devote themselves to the Church and the Gospel, it might be granted to them for the … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year – “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity   November 25, 2018   “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Excommunication

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IX. Of Excommunication. The greater excommunication, as the Pope calls it, we regard only as a civil penalty, and it does not concern us ministers of the Church. But the lesser, that is, the true Christian excommunication, … Continue reading

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity – “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

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 … Continue reading

The Twenty First Sunday after Trinity – “God Hidden and Revealed”

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 … 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 17 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