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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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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

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima
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This entry is part 106 of 106 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 with the Daily Prayer meditation found in the Lutheran Service Book (page … Continue reading

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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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima

This entry is part 106 of 106 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 106 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 106 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 106 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