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A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourth Sunday after Trinity
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Good works and the suffering of Christ and the Christian go hand in hand, indeed they are “the firstfruits” of the Spirit of which Paul speaks. To live in Christ is to suffer for the sake of serving one’s neighbor and brother.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]   “The Crucified Christ Enframed … Continue reading

Fourth Sunday after Trinity – “The Glory to be Revealed in Us”
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Fourth Sunday after Trinity   June 24, 2018   “The Glory to be Revealed in Us”   Romans 8:18-23   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which … Continue reading

Aids for Voting Delegates to the 2019 LCMS Convention
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A voting delegate to a synodical convention has a duty to vote well. To vote well, one needs to study and understand the reports, overtures, and resolutions, and then vote scripturally, confessionally, conscientiously, prayerfully, and in brotherly consultation with the saints. This duty has weight. It is not so easy. … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Repentance
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This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article III. Of Repentance. 1] This office [of the Law] the New Testament retains and urges, as St. Paul, Rom. 1:18 does, saying: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Again, Rom 3:19: All the world is guilty before God. … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Repentance

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article III. Of Repentance. 1] This office [of the Law] the New Testament retains and urges, as St. Paul, Rom. 1:18 does, saying: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. … Continue reading

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

This is how and where God the Son “receives sinners and eats with them”—He pours out God the Holy Spirit in the ministry of His holy Christian Church to forgive them, and make them holy.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

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

Why doesn’t everybody go to heaven? As Jesus illustrates in the story He tells in today’s Gospel lesson, people feel they have better, more important and urgent things to do with their lives than spend their time with the heavenly … Continue reading

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

The reward of the kingdom of heaven is a matter of God having mercy to comfort those who receive it through faith according to His promise in Christ Jesus. Lazarus receives the aid, deliverance, and protection in heaven that the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Sin

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE THIRD PART OF THE ARTICLES. Concerning the following articles we may [will be able to] treat with learned and reasonable men, or among ourselves. The Pope and his [the Papal] government do not care much about these. For with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Papacy

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article IV: Of the Papacy. 1] That the Pope is not, according to divine law or according to the Word of God the head of all Christendom (for this [name] belongs to One only, whose name is Jesus … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Feast of Holy Trinity

In answer to Nicodemus’s query about God and being born again into His kingdom, Jesus reveals the persons, work, and relationship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is this one God in three persons whom … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Day of Pentecost

According to Jesus, the purpose and work of the Holy Spirit is to “teach” and “bring to remembrance” everything He taught His disciples regarding His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. To be sure, this work will be accompanied by miracles … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Chapters and Cloisters

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article III: Of Chapters and Cloisters. 1] That chapters and cloisters [colleges of canons and communistic dwellings], which were formerly founded with the good intention [of our forefathers] to educate learned men and chaste [and modest] women, ought … Continue reading