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A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Easter 5
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Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets forth the faith once delivered to us in Scripture for … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Chief Article
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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE SECOND PART Treats of the Articles which Refer to the Office and Work of Jesus Christ, or Our Redemption. Part II, Article I: The first and chief article. 1] That Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins, and was raised again for our justification, Rom. 4:25. 2] … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book of Concord – Easter 4
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Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets forth the faith once delivered to us in Scripture for … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

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

A Reading From The Book of Concord – Easter 4

Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Awe-Inspiring Articles on Divine Majesty

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE FIRST PART Treats of the Sublime Articles Concerning the Divine Majesty, as: I. That Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three distinct persons in one divine essence and nature, are one God, who has created heaven and earth. The Holy … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Easter 3

Our Lutheran Confessions provide the under-shepherds of Jesus, The Good Shepherd, with weapons to fight off false teaching wolves. They also provide a manual for the sheep to judge whether their pastor is truly Christ’s under-shepherd, or merely a hired … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Preface

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Note: This is the third series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural citations are … Continue reading

Quasimodogeniti Sunday Sermon – “Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen”

Quasimodogeniti Sunday Sermon   April 23, 2017   “Blessed Are Those Who Have Not Seen”   John 20:19-31 Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Conclusion

This entry is part 30 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Conclusion. 1] These are the chief articles which seem to be in controversy. For although we might have spoken of more abuses, yet, to avoid undue length, we have set forth the chief points, from which the rest may … Continue reading

Holy Thursday: The Will and Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when he was betrayed, declared his last will and testament and disposed of his estate. Many rich men have … Continue reading

Easter Sunday Sermon – “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”

Easter Sunday Sermon   April 1, 2018   “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”   Mark 16:2-6   Click here to audio of this sermon.   Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Church Authority

This entry is part 29 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVIII: Of Ecclesiastical Power. 1] There has been great controversy concerning the Power of Bishops, in which some have awkwardly confounded the power of the Church 2] and the power of the sword. And from this confusion very great … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Eighth through Tenth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 1 Kings 21:1-29. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Every one of the Ten Commandments protects a gift that God has given, as we’ve been … Continue reading