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Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 3. Beauty
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No congregation can claim to be Christian without faithfulness to the Word of God, because it is the pure Word of God that makes us Christians. God’s Word is the one thing needful, both for our preservation in the faith and for adding people to the Church. We see clearly … Continue reading

Striving for Heavenly Things: An Example of Luther’s Preaching on Sanctification
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In a previous post, I described how Dr. Luther recognized St. Paul’s pattern of teaching good works and virtues after the preaching of the Gospel (Christians Teach Morals). Most often he connected the good works that result from faith with a Christian’s various vocations in life.  Certainly, the assigned biblical … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – Notes on various writings of Forde
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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Reviewing Forde

Editor’s Note: The following comes from Pastor Joseph Abrahamson of the ELS.  He is the well-known author our Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies series.  He has been assigned a paper that will require him to research Gerhard Forde’s works.  He is providing these as his notes from which he … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
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This entry is part 76 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity 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 … Continue reading

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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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 76 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 75 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity 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

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 74 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Sixth Sunday after Trinity 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

The Battle Belongs to the Lord, not to the Statistics

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

We rightly call ourselves the Church Militant. As long as we live in this world we fight against the devil, world, and sinful nature. So what, right now, does the Church need in order to succeed against these enemies? There’s … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 73 of 76 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

I love the Lord, because he has heard     my voice and my pleas for mercy. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me,     therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me;     the … Continue reading