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“Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Tongues for Telling the Mighty Works of God” (Acts 2:1-21) It’s the Day of Pentecost. It’s nine o’clock in the morning. And the disciples are together in one place. It was true back then, and it is true today–yes, here, this morning. Back on the Day of Pentecost in the … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of the Holy Trinity
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This entry is part 68 of 68 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of the Holy 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 … Continue reading

Schizochesis
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This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series The Book of Judges

The word “catechesis” means to “echo back.” It refers to a process of instruction in which the catechist asks questions and the catechumens recite set answers, echoing back the instruction they’ve received. When the catechumen is catechized in a catechism that is faithful to the Word of God and comprehensive … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fifth Petition
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This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,     whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,     and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away     through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night … Continue reading

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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 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

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … 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: 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

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

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

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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fifth Petition

This entry is part 22 of 22 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,     whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,     and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away … Continue reading

“God’s Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son” (Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“God’s Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son” (1 John 5:9-15) This week the Epistle reading once again is from First John. This has been the Epistle featured throughout this Easter season, and for good reason. The author, St. John, was … Continue reading

“The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Today we’re having church on a Thursday. That’s because we’re celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord, a major festival in the church year that always falls on a Thursday. And that’s because … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of Pentecost

This entry is part 67 of 68 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Feast of Pentecost 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

Back to Judges…

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series The Book of Judges

When we left the Israelites, they were languishing under the hand of Midian. Israel suffered oppression from the enemy because they had forsaken the Lord and gone after other gods. Therefore the Lord had summoned the Midianites, who encamped against … Continue reading

“The Spirit and the Water and the Blood” (Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Spirit and the Water and the Blood” (1 John 5:1-8) Our Epistle today from First John includes a section that at first glance may seem a little puzzling. But when we look at it a little more closely, we’ll … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 66 of 68 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Ascension of our Lord and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key Lambs at Pasture for Exaudi — The Seventh Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Fourth Petition

This entry is part 21 of 22 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Bless the Lord, O my soul!     O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, 2     covering yourself with light as with a garment,     stretching out the heavens like a tent. 3 He lays the beams … Continue reading

“Abide in the Vine” (Sermon on John 15:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Abide in the Vine” (John 15:1-8) “Stay where you are!” “Don’t move!” These commands sound rather restrictive. These imperatives can sound oppressive and limiting, like we’re being told what to do, and it’s to not do anything. The idea of … Continue reading

Five-hundredth anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Five hundred years ago today, on April 26, 1518, Martin Luther presented and defended a number of “theological paradoxes” in a debate at Heidelberg. Coming less than six months after the Ninety-five Theses, the Heidelberg Disputation was an important step … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 65 of 68 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Petition

This entry is part 20 of 22 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  I will extol you, my God and King,     and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you     and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,     and his … Continue reading

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (1 John 3:16-24) “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” What a beautiful hymn to sing on this day in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”! How we need a good … Continue reading