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A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity
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What is this faith of the tenth leper by which Jesus says he was saved, not merely cleansed as He says of the other nine? It is right worship of sinners humbly bowing to beg God’s blessed gifts, while religious pretenders present holy worship to God to gain audience and … Continue reading

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity – “The Spirit and the Flesh”
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The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity   September 1, 2018   “The Spirit and the Flesh”   Galatians 5:16-24   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   I say then: walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusts … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity
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We are, each of us, like the priest and the Levite who pass by the man dying on the road. It is not until we have our own wounds of guilt for our sin bound up by the forgiveness of Christ and soothed by the oil of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Good Samaritan
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The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2018   The Good Samaritan   Luke 10:23-37   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see;  for I tell you that … Continue reading

Flashback

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Good Samaritan

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2018   The Good Samaritan   Luke 10:23-37   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VII. Of the Keys. 1] The keys are an office and power given by Christ to the Church for binding and loosing sin, not only the gross and well-known sins, but also the subtle, hidden, which are … Continue reading

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity – “God’s Word and our Confession”

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity   August 26, 2012   “God’s Word and our Confession”   Mark 7:31-37   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came … Continue reading

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

Faith boasts not of itself, but is always seeking the mercy of God for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiven in Christ Jesus, faith and the good works it produces boast always and only of Him.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

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

Jesus did not tolerate the misuse of His Father’s house and drove out those who robbed His people in the name of worship. Neither do we tolerate the misuse of His Word, but drive out every teaching and practice that … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VI. Of the Sacrament of the Altar. 1] Of the Sacrament of the Altar we hold that bread and wine in the Supper are the true body and blood of Christ, and are given and received not … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Baptism

This entry is part 11 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article V. Of Baptism. 1] Baptism is nothing else than the Word of God in the water, commanded by His institution, or, as Paul says, a washing in the Word; as also Augustine says: Let the Word come … Continue reading

A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod holds a synod-wide convention every three years. The convention receives reports, elects leaders, votes on proposed resolutions, worships, hears essays, receives greetings, gives recognitions, and brings people together in both formal and informal social … Continue reading

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

Why does Jesus tell us to “Beware of false prophets?” These “ravenous wolves,” regardless of their pious appearance and stated intent, are destructive to souls and enemies of salvation.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD EIGHTH … Continue reading

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity – “Beware of False Prophets”

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity   July 26, 2015   “Beware of False Prophets”   Matthew 7:15-23   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but … Continue reading

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

Whether four thousand gathered in a desolate place, or a few hundred (or even two or three) gathered around Jesus to hear Him speak, His Word provides plenty of bread to go around.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     A READING … Continue reading