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O Sacred Head Now Wounded: Luther’s Devotion to the Passion of Christ
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Many Lutherans sing the beloved hymn, O Sacred Head Now Wounded, (LSB 450) during Lent and especially on Good Friday.  Paul Gerhardt wrote the German hymn, O Haupt Voll Blut und Wunden, upon which this hymn is based in the 17th century.  Johann Sebastian Bach later incorporated elements of this … Continue reading

Holy Thursday: The Will and Testament of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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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 willed gold and mansions, revenues and high positions. Our Lord … Continue reading

Easter Sunday Sermon – “Confessing Christ’s Resurrection on Sunday Morning”
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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 to the tomb when the sun had risen.  And they … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 29 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

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Sixth and Seventh Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 11:1-27. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Sixth and Seventh Commandments protect gifts of God. The Sixth Commandment protects the gift of … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Monastic Vows

This entry is part 28 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVII: Of Monastic Vows. 1] What is taught on our part concerning Monastic Vows, will be better understood if it be remembered what has been the state of the monasteries, and how many things were daily done in those … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Fourth and Fifth Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church on 2 Samuel 15:1-14. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Fourth Commandment concerns God’s authority on earth. Through father and mother God rules households. Through … Continue reading

Lent with the Lord’s Commands: Second and Third Commandments

Preached at St. Silas Lutheran Church in North Liberty, IA on 1 Kings 18:20-40. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The Second and Third Commandments flow from the First. In the First … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Distinction of Meats

This entry is part 27 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVI: Of the Distinction of Meats. 1] It has been the general persuasion, not of the people alone, but also of those teaching in the churches, that making Distinctions of Meats, and like traditions of men, are works profitable … Continue reading

Philip Melanchthon’s Early Teaching on Justification

Philip Melanchthon published his first major theological work, Loci Communes (Theological Commonplaces) in 1521. At the age of 21, in 1518 Melanchthon had come to Wittenberg to teach Greek, but soon took on other teaching responsibilities.  He began to lecture on … Continue reading