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Advent 2018 Devotional is Now Available
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This year’s Advent devotion is now available for download in two formats: Booklet format for two-sided printing. Print this file duplex and staple the center to make a booklet. Single-page format for eReaders or to print a large-print edition. Print this files duplex with “print to fit” selected. Printed copies … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVII)
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This entry is part 94 of 94 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVII) 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 … Continue reading

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity – Sorrow and Hope
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The Twenty Fifth Sunday after Trinity   November 25, 2012   “Sorrow and Hope”   1 Thessalonians 4:13-18   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others … Continue reading

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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

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

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

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

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

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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Use of the Sacraments

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Article XIII: Of the Use of the Sacraments. 1] Of the Use of the Sacraments they teach that the Sacraments were ordained, not only to be marks of profession among men, but rather to be signs and testimonies of … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Second to Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVI)

This entry is part 93 of 94 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Second to Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXVI) 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Repentance

This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XII: Of Repentance. 1] Of Repentance they teach that for those who have fallen after Baptism there is remission of sins whenever they are converted 2] and that the Church ought to impart absolution to those thus returning to … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third to Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXV)

This entry is part 92 of 94 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Third to Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity XXV) 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 … Continue reading

All Saints Day – The Church Triumphant

All Saints Day   November 6, 2016   “The Church Triumphant”   Revelation 7:13-17   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white … Continue reading

The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy: Part 3 – The Sacrament of the Altar

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy

In Part Three, we pick up on page 194 in the Lutheran Service Book where the liturgy for the Sacrament of the Altar begins. Again, we will be following Divine Service Setting 3 and the words of the liturgy will … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 91 of 94 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Twenty-Third 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