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AN LCMS – the many synods within the Missouri Synod – the full paper by Rev. Neil Carlson
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Editor’s Note:  Last week we ran the introduction and overview of this paper.  Today we are putting the paper out there for our readers to digest and ponder.  The comments from the overview article certainly revealed at least three or four of these synods within a “synod”. (Edited, updated, and … Continue reading

“AN LCMS” – An attempt to identify the various divisions within the LCMS by Rev. Neil Carlson
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Editor’s Note – This is a good attempt to identify the major divisions within the LCMS.  These are constantly shifting and so forth and Rev. Carlson wrote this a while ago.   A – Antinomian synod. N – Never-gonna-change nostalgia synod (aka Bronzers)   L – Liturgical synod C – Confessional … Continue reading

Standing to Sing
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Written in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Kantor at First Lutheran Church of Boston.  Jonathan is a super awesome Lutheran organist who has a lovely wife and three wonderful children.  Along with being a consummate organist, he also enjoys good beer, mocking terrible church music, and driving super fast on … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent
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This entry is part 98 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent 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

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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

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

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

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

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 98 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent 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. … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 97 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Populus Zion — The Second Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 96 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Populus Zion 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Church Ceremonies

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XV: Of Ecclesiastical Usages. 1] Of Usages in the Church they teach that those ought to be observed which may be observed without sin, and which are profitable unto tranquillity and good order in the Church, as particular holy … Continue reading

“Thanksgiving and Peace” — Thanksgiving Day Sermon — Pastor Rolf Preus

“Thanksgiving and Peace” Thanksgiving Day Sermon November 22 81, 23, 2018 Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which … Continue reading

The Last Sunday of the Church Year – Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming

The Last Sunday of the Church Year   November 26, 2017   “Ready or Not – Jesus is Coming”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 95 of 98 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Ad Te Levavi — The First Sunday in Advent 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 … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Order in the Church

This entry is part 15 of 16 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XIV: Of Ecclesiastical Order. Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called. Only pastors are to publicly preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments.  They … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 94 of 98 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. … Continue reading