About Dr. Paul Edmon

Dr. Paul Edmon is from Seattle, Washington and now resides in Boston, Massachusetts. He has his B.S. in Physics from the University of Washington in 2004 and Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He is professional staff at Harvard University and acts as liaison between Center for Astrophysics and Research Computing. A life long Lutheran, he is formerly a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle and University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis. He now attends First Lutheran Church (FLC) of Boston where he teaches Lutheran Essentials. He sings bass in the FLC choir and Canto Armonico. He was elected to the Concordia Seminary St. Louis Board of Regents in 2016. He is single and among his manifold interests are scotch, football, anime, board games, mythology, history, philosophy, and general nerdiness. The views expressed here are his own and do not represent Harvard University or Concordia Seminary. Twitter: @pauledmon

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests

This entry is part 17 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XI. Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] To prohibit marriage, and to burden the divine order of priests with perpetual celibacy, they have had neither authority nor right [they have done out of malice, without any honest … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary of the Smalcald Articles: Ordination and Call

This entry is part 16 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article X. Of Ordination and the Call. 1] If the bishops would be true bishops [would rightly discharge their office], and would devote themselves to the Church and the Gospel, it might be granted to them for the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Excommunication

This entry is part 15 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IX. Of Excommunication. The greater excommunication, as the Pope calls it, we regard only as a civil penalty, and it does not concern us ministers of the Church. But the lesser, that is, the true Christian excommunication, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Confession

This entry is part 14 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article VIII. Of Confession. 1] Since Absolution or the Power of the Keys is also an aid and consolation against sin and a bad conscience, ordained by Christ [Himself] in the Gospel, Confession or Absolution ought by no … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 13 of 17 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

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

This entry is part 12 of 17 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 17 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 Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Gospel

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IV. Of the Gospel. We will now return to the Gospel, which not merely in one way gives us counsel and aid against sin; for God is superabundantly rich [and liberal] in His grace [and goodness]. First, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Repentance

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article III. Of Repentance. 1] This office [of the Law] the New Testament retains and urges, as St. Paul, Rom. 1:18 does, saying: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 8 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article II. Of the Law 1] Here we hold that the Law was given by God, first, to restrain sin by threats and the dread of punishment, and by the promise and offer of grace and benefit. But … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Sin

This entry is part 7 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE THIRD PART OF THE ARTICLES. Concerning the following articles we may [will be able to] treat with learned and reasonable men, or among ourselves. The Pope and his [the Papal] government do not care much about these. For with … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 6 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article IV: Of the Papacy. 1] That the Pope is not, according to divine law or according to the Word of God the head of all Christendom (for this [name] belongs to One only, whose name is Jesus … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Chapters and Cloisters

This entry is part 5 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article III: Of Chapters and Cloisters. 1] That chapters and cloisters [colleges of canons and communistic dwellings], which were formerly founded with the good intention [of our forefathers] to educate learned men and chaste [and modest] women, ought … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 4 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article II: Of the Mass. 1] That the Mass in the Papacy must be the greatest and most horrible abomination, as it directly and powerfully conflicts with this chief article, and yet above and before all other popish … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Chief Article

This entry is part 3 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE SECOND PART Treats of the Articles which Refer to the Office and Work of Jesus Christ, or Our Redemption. Part II, Article I: The first and chief article. 1] That Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Awe-Inspiring Articles on Divine Majesty

This entry is part 2 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE FIRST PART Treats of the Sublime Articles Concerning the Divine Majesty, as: I. That Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three distinct persons in one divine essence and nature, are one God, who has created heaven and earth. The Holy … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Preface

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Note: This is the third series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural citations are … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Conclusion

This entry is part 30 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Conclusion. 1] These are the chief articles which seem to be in controversy. For although we might have spoken of more abuses, yet, to avoid undue length, we have set forth the chief points, from which the rest may … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 29 of 30 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

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

This entry is part 28 of 30 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

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

This entry is part 27 of 30 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Abuses of Confession

This entry is part 26 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXV: Of Confession. 1] Confession in the churches is not abolished among us; for it is not usual to give the body of the Lord, except to them that have been previously examined and absolved. And 2] the people … Continue reading