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 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

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

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

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

This entry is part 26 of 29 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Mass

This entry is part 25 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXIV: Of the Mass. 1] Falsely are our churches accused of abolishing the Mass; for the Mass is retained among 2] us, and celebrated with the highest reverence. Nearly all the usual ceremonies are also preserved, save that the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Marriage of Priests

This entry is part 24 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXIII: Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] There has been common complaint concerning the examples of priests who were not chaste. 2] For that reason also Pope Pius is reported to have said that there were certain causes why … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Both Kinds in the Sacrament

This entry is part 23 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXII: Of Both Kinds in the Sacrament. 1] To the laity are given Both Kinds in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, because this usage has the commandment of the Lord in Matt. 26:27: Drink ye all of it, … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Worship of the Saints

This entry is part 22 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXI: Of the Worship of the Saints. 1] Of the Worship of Saints they teach that the memory of saints may be set before us, that we may follow their faith and good works, according to our calling, as … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Good Works

This entry is part 21 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XX: Of Good Works. 1] Our teachers are falsely accused of forbidding Good Works. 2] For their published writings on the Ten Commandments, and others of like import, bear witness that they have taught to good purpose concerning all … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Cause of Sin

This entry is part 20 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XIX: Of the Cause of Sin. Of the Cause of Sin they teach that, although God does create and preserve nature, yet the cause of sin is the will of the wicked, that is, of the devil and ungodly … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Free Will

This entry is part 19 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XVIII: Of Free Will. 1] Of Free Will they teach that man’s will has some liberty to choose civil righteousness, and to work 2] things subject to reason. But it has no power, without the Holy Ghost, to work … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Christ’s Return for Judgment

This entry is part 18 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Article XVII: Of Christ’s Return to Judgment. 1] Also they teach that at the Consummation of the World Christ will appear for judgment, and 2] will raise up all the dead; He will give to the godly and elect … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Civil Government

This entry is part 17 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XVI: Of Civil Affairs. 1] Of Civil Affairs they teach that lawful civil ordinances are good works of God, and that 2] it is right for Christians to bear civil office, to sit as judges, to judge matters by … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 16 of 29 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

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

This entry is part 15 of 29 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

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

This entry is part 14 of 29 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Repentance

This entry is part 13 of 29 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Confession

This entry is part 12 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Article XI: Of Confession. 1] Of Confession they teach that Private Absolution ought to be retained in the churches, although in confession 2] an enumeration of all sins is not necessary. For it is impossible according to the Psalm: … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Lord’s Supper

This entry is part 11 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article X: Of the Lord’s Supper. 1] Of the Supper of the Lord they teach that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present, and are distributed 2] to those who eat the Supper of the Lord; and they … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Baptism

This entry is part 10 of 29 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article IX: Of Baptism. 1] Of Baptism they teach that it is necessary 2] to salvation, and that through Baptism is offered the grace of God, and that children are to be baptized who, being offered to God through Baptism … Continue reading