A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod holds a synod-wide convention every three years. The convention receives reports, elects leaders, votes on proposed resolutions, worships, hears essays, receives greetings, gives recognitions, and brings people together in both formal and informal social … Continue reading

Safely Betting the Farm: Recommendation of Jack Kilcrease’s Book on the Atonement

In this book (Jack D. Kilcrease, The Doctrine of the Atonement from Luther to Forde (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2018), Dr. Kilcrease skillfully accomplishes many important feats. In a fast-moving and trim volume, Dr. Kilcrease engages the written works … 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

Memorizing the Catechism: False Dichotomy between Words and Meaning or, How to Forget the Faith

When I was a child, we already had the Small Catechism memorized before we entered confirmation instruction. We recited portions in Sunday School from about the third or fourth grade onward. We recited all portions in Vacation Bible School year … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Confession of the Gospel of Justification

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1519, Luther published an edited copy of his lectures on Galatians.  This text represented his clearest exposition of the doctrine of justification.  His new colleague, Philip Melanchthon, edited the text and gave Luther the citations of the church fathers.[1] … Continue reading

Why is preaching a big deal? Why this book of sermons?

Foreword from A Year of Law & Gospel Preaching: Postil of Sermons on the One-Year Lectionary by Rev. Rolf Preus Being called to write this foreword is among the highest honors of my life. The call came to me because … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Discovery of Justification by Faith Alone

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

An examination of Luther’s lectures on Romans in 1515-1516 reveals significant changes in his understanding of justification.  In these lectures, he began to emphasize the believer’s passive role as a recipient of God’s righteousness by grace.  Additionally, he explicitly rejected … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima

This entry is part 107 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima 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 … Continue reading

Martin Luther’s Discovery: The Late Medieval Background

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Martin Luther's Discovery of the Doctrine of Justification

In 1545, Martin Luther wrote the preface for the publication of his complete works in Latin.  Therein he included a biographical statement that included his recollection of how he rediscovered the doctrine of justification by faith alone.  He wrote: At … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima

This entry is part 106 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Sexagesima 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Septuagesima

This entry is part 38 of 38 in the series Gospel Notes

Lambs at Pasture for Septuagesima 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Transfiguration of our Lord

This entry is part 105 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Transfiguration of our Lord 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

Lambs at Pasture for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany

This entry is part 104 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

This entry is part 103 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The Third Sunday after the Epiphany 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Second Sunday after the Epiphany

This entry is part 102 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The Second Sunday after the Epiphany 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 … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Baptism of our Lord

This entry is part 101 of 107 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Baptism of our Lord 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