Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Barrick, William D., “Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.” (article, 12 pp.) (PDF, and online edition is here). Carson, D. A., Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996). Franzmann, Martin H., The Word … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

UPDATE NOTE: Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography. Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline. Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of … Continue reading

Defending Concordia University System Schools from Ideologies

Introduction This article provides a thumbnail sketch of what Kenneth Minogue calls the “pure theory” of ideology and applies it to destructive ideological mobilization on the campuses of Concordia University System schools. This is the barest introduction, but we have … Continue reading

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