My 3 Reasons to Read Melanchthon’s Common Places 1521, a New Translation

Philip Melanchthon, Common Places: Loci Communes 1521, trans. Christian Preus (St. Louis:CPH, 2014). I have three reasons why our readers should purchase and read this new translation of Melancthon’s Loci Communes of 1521, published by Concordia Publishing House, besides the … Continue reading

Overtures on SMP and District Lay Deacon Programs (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overtures were adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook. CH] To Upgrade the SMP Program WHEREAS, Holy Scripture sets high standards for the theological aptitude … Continue reading

Christian Fellowship and “Psychiatric Flu” by + Pr. Kurt Marquart +

On September 19th, 2006, a true doctor of the Church “went into the nearer presence of his Father” (his own words). Professor Kurt Marquart was a beloved teacher and pastor of our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and of Lutherans throughout the … Continue reading

Prayer: God Always Says Yes to His Children!

I recently listened to an Issues Etc edition on prayer (above), and I thought there were some very helpful and insightful points in there.  Over all, I really enjoyed it.  But I would like to respectfully offer a contribution to the conversation.  The following is a revision of a post I wrote on propterchristum.blogspot.com.

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Pastoral Authority: Teaching by means of supervising or supervising by means of teaching?

In Acts 20:28, Paul tells the elders in Ephesus, “Pay special attention to yourselves and of all the flock in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He bought with His … Continue reading