Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?

Married in the Eyes of God But Not the State?: A Casualty of Casuistry Rev. John A. Frahm III 13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or … Continue reading

“Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving”: A Sermon Based on Psalm 100 and Luther’s Explanation to the Creed

Text: Psalm 100: 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all … Continue reading

A Proper Lutheran Altar Call — The Word Leading to the Supper

Jesus says to the church at Laodicea:   “Look, I stand at the door and am knocking.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will enter for the sake of him and sup with him and he with … Continue reading

The Lord’s Supper as Christ’s Last Will and Testament

We hear the words during the consecration, “this cup is the new testament in My blood.”   However, most English Bibles will translate the words of Jesus as the “new covenant” (the Authorized or King James Version being a great exception).   … Continue reading

LCMS legislator votes for homosexual “marriage”; DP opposes bill (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

An Illinois state senator who is a member of an LCMS congregation last month voted in favor of a bill that would legalize homosexual “marriage” in the state. Illinois Democrat Andy Manar is the legislator whose vote helped the bill … Continue reading

Resisting the Court of Public Opinion

We Americans vote on everything.  We vote on who will be our next President, all the way down to who will be the next sheriff in Mayberry.  We even chose which Monopoly token to vote off the board!   These civil … Continue reading

Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons by David H. Petersen: A Review by Rev. John A. Frahm III

I’ve received my copy of a new book of sermons by Rev. David Petersen of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   The book is a new publication from Emmanuel Press.   It is a nice sized paperback volume with a … Continue reading

A Belated Reflection on Projection Screens in the Liturgical Context

The use of projection screens in place of printed books or bulletins in the Divine Service has become quite prevalent in some parts of North American Lutheranism.   With this said, I am not aware of any major study that has … Continue reading

Reasons for Reverence in the Divine Service

Nowadays we hear promoted the idea of “dignified informality” for the services of God’s House.  This nonsensical slogan to promote a casual attitude in attending the Service of Word and Sacrament is quite disjointed from the theological reality of what … Continue reading

Eschatology and Life in the Two Kingdoms

 As Christians we are always living in the end times.   We are not waiting for them to begin (inaugurated eschatology).   The end times began with Jesus’ death.  The writer to the Hebrews says (1:1-2):  “Long ago, at many times and … Continue reading

Steadfast Citizens — Christians and the Bill of Rights

Christians live in particular nations throughout the world.   Each one is different.   God works through the authority He established in the various forms of government throughout the world.  But it is important to know your own government.   That is, it … Continue reading