A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Good works and the suffering of Christ and the Christian go hand in hand, indeed they are “the firstfruits” of the Spirit of which Paul speaks. To live in Christ is to suffer for the sake of serving one’s neighbor … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Repentance

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article III. Of Repentance. 1] This office [of the Law] the New Testament retains and urges, as St. Paul, Rom. 1:18 does, saying: The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Third Sunday after Trinity

This is how and where God the Son “receives sinners and eats with them”—He pours out God the Holy Spirit in the ministry of His holy Christian Church to forgive them, and make them holy.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Second Sunday after Trinity

Why doesn’t everybody go to heaven? As Jesus illustrates in the story He tells in today’s Gospel lesson, people feel they have better, more important and urgent things to do with their lives than spend their time with the heavenly … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – First Sunday after Trinity

The reward of the kingdom of heaven is a matter of God having mercy to comfort those who receive it through faith according to His promise in Christ Jesus. Lazarus receives the aid, deliverance, and protection in heaven that the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Sin

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

THE THIRD PART OF THE ARTICLES. Concerning the following articles we may [will be able to] treat with learned and reasonable men, or among ourselves. The Pope and his [the Papal] government do not care much about these. For with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Papacy

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article IV: Of the Papacy. 1] That the Pope is not, according to divine law or according to the Word of God the head of all Christendom (for this [name] belongs to One only, whose name is Jesus … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Feast of Holy Trinity

In answer to Nicodemus’s query about God and being born again into His kingdom, Jesus reveals the persons, work, and relationship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is this one God in three persons whom … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Day of Pentecost

According to Jesus, the purpose and work of the Holy Spirit is to “teach” and “bring to remembrance” everything He taught His disciples regarding His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. To be sure, this work will be accompanied by miracles … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Chapters and Cloisters

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part II, Article III: Of Chapters and Cloisters. 1] That chapters and cloisters [colleges of canons and communistic dwellings], which were formerly founded with the good intention [of our forefathers] to educate learned men and chaste [and modest] women, ought … Continue reading