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

This entry is part 10 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IV. Of the Gospel. We will now return to the Gospel, which not merely in one way gives us counsel and aid against sin; for God is superabundantly rich [and liberal] in His grace [and goodness]. First, … 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

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 13 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 Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Law

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article II. Of the Law 1] Here we hold that the Law was given by God, first, to restrain sin by threats and the dread of punishment, and by the promise and offer of grace and benefit. But … 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 13 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