A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Monastic Vows

This entry is part 28 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVII: Of Monastic Vows. 1] What is taught on our part concerning Monastic Vows, will be better understood if it be remembered what has been the state of the monasteries, and how many things were daily done in those … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Distinction of Meats

This entry is part 27 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXVI: Of the Distinction of Meats. 1] It has been the general persuasion, not of the people alone, but also of those teaching in the churches, that making Distinctions of Meats, and like traditions of men, are works profitable … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Worship of the Saints

This entry is part 22 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XXI: Of the Worship of the Saints. 1] Of the Worship of Saints they teach that the memory of saints may be set before us, that we may follow their faith and good works, according to our calling, as … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Good Works

This entry is part 21 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XX: Of Good Works. 1] Our teachers are falsely accused of forbidding Good Works. 2] For their published writings on the Ten Commandments, and others of like import, bear witness that they have taught to good purpose concerning all … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: Order in the Church

This entry is part 15 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

Article XIV: Of Ecclesiastical Order. Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called. Only pastors are to publicly preach, teach, and administer the Sacraments.  They … Continue reading

Reviewing Forde – “Where God Meets Man” Chapter 1

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Reviewing Forde

Gerhard Forde 1972 Where God Meets Man: Notes on Chapter 1 Where God Meets Man: Luther’s Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel, Published by Augsburg Publishing House, Minneapolis. https://archive.org/details/wheregodmeetsman00ford In his Preface, Forde states that he wrote this particular book for people struggling … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Augsburg Confession: The Ministry

This entry is part 6 of 30 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Augsburg Confession

  Article V: Of the Ministry. 1] That we may obtain this faith, the Ministry of Teaching the Gospel and administering the Sacraments was instituted. For through the Word and Sacraments, as through instruments, 2] the Holy Ghost is given, … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 9. Good Works

Invitation happens most naturally in the realm of vocation, that is, in one’s stations in life. One need not expend great amounts of money, take great pains, have great knowledge, or put oneself under great pressure in order to extend … Continue reading

The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy: Part 1- Confession and Absolution

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series The Nature of God’s Grace as Evidenced by the Liturgy

In a religious atmosphere of ever-changing liturgies and free-for-all worship, I considered the importance of our constant liturgy. In the wisdom of the church, the liturgy was composed from various passages in Scripture. As it brings us the words of … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 8. Invitation

We now move out one more ring, from the congregation, from the families of the congregation, from the straying members of the congregation, to those who (at first glance) have nothing to do with the congregation. This is chapter eight … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 6. Catechesis

So young men and young women are getting married to faithful Lutherans and having children. Excellent! Now comes the lifelong duty of parents: “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the education and instruction … Continue reading

Striving for Heavenly Things: An Example of Luther’s Preaching on Sanctification

In a previous post, I described how Dr. Luther recognized St. Paul’s pattern of teaching good works and virtues after the preaching of the Gospel (Christians Teach Morals). Most often he connected the good works that result from faith with … Continue reading

Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach, 2. Faithfulness

Steadfast Lutherans will soon be publishing a book titled “Be at Leisure: A Lutheran Approach to Outreach.” The book will be available as a free PDF and in print for the cost of printing at Lulu.com. The chapters of the book … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Fourth Petition

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon addresses the Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, … Continue reading

“Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hold Lightly to the Things of This World” (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) Are you married? Some of you are, some of you aren’t. OK, so let’s broaden the field. How about these questions: Are there times when you mourn? Are there … Continue reading

NEWS – An Open Letter from Concordia University, Portland. Queer Straight Alliance now chartered as club on campus.

A new “Open Letter” has hit the web today. It’s an open letter from Concordia Portland President Schlimpert to the “Concordia Community” in which he states that the Queer-Straight Alliance charter has been approved and several new steps towards inclusiveness … Continue reading