“Abide in the Vine” (Sermon on John 15:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Abide in the Vine” (John 15:1-8) “Stay where you are!” “Don’t move!” These commands sound rather restrictive. These imperatives can sound oppressive and limiting, like we’re being told what to do, and it’s to not do anything. The idea of … Continue reading

Five-hundredth anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Five hundred years ago today, on April 26, 1518, Martin Luther presented and defended a number of “theological paradoxes” in a debate at Heidelberg. Coming less than six months after the Ninety-five Theses, the Heidelberg Disputation was an important step … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 65 of 73 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Rogate — The Sixth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Petition

This entry is part 20 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  I will extol you, my God and King,     and bless your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless you     and praise your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,     and his … Continue reading

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (1 John 3:16-24) “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” What a beautiful hymn to sing on this day in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”! How we need a good … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 64 of 73 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Cantate — The Fifth Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Petition

This entry is part 19 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  The earth is the Lord‘s and the fullness thereof,     the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas     and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?     And … Continue reading

A Sermon on the Two Kinds of Righteousness

Our observation of the 500th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther’s publication of the Ninety-Five Theses took place a few months ago.  However, this event only initiated the Lutheran Reformation.  Luther’s rediscovery of the Gospel resulted from his study (and teaching … Continue reading

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (Sermon on 1 John 3:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-7) Last week we began a series of six straight weeks of Epistle readings from 1 John. Our theme last week was “Fellowship through the Word of Life”: We … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Fourth Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 63 of 73 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Jubilate — The Third Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Petition

This entry is part 18 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;     sing to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;     tell of his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations,     his marvelous works among … Continue reading

The Resurrection: Blasphemy to the Religion of Reason

In 1777, a German writer, philosopher, and play-writer named Gotthold Lessing published a short article entitled, “On the Proof of the Spirit and of Power.”  Lessing had already published many other writings arguing that there is no one correct religion, … Continue reading

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (Sermon on 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1 – 2:2) Today on this Second Sunday of Easter, we begin six straight weeks of Epistle readings from First John. This is quite appropriate for the Easter season, since First John … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter

This entry is part 62 of 73 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quasimodo Geniti — The Second Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer

This entry is part 17 of 26 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  O Lord, I call upon you; hasten to me!     Give ear to my voice when I call to you! 2 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,     and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! … Continue reading

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Sermon on Mark 16:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Is Risen: No Fooling!” (Mark 16:1-8) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, it’s true! This is no April Fools’ joke. Jesus really is risen from the dead! Just like he said he would. Just like … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Conclusion

“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 Conclusion of the Lord’s Prayer. For further reflection, read The Large Catechism, III. … Continue reading