Osiander: Never Heard of Him

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part six of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

The Flacian Fallacy

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part five of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

A Child Is Born Unto You

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12) Dr. Martin Luther published excellent … Continue reading

The Synergistic Fallacy

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part four of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

Major Problems with Major

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part three of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

Adiaphora?

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part two of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

The Post-Reformation Reformation: 1546-1580

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part one of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

The Life of Repentance — Reformation Day Sermon, Pr Rolf Preus

Reformation Day October 31, 2017 The Life of Repentance Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17 Five hundred years ago today Martin Luther nailed 95 … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Scripture Alone.

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the second article in a series published in the local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Luther was brought before the Emperor, Charles V, at the Diet of Worms in 1521.  They told him to recant his writings about … Continue reading

Out of Love and Zeal for the Truth

“Out of love and zeal for truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following theses will be publicly discussed at Wittenberg under the chairmanship of the reverend father Martin Lutther [sic], Master of Arts and Sacred Theology … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

The following is the first of a series of articles written for the local papers in Clayton County, Iowa. This October 31st is the 500th anniversary of what is known as the Reformation. On this day, the eve of All … Continue reading

Luther’s Tower Experience — Pastor’s Class Notes, Reformation Sunday 2017, Pr Rolf Preus

Luther’s Tower Experience: Martin Luther Finds the Gospel St. John and Trinity Lutheran Churches Sunday, October 29, 2017 We date the Reformation back to October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther, an Augustinian friar and professor of theology, nailed the ninety … Continue reading

“Reformation 500: By Grace Alone” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Reformation 500: By Grace Alone” (Romans 3:19-28) Happy Reformation Day! Now I could say that every year on the last Sunday in October, which is when we observe Reformation Day. But this year it is something special. Because this year, … Continue reading

Reformation 500 Pastoral Letter to the Congregation — Pastor Rolf Preus

October, 2017 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: This month, we Lutherans celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That event … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” — Reformation 500 Sermon No. 1 by Pr Rolf Preus

“Grace Alone” The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity October 8, 2017 Romans 3:23—25a “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God … Continue reading

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Anniversary of the Augsburg Confession June 25, 2017 “Confessing the True Faith” Matthew 10:26-33 Faith alone makes us Christians. Confession alone marks us as Christians. Only God can judge the heart. Only God can see what we really and … Continue reading

Hymn for the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This year, the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation (1517), the commemoration of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (1530), June 25, falls on a Sunday. Here is a hymn I wrote that is appropriate for the occasion (or … Continue reading

The Cause of Salvation

“In human teachings the righteousness of man is revealed and taught, that is, who is and becomes righteous before himself and before other people and how this takes place. Only in the Gospel is the righteousness of God revealed (that … Continue reading

Reformers Are Not Radicals

The Evangelical Lutheran princes of the Holy Roman Empire presented their confession of faith to Emperor Charles V on June 25, 1530.  This document became known as the Augsburg Confession because the meeting took place in Augsburg (in modern southern … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures Now Online

The forty-ninth annual Bjarne Wollan Teigen Reformation Lectures were held at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN on October 27–28, 2016. The theme of the lectures was “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.” The first lecture, given … Continue reading

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

The Reformation of Penance

When Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, he sought to redefine the foundation of late medieval piety: the sacrament of penance.  While he argued that Christ “willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance,” Luther … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Reformation

Reformation Day Matthew 11:12-15 New King James Version 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law … Continue reading

Reformation Lectures 2015: Lutheranism and the Arts

The annual Bjarne Teigen Reformation Lectures will be held October 29–30, 2015 at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato MN. This year the theme will be Lutheranism and the Arts.  These lectures delve into our Reformation heritage with presentations on the history and … Continue reading

Great Stuff – Reformation of Suffering

Suffering. The many explanations are pretty much a pile of rubbish. People suffer on without consolation. The explanations more or less just pile on, making suffering worse. Think of Job’s comforters; and let’s not be too harsh on them. Do … Continue reading