Apology XI: Of Confession

Monday of Week 21 Today’s reading: Apology XI Today’s reader: Noah Hahn Noah Hahn studies and drinks lots of coffee at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is especially interested in  Lutheran apologetics, the philosophy of language, and hermeneutics.  Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast… Continue Reading

“You cannot keep the birds from flying overhead, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

The White House bathed in the soft-glow of rainbow-light, mocking the sign God set in the heavens (cf. Genesis 9:13). No, He will not destroy the earth with a flood again, for He is faithful to His promise. But His judgment… Continue Reading

Dostoevsky: The Church of Rome has succumbed to the Third Temptation of Christ.

From The Idiot, Part IV, Ch. 7: “[H]e was a splendid man…; you are quite right,” repeated Ivan Petrovitch, but seriously this time. “He was a fine and a worthy fellow— worthy, one may say, of the highest respect,” he added,… Continue Reading

Week 20 Recap: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [fin] » Of the Holy Supper

ConcordCast Week 20 Apology V.257–X Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law » Of the Holy Supper Thanks to Rev’d Luke Seamon, Christopher Hogan, Christopher Antonetti, Mark Harrington, and Maritza Demarest for their contributions this week. Daily Readings from the Book… Continue Reading

Apology IX–X: Of Baptism » Of the Holy Supper

Friday of Week 20 Today’s reading: Apology IX–X Today’s reader: Maritza Demarest Maritza Demarest is the wife of ConcordCast producer and seminarian Trent Demarest. She enjoys surrealism, art, and coffee, and she loves being Lutheran.  Daily Readings from the Book of… Continue Reading

Appendix of additional quotations: Blessed Martin Luther contra the nomoclasts

Nomoclasts = antinomians. It’s just a more fun way to say it. Also, kind of click-baity. The following quotations from the Lutheran Confessions, Martin Luther, Martin Chemnitz, et al, comprise an appendix to this piece: “The Gospel frees us to… Continue Reading

Apology VII.38-50: Of The Church [c]

Thursday of Week 20 Today’s reading: Apology VII.38-50 Today’s reader: Mark Harrington Mark Harrington is a Lutheran layman in San Antonio, Texas, and an enthusiastic promoter of the Confessional Lutheran Church — because it doesn’t get better than this! Daily Readings… Continue Reading

Apology VII.23-37: Of The Church [B]

Wednesday of Week 20 Today’s reading: Apology VII.23-37 Today’s reader: Christopher Antonetti Christopher, a recent Lutheran convert, is a spice merchant and Norse model. He hopes someday to be a less recent Lutheran convert.  Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow… Continue Reading

Apology VII.1-22: Of the Church [a]

Tuesday of Week 20 Today’s reading: Apology VII.1-22 Today’s reader: Christopher Hogan A convert from Roman Catholicism, Christopher has been a Lutheran since 1996. He has led Bible studies for the past sixteen years and is currently leading a men’s Bible… Continue Reading

Apology V.257-279: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [p]

Monday of Week 20 Today’s reading: Apology V.257-279 Today’s reader: Rev’d Luke Seamon Rev’d Luke Seamon is a Lutheran convert from Pentecostalism.  He is currently the pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Salunga, PA, and Dean of the Atlantic Mission District… Continue Reading

Week 19 Recap: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [Part III]

ConcordCast Week 19 Apology, V.177-256 Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [Part III] Thanks to Renee Brutvan, Joshua De Young, Nils Niemeier, and Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips for their contributions this week. Daily Readings from the Book of… Continue Reading

Apology V.249-256: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [o]

Friday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.249-256 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He and his wife are currently in Baltimore where he is serving as the summer vicar of the… Continue Reading

Apology V.227-248: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [n]

Thursday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.227-248 Today’s reader: Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Nashville, TN. Ask him about the Church Fathers sometime. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow… Continue Reading

Luther’s Small & Large Catechisms: Very much overlapping magisteria

I won’t lie, this graphic is just clickbait. A few thoughts were meandering round my mind as the second term of seminary wound down. I penned the following coalescent ratiocinations for your perusal the week of Jubilate, the last week of my first… Continue Reading

Apology V.213-226: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [m]

Wednesday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.213-226 Today’s reader: Nils Niemeier Nils Niemeier is currently pursuing graduate studies in classical archaeology, with an interest in the environmental archaeology of the Bay of Naples region. Daily Readings from the Book of… Continue Reading

Apology V.195-212: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [l]

Tuesday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.195-212 Today’s reader: Joshua De Young Joshua De Young is a seminarian studying at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft Wayne, Indiana. He rejoices in Christ’s completely sufficient imputed righteousness — you should, too! Daily Readings… Continue Reading

Apology V.177-194: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [k]

Monday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.177-194 Today’s reader: Renee Gayle Brutvan Renee Gayle Brutvan is a mom and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY. She denies accusations of hippiedom, even though she wears love beads. Daily… Continue Reading

Week 18 Recap: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [b]

ConcordCast Week 18 Apology, V.108-176 Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [b] Thanks to Katy Schumpert, Nathan Rinne, Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips, Mark Harrington, and Christopher Antonetti for their contributions this week. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow… Continue Reading

Apology V.167-176: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [j]

Friday of Week 18 Today’s reading: Apology V.167-176 Today’s reader: Christopher Antonetti Christopher, a recent Lutheran convert, is a spice merchant and Norse model. He hopes someday to be a less recent Lutheran convert. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow… Continue Reading

Apology V.153-166: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [i]

Thursday of Week 18 Today’s reading: Apology V.153-166 Today’s reader: Mark Harrington Mark Harrington is a Lutheran layman in San Antonio, Texas, and an enthusiastic promoter of the Confessional Lutheran Church — because it doesn’t get better than this! Daily Readings… Continue Reading

Apology V.140-152: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [h]

Wednesday of Week 18 Today’s reading: Apology V.140-152 Today’s reader: Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Nashville, TN. Ask him about the Church Fathers sometime. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow… Continue Reading

Apology V.123-139: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [g]

Tuesday of Week 18 Today’s reading: Apol V.123-139 Today’s reader: Nathan Rinne Nathan Rinne is married to Sheila, the father of five boys, and a Lutheran layman. He is not only content to be a Lutheran, but passionate about it! He blogs… Continue Reading

Apology V.108-122: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [f]

Monday of Week 18 Today’s reading: Apol V.108-122 Today’s reader: Katy Schumpert Katy is a Lutheran wife, Sunday school teacher, and theology nerd who lives in South Carolina. Her blog is Homologeo. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on… Continue Reading

Apology V.90-107: Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [e]

Friday of Week 17 Today’s reading: Apology V.90-107 Today’s reader: Seth Michael James Seth James is a recently married man who enjoys books, brewing beer, and the smoky caress of Lady Nicotine. Oh, and long walks with his dog, Gustavus Adolphus.… Continue Reading

Apology V.68-89: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [d]

Thursday of Week 17 Today’s reading: Apology V.68-69 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He hopes you like having the Book of Concord read to you. Daily Readings from the… Continue Reading

Rev’d Dr. Kurt Marquart on “Liturgical gestures, practices, customs, and ‘styles’…”

Words of wisdom from Dr. Marquart for all of us Lutherans, especially for those who advocate so-called “contemporary worship” in the LCMS. He wrote the following in 1994. I wonder what he’d say if he were still with us. We… Continue Reading

Apology V.51-67: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [c]

Wednesday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.51-67 Today’s reader: Nils Niemeier Nils Niemeier is currently pursuing graduate studies in classical archaeology, with an interest in the environmental archaeology of the Bay of Naples region. Daily Readings from the Book of… Continue Reading

Apology V.24-50: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [b]

Tuesday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V.24-50 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He hopes you like having the Book of Concord read to you. Daily Readings from the… Continue Reading

Apology V.1-23: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [a]

Monday of Week 19 Today’s reading: Apology V [IV II].1-23 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He hopes you like having the Book of Concord read to you. Daily Readings… Continue Reading

The Greatest Commandment And Christ: Luther’s 1537 Church Postil on the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

“The Doctrine Concerning the Law and the Gospel” –or– “The Greatest Commandment and Christ” 1. In this Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46) Christ answers the question the Pharisees put to Him: “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” and in turn… Continue Reading

Some thoughts on existentialism and reason in theology + Meditation XXXVIII by Gerhard

Nota Bene: What follows is sort of a diatribe. If you clicked on this link because you want to read some Gerhard, scroll down; I won’t be offended. Heck, I won’t even know! I have a soft spot in my… Continue Reading

Week 17 Recap: Apology Article V, Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [a]

ConcordCast Week 17 Apology, V.1-107 Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [a] Thanks to Nils Niemeier, Katy Schumpert, and Seth Michael James for their contributions this week.   Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast… Continue Reading

John F. Brug on Forde’s “Liberal Lutheran Sanctification”

HT: Rev’d Jordan Cooper An excerpt from John F. Brug’s essay, “The Lutheran Doctrine Of Sanctification And Its Rivals”; all emphases original.   Unfortunately, the “Lutheran” section of Christian Spirituality is not Lutheran. It does, however, give us one sample of… Continue Reading