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

Monday of Week 21 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 Readings… Continue Reading

Week 20 Recap: Of Love and the Fulfilling of the Law [b]

ConcordCast Week 20 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 20 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 ConcordCast… Continue Reading

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

Thursday of Week 20 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 from… Continue Reading

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

Wednesday of Week 20 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 20 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 20 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 19 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 19 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

Week 16 Recap: Apology, Article IV: Of Justification, 22-121

ConcordCast Week 16 Apology, IV.22-121 Of Justification [b] Thanks to Christopher Antonetti, Delwyn Campbell, and Renée Brutvan for their contributions this week.   Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // Contact   +VDMA

Does the Law only accuse? No.

Let’s do some grammar… John only eats. John only eats apples. Is there a difference between these two statements? Yes, indeed there is. In the first sentence, the verb “eats” is intransitive; that is, it lacks a direct object. It… Continue Reading

Sasse: “The Lie Kills Nations…”

οἵτινες μετήλλαξαν τὴν ἀλήθειαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν τῷ ψεύδει, καὶ ἐσεβάσθησαν καὶ ἐλάτρευσαν τῇ κτίσει παρὰ τὸν κτίσαντα, ὅς ἐστιν εὐλογητὸς εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας· ἀμήν. they exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather… Continue Reading

Squaring the circle of the Post-Vatican II Roman Church: thoughts from Fr Charles McClean

Fr Charles wrote the following emails to me in response to questions I put to him about Roman Catholicism. If memory serves, I was involved in online and real-life donnybrooks with Roman Catholics at the time—considering that I had no… Continue Reading

Week 15 Recap: Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Greeting » Article IV, Of Justification [a]

ConcordCast Week 15 Apology, Greeting – IV.21 Philip Melanchthon greets his reader – thru – Of Justification [a] Thanks to Matthew Fenn and Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips for their contributions this week. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on… Continue Reading

Apology of the Augsburg Confession IV.1-21: Of Justification [a]

Friday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology IV.1-21 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 of the Augsburg Confession II.46-III: Of Original Sin [c] – Of Christ

Thursday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology II.46-III 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 of the Augsburg Confession II.15-45: Of Original Sin [b]

Wednesday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology II.15-45 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 of the Augsburg Confession II.1-14: Of Original Sin [a]

Tuesday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology II.1-14 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

TRANSCRIPT: “The Third Use of the Law as Confessed in the Formula of Concord,” by Rev’d Dr. Kurt E. Marquart

Thank you very much, Dr. Rast, for this extremely kind introduction. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And on with the topic: “The Third Use of the Law as Confessed in the Formula of Concord.” I’ve changed the title slightly, and… Continue Reading

“Hunger and thirst for Righteousness” ~ Blessed Martin Luther on Matthew 5:6

There, were you thought he was going to talk about imputation… HT: Katy Schumpert V. 6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled… Righteousness must here not be understood as being the… Continue Reading

Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Greeting – Article I

Monday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Greeting Today’s reader: Matthew Fenn Matthew is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He loves breviaries, beer, and a blonde girl in Oregon (his fiancée,… Continue Reading

Week 14 Recap: AC XXVI.27-XXVIII (Of the Marriage of Priests » Of Ecclesiastical Power + Conclusion)

ConcordCast Week 14 AC XXVII.27 – XXVIII Of the Marriage of Priests – thru – Of Ecclesiastical Power Thanks to Rev’d Guillaume Williams, Mark Harrington, and Christopher Antonetti for their contributions this week. Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on… Continue Reading

Augsburg Confession XXVIII.61-Conclusion: Of Ecclesiastical Power [c] – End

Friday of Week 14 Today’s reading: Augsburg Confession XXVIII.61-Conclusion 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… Continue Reading

Augsburg Confession XXVIII.39-60: Of Ecclesiastical Power [c]

Thursday of Week 14 Today’s reading: Augsburg Confession XXVIII.39-60 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 from… Continue Reading

Augsburg Confession XXVIII.12-38: Of Ecclesiastical Power [b]

Wednesday of Week 14 Today’s reading: Augsburg Confession XXVIII.12-38 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… Continue Reading