Social media, universal human insanity, and loving your neighbor

“What other people say about you is none of your business.” Once upon a time in college, a wise friend of mine, quoting her wise mother, shared this pearl with me. When she first dropped it, I didn’t think it… Continue Reading

Chemnitz probably wouldn’t think you’re a Lutheran

Martin Chemnitz’s Enchiridion shouldn’t be print-on-demand, though I am grateful that it is available as such. There should be storerooms full of copies at Concordia Publishing House. Not only that, but it should be the basis for a LCMS congregational Sunday-school curriculum,… Continue Reading

Walther’s Sermon for Trinity XII: The Restoration of the Divine Image Through Christ

Twelfth Sunday after Trinity, 1846 Mark 7:31-37 The Restoration of the Divine Image Through Christ C. F. W. Walther (Translated by E. Myers) Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our… Continue Reading

“When will the Gospel Drop?” A brief reflection on Lutheran preaching clichés.

Whether one skims their endings or peruses his sermons in their entirety, one is hard pressed to read the sermons of Martin Luther and not feel that he approached the homiletical task rather differently than many of today’s Predigern in the church… Continue Reading

How Martin Luther ended his sermons: Advent » Christmas

I’ve been working on a little research-project lately. Keeping in mind the sage advice of my undergraduate history professors at Hillsdale College, I’m narrowing the focus of my research to an almost absurd degree. Keeping in mind the fact that I… Continue Reading

Apology XVI.61–XVIII.76: Of Political Order (b) » Of Christ’s Return to Judgment » Of Free Will

Monday of Week 25 Today’s reading: Apology XVI.61-XVII.76 Today’s reader: Charles Wiese Charles Wiese is a convert from Calvinism and has a BA in Greek from Calvin College. He is the Nonpastor at nonpastor.com. He enjoys theology and smoking meat.

Late-night curmudgeonly rant: “Urban Ministry” and the Doctrine of Vocation | charm city vicars

There is no such thing as “urban ministry. There is only the Holy Ministry— that is, the ministry of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.   What is the Ministry? It is the greatly-commissioned work of Our Lord’s sent and ordained… Continue Reading

Apology XV–XVI: Of Human Traditions in the Church [D] » Of Political Order [A]

Friday of Week 24 Today’s reading: Apology XV-XVI Today’s reader: Noah Hahn Noah Hahn is studying abroad this semester at Westfield House in Cambridge. His interests include Lutheran apologetics, epistemology, and hermeneutics.    

Apology XV.1-17: Of Human Traditions in the Church [A]

  Tuesday of Week 24 Today’s reading: AP XV.1-17 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 study through… Continue Reading

Apology XIII.16-XIV: Of the Number and Use of the Sacraments [B] » Of Ecclesiastical Order

Monday of Week 24 Today’s reading: Apology XIII-XIV 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!

Communion is inherently closed, and it’s a good thing, too.

The following letter was written by a friend of mine and forwarded to me. I thought it was so good that I asked if I could publish it, knowing that the topic of “closed communion” is an oft-discussed— and oft-misunderstood—… Continue Reading

“The Significance of Sanctification in the Preservation or Loss of the State of Faith”

“Why do you talk so much about sanctification?” To get at an answer to this question (usually put to me in the form of a charge or accusation), I’d like to direct the reader to an extended excerpt from Adolf… Continue Reading

Risks of Living in the Gomorrah-Camelot Greater Metro-area

Two scans, some photo stitching, and about an hour of airbrushing later, it’s done. The above image is the 10.5″ x 14″ cover of one of my precious rare finds: a December 26, 1955 special issue of LIFE magazine on… Continue Reading

Apology XIIb.51-64: Of Confession and Satisfaction [e]

Wednesday of Week 23 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.51-64 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

Apology XIIb.36-50: Of Confession and Satisfaction [d]

  Tuesday of Week 23 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.36-50 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 study… Continue Reading

Apology XIIb.25-35: Of Confession and Satisfaction [c]

Monday of Week 23 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.25-35 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 XIIb.16-24: Of Confession and Satisfaction [b]

  Friday of Week 22 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.16-24 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 study… Continue Reading

Monarchy, Confederacy, and the Failed American Experiment

I don’t frequent discussions of politics these days, although I used to be (or at least imagined myself to be) quite the politico when I was in high school and college. Still, people who didn’t know me then but know… Continue Reading

Apology XIIb.1-15: Of Confession and Satisfaction [a]

Thursday of Week 22 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.1-15 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is an aspirant to Holy Orders in the Lutheran Church currently serving in Baltimore as a vicar at the Church of Our Saviour. He feels that this is as good a place… Continue Reading

Apology XIIa.91-97: Of Repentance [g]

Wednesday of Week 22 Today’s reading: Apology XIIa.91-97 Today’s reader: Kyle Richardson Kyle Richardson is a first year seminarian working towards his M.Div at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN. Kyle enjoys studying church history, reading biographies, and sipping good scotch with… Continue Reading

APOLOGY XIIA.79-90: OF REPENTANCE [F]

Tuesday of Week 22 Today’s reading: AP XIIa.79-90 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 Twitter // Like… Continue Reading

Luther’s sermon on the “The Old and New Man”

At several points throughout the Book of Concord, a work is cited by the authors as being “a further explication of this topic”, or the statement is made that “this entire cause has been carefully and fully treated by Luther… Continue Reading

The popular, but flawed, interpretation of Luther’s “simul” doctrine

(NB: I’ve been working on a more formal article on Martin Luther’s use of the phrase “simul iustus et peccator” for a few months now, so this topic has been on my mind a lot. Please bear with me; what… Continue Reading

St. Cyril of Jerusalem: “On The Body and Blood Of Christ”

“I received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, how that the Lord Jesus, in the night in which He was betrayed, took bread, &c.” (1 Corinthians 11:23) 1. Even of itself the teaching of the Blessed Paul… Continue Reading

Apology XIIa.28-43: Of Repentance [b]

Wednesday of Week 21 Today’s reading: Apology XIIa.28-43 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 XIIa.1-27: Of Repentance [a]

Tuesday of Week 21 Today’s reading: Apology XIIa.1-27 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