“The Doctrine Concerning the Law and the Gospel” or “The Greatest Commandment and Christ”; 1537 Church Postil for Trinity 18 1. In this Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46) Christ answers the question the Pharisees put to Him: “Which is the greatest commandment in… Continue Reading
Excerpted from “The Church Fathers’ Interpretation of Matthew 16:18: An Historical Refutation of the Claims of Roman Catholicism,” by William Webster CYPRIAN (A.D. 200/210 – ca. 258) Cyprian was a bishop of Carthage in North Africa in the mid–third century.… Continue Reading
Excerpted from “The Church Fathers’ Interpretation of Matthew 16:18: An Historical Refutation of the Claims of Roman Catholicism,” by William Webster ORIGEN (A.D. 185 – 253/254) Origen was head of the catechetical school at Alexandria during the first half of… Continue Reading
Excerpted from “The Church Fathers’ Interpretation of Matthew 16:18: An Historical Refutation of the Claims of Roman Catholicism,” by William Webster TERTULLIAN (A.D. 155/160 – 240/250) Tertullian was born in Carthage in North Africa and practiced law before his conversion to… Continue Reading
In my last post I expressed surprise at the fact that the Kolb-Wengert edition of the Book of Concord omits paragraphs 344-355 of the quarto edition of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession. Well, more than surprise– I expressed irritation, and… Continue Reading
In a previous post I highlighted what some departed Evangelical theologians— Drs. Luther, Walther, and Marquart— have had to say regarding the homiletical use of God’s Law. The featured content seemed, at least to me, to be not only confessional (i.e., in line… Continue Reading
I’m resyndicating some comments from the blog Lutherans and Procreation, as I think that time and the internet (and the devil?) have a way of letting such gems fall into the memory-hole– these comments were made over six years ago! There’s just so… Continue Reading
This article originally ran in the American Lutheran Theological Journal, Fall 2014, Volume 1, Number 2, as “Lutheran Theology by Steven D. Paulson: A Review Essay” by the Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips. It is reprinted here with permission from the editor. Click here… Continue Reading
“To hear of a thousand deaths in war is terrible, and we ‘know’ that it is. But as it registers on our hearts, it is not more terrible than one death fully imagined.” (Wendell Berry, “It All Turns On Affection”;… Continue Reading
Dr. Gilbert C. Meiliaender describes what he calls “dialectical Lutheranism”, one with which he takes issue: [T]here is no sense in which righteousness can grow, in which one can become more and more holy, in which the grace of God… Continue Reading
The Rev’d Dr. Gilbert C. Meilaender is kind of a big deal. He received a B.A. from Concordia Senior College in 1968, an M.Div from Concordia Seminary (St. Louis) in 1972, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976. Yes, he’s one of… Continue Reading
If one reads the canons and decrees of the seven ecumenical councils (Nicaea I in 325 through Nicaea II in 787), one notices that they include not only careful expositions of what must be believed, but also clear, stern expositions of what… Continue Reading
HT: Brodi From the Enchiridion of Martin Chemnitz: For the ancients teach that Christ is united with us not only by the Spirit or by His divinity through faith, but also through that participation which takes place in the… Continue Reading
With this post Pseudepigrapha welcomes author Jacob Girard to the site. There is an oft-quoted Benjamin Franklin line in response to a question concerning what sort of nation the founders had created. It goes, “A Republic, if you can keep… Continue Reading
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
by Matthew Johnson I first must confess that I am no scholarly theologian. I am just a simple layperson attempting to make sense of theology. I’m not here to point fingers or sort anyone out. A brief warning: I will… Continue Reading
“[S]oft antinomianism remains the dominant perspective in American Lutheranism today. When I write this, I am not accusing anyone. I am instead describing the situation that exists. We have all inherited a theological perspective that was shaped after World War… Continue Reading
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.
Thursday of Week 24 Today’s reading: Apology XV.29-48 Today’s reader: Eric Phillips Rev’d Dr. Eric Phillips is pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Nashville, TN. Ask him about the Church Fathers sometime.
Wednesday of Week 24 Today’s reading: AP XV.18-28 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.
The following is a joke. If anyone wishes to give me a “Nay-Nay!” speech and earnestly pitch their favorite candidate in response, I will club a baby seal. Let’s be real, though. Perhaps it would be best to have polar opposites… Continue Reading
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
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!
My apologies if you find this sexist; I didn’t write it— H. L. Mencken did. (UPDATE: no, I do not agree with everything he says.) In any case, much of it seems to me to be rather piquant. And I… Continue Reading
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
Friday of Week 23 Today’s reading: Apology XIII.1-15 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!
Thursday of Week 23 Today’s reading: Apology XIIb.65-81 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.
“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
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
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
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
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