Correcting an Erratum: Robert, not Jack

  The letter I recently featured from Hermann Sasse was actually written to Robert Preus, not to his brother J. A. O. Preus. My source mistakenly identified the recipient as the latter, and I was so focused on fixing scan-errors that I… Continue Reading

Pastor David Petersen on the Spirit of Ahaz in the Church-Growth Movement

From an Issues, Etc. interview with Pastor Petersen, “Looking Forward to Feasts and Festivals: The Annunciation (1 Year Lectionary) – Pr. David Petersen, 3/31/16”; commenting on the Old Testament pericope, Isaiah 7:10-14: “The spirit of Ahaz is sort of what… Continue Reading

Gnosticism, Antinomianism, and Reformation Theology: Reflections on the Costs of a Construal

This article originally appeared in Vol. II, No. 1 of Pro Ecclesia, a journal of theology published by the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. It is featured here at Pseudepigraphus by arrangement with Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved. No part of… Continue Reading

New Translation Feature: Historical Pictures of the Evangelical-Lutheran Divine Service

If you’ve been at all a patron of the Golden Age of Lutheran Blogs, at some point during the late GALB (more fun if you say it rather than spell it out) you may have come across the Historische Bilder zum Evangelisch-Lutherischen Gottesdienst: Eine Dokumentation (English:… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Introduction

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF Introduction By way of introduction to the subject, a quotation by Walter Lotz (Das hochzeitliche Kleid, Kassel 1949): On March 20,… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Ansbach

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF Chapter 1: Ansbach The Ansbach city pastor and consistorial councilor Johann Wilhelm von der Lith (1678–1733) mentions in the aforementioned work,… Continue Reading

Hermann Sasse to Robert Preus, January 1975: “The great crisis in Missouri did not come suddenly”

UPDATE: Correcting an Erratum: Robert, not Jack Well, it’s finally done. After scanning it, running it through an optical character recognition program, and fixing the resulting typographical errors (OCR works so-so with crooked typewriter text), I am at last posting this fascinating… Continue Reading

The Synod President’s New Dignity

This post is not a criticism of Pastor Harrison, but I’m glad that the title got your attention. I very much hope that the current LCMS President, the Rt. Rev’d Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, is re-elected. He is an honorable man,… Continue Reading

Philipp Melanchthon Did Not Preach or Administer the Sacraments

Every now and again an old canard makes the rounds in the LCMS, and (for all I know) in the eddying mists of global Lutheranism beyond her. “Melanchthon preached and administered the Sacraments,” it goes. Ergo, lay ministry is fine (it… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 1

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Trinity 1, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  A Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for The First Sunday after Trinity (Trinity 1) Gospel Sermon (June 22, 1522) Text: Luke 16:19-31 Now there was a certain… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Beginning with this Sunday, I will be posting two sermons by Luther each week: one Gospel sermon, one Epistle sermon. In response to a reader request I will also include the year when each sermon was preached. By way of… Continue Reading

Of Faith and Coming to Christ, And the True Bread of Heaven: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Tuesday

Of Faith and Coming to Christ, And the True Bread of Heaven Text: John 6:44-51 No man can come to me, except the Father that sent me draw him: and I will raise him up in the last day. It is… Continue Reading

Three Classes of Preachers: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Tuesday

Three Classes of Preachers Text: John 10:1-11 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbeth up by some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.… Continue Reading

Christ’s Grace and Judgment: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Monday

Christ’s Grace and Judgment Text: John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Pentecost (Whitsunday)

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Pentecost, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther, for Pentecost: Text: John 14:23-31 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my Word: and… Continue Reading

Luther Sermon: Exaudi

An Epistle Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther, for Exaudi Sunday: Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11. But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer: above all things being fervent in your… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Ascension Day

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Ascension Day, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther, for Ascension Day: Text: Mark 16:14-20: And afterward he was manifested unto the eleven themselves as they sat at meat;… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Rogate

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Rogate, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  Martin Luther’s Gospel Sermon for Rogate: Text: John 16:23-30: And in that day ye shall ask me no question. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If ye shall… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Cantate

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Cantate, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  Martin Luther’s Epistle Sermon for Cantate: Christ’s Kingdom and the Convicting and Teaching Office of the Holy Spirit   A. This Sermon of Consolation in General 1. The… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Jubilate

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Jubilate, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  Martin Luther’s Epistle Sermon for Jubilate: Text: 1 Peter 2:11-20 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Misericordias Domini

If you don’t yet listen to the Rev’d Tapani Simojoki’s excellent Sunday Cantata podcast over at Lutheran Radio UK, today’s the Sunday to start…because today is the Sunday I start mirroring it on my site. From the podcast page: [Sunday… Continue Reading

Trump, Abortion, & the Question of Culpability

This article marks the web-logarithmic debut of Pseudepigraphus’s newest contributor, Konig. Welcome, Konig. So there was this whole thing: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/30/politics/donald-trump-abortion-town-hall/ (tl;dr – Trump stated that if abortion is illegal, women who have them should be punished. Pro-life groups attacked him… Continue Reading

Holy Saturday Contemplations from Blessed Johann Gerhard

The Death and Burial of Jacob a type of the Death and Burial of Christ   In Gen. 50 it is reported of the patriarch Jacob that, after he had placed his feet together on his deathbed and died, his… Continue Reading

“Harris and the Mare” – Stan Rogers and Manly Virtue

“Harris and the Mare,” by Stan Rogers Between the Breaks…Live!  (1979, Fogarty’s Cove Music) Harris, my old friend, good to see your face again More welcome, though, yon trap and that old mare For the wife is in a swoon, and I… Continue Reading

ConcordCast Update: Moving Back to Weekly Only

Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Due to some changes to my work schedule— and an impending big change in our family life with the imminent arrival of Baby Demarest—… Continue Reading

ConcordCast Week 31: Smalcald Articles; “God’s Sublime Majesty” » “Of the Law”

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/ConcordCast-Week-31.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSConcordCast Week 31 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Thanks to Mark Brown, Trent de Marest, Aidan Clevinger,… Continue Reading

Beauty, The Churches of Peace, and What We Build Instead

“17th century Silesian Lutherans had to build these in one year with the cheapest materials. 20th/21st century American Lutherans have unlimited time and resources…” (cryptic ellipses original) The Silesian Churches of Peace The above is a friend’s response on seeing some… Continue Reading

Smalcald Articles, Part I – Part II.1-5

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SA-I-1-to-II-1-5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Monday, Week 31 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Smalcald Articles, Part I – Part II.1-5 THE FIRST PART… Continue Reading