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 | DownloadConcordCast 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, Nils Niemeier, and Will Cloninger for… 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 | Download 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 Treats of the Sublime Articles… Continue Reading

Week 30: Apology XXVII, Of Monastic Vows » Smalcald Articles, Preface

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ConcordCast-Week-30.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWeek 30 Recap Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Thanks to Matthew Carver, Nils Niemeier, Dave Spotts, and Trent de Marest for reading this week.… Continue Reading

Smalcald Articles, Preface

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SA-Preface.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Friday, Week 30 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Smalcald Articles, Preface 1] Since Pope Paul III convoked a Council last year,… Continue Reading

A sermon that explains why we’re lenting Lent

If you came this way, Taking any route, starting from anywhere, At any time or at any season, It would always be the same: you would have to put off Sense and notion. You are not here to verify, Instruct… Continue Reading

Apology XXVIII 12-27 (+ Epilogue), Of Ecclesiastical Power (fin)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AP-XXVIII-12-27.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Thursday, Week 30 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXVIII 12-27 (+ Epilogue), Of Ecclesiastical Power (fin) 12] Besides, we have declared… Continue Reading

Apology XXVIII 1-11, Of Ecclesiastical Power »

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AP-XXVIII-1-11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wednesday, Week 30 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXVIII 1-11, Of Ecclesiastical Power » 1] Here the adversaries cry out violently… Continue Reading

Dear Robert: Water, Word, and Infant Faith

Dear Robert, I think your response to your friend is good, overall. A few suggestions, though: The Word of God of which we speak when we say that Baptism is the washing of water with the Word is not a direct… Continue Reading

Apology XXVII 58-69, Of Monastic Vows (fin)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AP-XXVII-58-69.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tuesday, Week 30 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXVII 58-69, Of Monastic Vows (fin) 58] Here they present an objection derived… Continue Reading

Apology XXVII, 45-57, Of Monastic Vows (continued)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AP-XXVII-45-57.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Monday, Week 30 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXVII, 45-57, Of Monastic Vows (continued) 45] Another passage is also cited… Continue Reading

Dear Robert: Super Bowl commercials, NARAL, Doritos, and why you need to read Neil Postman

  Dear Robert, Re: the withered sentiment expressed by NARAL: “A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, ‘You are mad; you are not like… Continue Reading

Week 29: Of the Mass » Of Monastic Vows

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/ConcordCast-Week-29.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWeek 29 Recap 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, Ryan Fehrmann, Trent de Marest, and Will Cloninger for reading this… Continue Reading

Apology XXVII, 34-44, Of Monastic Vows (continued)

http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/AP-XXVII-34-44.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Friday, Week 29 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXVII, 34-44, Of Monastic Vows (continued) 34] Thus those who teach that… Continue Reading

The World an end, and faith a means

“Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and… Continue Reading