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”

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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

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Podcast: 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

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Smalcald Articles, Preface

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Podcast: 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)

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Podcast: 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 »

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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)

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Podcast: 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)

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Podcast: 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

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

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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

Apology XXVII, 24-33, Of Monastic Vows (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Thursday, 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, 24-33, Of Monastic Vows (continued) 24] But look at the impudence… Continue Reading

Apology XXVII, 13-23, Of Monastic Vows (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wednesday, 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, 13-23, Of Monastic Vows (continued) 13] O Christ, how long wilt Thou… Continue Reading

Article XXVII, 1-12, Of Monastic Vows

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Tuesday, Week 29 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Article XXVII, 1-12, Of Monastic Vows 1] In the town of Eisenach, in Thuringia,… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV 93-99, Of the Mass (fin)

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Week 28: Of the Mass (continued)

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Apology XXIV.84-92: Of the Mass (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFriday, Week 28 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXIV 84-92, Of the Mass (continued) 84] Ridiculous is their inference that, since mention… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV.71-83: Of the Mass (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Thursday, Week 28 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXIV 71-83, Of the Mass (continued) 71] And such use of the Sacrament,… Continue Reading

Repost from Charm City Vicars: “In what sense am I a ‘witness for Christ’?”

Originally composed June 26, 2015, for Charm City Vicars. I’m not crazy about the phrase “witnesses for Christ,” as I think it’s often unclear what is meant by it. In the same curmudgeonly fashion, I am irked by prayer petitions/bids… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV.58-70: Of the Mass (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWednesday, Week 28 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER Apology XXIV 58-70, Of the Mass (continued) 58] Therefore, if any one would thus infer… Continue Reading

Who uses the Law, God or Man?

In the contemporary debate regarding the three uses of God’s Law a certain assertion is frequently made. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to be unique to one side of the debate, but in my experience can be heard issuing forth from… Continue Reading

Apology XXIV.34-57, Of the Mass (continued)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Monday & Tuesday, Week 28 Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // VOLUNTEER AP XXIV 34-57, Of the Mass (continued) 34] Another passage also is… Continue Reading

From Christianity Today, 1995: “Should Adulterous Pastors Be Restored?”

“[T]he acts of injustice that cause the greatest spiritual damage come from the abuse of power by parents, husbands, employers, leaders, and pastors (Matt 18:6-9; Luke 17:1-3). Those who hold these positions represent God in them. So their abuse of power is the… Continue Reading

Week 27: Apology XXIII.43-XXVI.33: Of the Marriage of Priests — Of the Mass »

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