Introducing Pseudepigraphus

Hello, and welcome to Pseudepigraphus, which is the same site as Pseudepigrapha except that now it makes you think of Mr. Snuffleupagus. I got tired of having my name as the web-address for my site. Because I am wonderfully and unfailingly humble.… Continue Reading

Dr. Gifford Grobien: “Twofold Righteousness” vs. “Two Kinds of Righteousness”

From “Righteousness, Mystical Union, and Moral Formation in Christian Worship”, by the Rev’d Dr. Gifford Grobien, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Vol. 77:1-2, January/April 2013: Another way to support the classical understanding of the law and to recognize it not in opposition… Continue Reading

Pseudepodcast 2.0.2 – What Does Your Acoustics Confess?

On this fortnight’s show the pseudepodcasting duo (well, mainly the Antonetti) takes us through the relationship between acoustics, church architecture, worship, and confession. The discussion wends its ways through four operatively defined styles of church interior design: celebratory, evangelical, experiential, and… Continue Reading

“Short and Good Counsel to be Frequently Considered by Those who are in Deep Straits and Grievous Temptation”

The following is a selection from Seed-Grains of Prayer: A Manual for Evangelical Christians, by Wilhelm Löhe; trans. H. A. Weller, Benjamin T. Mayes; Orwigsburg (1916), Kansas City, Emmanuel Press (2006, 2010). for A. C. 141. Short and Good Counsel… Continue Reading

The Lutheran Confessions on the Authority of the Councils

An affirmation of conciliar authority in general1.It is acknowledged that the authority of the councils is that of normae normatae, norms that are normed by Holy Scripture.: This is about the Sum of our Doctrine, in which, as can be… Continue Reading

Pseudepodcast 2.0.1 – Are we riding again?

Join the Pseudepigrapher and the Antonetti as they immanentize the spirit of their show notes through a dialectical process of pre-show banter…which lasts for an entire show, thus raising the question: was there actually a show? We’re not sure, but whatever… Continue Reading

“Food for those who fear Him” — from Luther on the Psalter

Teth, 9: He provides food for those who fear Him.   Here the psalmist begins to describe how the remembrance of Christ takes place and what is done in it. First, he thanks God for giving him food, food of… Continue Reading

“In principio erat verbum” — Phonocentricity in Christian Art

HT: the Rev’d Sem. Stefan M. Gramenz   “According to St. Augustine, God ‘spoke’ the universe during the Creation, part of a strong phonocentric bias through which commentators expressed the force of the Logos in human society. This is nowhere… Continue Reading

theologia crucis: “Luther and Gerhard Dig Theosis”

Good stuff from Dr. Jack Kilcrease from a few years ago: A couple of quotes that will likely make the low churchy and existentialist Lutherans among us go bonkers.   First Luther AE 26:247. Luther writes of the person of faith… Continue Reading

Apology XXI.1-16: Of The Invocation of Saints [a]

Wednesday of Week 25 Today’s reading: Apol XXI.1-16 Today’s reader: Christopher Antonetti Christopher is a spice merchant and a Norse model living in Chicago. He prays for the return of Bonnie Prince Charlie from France, Arthur from Avalon, and Christ to judge the living… Continue Reading

TRANSCRIPT: Dr. Kurt E. Marquart on Eastern Orthodoxy

The following is a complete transcript of an Issues, Etc. interview of the sainted Dr. Kurt E. Marquart1 (d. September 19, 2006) on the topic of Eastern Orthodoxy, the Rev’d Todd Wilken presiding, as usual; audio is linked above. There… Continue Reading

Luther’s Sermon for Trinity 19: On 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

Apology XIX – XX; Of the Cause of Sin » Of Good Works

Tuesday of Week 25 Today’s reading: Apol XIX – XX Today’s reader: T. David de Marest T. David is an aspirant to the Ministry in the Lutheran Church. Currently on a hiatus from seminary studies, he currently serves as vicar of Our Saviour Church in Baltimore. Lately he’s… Continue Reading

Luther’s Sermon for Trinity 18: “The Doctrine Concerning the Law and the Gospel”

“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

The Church Fathers on Papal Supremacy: St. Cyprian

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

The Church Fathers on Papal Supremacy: Origen

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

The Church Fathers on Papal Supremacy: Tertullian

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

“Afterwards we add also the doctrine of the Law…”— The Lutheran Confessions said what?

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

The “Strong Divine Command Theory Ethic” and neo-Lutheran Antinomianism

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

No friend of Confessional Lutherans: Steven Paulson’s heresies

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

A prayer for the murdered unborn

“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

“Take up your bed and Walk!” On Reductionism and Repentance

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

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender’s weighty contribution to the antinomianism debate

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 anyone should say XYZ, let him be anathema” – On The Usefulness of the Negativa

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

Chemnitz, St. Cyril, and St. Hilary on the mystical union of Christ and Christian

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

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 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