Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Easter

Easter Sunday, BWV 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden, Sunday Cantata, 31. Mar 2013 Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) » English Translations of Bach’s Cantatas Sermons of Dr. Martin… Continue Reading

The reason why it’s “Invocavit,” with a “V”

HT to Herr Carver for this one. So… Invocavit or Invocabit? I was wondering about this, because I noticed that the tense of the proper name of the Sunday in The Lutheran Hymnal differed from that of the opening lines… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Quinquagesima

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Quinquagesima via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Quinquagesima Nota Bene: “Luther’s Church Postil: In Defense of Lenker,… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Septuagesima

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Septuagesima via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Septuagesima Nota Bene: “Luther’s Church Postil: In Defense… Continue Reading

Lutheran Religion and Churches in Communist Poland, 1983

This fascinating video was brought to my attention by Fr. Charles McClean back in January of 2014. It’s a full recording of a television feature on the Evangelical Church in the PRL (People’s Republic of Poland) produced in 1983, several years… Continue Reading

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

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments // Donate to Pseudepigraphus Hamburg Holy Supper, ca. 1649–50. Oil on linen. 77cm x 49cm. Painting by Otto Wagenfeldt (1610?–1671). Fig. 16.… Continue Reading

A Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for the Third Sunday after Epiphany

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Third Sunday after Epiphany Nota Bene: “Luther’s Church Postil: In Defense of Lenker, et al.” » Help keep Pseudepigraphus online « Gospel Sermon (1529) (Note from the Lenker edition: A part of this sermon, §§ 19-46, Andreas… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Second Sunday after Epiphany

J. S. Bach’s cantata for the Second Sunday after Epiphany via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Second Sunday after Epiphany Nota Bene: “Luther’s… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Sunday in the Octave of Epiphany

J. S. Bach’s cantata for the Sunday in the Octave of Epiphany via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Sunday in the Octave… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: The Epiphany of Our Lord

J. S. Bach’s cantata for the Epiphany of Our Lord via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Epiphany of Our… Continue Reading

Luther’s Church Postil: In Defense of Lenker, et al.

Concordia Publishing House, the venerable flagship publisher of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, recently announced the completion of their new five-volume translation of Luther’s Church Postil via the Concordia Academic blog. Volume 79 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works (Church Postil V) is now… Continue Reading

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

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments Görlitz Cultural History Museum of Görlitz Epitaph of Abraham von Nostiz, 1572 Formerly from the church of Rengersdorf am Queis… Continue Reading

Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Gaudete (Advent 3)

J. S. Bach’s cantata for Gaudete via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata – Rebroadcast on iTunes // Feedburner (for RSS/podcatching apps) Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Gaudete +VDMA

“Das ist Katholisch!” … “Ja? So?”

HT: Gloria Christi Lutheran Church, Greeley, CO Whenever the divine service once again follows the old Evangelical-Lutheran agendas (or church books), it seems that many raise a great cry that it is “Roman Catholic”; “Roman Catholic” when the pastor chants… Continue Reading

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

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments Burkersdorf Village of Schlegel By Zittau (Saxony) Church, altar painting, photograph by author, Fig. 12 Gurlitt (op. cit.): Remnant of… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Buchbrunn & Repperndorf

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments Buchbrunn & Repperndorf (Villages of Kitzingen) Evangelical-Lutheran Churches Confessional Painting of Buchbrunn. Photograph: J. Diestelmann. Fig. 10, 11 (Detail of 10)… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Halberstadt & Brieg

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments Halberstadt From the “Temple of Friendship” at the Gleimhaus in Halberstadt comes a portrait of Ernst Ludwig von Spiegel zum… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Berlin (Spandau)

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF Chapter 3: Berlin (Spandau) (Previous installments) St. Nikolai Kirche Theme: “Elector Joachim II joins the Reformation on Nov. 1, 1539, in… Continue Reading

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Berlin (Wilmersdorf)

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF Chapter 2: Berlin (Wilmersdorf) (Previous installments) Karl Ludwig Julius Rosenfelder, (1817–1881) “Lesser Hochmeister Painting” Hochmeisterkirche Photo: Reinhold George, fig. 6 For… 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: 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

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

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

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

The Silesian Churches of Peace The above is a friend’s response on seeing some pictures of the “Churches of Peace.” Never heard of the Churches of Peace? That’s alright. Here’s the relevant info from the Wiki: The Churches of Peace (Polish:… Continue Reading

Mohammed as Christian heretic

An interesting historical observation by Quiet George: [Recent] historical research…seems to suggest that Muhammad was not originally from Mecca at all (hence the stunningly few references to it the Qu’ran), but from much farther north, near the border of the Roman… 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

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 of Carthage (A.D. 200/210 – ca. 258) Cyprian was a bishop of Carthage in North Africa in the mid–third… 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

Monarchy, Confederacy, and the Failed American Experiment

I don’t frequent discussions of politics these days, although I used to be (or at least imagined myself to be) quite the politico when I was in high school and college. Still, people who didn’t know me then but know… Continue Reading

President Lincoln vs. Your Hopes and Dreams

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future:… Continue Reading

“You cannot keep the birds from flying overhead, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

Like everyone else, I have some thoughts on the recent SCOTUS decision, so I’m sharing them here on my blog, whence they will be piped out into various social media, judged, weighed, and found wanting. Brace for contact. My first… Continue Reading

Dear Robert: Me and My Single-Issue Vote

Dear Robert, Theoretically, you’re right: being a Lutheran doesn’t mean that you “have to vote Republican.” In actual practice, though, here and now, it kind of…means that you have to vote Republican. This is unfortunate, as the Republicans are a… Continue Reading

A ghost of pseudepigraphy-past: “The Myth of Strong Christians” — June 15, 2009

Occasionally I find myself thinking of something that I wrote way back in the day, but, upon searching for it, I discover that it’s nowhere to be found here on tdaviddemarest.com. Horrifying! It seems that some of the posts from… Continue Reading

“THAT’S a Unicorn!” Philosophy, theology, and the reduction of untruth, Part I

“THAT’S a Unicorn!” I’ll never forget the moment in my Intro to Philosophy course at Hillsdale College when Dr. Stephens eviscerated one of the standard “gotcha!” arguments that I had deployed as a high-schooler. Luckily (or unluckily) for my freshman undergraduate… Continue Reading

Lent & Voluntary Mortifications: Two Views

Originally titled “Ash Wednesday: Two Views.” Related reading: “Subtle Ash Wednesday legalism”     As another Lent gets underway, I’d like to have a look at two different Lutheran perspectives on the significance of Ash Wednesday and Lent in general.… Continue Reading

Some thoughts on the Feast of the Reformation

  The criticism of the point of view expressed in the following quotations is not intended to be a personal attack upon anyone or an indication of animosity towards any who give credence to what is, admittedly, the dominant historical… Continue Reading