TRANSLATED: Francis Pieper’s footnotes on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Here ’tis, Herr Carver’s long-awaited translation of Francis Pieper’s German footnotes on the perpetual virginity of Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, from Dogmatik Vol. II, p. 366ff (available for free as a Google eBook here). As it turns out,… Continue Reading

Probably the only Spurgeon quote you’ll ever read on this blog…

…and it’s one that I can’t imagine his present-day followers being on board with. I have in mind those who identify as “Reformed Baptists”, some of whom are perhaps not 1689 LBC true-blue Reformed Baptists. Honestly, I’m thinking specifically of the John MacArthur disciples that… 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 of the Augsburg Confession II.1-14: Of Original Sin [a] Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Tuesday of Week 15 Today’s reading: Apology II.1-14 Today’s reader: Trent Demarest Trent is a seminarian at Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario. He hopes you… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Schooling: Junior “Culture Warriors” or Vulnerable Lambs?

Originally published August 2010; edited (only slightly) May 2014… A recent conversation with a friend got the wheels turning in my head on the subject of education again, which isn’t necessarily good for anyone — that is, the turning of the… Continue Reading

“Him whom the cross could not daunt nor the grave contain” – a homily on Psalm 75 (Confitebimur Tibi) by Fr. Charles McClean

In our series of meditations on the Book of Psalms we come this evening to Psalm 75, which in a very real sense is a response to Psalm 74. In Psalm 74 the psalmist laments the destruction of Jerusalem, its… Continue Reading

SS. Anselm & Athanasius — yes, I put them together

A common trope among our Eastern Christian brothers’ criticisms of the Western theological tradition is the allegation that St. Anselm of Canterbury — often referred to as “the father of scholasticism” — “ruined” the doctrine of the Atonement by “introducing”… Continue Reading

Taking my pet heresies for a walk: assurance of salvation

“I have never been so far in my life, and am never likely to get farther than to the point of ‘fear and trembling’, where I find it literally quite certain, that every other person will easily be blessed —… Continue Reading

“To bake or not to bake?” A reflection on Christian liberty and the prerogatives of conscience

Constitutionally speaking, there is no question that a business-owner has a right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. In the absence of considerable moral hazard (the exception), this is just a no-brainer. I’d probably take this to ridiculous… Continue Reading

“The Conduct of the Service: Revisited” – Fr. Charles McClean on liturgical piety and “holding to the traditions” Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS THE CONDUCT OF THE SERVICE: REVISITED Nota Bene: the following is the text of the keynote address which Fr. Charles delivered at the 2011 St. Michael’s Liturgical… Continue Reading

pseudepodcast – Preface to the Christian Book of Concord Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This reading covers the “Preface to the Christian Book of Concord.”   (If you missed my previous post explaining just what it is that I think I’m doing,… Continue Reading

pseudepodcast – Inaugural Episode Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s not what you think. At least I don’t think it is.   +VDMA