Mathew Block, the Formula of Concord, and more on who’s using the using

“But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully.” ~ St. Paul of Tarsus (First Epistle to Timothy, 1:8) Thanks to Mathew Block of the Canadian Lutheran and the International Lutheran Council for allowing me to publish… Continue Reading

Two Bombshell Sermons from Luther: Trinity 18 & 19

In two back-to-back sermons (well…back-to-back in terms of their sequence in the church year), Martin Luther takes up two highly related— and highly divisive— theological topics: in his 1537 Gospel sermon for Trinity 18, he preaches about Law & Gospel,… Continue Reading

Who uses the Law, God or Man?

[Related: “Mathew Block, the Formula of Concord, and more on who’s using the using”] 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… 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

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 “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

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

“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

Does the Law only accuse? No.

Let’s do some grammar… John only eats. John only eats apples. Is there a difference between these two statements? Yes, indeed there is. In the first sentence, the verb “eats” is intransitive; that is, it lacks a direct object. It… Continue Reading

TRANSCRIPT: “The Third Use of the Law as Confessed in the Formula of Concord,” by the Rev’d Dr. Kurt E. Marquart Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Thank you very much, Dr. Rast, for this extremely kind introduction. Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. And on with the topic: “The Third Use of the Law… Continue Reading

Joel Woodward on the misuse of “the simul”

In 2008 Joel Woodward, the author of the “A Lutheran Beggar” weblog, published a very well-balanced critique of the way in which the theological maxim “simul iustus et peccator,” a.k.a., “the simul,” is misinterpreted and misrepresented in contemporary Lutheran theology.… Continue Reading