Theology

The Worship of God is the Duty of a Christian

"And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in ...
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Lutheran Liturgical Signaling: The Athanasian Creed

I intend no snark The Old Man intends snark, but the New Man just wants to share some interesting information about ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday, BWV 129: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott, Sunday Cantata, 26. May 2013 Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio ...
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Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Nuremberg – St. Giles Antiphonal/Excursus on St. Laurence painting

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments // Donate ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Pentecost (Whitsunday)

Pentecost Sunday, BWV 74: Wer mich liebet, der wird mein Wort halten, Sunday Cantata, 19. May 2013 Sunday Cantata | ...
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What does the Holy Spirit do for you?

+   +   + Broke: "He slays you and gives you a prayer language." Joke: "He faiths and repents ...
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Martin Luther: “fine Easter preachers, but…very poor Pentecost preachers”

+   +   + Brother Martin has a word for you this Pentecost. It's quite the curious irony that neo-antinomians ...
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Dear Robert: the popular abuse of the term “vocation”

I'm posting an excerpt from a discussion I had with someone who took offense at my disparagement of an LCMS church's ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Rogate

Rogate, 6th Sunday of Easter, BWV 87: Bisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen, 05. May 2013 Sunday Cantata ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Cantate

Cantate, 5th Sunday of Easter, BWV 166: Wo gehest du hin?, Sunday Cantata, 28. Apr 2013 Sunday Cantata | Lutheran ...
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Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service: Mühlberg on the Elbe

Historical Pictures of the Ev.-Luth. Divine Service A Documentation by Helmut Schatz English translation by Matthew Carver Original PDF // Previous Installments // Donate ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Easter

Easter Sunday, BWV 4: Christ lag in Todesbanden, Sunday Cantata, 31. Mar 2013 Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sundayCantata018.mp3 ...
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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 ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Quinquagesima

J. S. Bach's cantata for Quinquagesima via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sundayCantata011.mp3 » Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast on iTunes ...
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Zion Tract Series: “On Fasting”

The following text of the tract "On Fasting" is reproduced here with the permission of Fr. Mark P. Braden, pastor of Zion ...
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Martin Luther on the Proper Good of Fasting— yes, you read that right.

Ewald Plass's What Luther Says anthology has been described to me by heavyweight Luther scholars as a sort of "bronze-age" resource. Infer ...
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A Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 55-71

Monday, Week 34 Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes Daily Readings from the Book of Concord ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Sexagesima

J. S. Bach's cantata for Sexagesima via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sundayCantata010.mp3 » Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast on iTunes // ...
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Antinomians: A long line of overcompensators

From Roland Bainton's Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, p. 305: A word may be said at this point also ...
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ConcordCast Week 33: Smalcald Articles, Part III, Article IX – Tractatus 54

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A Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 39-54

Friday, Week 33 Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes Daily Readings from the Book of Concord ...
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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 ...
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A Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 25-38

Thursday, Week 33 Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes Daily Readings from the Book of Concord ...
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Lutheran susceptibility to memes: “Use” of the Law

[Written January 2016 as an extended sidebar to this piece; published February 2017; not polished; sort of ends abruptly] Same ...
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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 12-24

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“He that would inherit with Christ must first suffer and die with Him” – Valerius Herberger on St. Valentine

St. Valentine’s Day Bajulatio Crucis Prodromus Lucis He that would inherit with Christ must first suffer and die with Him ...
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Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, 1-11

Tuesday, Week 33 Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes Daily Readings from the Book of Concord ...
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Smalcald Articles, Part III, Articles IX-XV

Monday, Week 33 Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes Daily Readings from the Book of Concord ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Septuagesima

J. S. Bach's cantata for Septuagesima via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sundayCantata009.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast ...
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The Lutheran Scholastics on the Differences between Infant and Adult Baptism

The following selection of quotations is for those who, like me, have at some time found themselves pondering the differences ...
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ConcordCast Week 32: Smalcald Articles, Part III, Articles III-VIII »

Daily Readings from the Book of Concord // Follow ConcordCast on Twitter // Like ConcordCast on Facebook // Subscribe to ConcordCast on iTunes // Help keep ConcordCast online Text: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Baptismus ubique et semper: Some reflections on Baptismal motifs in the Gospel narratives

There is surely some justice to the accusation (made in jest and in earnest) that whenever Lutherans see a reference ...
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Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Nota Bene: "Luther's Church Postil: In Defense of Lenker, et al." » Help keep Pseudepigraphus online « Gospel Sermon (Note ...
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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." » ...
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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:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sundayCantata007.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata ...
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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:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sundayCantata007.mp3 » Subscribe ...
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Divorce – An Issues, Etc. Transcript

This "Pastors' Roundtable" interview on the topic of divorce, featuring the Rev'ds Randy Asburry, Heath Curtis, and Jonathan Fisk (pictured ...
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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:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sundayCantata006.mp3 » Subscribe to ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Sunday after Christmas

J. S. Bach's cantata for the Sunday after Christmas via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/sundayCantata005.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday ...
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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 ...
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Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus Gospel Sermon (Note from the Lenker Edition: This ...
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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 // Donate ...
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Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Johnmas

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Johnmas Gospel Sermon (date unknown) (Note from the Lenker Edition: This sermon appears in the Erl ...
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Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Stephenmas

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Stephenmas Gospel Sermon (date unknown) (Note from the Lenker Edition: This sermon appears in the ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Christmas Day

J. S. Bach's cantata for Christmas Day via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.pseudepigraph.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SC_-_005a_-_Christmas_III.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast ...
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Martin Luther’s Sermons for Christmas Midnight

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Christmas Midnight Gospel Sermon (1521/22) (Note from the Lenker edition: This sermon appears in the ...
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Martin Luther’s Sermons for Christmas Eve

Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther for Christmas Eve Gospel Sermon (date unknown) (Note from the Lenker Edition: This sermon appears in ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Rorate Caeli (Advent 4)

J. S. Bach's cantata for Rorate Caeli via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata004.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast ...
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Commandment and Exhortations as God’s Benefits?

A friend shared the following Luther quotation with me over a year ago: "The gospel is simply the promises of ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Gaudete (Advent 3)

J. S. Bach's cantata for Gaudete via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata003.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast on ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Populus Sion (Advent 2)

J. S. Bach's cantata for Populus Sion via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata002.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

J. S. Bach's cantata for Ad Te Levavi via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata001.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata ...
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“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 ...
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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 // Donate ...
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J. S. Bach’s Church Cantata for Trinity 27

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 27 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20052%20-%2027th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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There is No Such Thing as Lay Baptism

By the Rev'd Heath R. Curtis Pastor of Trinity and Zion Lutheran Churches, Worden & Carpenter, IL (All emphases in ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 26

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 26 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20051%20-%2026th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 25

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 25 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20050%20-%2025th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 24

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 24 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20049%20-%2024th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Reformation & Trinity 23

J. S. Bach's cantata for the Festival of the Reformation via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20048%20-%20Reformation%20Sunday.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata ...
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Sweet, Sweet Sacramental Ordination

The Lutheran Confessions want to irritate your latent Baptistic sensibilities: The adversaries understand priesthood not of the ministry of the ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 22

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 22 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20055%20-%20Trinity%2022.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 21

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 21 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20047%20-%2021st%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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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 // Donate ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 20

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 20 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20046%20-%2020th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 19

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 19 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20045%20-%2019th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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The Church Fathers on Papal Supremacy: St. Jerome

Excerpted from "The Church Fathers' Interpretation of Matthew 16:18: An Historical Refutation of the Claims of Roman Catholicism," by William ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Michaelmas

J. S. Bach's cantata for Michaelmas via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20044%20-%20Michaelmas%20Sunday.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - Rebroadcast on ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 18

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 18 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20044%20-%2018th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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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 ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 17

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 17 via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20043%20-%2017th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 16

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 16, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20042%20-%2016th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Pope St. Gregory the Great Against the Papacy

Pope St. Gregory the Great (590 - 604 A.D) In case you needed another reason to love St. Gregory the ...
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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 // Previous Installments // Donate ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 15

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 15, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20041%20-%2015th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 14

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 14, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20040%20-%2014th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 13

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 13, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/SC%20-%20039%20-%2013th%20Sunday%20After%20Trinity.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 12

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 12, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata038.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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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 ...
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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 // Previous Installments // Donate ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 11

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 11, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata037.mp3 » Subscribe to Sunday Cantata - ...
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Kurt Marquart: Clarifications on Objective Justification (1998)

Trawled from the now-kaput blog of the Rev'd Paul T. McCain. McCain writes: From time to time, I hear that ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 10

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 10, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata036.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Correcting an Erratum: Robert, not Jack

The letter I recently featured from Hermann Sasse was actually written to Robert Preus, not to his brother J. A. O. Preus ...
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Pastor David Petersen on the Spirit of Ahaz in the Church-Growth Movement

From an Issues, Etc. interview with Pastor Petersen, "Looking Forward to Feasts and Festivals: The Annunciation (1 Year Lectionary) – ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 9

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 9, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata035.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Gnosticism, Antinomianism, and Reformation Theology: Reflections on the Costs of a Construal

This article originally appeared in Vol. II, No. 1 of Pro Ecclesia, a journal of theology published by the Center for ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 8

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 8, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata034.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 // Previous Installments // Donate ...
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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, ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 7

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 7, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata033.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 6

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 6, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata032.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 5

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 5, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata031.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 4

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 4, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata030.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 3

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 3, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata029.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermons: Trinity 2

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 2, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata028.mp3 Sermons of Dr. Martin Luther ...
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Philipp Melanchthon Did Not Preach or Administer the Sacraments

Every now and again an old canard makes the rounds in the LCMS, and (for all I know) in the ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Trinity 1

J. S. Bach's cantata for Trinity 1, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata027.mp3 A Sermon of Dr. Martin ...
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Of Faith and Coming to Christ, And the True Bread of Heaven: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Tuesday

Of Faith and Coming to Christ, And the True Bread of Heaven Text: John 6:44-51 No man can come to me, ...
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Three Classes of Preachers: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Tuesday

Three Classes of Preachers Text: John 10:1-11 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door into ...
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Christ’s Grace and Judgment: A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther for Whitsun (Pentecost) Monday

Christ's Grace and Judgment Text: John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that ...
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Luther Sermon: Exaudi

An Epistle Sermon of Dr. Martin Luther, for Exaudi Sunday: Text: 1 Peter 4:7-11. But the end of all things is ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Ascension Day

J. S. Bach's cantata for Ascension Day, via Sunday Cantata | Lutheran Radio UK:  http://www.lutheranradio.co.uk/podcasts/sundayCantata024.mp3 A Gospel Sermon of Dr. Martin ...
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Bach Cantata/Luther Sermon: Jubilate

Jubilate, 4th Sunday of Easter, BWV 12: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, Sunday Cantata, 21. Apr 2013 Sunday Cantata | Lutheran ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Blessed Martin Luther: “There are three uses of the Law”

From these things we see, then, in the first place, how perilous those doctrines be which by commandment and law ...
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doctrina est vita – Why It Matters

Apropros of this and this: "Pastor Smith": Very sad and very sobering. In its own way, it again shows that ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Subtle Ash Wednesday legalism

Related: "A sermon that explains why we’re lenting Lent" On Ash Wednesday some Lutheran pastors refused to offer the imposition ...
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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 ...
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The World an end, and faith a means -or- Why the Pope Celebrates the Reformation

"Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Todd Wilken: “Is the Law Bad?”

Several months ago, I wrote a piece here on my blog entitled “If anyone should say XYZ, let him be anathema” ...
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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 ...
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Luther on the two kinds of righteousness in Great Galatians

Maybe you're a Lutheran who doesn't much like the idea of a "two kinds of righteousness" paradigm. That's fine— I'm ...
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THE SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT 2012 Immanuel Church Alexandria Rev. Fr. Charles McClean "Now when these things begin to take ...
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“Why The Apostolic Succession Debate Matters,” by the Rev. Heath R. Curtis

"Why The Apostolic Succession Debate Matters" BY The Rev. Heath R. Curtis Trinity Lutheran Church – Worden, IL Zion Lutheran ...
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“Come to me all you who are weak and heavy laden, or else it’s a mortal sin.”

Dear Robert, I'm really glad that you reminded me about your question. I have been intending to respond for awhile, ...
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Don’t know much about Church Councils?

So. Church Councils. Would you like to learn a bit about them? Here's a great opportunity. This guy will help: ...
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The Liturgy as Beacon for God’s Elect: what it means for evangelism and missions

The following is a guest piece by the Rev'd Heath R. Curtis. Pastor Curtis has graciously allowed me to publish his ...
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A dialogue on Apostolic Succession

Please feel free to weigh in in the comments. The following dialogue transpired over email, but is by no means ...
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Rev. Dr. Karl F. Fabrizius: “The Creation of Woman and the Gift of Marriage”

The Creation of Eve, by Lorenzo Maitani The following meditation on Genesis 2:18-25 was written by the Rev. Dr. Karl F ...
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On the bummer that it is to miss Church feast-days

"After this the priest says, 'The holy things are for the holy'. Holy are the gifts presented, having received the ...
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We Call this Friday Good — 2012

"1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was[a] on the ...
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My best guess as to why I’m not an Eastern Orthodox Christian

Original image location here. Dear Robert, So. The Eastern Orthodox Church. You asked what eventually turned me from it. Short ...
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Liberty, Martyrdom, and the HHS Mandate

Dear Robert, Sorry for taking advantage of a "Reply-all" to people I don't necessarily know, but here goes... Instead of ...
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The Decent

Image by Paul Burnett Oh, the decent souls among us, The whimsical-natured, You who gesture deliberation And gaze grace -- ...
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Thoughts on the HHS mandate, religious liberty, etc.

I'm having a hard time putting my finger on just what about this panel-hearing made me so uneasy, besides the ...
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The Gospel and its discontents

That sinners are accounted just before a righteous God solely on account of Christ’s perfect obedience in life, in suffering, ...
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Who says?

So I'm posting other random fragments of posts I started this summer but never got around to finishing. Here's another ...
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On Private Judgment

Image by Lars Christian Kehrel Prolegomena:Obviously I believe that councils and popes can err; that the Scriptures are perspicuous and ...
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Adolf Köberle on man’s denial of his own fallenness

"But if it be further asked what kind of an accidens original sin is, that is another question, of which ...
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Rambler 110, by Samuel Johnson – All Roads Lead to Rome?

A friend of mine from church sent me this essay on repentance by Samuel Johnson. It needs little from me ...
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Christos Anesti! ~ The Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom

One of the most beautiful of the Patristic Easter homilies. Together with the Lorica of St. Patrick this will forever be ...
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We call this Friday Good

"When God brings to life, he does so by killing; when he justifies, he does so by accusing us; when he ...
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The Blood and Water from His Side: St. John Chrysostom

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its ...
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Fr. Charles McClean: Sermon for Reformation Day 2010

REFORMATION DAY 2010 Immanuel Church Alexandria You know the old saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” and this ...
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