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  • Luther on the Distinction between Law and Gospel

    Luther on the Distinction between Law and Gospel

    For the first time in English, a truly scholarly translation of Luther’s most famous disputation, referred to as The Antinomian Disputations, is available as part of the newest volume...

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  • Blame vs. Confession

    Blame vs. Confession

    So far, 2020 has seen a lot of high-profile news stories. If you are anything like me, you may have forgotten some of the stories that dominated the news cycle in the first two months...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: The Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

    Luther’s Catechism Series: The Fourth Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

    Every Sunday, as a community of believers, congregations say the Lord’s Prayer out loud. Luther goes into detail about what each petition of this prayer means, giving believers an...

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  • Wade in the Water

    Wade in the Water

    It was Easter Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY. The tiny urban neighborhood church was crowded with saints singing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” at the top of their...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 13:24–30; 36–43

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 13:24–30; 36–43

    This weekend’s passage from Romans amplifies Jesus’ parable of the weeds. In the same way that the servants in the field desire to pull weeds, Christians on earth wish either for...

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  • Luther’s Teaching on Law and Sin

    Luther’s Teaching on Law and Sin

    Martin Luther was a phenomenal theologian. He wrote many theses during his lifetime, and he also presided over and responded to many of the academic disputations of others in order to...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: The Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

    Luther’s Catechism Series: The Second Petition of the Lord’s Prayer

    Luther distinguishes himself from all interpretations of the Second Petition before him, in that in the catechism he bases the kingdom of God in the Gospel of Christ, which in the First...

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  • Celebrating the Augsburg Confession

    Celebrating the Augsburg Confession

    Defending a thesis is a crucial step to obtain a higher degree in modern educational systems. Defending a simple argument has become the function of microscopic critics with the rise of...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 5:6-15

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 5:6-15

    The Lord Almighty is a gracious, loving Father. This is exemplified throughout the Bible, both in His compassion for the Israelites and in His Son, Jesus Christ. Just as God daily shows...

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  • Preaching the Gospel Against Three Enemies

    Preaching the Gospel Against Three Enemies

    As Lutherans, we preach and teach the biblical text. Whether we choose one of the four readings from the lectionary or preach through a sermon series, the text drives our preaching. As...

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  • Psalm 23: Christ Is Our Shepherd

    Psalm 23: Christ Is Our Shepherd

    “The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23 is one of the best-known Psalms, often a poem we turn to for refuge during times of distress or uncertainty. But why has this...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Acts 2

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Acts 2

    As Pentecost approaches, take a few minutes to read Acts 2:1–21, the story of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples. This passage is the fulfillment of an Old Testament promise...

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  • Our Current Suffering and Eternal Salvation

    Our Current Suffering and Eternal Salvation

    Dealing with daily suffering is a sad reality of living in a fallen world. But in Romans 8:18, Paul reminds all believers that our current suffering is worth the beauty of heaven and...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed

    Luther’s Catechism Series: Second Article of the Apostles’ Creed

    The words “passus sub Pontio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus et sepultus” are translated by the reformer: “suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, dead, and buried”; admittedly, the...

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  • Psalm 27 Commentary: True Salvation in God

    Psalm 27 Commentary: True Salvation in God

    One of the themes that weaves its way through Psalm 27 is the belief that true salvation is to be found only in the presence of Yhwh. The speaker desires to dwell in the house of Yhwh...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: First Article of the Apostle’s Creed

    Luther’s Catechism Series: First Article of the Apostle’s Creed

    Luther’s interpretation of the First Article is shaped through and through by his astonishment about the character of life as a gift. In this way, the reformer confronts that aspect...

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  • Books of the Bible Study Questions: 2 Samuel

    Books of the Bible Study Questions: 2 Samuel

    In the Book of 2 Samuel, we get to witness David’s rise to power and his rule as king of God’s people. In David’s kingship, we are reminded of our heavenly King Jesus, who is ruling and...

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  • Luther's Catechism Series: The Ten Commandments Part 2

    Luther's Catechism Series: The Ten Commandments Part 2

    Leading up to Christ’s crucifixion, the Gospel of Matthew recounts that “the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put Him to...

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  • Jesus’ Temptations: Reflecting on Your Struggle against Sin

    Jesus’ Temptations: Reflecting on Your Struggle against Sin

    During the Lenten season, Lutherans inwardly reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for us and our own sinful nature to prepare for the coming resurrection and Christ’s victory over Satan. In...

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  • The Word Became Flesh: How Is Christ both God and Man?

    The Word Became Flesh: How Is Christ both God and Man?

    Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent. For forty days and forty nights, Lutherans reflect inwardly on themselves and on Christ. As Christians, it seems as if the person of Christ is...

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