Pastors

  • Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    This post is an adapted excerpt from Concordia Commentary: Proverbs by Andrew E. Steinmann.  Those who read Proverbs today, like all modern readers of Scripture, are separated by a...

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  • Composer of the Month: Martin Franzmann

    Composer of the Month: Martin Franzmann

    Not unlike many American Lutherans in the upper Midwest, Martin Franzmann (1907–76) was the son of a Lutheran pastor. Born and raised in Minnesota, Franzmann continued his undergraduate...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: List of Household Responsibilities

    Luther’s Catechism Series: List of Household Responsibilities

    This blog post is an excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Confession and Christian Life by Albrecht Peters.

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14

    Jesus teaches the parable of the wedding feast as the third in a series regarding the rejection of the message of salvation by many Jews, the identity of Jesus Christ as the divine Son...

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  • Politics in the Pulpit?

    Politics in the Pulpit?

    One of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor in the United States in the twenty-first century is the deep division of the nation along political lines. Based on research from a...

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  • Gerhard on the Effects and Consequences of the Final Resurrection

    Gerhard on the Effects and Consequences of the Final Resurrection

    This post is adapted from On the Resurrection of the Dead and On the Last Judgment by Johann Gerhard.

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  • An Interview with Rev. Dr. David Coe on Provoking Proverbs

    An Interview with Rev. Dr. David Coe on Provoking Proverbs

    Have you ever looked at the Book of Proverbs through the lens of the Ten Commandments? A new Bible study, Provoking Proverbs, guides you through these  beautiful, insightful works of...

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  • Luther's Catechism Series: The Lord's Supper

    Luther's Catechism Series: The Lord's Supper

    Every Sunday, congregants listen to their pastor speak the Words of Institution at the celebration of the Lord's Supper. What is the connection between communion and the Word of God?...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 13:1–10

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Romans 13:1–10

    Have you ever been wronged by someone? Have you ever disagreed with the laws or decrees of your local community or the state in which you live? Almost everyone has likely experienced at...

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  • A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching about Stewardship

    A Comprehensive Approach to Teaching about Stewardship

    In my congregational experience, stewardship is either preached on too particularly or not nearly enough. Some congregations have several weeks of sermons and Bible studies dedicated to...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 15:21–28

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 15:21–28

    The Gospel reading of Matthew 15:21–28 shares how God's salvation plan is unlimited. Although the Gospel is primarily for the Jews, it is also for the Gentiles. Through the confession...

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  • When You Get What You Prayed For

    When You Get What You Prayed For

    In college, I used to (only semi-jokingly) ask God to send me a tall, blonde, Jesus-loving, soccer-playing, European boyfriend. A few weeks ago, I married a tall, blonde pastor who...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: The Sacrament of Baptism

    Luther’s Catechism Series: The Sacrament of Baptism

    Baptism is a wonderful gift from our good and gracious God. It is the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit by which we are made the children of God, given the gift of...

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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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