The Mother of the Reformation

The Mother of the Reformation

In honor of Katie Luther’s birthday on January 29th, we’ve posted below an excerpt from The Mother of the Reformation: The Amazing Life and Story of Katharine Luther, written by Ernst Kroker and translated by Mark DeGarmeaux. Katie’s Christian Faith When Katie taught her oldest son, little Hans, to fold his little hands in prayer,(…)

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Setting Priorities for a Theology of Mission

Setting Priorities for a Theology of Mission

As the Church celebrates the conversion of St. Paul today, we also rejoice in the missionary work he did, sharing the Good News of Christ with all whom he encountered. We’ve therefore posted below an excerpt from Klaus Detlev Schulz’s Mission from the Cross about setting priorities for a theology of mission. It can be(…)

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Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood

Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood

In the Gospel of John, the voice of the Word is heard; the Paraclete is speaking. God makes himself known, proffers himself, and so becomes our God. Thus, the Gospel invites us to see and to hear what apart from the Gospel cannot be seen and cannot be heard: the Father of Jesus, who is(…)

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Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11

Where Our Treasure Lies, a devotion for January 11

I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8) Where Our Treasure Lies Therefore, as the dear children and heirs of God, we ought to glory in neither our wisdom, nor strength, nor riches, but in this, that we have the “pearl(…)

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Praying to God as Our Father

Praying to God as Our Father

In his book Is God Listening?, Andrew Steinmann shows readers how God’s Word teaches us to construct our prayers so that they are centered on God’s promises. The following excerpt is from the chapter “When Prayer Becomes True Prayer,” in which Dr. Steinmann examines the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

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What does St. Paul’s appeal for unity in Christ mean for the church today?

What does St. Paul’s appeal for unity in Christ mean for the church today?

The following excerpt comes from Gregory Lockwood’s Concordia Popular Commentary: 1 Corinthians. In the excerpt, Dr. Lockwood discusses St. Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:10–17 about divisions in the church and their meaning for us today. Modern Denominations How does the tendency Paul deplores in 1 Cor 1:10–17 manifest itself in the contemporary church? In response to(…)

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Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

Luther on Christ’s Genealogy

The following excerpt from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18 (found in volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works) provides the reformer’s commentary on Matthew’s genealogy of Christ found in the Gospel’s first chapter.

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The Christian Year of Grace [EXCERPT]

The Christian Year of Grace [EXCERPT]

After Martin Luther’s Postils (sermons on the appointed Bible readings of the Church Year), Johann Spangenberg’s Questions & Answers were the premier Lutheran devotional book of the Reformation era. His explanations of the chief parts of Scripture, in question-and-answer format, taught and fed countless Evangelical-Lutheran people of all ages and vocations for centuries. Now for(…)

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Luther on the Development of the Creed

Luther on the Development of the Creed

Luther repeatedly pointed Christians old and new to the articles of the Apostles’ Creed as the simplest, most profound statement of faith. Not only did he address the Creed in his catechisms, but it found its way into his sermons with great frequency. The following excerpt from Luther’s 1535 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on(…)

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Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

Announcing the Release of Vol. 78 of Luther’s Works

The fourth volume in Concordia’s release of Luther’s Church Postil (sermons for the church year) offers Luther’s sermons for the Epistle and Gospel readings from Trinity Sunday through the Tenth Sunday after Trinity. Part of the ongoing translation of Luther’s Works, this volume also includes Luther’s Several Beautiful Sermons on 1 John, On Love (preached in 1532 and(…)

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