Luther on the New Birth from Water and the Spirit in Baptism

Luther on the New Birth from Water and the Spirit in Baptism

The following excerpt from Luther’s 1526 Trinity Sunday sermon provides the reformer’s commentary on the new birth Christians receive through water and the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. For the complete sermon, see Volume 78 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works.

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Why the Church Struggles with Confirmation

Why the Church Struggles with Confirmation

When children are in their early elementary school years, their minds are actually at the peak time for easy rote memorization. And yet, many Protestant churches begin formal confirmation instruction years after this formative period. What are the effects of this lapse in time? Too often, young teens fall away from their church after confirmation—a(…)

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Jesus ≠ Meh, an excerpt from “Being Lutheran”

Jesus ≠ Meh, an excerpt from “Being Lutheran”

Throw out all those notions you might have about what it means to be Lutheran. When it comes down to it, being Lutheran is really very simple. It’s about following Jesus. We go where Jesus goes, we listen when Jesus speaks, we trust when Jesus promises. And we live because Jesus lives. In the following(…)

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A Devotion for Ascension Day

A Devotion for Ascension Day

Ascension Day is the coronation celebration of the Lord as He is proclaimed to be King of the universe. Jesus’ ascension to the Father is His entrance to the greater existence beyond the confines of time and space, being no longer bound by the limitations of His state of humiliation. Jesus now sits at the(…)

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A Devotion for Monday of Easter 2

A Devotion for Monday of Easter 2

Psalmody: Psalm 146:1–10 Old Testament Reading: Exodus 22:20–23:13 New Testament Reading: Luke 4:16–30 Writing Why, then, did Moses, after the prohibition of any “likeness of anything” (Ex. 20:4) set forth a bronze serpent, placed on a “tree” in a hanging posture, for a spectacle of healing to Israel during the time when, after their idolatry,(…)

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What Others Are Saying about Concordia Commentary: Romans 9-16

What Others Are Saying about Concordia Commentary: Romans 9-16

In the Book of Romans, Paul conveys the essence of the Christian faith in a universal manner that has been cherished by believers—and challenged by unbelievers—perhaps more so than any other biblical book. In Romans 1–8, Paul discloses the righteousness of God and our life in and through our Lord Jesus Christ. But he is(…)

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Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

Luther on the Raising of Jairus’ Daughter

The following excerpt provides Luther’s commentary on Matt. 9:24: “[Christ] said, ‘Go away. The girl is not dead but sleeping,” and is taken from Luther’s Annotations on Matthew 1–18, as found in Volume 67 of the American Edition of Luther’s Works 

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Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

Valerius Herberger and the “Two Books”: Bible and Creation

This excerpt introduces the meditations on Genesis prepared by Valerius Herberger (1562-1627), a Lutheran pastor in Fraustadt (now Wschowa), Poland. Here Herberger discusses God’s revelation in Scripture and in creation as “two books.” The “Book of Creation” especially should lead us to praise God for His wisdom, power, and beauty.

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St. Patrick, Missionary to Ireland

St. Patrick, Missionary to Ireland

The saints of the Church, our fellow heirs of eternal life, serve but a humble purpose—to point us to the Saint, the Holy One, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Celebrating the Saints, a new book coming soon from Concordia Publishing House, Rev. William Weedon provides historical sketches and devotional writings in step with the liturgical calendar, revealing the Church’s(…)

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Giving All Glory to God

Giving All Glory to God

The newest volume in the Walther’s Works Series, All Glory to God, contains the final, mature systematic theology of C. F. W. Walther, first president of the LCMS. In no other work did Walther set forth his own theology as comprehensively as he did here. The following excerpt of All Glory to God comes from(…)

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