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Article 14: Ecclesiastical Order

A Simple Explanation of the Articles of the Augsburg Confession Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called. This short article is highly controversial today. The LCMS officially has endorsed “lay ministers,” an oxymoron in the traditional Lutheran understanding of […]

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May 1, 2024

Losing Lutheran Identity

Robert Preus I think that open communion is probably one of the ways in which we can lose our Lutheran identity quicker than any other bad practice. Let me explain. I remember the letter that Dr. [Ralph] Bohlmann (1932-2016) wrote. He talks about us being a church body that teaches the pure doctrine and that […]

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April 22, 2024

Reflections on the St Louis Seminary Crisis of February 1974 by a 1974 Springfield Seminary Graduate

I am Ralph Woehrmann, no longer rostered, living with my wife, Cindy, in Taylorville, Illinois. We are members of Trinity Lutheran Church. I grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area, having attended and graduated from St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake, Ohio. My pastor in those years was the Rev. William John Single, a St. Louis Graduate who was […]

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April 10, 2024

Losing Lutheran Identity

Robert Preus I think that open communion is probably one of the ways in which we can lose our Lutheran identity quicker than any other bad practice. Let me explain. I remember the letter that Dr. [Ralph] Bohlmann (1932-2016) wrote. He talks about us being a church body that teaches the pure doctrine and that […]

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April 3, 2024

Banishing the Dismal Science

John Kuhn Bleimaier Economics has been called the dismal science. The reason is that this field is premised on the recognition that societal resources are finite. It is only a question of how the pie is divided. The sum total of possibilities is absolutely circumscribed. Other sciences hold out the possibility of discoveries which expand […]

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April 3, 2024

A Critique of Lutherans for Racial Justice

This organization, advertised as “grass-roots,” is led by a few Northeastern U.S elitist pastors. Its ideas will not appeal to the uneducated, because it is Marxist and deeply ideological at it root. They desire an earthly justice that they must admit will never happen. But “justice” is akin to punishment and coercion—not forgiveness, which is […]

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March 27, 2024

God is a Jealous God

God is a jealous God. But isn’t jealousy bad? When it is for what is not ours—we sin in wanting what the Lord has not given to us. That is something of which every sinner is guilt. But we should care about what is ours and is given to us—to guard and keep it safe. […]

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March 27, 2024

‘The Great Dechurching’

From the orthodox, theological point of view the secular person is not less religious, but has distanced himself from the public proclamation of the Word and has become his own pastor (and church) most likely. If one’s desired expression of Christianity desired does not fit any existing church, it is faulty and quite personal. The […]

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March 20, 2024

The Future of Concordia, Ann Arbor and all Concordias

Instead of treating CUAA as some sort of national treasure, every Concordia should be subjected to a critical assessment—does the school glorify the Lord Jesus and honor Him by correct doctrine and practice? Is a school producing orthodox Christians and servants of the church, or it is it merely aping the secular schools, at great […]

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March 20, 2024

Learning From Cain and Abel

Martin Barlau There are some obvious lessons that we can learn from the story of Cain and Abel. But there are also some deeper and more profound lessons there for us. So let’s see what we can learn from Cain and Abel, to guide us in our life with God. “God IS love.” I John […]

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March 13, 2024