The Ballad of the LC-MS

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Dr. Greg Bahnsen on the Christian Requirement of Civil Punishment

The late reformed theologian Dr. Greg Bahnsen saw the arms of the American Lutheran church body windmilling back in the 1970s, already off balance with regard to crucial questions about God’s Law—proving that we were set on this course more than a generation ago.

Luther’s Large Catechism II.66 and Subjunctive Unreality

In Part II §66 of Luther’s Large Catechism we read the following: These articles of the Creed, therefore, divide and separate us Christians from all other people upon earth. For all outside of Christianity, whether heathen, Turks, Jews, or false Christians and hypocrites, although they believe in, and worship, only one true God, yet know…

Rome and Marriage

God created woman to be with man, to bear children and keep house.

Fewer and Better Children?

Not only do intentionally childless women not do their duty to humanity, but the matter is much simpler and even more serious.

What Does it Mean to Stop Being a Jew? Pt 1: On ‘Genea,’ Race

As our brother dialogenes has shared for our edification we are well aware that, prior to the current Zeitgeist of modernity, the confessional, Lutheran attitude towards that people called modern Jewry was that they would necessarily have to cease to be so in order to receive the Gospel and its promises: [I]f one dreams of…

Schmidt Posting Week 2

As promised, sero maius quam numquam, here is the second weekly installment of Schmidt Posting, where we walk through potential questions and quandaries which arise in our reading and progressive publication of our Latin reader of Sebastian Schmidt’s Sacra Biblia et cetera… As always, make sure to download this week’s Latin Reader (week 2) to read…

Schmidt Posting: Week 1, Page 1

As promised, this is the first installment of our general assessment of Sebastian Schmidt’s Biblia Sacra… Additis Capitum Sumariis et Partionibus, starting with the Gospel of Mark. The reasoning for choosing this book was several, namely (1) the dearth of resources for Classical Lutherans online who are not yet proficient in Latin yet have their…

Blog Announcement: Sebastian Schmidt’s Latin Bible “Translation” Series

Sebastian Schmidt’s rendering of the Bible into Latin, Biblia Sacra, is not just a translation but a commentary. Schmidt included extensive editorial notes, offering theological exegesis beyond the literal translation of scripture. These comments occasionally replaced the scripture text itself. This highlights Schmidt’s unique method of combining doctrinal interpretation with translation, which has raised questions…

The Warfare of the Heart: Adolf Köberle on the Inequality of Sins

“The word is worse than the thought, the deed worse than the word” (Vilmar, op. cit., p. 224). For it is the deed that finally involves the whole man, binds him closer and closer with the fetters of sin and “makes return harder, the growth of sin easier.”

BFP 375. Thursday after Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Our struggling faith shall obtain victory through his grace, and all our sickness shall make for the honor of God; for sorrow and death must flee before the voice of our Lord Jesus.

BFP 370/371: Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity (Trinity XVI)

“The more of misery and death there is in us, the greater wealth of comfort and life shall we find in him, if we do but in faith cling to him; to which he encourages and exhorts us by his word as well as by this example.”

BFP 366. Wednesday after Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Pray for the light of the Spirit, that you may see the excellence of the treasure; and for grace to believe the presence of the Savior whom you do not see, and to taste, in so far as you can bear it, the “joy of his salvation.”

365. Tuesday after Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Alas, what a wretched thing is man’s idolatrous love of earthly treasures! It is a deplorable blindness, which darkens his whole existence, and shuts him out from the eternal light.

BFP 364. Monday after Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

Do not let the spirit of the world, which always desires to enjoy temporal pleasures and make the heart to trust in fleeting things, obtain power over you; but believe in the Lord; hold fast the Invisible One, as though your eyes saw him.

BFP 346/347. Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity (Trinity XIII)

The afflicted are in your path, in order that you may find God. Do as did the Samaritan! Is this not right and proper? Let love take root in your heart, be on your tongue, and bring forth fruit in your actions. If you, like the Samaritan, take your neighbor with you, he shall receive…

God’s Mandate for Righteous Anger

It is the most evil people in our society who cry peace! love! as they topple civilization and salt the earth. Christians who stand shoulder to shoulder with them crying peace! love! do not serve God, but Satan–regardless of their intentions.

The Parable of the Compassionate Flock

It seems that the LCMS is knowingly coaching opossums, er, Turks, er, Persians on how to pass an interview about bears, er, their Christian faith so that they can remain in Germany as refugees eating… eggs.

LCACA Goes To Convention

What happened to the discussion of Luther’s Large Catechism with Annotations and Contemporary Applications (LCACA) at the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s 2023 National Convention?

BFP 329. Saturday after Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

Let none dally with sin and do that which is evil in order to learn contrition, and to prove the truth of God’s word! Quench the spark that it may not burst forth into a fierce flame!

BFP 326. Wednesday after Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

Stirring and impressive though these words be, men remain deaf to them. They were spoken to the Jews; they are spoken to us. They applied to them; they apply to us. Alas, they apply with almost as much force to our case as to that of the Jews!

BFP 324. Monday after Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

Let our scripture lesson im­press upon us these two things, between which there is an intimate connection: 1) God has given us abundantly all grace and every gift, that we lack nothing needful to faith and holiness. 2) If we do not bring forth better fruit than heretofore, he will take the light from us;…

Make Friends for Yourselves: advice for dissident pastors

Today there is an increasingly visible divide that runs through the fellowship of the remaining conservative denominations within the United States. The clash between these factions stands to be the defining struggle in the American Church of this decade. On one side are the Ideological Progressives: men who are dispensationalists when it comes to the…

BFP 322/323. Tenth Sunday after Trinity (Trinity X)

Let the judgment on Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jewish people unto this day teach you that the word of God is true, and that his righteous wrath falls surely and heavily on the obdurate.

Usury Prohibited for Christians

“Thou shalt not lend at interest,” is not a specifically Jewish law, but a moral law binding all men, which God wrote into the hearts of all men from the beginning.

Pieper on Zionism in 1920

And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. 

On Sodomites Axioi Thanatou

It is my intention that you, too, may be shown the truth of Romans 1:18-32 as the Apostle preached it so as to know that, from God’s very own words to us, the sodomites are still ἄξιοι θανατοῦ (deserving of death), even now after the death of Christ, and yes, even now after the passing of the…

Walther Remarks on a Papal Speech Concerning Freemasonry

“Unfortunately in this point the so-called Protestant preachers, even those Lutheran preachers who want to be faithfully Lutheran, are mostly silent, and this disloyalty and fear of men will one day be very costly for them.”

BFP 293. Tuesday after Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

Christ fulfills the law, establishes the law; in the first place, by living a life in perfect love, and obeying to the letter its every command … In the second place…by writing it anew in my heart by the Spirit of faith.

BFP 292. Monday after Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

Even that which through the centuries [God] has endured with much longsuffering has yet been avenged according to the strict rule of justice; the chastisement was upon Christ; for him who knew no sin God has made to be sin for us; and he has paid to the uttermost farthing.

BFP 290/291: Sixth Sunday after Trinity (Trinity VI)

For the Son of God had no need to keep the law, and to suffer the punishment of transgression for himself; but he did it for us. If you believe, it is yours; God has so ordained from eternity, and revealed it on earth before the law of Moses.

BFP 280. Friday after Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

He who in unbelief lives without Christ is the slave of his own self-will, and lies when he boasts of his liberty. He, on the other hand, who believes in Christ is subject to him, and is therefore free.

BFP 279. Thursday after Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

How poor is he who is without love; and how rich he who loves, even though he in other things be the poorest of all men! How empty is a life without love, but how full and beautiful with it!

BFP 278. Wednesday after Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

Again we pray thee, O Lord, give us thy love in our heart. Amen. Matthew 5. 43-48. Ye have heard that it hath been said. Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: But I say unto you. Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and…

BFP 277. Tuesday after Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

Lord Jesus, give us charity. Amen. Matthew 5, 38-42. Ye have heard that it hath been said. An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if…

BFP 276. Monday after Fourth Sunday after Trinity.

God give us holiness and charity. Amen. John 8, 1-11. Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him: and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery;…

BFP 274/275. Fourth Sunday After Trinity (Trinity IV)

274. Fourth Sunday after Trinity. I. Heavenly Father, give us one mind with thee. Amen. Gospel Lesson, Luke 6, 36-42. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: give, and it…

Africa is Dark

Let us pray diligently to the Lord of the harvest to send more messengers of peace to the dark heathen land of Africa.

BFP 272. Friday after Third Sunday after Trinity.

Draw us unto thee, thou merciful friend of sinners. Amen. Luke 7. 36-50. And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat…

BFP 271. Thursday after Third Sunday after Trinity.

Lord, give us a living knowledge of sin, a living faith, and a saintly life. Amen. Matthew 9, 9-13. And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to…

BFP 270. Wednesday after Third Sunday after Trinity.

Lord Jesus, let thy word chasten and humble us. Amen. Luke 15, 25-32. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy…

BFP 269. Tuesday after Third Sunday after Trinity.

Lord, bring the prodigal sons back to thee. Amen. Luke 15. 17-24. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say unto him, Father, 1 have…

BFP 268. Monday after Third Sunday after Trinity.

Faithful God, keep us; do not let us go away from thee. Amen. Luke 15, 11-16. And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many…

BFP 266/267: Third Sunday after Trinity (Trinity III)

266. Third Sunday after Trinity. I. O God, teach us to know thy lovingkindness. Amen. Gospel Lesson, Luke 15, 1-10. Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto…

BFP 265. Saturday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

Lord God, give us grace by thy Spirit to hear thy glorious word. Amen. Isaiah 55. 1-5. Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that…

BFP 264. Friday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

Grant, Lord, that we may fear thee, and understand the proper order of thy grace. Amen. Acts 13, 44-49. And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together, to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were…

BFP 263. Thursday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

O thou Spirit of God, let us hear thy word with close attention. Amen. Acts 13, 38-41. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him. all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be…

BFP 262. Wednesday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

Lord Jesus, draw the thoughts and the longing of our hearts to thee. Amen. Luke 9, 57-62. And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a cer­tain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the…

BFP 261. Tuesday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

Lord, give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of thee. Amen. Isaiah 49, 5. 6. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the…

BFP 260. Monday after Second Sunday after Trinity.

Lord Jesus, let the word and the way of the cross become our hearts’ dearest delight. Amen. Luke 14, 25-33. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them. If any man come to me, and hate not his father. and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters,…

BFP 258/259. Second Sunday after Trinity (Trinity II)

258. Second Sunday after Trinity. I. Lord, give us grace to follow thy heavenly call. Amen. Gospel Lesson, Luke 14, 16-24. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are…

BFP 257. Saturday after First Sunday after Trinity.

Revelations 2, 8-11. And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but…

BFP 256. Friday after First Sunday after Trinity.

God deliver us from the evil one. Amen. Matthew 26, 21-25. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He…

BFP 255. Thursday after First Sunday after Trinity.

God, incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Amen. Timothy 6, 9-12. But they that will be rich, fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in de­struction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some…

BFP 254. Wednesday after First Sunday after Trinity.

Lord. Jesus. grant us the grace of the Spirit to hear that which thou shall speak to us. Amen. Luke 12, 16-21. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: and he thought within him­self, saying, What shall I do. because I have no room…

Luther on the Prayer and Chastity of Isaac

In order to be able to protect their chastity, they should strengthen their hearts against the raging desire of the flesh by reading and meditating on the psalms and the Word of God.

Jewish Media Bias

The following appears in Lehre und Wehre V. 26 (1880) p. 383 Rejection of a rationalist chosen as pastor in Prussia. The “Pilger aus Sachsen [Pilgrim from Saxony]” of October 24th wrote: “The preacher Hasenclever from Baden, a denier of the true resurrection of Christ, was elected to the Dorotheenstädtische Kirche in Berlin. The Brandenburg…


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