Author: Rev. David T. Mensing

What is a Truly Godpleasing Engagement

As we hear during the holy Christmas season of the chaste relationship of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth “before they came together” (Matthew 1:18), namely, that they were “espoused” or solemnly committed to one another in Holy Marriage but had

The Second Commandment

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” —Exodus 20:7 This Second of the Ten Commandments (as we traditionally number them — since the numbers were not assigned to them by God Himself), belongs to

Straddling the Fence: The Admission of Defeat

“He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” —Matthew 12:30 On October 31st we celebrate the four-hundred ninety-ninth anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation; and we offer praise and thanks to

Update on Our Conference Mission Work

So that our readers are kept up to date on our mission endeavors, the Committee on Missions of the Conference is providing the following information from its annual report presented to the convention in Seattle (June 24-26, 2016). One of

Keynote Sermon for the 65th Annual Convention

Keynote Sermon for the 65th Annual Convention of the Concordia Lutheran Conference Delivered at the Service of Convocation Friday, June 24, 2016, by President David T. Mensing Text: II Timothy 3:16-17 In the Name of Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone

The Physical Ascension of the Lord Jesus is Proof Positive of His Omnipotence

“And it came to pass, while He blessed them, He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51 Parting from dear friends, beloved relatives, and especially from cherished brethren in the faith is never easy —even if

The Significance of Language in the Propagation of the Gospel

“We do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.” — Acts 2:11b Language is commonly defined as a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having

“He was numbered with the transgressors.”

It is Finished

These verbally-inspired words of prophecy from the pen of Isaiah are essential to our Christian faith in the vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ for the sins of the world. For, although the holy season of Lent is now behind us,

The Consistent Practice of Close Communion—An Exercise in Christian Love

“He that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” — I Corinthians 11:29 In accordance with God’s Word and sound Lutheran practice, we observe “close” (sometimes also called “closed”) Communion, that is,

One of the Blessed Results of Christ’s Passive Obedience

“…who His own self bear our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by whose stripes ye were healed.”   — I Peter 2:24 In this portion of the Epistle