Category: CL2011

The Assurance of Our Savior for a Happy New Year

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” —Matthew 6:33 For worldly minded individuals, happiness at Christmas time revolves primarily around the acquisition of new and greater earthly treasures. 

Our Sinless Savior Born for Our Redemption

“And the angel answered and said unto her, ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that Holy Thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son

The Exemplary Advent Preaching of Christ’s Forerunner

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord!’  as said the prophet Esaias.” —John 1:23 John the Baptist, the Savior’s forerunner or “advance-man,” as we would call such a person today,

“Now Thank we all Our God!”

Without doubt one of the most popular and well-beloved thanksgiving hymns is that of Martin Rinckart entitled as above, “Now Thank We All Our God!”  Not only is it found in The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) as Hymn #36 in the

Reflecting upon the World into Which Martin Luther Was Born

This past October 31st, we celebrated the four hundred ninety-fourth anniversary of the Reformation, the date on which Dr. Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  This historic event simply marks

What is Impreccatory Prayer?

“Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee? And am not I grieved with those that rise up against Thee? I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them mine enemies.” — Psalm 139:21-22 In the Reformation section

A Mighty Fortress is Our God

When Dr. Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses or, what we would call today, “talking points,” to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517, he embarked upon a public debate with the Church of

The Function of Faith in Justification

Before we poor sinners consider the function of faith in justification, let us first remind ourselves from the Word of God where we and all mankind in our natural condition stand spiritually before a just and holy God. Scripture clearly

A Look Ahead on the New Seminary Year

Concordia Theological Seminary Seal

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”  — II Timothy 2:15 With this directive of the Apostle Paul to Timothy as their focus, our seminarians —

Scripture Alone The Foundation of Faith

“We believe, teach, and confess that the sole rule and standard according to which all dogmas together with [all] teachers should be estimated and judged are the prophetic and apostolic Scriptures of the Old and of the New Testament alone…”