Category: The Concordia Lutheran Issues 2000-2009

Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, asks, “Can ye not discern the signs of the times?” —Matthew 16:3 It’s Wednesday night, and the hottest teen hangout around is packed and throbbing with what seems an unholy beat. A DJ spins …

The Signs of the Times Read More »

Ash Wednesday, (Latin: dies cinerum or day of ashes) is the name given to the first day of Lent. The ritual use of ashes or sackcloth as an outward sign of repentance is an ancient practice found in the Old …

Internal Repentance versus External Ashes Read More »

“From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” …

The Savior Looks Forward to His Impending Suffering and Death Read More »

During the season of the Church Year known as “Lent,” our spiritual focus is directed specifically towards Jesus’ passive obedience—that part of our Savior’s work of redemption in which He suffered extreme agony of body and soul beginning in the …

The Meaning of the Season of Lent Read More »

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” —II Corinthians 4:6 A good teaching …

The Glorious Light of the Savior’s Epiphany Read More »

On Sunday, May 4 (Misericordias Domini — “Good Shepherd Sunday”), Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church (F.L.C.) of Oak Park, Illinois, and St. Mark’s Ev. Lutheran Church (F.L.C.) of Sauk Village, Illinois, held a post-Easter joint service according to their long standing …

Joint Fellowship Service: Peace, St. Mark’s and Trinity congregations Read More »

“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.”  — Matthew 26:39 As we in spirit stand in the shadows there in the Garden of Gethsemane, we …

The God-Man Jesus Christ in His Gethsemane Prayer Read More »

“And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them; and they all drank of it.”  —Mark 14:23  On the evening of what is known on our Christian church calendar as Maundy [MAWN-dee] Thursday, …

Why Not ONE CUP in Holy Communion? Read More »

The notoriety given to the prayer offered by LCMS Atlantic District President, David Benke, at Yankee Stadium has led LCMS officials to admit that the LCMS no longer regards prayer as an act of worship. Benke was suspended from the …

Around the World: “Prayer Is No Longer An Act of Worship In The LCMS” Read More »

The following comments were compiled out of transmissions to our Committee on Missions from Pastor Schurganoff in December and January, and are reproduced here in his own words for the information of our readers: Thank for your interest about our …

News from Our Russian Brethren Read More »