The Devil and Christmas (Luther)

I love how Martin Luther explained the Devil's hatred of Christ's advent: “We cannot vex the devil more,” said Luther, “than when we teach, preach, sing, and speak of Jesus and His humanity, etc. Therefore I like it very well,” said Luther, “when with loud voices, and fine, long, and deliberately, we sing in the …

Entrusting Our Cares to Mary!?

Many of us have heard or even used the phrase "hail Mary." It often refers to a long and risky throw in football, when the quarterback unleashes a monster toss hoping the receiver will catch it. This term, "hail Mary," is how the "Ave Maria" prayer in the Roman Catholic traiditon starts: "Hail, Mary, full …

All Other Ground is Sinking Sand (Luther/Bernard)

 Martin Luther, in his Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, noted how some people build their house upon the sand by resting on their own works or merits for acceptance with God.  Luther then gave a helpful insight from the life and faith of Bernard of Clairvaux: St. Bernard himself had also to feel …

The Lutheran Confessions: Concordia

  (This is a re-blog from November 2009) Concordia is an outstanding Reformation resource.  It is handsome, sturdy, well-formatted, and easy to use.  The subtitle is correct: it is A Reader's Edition of the Book of Concord.  Editorial props go to Paul McCain, Edward Englebrecht, Robert Baker, and Gene Veith as well as Concordia Publishing House for a …

Letting The Law In The Back Door of Justification

When it comes to religion, humans are wired with law.  Since Adam broke the covenant of works in the garden, people have always attempted to please God (or god/gods) by doing something for him.  The law that says ‘do this and live’ is part of human DNA.  This is why it is so hard for …

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