Sources of the Augsburg Confession

by Dr. Jack Kilcrease Philipp Melanchthon composed the Augsburg Confession in preparation for the Diet of Augsburg in 1530. The emperor Charles V called the diet in order to resolve the religious issues that were divided the empire. He sought unity in order to be able present a united front against the armies of the… Read More >

Table Talk: Melancholy

by Rev. Christopher Maronde To those who have set themselves to read Luther’s works in either the original German and Latin or in an English edition, the task is somewhat overwhelming. The current American Edition of Luther’s Works is now up to seventy-nine volumes, and still counting. One Reformation scholar once quipped that Luther seemed… Read More >

Smalcald Articles Study: Chapters and Cloisters

by Rev. Mark Bestul “Chapters and Cloisters? – yawn! What’s that got anything to do with the Lutheran confession?” Well, it must have something to do with it because Luther included it in his personal and ‘last’ confession![i] But, perhaps the question would be better asked, “Chapters and cloisters? – what’s that got to do… Read More >

Luther and Calvin

by Rev. Matthew L.G. Zickler Anyone who has spent any small amount of time studying the history of the Reformation, or likewise the origin of Protestant Churches in America, has encountered the name of John Calvin. Calvin is considered by some the one who codified the Reformation in the form that it finally took and… Read More >

Luther and Zwingli

by Rev. Jesse Burns In the year 1529, two prominent theologians of the Reformation, along with a cast of important colleagues from both sides, came face to face in the city of Marburg, Germany for a discussion. This meeting is known as the Marburg Colloquy. The goal of the colloquy, largely organized by Phillip of… Read More >

Luther and Erasmus

by Rev. A. Brian Flamme There are few men of the 15th and 16th centuries that deserve our attention more than Erasmus Desiderius of Rotterdam. He represents the pinnacle of Christian humanism, an intellectual movement that revitalized classical and biblical scholarship north of the Alps. There is some confusion over the date of his birth… Read More >

“Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”

by Mr. Jonathan Swett Numerous treasures of the current body of Lutheran hymnody arose in the Reformation period, the chief contributor of which was Martin Luther. Several of these hymns have been explored over the course of this blog in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!  Although “Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord”… Read More >

Bible Study with Luther: Genesis 6:1-8

by Rev. Jesse Burns In Genesis 3:15 we hear of the great promise of redemption for fallen mankind. The Lord promised that the Seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent. Adam and Eve trusted this promise, possibly even looking at the birth of their first born son, Cain, as its fulfillment… Read More >

Luther’s Love for St. Mary, Queen of Heaven

by Deac. Betsy Karkan It’s probably not what you think. In his devotional writings on the Magnificat, Luther carefully outlines how we should and should not honor this “Most Blessed Virgin Mother.” Luther neither wants to give her false attributes or idolatrous devotion, nor does he want to depreciate “her unique place in the whole… Read More >