Albrecht Dürer’s “Knight, Death, and the Devil”

by Deac. Carolyn Brinkley Who is the Rider? Although Albrecht Dürer’s “Knight, Death, and the Devil” has been acclaimed as one of Europe’s greatest masterwork engravings since its publication in 1513, it has also been one of the most provocative pieces of art in the past 500 years. All agree that the copper engraving is… Read More >

Bible Study with Luther: Genesis 2

by Rev. Paul Doellinger A key teaching of the Reformation is Luther’s understanding of the three estates established and instituted by God: the church, the home, and the state.[1] Already before the fall into sin God established the Church and the home. With His Word God spoke His creation into existence. With that same creative… Read More >

Luther on the Transfiguration

by Rev. Stephen Preus To consider Christ’s glorious Transfiguration on its own is eye-opening; to hear how Luther describes this glory as yours nearly bursts the eyes from their sockets, bringing hope to the Christian heart. Luther’s use of the Transfiguration to teach the hope we have in the resurrection of the body is truly… Read More >

The Table of Duties

by Rev. A. Brian Flamme When Martin Luther prepared the text of the Small Catechism, he included a list of duties that people in various callings and stations in life have, as both a command and blessing from God. Some editions of the Small Catechism treat it as an appendix and do not print it,… Read More >

Lutherans and Roman Catholics Today

by Rev. Matthew Zickler If you were watching the newsfeed on or around October 31st last year, you perhaps saw Pope Francis celebrating the Reformation with officials of world Lutheran Churches in Lund, Sweden. There the pope made a great effort to extend a hand of rapprochement toward our Church tradition. In fact, even beyond desiring… Read More >

Formula of Concord Study: Article XI

by Rev. Mark Bestul The last single-issue article of the Formula of Concord, Article XI is unique in that it was largely preemptive. While acknowledging that no major struggle had yet erupted over this article of faith, the writers of the Formula were aware of small skirmishes and penned the article wisely foreseeing that poor… Read More >

Luther’s Early Life

by Dr. Jack Kilcrease Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483 to Hans and Margarethe Luder.  Martin himself later modified the family name “Luder” to “Luther” in the mid-1510s possibly because of its similarity to Eleutherius, meaning the “free one” (i.e., one who possesses Christian freedom). Whereas Luther’s mother was from an… Read More >