Saints’ Days

by Rev. Dr. Mark Birkholz Most people know that St. Valentine’s Day is on February 14 and St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17.  But do you know what the date is for St. Matthew’s Day?  Or St. Joseph’s Day?  Most of the important people in the Bible, and many figures throughout the history of… Read More >

The Marriage Booklet in the Catechism

by Rev. Jonathon T. Krenz Marriage is under attack on many fronts.  The issues include no-fault divorce, pre-marital/extra-marital sex, living together outside of marriage, same-sex “marriage,” not to mention all of the gender confusion infiltrating nearly every facet of our society.  The culture itself has been hyper-sexualized, obsessed with sexuality in television and movies, music,… Read More >

Bible Study with Luther: Genesis 6-8

by Rev. Paul Doellinger The author of Hebrews writes, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this He condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith” (Hebrews 11:7). Noah was given an… Read More >

Albrecht Dürer: The Man Behind the Self-Portrait

It’s Jesus! Nearly everyone who sees the magnificent self-portrait of Dürer has the same reaction viewing it as an icon of Christ Himself. Why is this? What was Dürer trying to achieve? He obviously put a great deal of time, thought, and skill into the painting, but what was his purpose?

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 >