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A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (Second of Three)

75th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES

“…The Word of God shall establish articles of faith and no one else, not even an angel.” (Luther, SA, Part II, Art. II)

Historical Setting

This year is the 475th anniversary of the Smalcald Articles (SA) which were penned by Dr. Martin Luther in 1537. The boxed dateline shows where these articles occurred in the busy reformer’s life.

Luther was busy indeed as—with the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, and with conscience bound to that Word—he spearheaded the protracted 16th century Lutheran Reformation.Read More »A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (Second of Three)

475th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES

“…The Word of God shall establish articles of faith and no one else,
not even an angel.” (Luther, SA, Part II, Art. II)

A Closer Look at the Smalcald Articles (SA) (First of Three)

1. Establishing our “Confessional” Identity

The plan is to use valuable space in our little magazine, beginning next month, with a series of articles on one of our Lutheran Confessions—the Smalcald Articles.Read More »475th Anniversary of the SMALCALD ARTICLES

A tale that is FINALLY* told!

*Defined in Webster as 1) at the end, in conclusion; 2) decisively; conclusively, irrevocably

“Finally… finally… finally…
finally… finally… finally…
finally… the split came!”

Count ’em—seven times the word “finally” appears in two short articles (August & September 2011 issues) in Forward in Christ, the Wisconsin Synod’s counterpart to our Lutheran Spokesman.Read More »A tale that is FINALLY* told!

Count your many blessings, name them one by one

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:26

One reason many people fail to give thanks is that they don’t take time to reflect on the many blessings they receive from the hand of the Lord. Listed on page 3 of this issue is a small sampling of benefits of body and soul which He has provided for our enjoyment. Truly, we have many reasons to say:Read More »Count your many blessings, name them one by one

Biology and Theology—At Odds?

We, our children and young people, need to know how our Christian faith is under attack from pro-evolutionist elements in the church (!) as well as in the secular, humanistic world outside of it.

How sad that the church—external Christianity—is more and more caving in to theistic evolution. This is happening in our day not so subtly (see footnote 1). Various aspects and assertions of evolution are more and more being accepted under the guise of science even in formerly conservative, Bible-believing circles.

Case in point: last fall a young thirty-something husband and wife, new arrivals in town, dropped by for worship at our CLC church (Redeemer, Cheyenne). After the worship service, in the process of telling us they were searching for a conservative Lutheran Church, they proceeded to inform us that both of them were instructors in the field of biology at the local junior college.Read More »Biology and Theology—At Odds?

The Japan Disaster — “What is Man…?”

My wife and I were privileged to visit the Hawaiian islands for the first time recently—in fact, just a week or so before the Japan catastrophies. The islands give abundant evidence of volcanic eruptions and lands formed at least to a degree by lava flows (yes, on one calm day a tour-guide warned of the danger of tsunamis!).

But one surely comes away from such a trip with great admiration for the beauty of creation, on the one hand, and with considerable respect for the destruction that “nature” can cause, on the other.Read More »The Japan Disaster — “What is Man…?”

Civility and the January 8th and January 23rd Mass Murders

A Christian Perspective

With regard to the January 8 Tucson tragedy we find it interesting that the nation—from the President on down—pretty much stopped in its tracks for a couple weeks to mark and decry the act of a deranged individual who killed six people and injured another fifteen or so, including an Arizona congresswoman.

Yes, we find it interesting—and distressing! What is beyond sad is that far fewer “stopped in their tracks” a couple weeks later to mark the on-going abortion holocaust happening in the nation.Read More »Civility and the January 8th and January 23rd Mass Murders