Review: Ministry, Word, and Sacraments, an Enchiridion

Image from Concordia Publishing House. Author: Martin Chemnitz Publisher: Concordia Publishing House I recently became aware of this fascinating book. And since I first started it, I decided that it must become better known. Martin Chemnitz's brief Enchiridion, or handbook on theology, is something of a continuation of the Catechisms, and I think it should be read …

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The Separation of Children and Church

"You can't just read the Bible to them!" "The sermon isn't for them." "It'll go over their heads!" "We have to introduce at least one new song every week - so they won't get bored." I am astounded every time I hear one of these statements, or ones like them. Typically, they come up in …

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Hymns: “Be Thou My Vision”

  "Be Thou My Vision" is a well-known and well-loved hymn. Though it was originally written over 1400 years ago, it was not translated from its Old Irish text until the early 1900's. The hymn is attributed to a monk nicknamed Dallán Forgaill; the first name meant "blind one," though he supposedly regained his sight. …

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The Lord’s Prayer: Deliver Us

Finally, recognizing our own unworthiness, our sinfulness, and our redemption as sons in our Lord, Father, and Savior, Jesus Christ, we ask Him for deliverance from temptation and from the evil one. This portion of the prayer should be kept in close connection with the last portion. Indeed, this portion, just as much as the …

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The Lord’s Prayer: Temptation

Following the part of the Prayer that asks for forgiveness and grace, we go to the reason why we need such things: sin. Sin is part of fleshly nature, and its desires lead us into this rebellion against God. Thus, we ask, "And lead us not into temptation, ..." (Mat. 6:13). But why do we …

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