The Lutheran Difference: Bread, Wine, and “Is”

This entry is part 19 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

This week, we’re going to move on from baptism to talk about the other Lutheran Sacrament, namely that of Holy Communion. Remember, Lutherans consider something a sacrament if it has the following three things: God says, “Do this.” God says, “When you do this, you will receive the forgiveness of…

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The Lutheran Difference: Infant Baptism

This entry is part 18 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Lutherans are inveterate paedobaptists. Okay, that’s a mouthful. Basically, it means we baptize babies. Always have and, so far as I can tell, we always will. And here’s the reason why: as we’ve seen over the past several weeks, we have a slightly different understanding of how a Christian comes…

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The Lutheran Difference: Baptism

This entry is part 17 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Last week, I talked about the Lutheran definition of a sacrament. Just so we’re all on the same page, the “recipe” is as follows: God says “Do this.” God says, “In doing this, you will receive forgiveness.” We use a physical object (or element) in connection with this action or…

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The Lutheran Difference: The Sacraments

This entry is part 16 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

If I had to pick one thing that set Lutherans apart from other Christians, it’d probably be our understanding of the Sacraments. So let’s start with a definition. To Lutherans, a sacrament is a sacred act, instituted by God, in which God Himself has joined His Word of promise to…

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The Lutheran Difference: The Means of Grace

This entry is part 15 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

So I’ll be honest. I wasn’t sure if I should include this entry or not. See, here’s the thing: I’ve been raised in a Lutheran bubble. My dad was a pastor and his dad was a pastor too. I attended my dad’s church all throughout my childhood and youth. When…

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The Lutheran Difference: The Backlash

This entry is part 5 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Last week, we talked about Luther’s 95 Theses, and how they were intended only to start a scholarly debate over the efficacy of indulgences. I shared my belief that Luther wasn’t trying to start any trouble. He simply wanted to have a scholarly discussion about a theological point. Regardless of…

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The Lutheran Difference: Indulge Me for a Moment

This entry is part 4 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Last week, we talked about how Martin Luther had his “light bulb moment,” so to speak, when he was able to rediscover the Gospel. But that just begs a question: how did this translate into a moment and movement that created shockwaves through so much of the world? Well, it…

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The Lutheran Difference: The Light Bulb Moment

This entry is part 3 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Last week, we talked about the theological world that Martin Luther lived in. That’s important, because it helps explain why Martin did what he did and why he believed what he believed. But before we can really get to what you might call his “light bulb moment,” we have to…

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The Lutheran Difference: Historical Background

This entry is part 2 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

So last week, I introduced the latest series to grace my blog, namely a series about what it means to be a Lutheran Christian. What is it that we believe, teach, and confess? How do we differ from other Christians? I’m hoping this will be an interesting and enlightening experience…

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