The Lutheran Difference: Q & A — The Different Lutherans

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

We’ve got another question this week, this time coming from Jeffrey Reynolds: Hoo boy. I haven’t touched on the differences between the various Lutheran synods at all in this series. As a matter of fact, I’ve tried to keep my comments as generic as possible. I probably haven’t succeeded. I …

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The Lutheran Difference: Q & A — A Word on the Word

This entry is part 33 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

So we’re continuing our look at the Lutheran Difference. More specifically, we’re answering your questions about the way Lutherans understand things. This week, we’ve got a question from Paul Lee, who asks this: Does Lutheranism have any concept of the Word of God in any broader sense than the Bible …

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The Lutheran Difference: Q & A — Luther vs. Calvin

This entry is part 32 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

So a few weeks back, I threw open the floor for questions and answers. A few people took me up on it and today, I thought I would answer the first one I saw, namely this one: So what’s the difference between Lutheranism and Calvinism? On the surface, it may …

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The Lutheran Difference: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

This entry is part 30 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

I’m starting to run out of stuff to talk about. I’m sure that I’m forgetting something, and it’s probably important. If I do eventually remember whatever it is, maybe I’ll do an addenda. But since this is the final planned post in this series, it seems only appropriate to tackle …

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The Lutheran Difference: Lutheran Preaching

This entry is part 28 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been reviewing the Lutheran understanding of Law and Gospel, as well as the three uses of the Law. This has been leading up to one of my favorite subjects, namely that of Lutheran homiletics. Or, if you’re not impressed by the fancy eight-dollar …

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The Lutheran Difference: The Three Uses of the Law

This entry is part 27 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Last week, we touched on the Lutheran understanding of Law and Gospel. But this teaching goes a little deeper than what I said in the previous post. More specifically, we understand that the Law has three distinct uses within Christian life. According to us Lutherans, the Law can be used …

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The Lutheran Difference: Law and Gospel

This entry is part 26 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Several weeks ago, I touched on the idea of sola scriptura, the idea that Lutherans base our beliefs first and foremost on the Bible. All other writings (such as the various Lutheran Confessions) are seen as expositions and explanations of what the Bible has to say. When I wrote that …

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The Lutheran Difference: The Office of the Keys

This entry is part 25 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

So let’s take a brief moment and talk about the Office of the Keys. If you’re not familiar with this term, it comes from Matthew 16, specifically this verse: I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in …

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