The Lutheran Difference: Sacrament Wrap-Up

This entry is part 22 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve discussed the Lutheran sacraments, namely Baptism and Holy Communion. For Lutherans, these are not symbolic gestures, but ways that God has chosen to distribute the grace that is ours through Christ. Baptism adopts us into His family. Communion is the way He feeds…

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The Lutheran Difference: Happy 499!

This entry is part 23 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

You’d think that, since this is the actual anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, I’d have some long, drawn out post as part of my on-going series about Lutheranism. Yeah, I don’t. Part of that is because, well, I already wrote a post about what the whole nailing-of-the-95-theses was all about.…

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The Lutheran Difference: Confession and Absolution

This entry is part 24 of 34 in the series The Lutheran Difference.

One easy way of riling Lutherans (well, some of them, anyway) is to whisper the word katolisch at them. That’s “Catholic” in German. Given the rather antagonistic relationship between those two branches of Christendom, it’s easy to understand why we Lutherans aren’t always keen on being identified as Roman Catholic. Personally,…

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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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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 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: 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: 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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