Posts tagged “2016 LCMS Convention

New Book—The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

The Praesidium of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Synod President and Vice-Presidents) collaborated on a book centered around Christ’s promise to His Church that the gates of hell would not prevail against her. The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World contains the sermons and essays of the Praesidium from the 2016 LCMS Convention, plus new chapters on the religion of sex (Scott Murray), Luther and the two kingdoms (Matthew Harrison), the status of the church in western society (John Wohlrabe), defying the devil in international mission work (Daniel Preus), the table of the Lord (Christopher Esget), the urgency of preaching (Nabil Nour), and defending against the gates of hell (Herbert Mueller). As general editor Scott Murray observes in the introduction, our outlook as the…

Little apples for simpletons

Posted on July 19th, 2016

Browsing some commentary on the recently completed LCMS Convention, I came across a thread on the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau forum. An ELCA pastor, Brian Stoffregan (whom I do not know), makes an interesting statement there about Holy Scripture: “The academy is necessary to help us understand the meaning of the texts, which can be different from what they say.” Granted that he’s talking about the importance of understanding Scripture in context, I find this notion deeply troubling, and perhaps the single greatest difference between our church bodies. One of my axioms is if you have to add words to Scripture to explain why it doesn’t mean what it clearly sounds like, you’ve got the wrong interpretation. Today’s reading in the Luther Brevier takes a different approach: the…

LCMS Convention Sermon: “Saints and Faithful Brothers”

Posted on July 11th, 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, gave thanks, and gave it to the disciples. And the disciples argued. How quickly we can go from the Lord’s Table to the devil’s business! St. Luke tells us that they received Christ’s blood, then immediately quarreled   about “which of them should be considered the greatest” (Lk 22.24). These men were brothers twice. Sons of our first father Adam, they were now by His Supper blood-brothers with Jesus. Yet they fought. The history of the world is the history of feuding brothers: Cain and Abel; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and the eleven. “But not so among you,” says the Lord Jesus. His Father is our Father; He is our brother,…