Monday, September 15, 2014

Catechism Series, part 10

Steadfast Throwdown

AbrahamsonPr. Joe Abrahamson continues his series on Luther’s Small Catechism. This time we discuss the Sacrament of the Altar. What is the Sacrament? What does it deliver? Who receives this sacrament worthily? What should Christians do when they visit another congregation in their fellowship? Should pastors ever not allow someone to commune? If so, why and how do they handle that?


Friday, September 12, 2014

The Holy Ghost Move Is A Fraud

 The Holy Ghost movie is getting a lot of promotion in mainstream American Christianity. But the movie is filled with false doctrine and the fraudulent tricks of con-artists. These cons, tricks, and false doctrine are credited to the Holy Spirit.

Simple cons used include Cold Reading, Warm Reading, and Leg Growing. All demonstrable frauds.

False theology including a denial of Deuteronomy 18:19ff where God says that if a person speaks prophecy and it does not happen that person is a false prophet, he or she should not be trusted. But the HG movie contradicts this saying that it takes practice to get things right. This goes hand-in-hand with the practice of cold reading.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:
23 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. 27 For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28 For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.
For a Biblically sound review of the movie please listen to Chris Rosebrough's program Fighting for the Faith. The following is from Pr. Rosebrough's website:

Debunking the Holy Ghost Movie


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Program segments:
• Debunking the false miracles and false theology of Wanderlust Productions' Holy Ghost Movie



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Monday, September 08, 2014

Catechism Series, Part 9


AbrahamsonPr.  Joe Abrahamson joins us to resume our series on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. In Part 9, we discuss the Fifth Chief Part (or is it the Sixth?) on the Office of the Keys and Confession. Who can hear confessions? Who actually forgives? And why would a Christian actually want to go to his or her pastor to confess sins?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Luther's Small Catechism, Part 8: Baptism



Catechism Series, Part 8

AbrahamsonIn this part of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. According to the Bible, what is Baptism and what does it actually deliver? Why do some Christians actually make Baptism a work of us humans rather than God’s work of saving us? What is the role of faith in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Luther's Small Catechism, Part 7: The Means of Grace, the Sacraments


Catechism Series, Part 7

AbrahamsonIn this installment of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we discuss how God wants us to receive His grace, mercy, and forgiveness in the Sacraments. What are Sacraments? What do they actually give to us? Pr. Abrahamson outlines the differences between the Lutheran view of the Sacraments on the one hand, and the Roman Catholic and  Reformed views on the other hand. The last two might more alike that you think!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Spiritual Boot Camp for Christian Manhood

Equipping Men for Godly Vocations in the Family, Church, and Society

Crosslake, Minnesota
September 19-21, 2014

A Men's Retreat hosted by Salem Lutheran Church and presented by Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson, founding president of the Hausvater Project and Associate Professor of History at Bethany Lutheran College

Topics

  • The Family Altar: The Necessity and Benefit of Home Devotions
  • A Man's Vocation in the Family, Part I: Marriage
  • A Man's Vocation in the Family, Part II: Fatherhood
  • A Man's Vocation in the Church
  • A Man's Vocation in Society

Retreat Site

Beacon Shores Resort on Whitefish Lake
36859 Silver Peak Road
Crosslake, MN 56442
(218) 543-4166, (800) 950-9507 - beaconshores.com

Registration (early bird discount available through Aug. 24)

http://salemlutheran.org/mens-retreat

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Catechism and the Home: Wilhelm Löhe

Luther emphasized that the Catechisms are meant not just for study by pastors, Church and school, but primarily for the Home. Fathers are to instruct their children and daily to pray the Catechism at home. The Church today cannot make the parents carry out this loving work. The Church can encourage, entreat, portray the value of this teaching. But as the cares and pleasures, the schedules and the concerns of this life take priority, the teaching of the young in the way of truth falters. And the young are taught to enjoy the good of this worldly life but loose hold on sin, repentance, and the forgiveness won by Christ, given to them in Word and Sacrament.

This is not a new problem. It is a persistent and old problem. And through the centuries the teachers of the Church have encouraged fathers, families to take up the Catechism for the benefit of the faith and salvation of their own households.

 In 1845 Wilhelm Löhe wrote:
How many, who are acquainted with the Small Catechism, know its preface which together with the introduction to the Large Catechism offers an incomparable, simple, yet truly religious method of catechetical instruction? And again, how many know both prefaces without having observed that the Catechism was written not only for the Church or school, but also for the home?

Home, school and Church become One Church through the dear Catechism. Why is the very important factor of the home omitted? That is the reason why the Catechism is memorized so miserably, and sounds so wooden and flat, because it is not considered as something intended for the home, nor for daily life, nor as a life philosophy, but as a lesson for children and the school room. As a watch-word belongs on the lips of all who are united in one camp, thus the Catechism as a spiritual watch-word should be on the lips of all.

The father, the children, the servants should use it; pray, learn, appreciate it. Thus it will become the cruse of oil of the woman of Zaraphath that does not fail. Yes, when the Catechism again becomes a book for the home, then the people will realize what a flood of strength proceeds from it for the Church and for all her undertakings. 

Johann Konrad Wilhelm Löhe 1808-1872 in his Drei Bücher von der Kirche (1845)

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Found in:
Reu, M. 1929 Luther's Small Catechism: A History of Its Origin, Its Distribution and Its Use. Wartburg Press, Chicago. Page 251f

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