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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 17 again; Walther discusses Absolution: The Protestant churches, so called, which are outside of the pale of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, know nothing of the true way to forgiveness of sin by means of the Word and, in general, through … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 16 again; Luther vs. Zwingli, Go: [from Luther's commentary on Deut 4:28] “See whether our new schismatics and fanatics are not leading the people to trust in their own works. Take the Anabaptists: what are they doing, and what … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Lecture 16, Walther vs. Zwingli. Go: Apparently Zwingli has not wielded as great an influence as Calvin, but he laid the foundation of the Reformed Church before God snatched him out of the world of the living by a sudden … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Passing on now to lecture 15, we see Walther’s attention thankfully turning from the Reformed, to Lutheran Pietism. The quotes below are taken here and there from a much longer narrative. I omit “…” everywhere for the sake of flow. … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

OK, so in the last post on lecture 14, I quoted what I saw as Walther’s legitimate (although Lutheran-biased) beefs with Calvinism. Here I’ll quote some straw-mannery in which Walther confuses “The Reformed” with “the sects of Reformed origin, including the Baptists, … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Oh no he di’n’t! Arriving at lecture 14, Walther wheels his artillery around to attack “The Reformed” (and he stays on this topic for six lectures)! I think it’s fair to say that we Reformed view the religious landscape as … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Another from lecture 13, continuing to discuss: Thesis VIII. In the fourth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Law is preached to those who are already in terror an account of their sins or the … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Moving on to lecture 13, continuing to discuss: Thesis VIII. In the fourth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Law is preached to those who are already in terror an account of their sins or the … Continue reading

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Guess the Good Guy

All the regular rules apply: God is wise, social, linguistic, imaginative, rational, aesthetic, etc., and He has made one creature with similar attributes, albeit on a creaturely scale.  Only such creatures have any chance of caring well for His creation.  … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Let’s do another from lecture 12, concerning Thesis VIII. In the fourth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Law is preached to those who are already in terror an account of their sins or the … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Moving on to the 12th lecture, Walther takes careful aim at the next Thesis… The worst fault in modern preaching, my dear friends, is this, that the sermons lack point and purpose; and this fault can be noticed particularly in … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Last week I took a break (Read: forgot because I was too busy). Let’s hit the 11th lecture, again, continuing with: Thesis VII In the third place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Gospel is preached first … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Moving on to the 11th lecture, and Thesis VII In the third place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Gospel is preached first and then the Law; sanctification first and then justification; faith first and then repentance; … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

A few more interesting points from the 10th lecture, concerning Thesis VI In the second place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Law is not preached in its full sternness and the Gospel not in its full … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

OK, so we’re finally done with Lecture 9 and Thesis V. (By the way, we have switched from the first four positive theses about Law and Gospel, to the remaining 21, which point out how many ways Law & Gospel … Continue reading

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