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Thesis Thursday

We move forward to Lecture 28, and a new thesis. Thesis XVI. In twelfth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the preacher tries to make people believe that they are truly converted as soon as they … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Last week we learned about scripture’s wide and narrow uses of the term “gospel”. In lecture 27, Walther develops some more on this thought to finish off… Thesis XV. In the eleventh place, the Word of God is not rightly … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

This week, Lecture 26. Thesis XV. In the eleventh place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the Gospel is turned into a preaching of repentance. To understand these words correctly, you will have to bear in mind … Continue reading

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Don’t Skip the Introduction

A great anecdote from Charles Nisbet, who back in the day was friends with the more famous John Witherspoon: For a time, [Nisbet] served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian church on the square of Carlisle, in addition to his … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

This week, Lecture 25. In the introduction, Walther gives an excellent justification for what is typically seen as stereotypically Calvinist aggression and arrogance, and continues with a fine discussion of what we Presbyterians know as LC73 (faith is an instrument): … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Moving on to Lecture 24 and Thesis XIII. In the ninth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when one makes an appeal to believe or at least help towards that end, instead of preaching faith into a … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Hey folks, after a week off for Christmas, we come now to Lecture 23, and maybe some common cause between Calvin & Luther? Among the various functions and official acts of a servant of the Church the most important of … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Walther opens Lecture 22 with a very interesting introduction concerning the state of the church, which seems somewhat familiar. In the excerpts below I skip around, but you can go read the whole lecture if you want to see how … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

Excerpts from Lecture 21: A week ago we were told that faith is not a dead, inert affair, but something that transforms and renews the heart, regenerates a person, and brings the Holy Spirit into his soul. Tonight we shall … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

From lecture 20. More Calvinist-bashing. Sigh. Many things might still be said in discussion of the ninth thesis, but we must not tarry at this thesis any longer if we wish to finish the series. Thesis X. In the sixth … Continue reading

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Preaching on the Plains

As OHS DGH has noted, there is something peculiar about the OPC that causes it to write histories of itself. I am pleased to announce another data point on that arc; Preaching on the Plains, the memoir of David K. … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

In lecture 19 (finally, we come to the end of Thesis IX!), Walther criticizes conversionism. One of the most important of the many doctrinal differences that were discussed during the first half of the eighteenth century between the so-called Pietists … Continue reading

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Thesis Thursday

We’re still on Thesis IX. In the fifth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when sinners who have been struck down and terrified by the Law are directed, not to the Word and the Sacraments, but to … Continue reading

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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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