Archive for June, 2010

The Fathers Speak: Our Living Mother, the Church

June 30th, 2010 Comments off

“Our one Father, God, lives and our mother, the church; and neither are we dead who live to God, nor do we bury our dead, inasmuch as they too are living in Christ.”

— Tertullian
On Monogamy, 7.

Categories: Church Fathers, The Church

The Loss of the Authority of Scripture

June 30th, 2010 2 comments

“The loss of the authority of the Scriptures deprives modern Protestantism of its power to discuss doctrine with Rome. Roman Christians ask their “separated brethren” in the Protestant churches, if you reject the doctrine of Mary’s immaculate conception as unscriptural, then why do so many of you reject also Christ’s virgin birth, a doctrine which your fathers confessed with the Church of all ages and which undoubtedly is based on Holy Scripture?” — Hermann Sasse

From The Inspiration of Holy Scripture , an article published in the American Evangelical magazine Christianity Today, March 16, 1962.

Categories: Hermann Sasse

Amazon Releases Kindle for Android

June 29th, 2010 3 comments
Categories: e-books

ePub Files Available from Concordia Publishing House: Nook and Sony Reader Folks – Rejoice!

June 29th, 2010 8 comments

I know trying to keep the alphabet soup of options for e-books these days is confusing, but I’ve got good news for owners of the Barnes and Noble Nook and Sony Reader . . . you can now purchase ePub files from Concordia Publishing House and read them on your readers. We have a listing of the ePub files available on our web site, and you can see them all by clicking here.

CPH ePub Editions must be used with Adobe Digital Editions software. If desired, you may then transfer the ePub Edition to any of the compatible devices using a USB connection. You can get the Adobe Digital Edition software, for free, here.

ePub files are for those folks NOT using an Amazon Kindle, or a Kindle app on any of their smartphone device, etc. Amazon Kindle files may now be read on all desktop, laptop, netbook computers. On all Apple iPhone/iTouch/iPads. On all Blackberries. On all Android devices.

If you do not have any of those devices, or choose not to use the Amazon Kindle app or device, and you do own a Sony Reader or a Nook, you can now get our various e-books as ePub files directly from us and away you go. There are scads of other devices on which you can read ePub files. You can see all the various devices here.

Will we also be offering books for direct purchase on/in the Apple iBookstore? Yes, we are still working through some contractual issues with Apple, but that’s coming too.

Here is a brief overview of how you can use ePub files:

What are ePub Editions?
The ePub Editions is a type of eBook offered by Concordia Publishing House that requires the use of Adobe Digital Edition Software to view.  The software is available free of charge through Adobe and can be downloaded here.

If you have any questions or need assistance installing this software please refer to the help documentation on the right.

What are eBooks?
eBooks (electronic books) are digital versions of printed books which can be read on a personal computer or other electronic devices. eBooks are a great alternative reading choice for people of all walks of life.

Features of eBooks:
•    Find what you’re looking for with easy word and phrase search options
•    Customize text size to fit your needs
•    Keep your spot with digital bookmarks
•    Enjoy your book NOW with instantaneous delivery

For more details and explanations, please be sure to visit this web page and read the support files there.

ESV Bible Atlas: This Thing is Wonderful!

June 28th, 2010 3 comments

I received a copy of the new ESV Bible Atlas, and my reaction is, in one word, “Wow!”  You owe it to yourself to check it out. I am particularly impressed by the huge beautiful pictures of the Temple grounds in Jerusalem at the time of Christ and the cut-away images of the Temple itself. Full disclosure: I was given a copy of the ESV Atlas as a gift by Dr. Lane Dennis of Crossway, and what a wonderful gift it is. You can order it now for only $35. An amazingly good value for such a rich book, which comes with a CD and a poster, as well.

Here is Justin Taylor’s description of the Atlas.

The new Crossway ESV Bible Atlas (352 pages) will be shipping soon from Amazon.

The text of the Atlas was written by Professor John Currid (RTS-Charlotte, NC). The maps were done by David Barrett, who also served as the cartographer for the ESV Study Bible. Here’s what it contains:

175 full-color maps
70 full-color photographs
3-D re-creations of biblical objects and sites
65,000 words of narrative description.
“The atlas uniquely features regional maps detailing biblically significant areas such as Egypt, Mesopotamia, Italy, and Greece. It also includes a CD with searchable indexes and digital maps, and a removable, 16.5 x 22-inch map of Palestine.”

One of the neat things for me is being able to see the ESVSB illustrations—of the tabernacle, the temples, Jerusalem at various times, etc—in great detail over a two-page spread on glossy paper.

If you want to flip through 40+ pages of the Atlas virtually, click here. Just put your mouse on the right-hand side of the atlas to flip to the next page.

Categories: Book Reviews, Books

The Fathers Speak: No Thousand Year Reign of Christ on Earth!

June 26th, 2010 3 comments

“Christ is the Rock by which and on which the church is founded. And thus it is overcome by no traces of maddened people. Therefore the heretics are not to be heard who assure themselves that there is to be an earthly reign of one thousand years; who think, that is to say, on the same wavelength with Cerinthus. For the kingdom of Christ is now eternal in the saints, although the glory of the saints shall be made known after the resurrection.”

— Victorinus of Petovium
Commentary on the Apocalypse, 16.

Care to Listen to the Augsburg Confession Read?

June 25th, 2010 Comments off

I received this interesting message on Facebook, and am passing it along.

Greetings in Christ.I am a fellow LCMS pastor in the middle of Kansas (; Recently I posted on the LCMS Facebook group a video I made about the Augsburg Confession (; One person in their comments said that they might listen to the confession if it was in an audio format they could take with them. Anyways, beginning with June 25th, I am going to post the Confession (triglotta text) in audio on my blog (;, one article a day. With the preface and conclusion, it will last 30 days. The files will then be archived on the blog and at; I am writing to you because I know that you have a good following on the internet and am hoping you might direct your readers my way if you would value this effort. Again it will “go live” Friday morning.

Pastor Philip Hoppe

Categories: Lutheran Confessions

The Kind of Huge Miracles that Faith Works in Our Hearts

June 24th, 2010 Comments off

In James 2:1, the apostle says: “My brothers, SHOW NO PARTIALITY as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.” If you prefer the rich over the poor because of their wealth, this means you are focusing on the person and thus have no faith. That is an attitude that faith will not TOLERATE as James says quite correctly.

This means that where there is faith, this kind of attitude must disappear, because faith does not focus on the person but on the relationship that person has with God. Faith thinks: “This poor beggar has been redeemed by the blood of the Son of God. As far as I am concerned, this makes this man worth as much as a king or an emperor.” These are the kind of huge miracles that faith works in our hearts.

C.F.W. Walther, Law and Gospel, p. 233
Twentieth Evening Lecture, Feb. 27, 1885

Categories: C.F.W. Walther

The Liturgical Movement in the Lutheran Church Needs to Wake Up from Its Romantic Dreams

June 23rd, 2010 15 comments

“Even the Pope has reminded his bishops that the Masses that are secretly celebrated in prison camps, without any pomp, in utter simplicity, come very near to the Mass of the ancient church and are not inferior to a pontifical Mass. In Lutheran Germany, however, one can today hear theologians — even some who come from unliturgical Wuerttemberg — say that there is a form of the divine service that belongs to the essence of the church, even that Gregorian chant belongs essentially to the Christian liturgy. It is high time that the liturgical movement in the Lutheran church wakes up from its romantic dreams and subordinates itself to the norms to which the whole life of the church must be subject: the norma normans of Holy Scripture and the norma normata of the church’s confession. And this applies to all the Lutheran churches in the world, for the Scandinavian, in which the Anglican influence is so great, and for the American, in which the ideas of the European liturgical movement have now gained a footing. If this serious reflection does not take place, then the liturgical movement will become what it has become already for many of its adherents: the end of Lutheranism and the road to Rome.”

From “The Lutheran Understanding of the Consecration”, Letters to Lutheran Pastors No. 26, July 1952, in We Confess the Church (pp117-118), Concordia, 1985.

Categories: Hermann Sasse

The Fathers Speak: The Church Keeps Laughing

June 22nd, 2010 2 comments

“Isaac also, delivered from death, laughed, sporting and rejoicing with his spouse, who was the type of the helper of our salvation, the church, to whom the stable name of endurance is given for this reason: because she alone remains to all generations, rejoicing ever, subsisting as she does by the endurance of believers, who are the members of Christ. . . . The King, then, who is Christ, beholds from above our laughter, and looking through the window, as the Scripture says, views the thanksgiving and the blessing and the rejoicing and the gladness and furthermore the endurance that works together with them and their embrace. Thus he views his church, showing only his face, which before was hidden to the church, which is made perfect by her royal head.”

— Clement of Alexandria
Christ and Educator, 1.5.27.

Categories: Uncategorized

Oldest Known Portraits of Andrew and John Found Along With Peter and Paul—No Indication of Petrine Supremacy

June 22nd, 2010 4 comments

An interesting news story has appeared documenting the discovery of the oldest known portraits of Andrew and John found, in Rome. They were discovered, or perhaps better, uncovered using new laser technology that allowed crustations to be removed without harming the underlying paint. And, what caught my eye in this story is that St. Peter is portrayed as being simple one of the four apostles portrayed, no indication of Peter being supreme or chief of the Apostles. I find this very interesting, considering the portraits date from the late fourth century. So, for what it is worth, here is the story, and you can find see pictures of the various images as well. Here are copies below:

St. John

St. Andrew

St. Paul

St. Peter

Categories: Archeology

The Tower of Concordia

June 22nd, 2010 5 comments

A person posted this photo to the Concordia Publishing House Facebook Page and said, “I think I can start calling this ‘The Tower of Concordia’ now.” My response? A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes

June 22nd, 2010 6 comments

I was asked by a friend recently when the Lutheran study edition of the Apocrypha is coming out, and I thought I had posted something to my blog about it, but when I searched for it and clicked on the title, it has vanished into “404 land” – missing in action. So, here is information about The Apocrypha: Lutheran Study Edition, by the general editor of the volume, Rev. Edward Engelbrecht, who is also the General Editor of The Lutheran Study Bible. Here is the post from his blog site, which I recommend you add to your regular blog reading list. Always interesting things from Ed. The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes will be out in 2012.

I’m lifting my eyes away from the editing and writing for a few moments to share some news about a product currently in development at CPH. Our edition of the Apocrypha is based on the ESV translation prepared by the following scholars:

*David A. deSilva, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Ashland Theological Seminary

*Dan McCartney, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas Texas

*Bernard A. Taylor, Loma Linda University

David Aiken edited the ESV text, which is very similar to the 1971 Revised Standard Version (RSV) Apocrypha upon which it is based. The Lutheran edition will include all of the books that Luther translated for the German Bible in the order that Luther presented them. It will also include books that appeared in Lutheran editions of the Vulgate, as well as 3 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, and Psalm 151 since these latter books are used by other Christians and are part of the ESV edition.

Introductions and Notes

Each book will have an introduction, similar to the book introductions in The Lutheran Study Bible. Books included in the Luther Bible will have study notes, similar to those in The Lutheran Study Bible:

The Wisdom of Solomon
Ecclesiasticus [aka Sirach]
The Letter of Jeremiah
1 Maccabees
2 Maccabees
Additions to Esther
Bel and the Dragon
The Prayer of Azariah
The Song of the Three Holy Children
The Prayer of Manasseh

An article/chart will explain the use of the apocryphal books in various Christian denominations. The Lutheran edition will also include extensive introductory material and appendices prepared by Lutheran scholars. The release date is 2012.

Reasons for a Separate Edition

From the beginning of The Lutheran Study Bible project, we discussed and prayed about whether we should include the books of the Apocrypha in the new Study Bible. We decided against including them for the following reasons:

  1. They would slow down the release of the materials on the Holy Bible,
  2. They would greatly inflate the size of an already large book,
  3. They would drive up costs for both CPH and customers,
  4. Lutherans in America had not seen the Apocrypha in their editions of the Bible for c. 100 years.

We were concerned that suddenly reintroducing the Apocrypha would confuse and possible even offend people who did not know about their inclusion and use in the Lutheran tradition. Therefore, we decided to include more pages in The Lutheran Study Bible about “The Time between the Testaments and The Apocrypha” (pp. 1551–1567) so that English speaking Lutherans could rediscover this aspect of their heritage and its value for biblical study and devotion. Our edition will have a similar design and appearance to The Lutheran Study Bible. It will be a volume in The Essential Lutheran Library.

We believe this edition of the Apocrypha will fill an important gap in our biblical studies resources and help people better understand what Lutherans teach about the Word of God. As I noted on p. 1426 of The Lutheran Study Bible, “Sound goals that Lutherans may hope to reach during their lifetime include . . . Reading through the entire Holy Bible and the Apocrypha.” We are preparing this edition for just such a purpose. I look forward to sharing this new resource with you.

In Christ,
Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, STM
Senior editor for Professional and Academic Books and
Bible Resources

General editor for The Apocrypha: The Lutheran Edition with Notes

Do You Want to be Close to Jesus? Here’s a Great Way!

June 22nd, 2010 2 comments

The Son of God Himself in this distribution and reception of His body and blood is also giving, applying, and sealing to you all the benefits He gained for us by the giving of His body and the shedding of His blood. Moreover, His new testament of grace sanctifies, confirms, and seals these benefits to you. Furthermore, He bestows His whole being in so intimate a union that He joins Himself to you with that nature with which He is our brother and consubstantial with us, and through which He accomplished the work of our redemption and propitiation.

— Blessed Martin Chemnitz, The Lord’s Supper, p. 64.

Would You Help Me Get the Word Out about the PrayNow App?

June 21st, 2010 6 comments

Dear readers, I’m looking for some help getting the word out about the PrayNow App, which is, in my opinion, the finest daily prayer resource App available in the iTunes store. If you would like to help me get the word out, drop me a line at: and I’ll let you know how you can help. And, thanks!

Categories: CPH Resources