Category "Extras"

Learning Luther: The Proceedings at Augsburg,
By Paul R. Hinlicky | Published On: February 8, 2017

In this final four months of our now five years of studying Luther in preparation for the anniversary observances taking place this year, we turn our attention to the fallout and tragic series of events which led the excommunication of Luther and the schism of the Western church, otherwise known as the Reformation. Because of […]

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Learning Luther: The 1518 Theses on the Remission of Sins,
By Paul R. Hinlicky | Published On: December 5, 2016

We have done a lot of spade work in the last few months uncovering the core message of the 95 Theses. We have learned that Luther was originally no foe of the idea of spiritual purgation of desire. He believed in the Spirit’s work of making saints holy and thought, therefore, that the chief problem […]

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Learning Luther: The 1518 Explanations of the Ninety-Five Theses, 2 of 2,
By Paul R. Hinlicky | Published On: November 11, 2016

In November we continue our exploration of Luther’s “Explanations” of the Ninety Five Theses, focusing on Theses #58 and #62, found in LW 31:212–228 and 230–231. The argument executed in these two theses stands at the center of Luther’s emerging reformation theology. The chief idea is that indulgences are not free pardons if they are […]

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Learning Luther: The 1518 “Explanations” of the 95 Theses, 1 of 2,
By Paul R. Hinlicky | Published On: October 4, 2016

In October we begin our exploration of Luther’s “Explanations” of the Ninety Five Theses, LW 31:77–252. Much of the 1518 treatise titled in English, “Explanations,” is occupied with Luther’s scholarly study of canon law. As such the contemporary reader enters a strange new world in reading it. But in his own day Luther sought to […]

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Lutheran Responses to Parole Healing for 16th Street Baptist Bomber,
By Christine Weerts | Published On: September 12, 2016

September 15 is not a date inscribed on the church calendar, but Lutheran pastor Joseph Ellwanger thinks it should be. On that day in 1963, four little girls died when a bomb exploded and crushed them to death at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and […]

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Learning Luther: The Ninety-Five Theses,
By Paul R. Hinlicky | Published On: September 6, 2016

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to The Ninety-Five Theses (LW 31:25–33) and Luther’s 1545 memoir in […]

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What Is Truth?

In the eightieth year of my life I have come to the realization that my life has been and continues to be a journey to discover the truth: not scientific truth, not political truth, not philosophical truth, not scholastic truth, but spiritual truth. I struggled and am struggling with the question that Pilate put to […]

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Review of “Luther on Trial”
By Dennis Di Mauro | Published On: May 25, 2016

In 1521, Martin Luther was summoned before the Diet of Worms and ordered to recant all his works. But what if Luther were retried today? And what if his greatest crime was not heresy but the unforgiveable sin—blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? Furthermore, what if such an “unforgiveable sin” were given a postmodern twist and […]

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Learning Luther: The Lord’s Supper in the Large Catechism

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to the section on the Lord’s Supper in the Large Catechism, […]

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Learning Luther: Baptism in the Large Catechism

Editors’ Note: The Virginia Synod is encouraging pastors and laity to read Luther’s writings through the year 2015/16 via these reading guides by Paul R. Hinlicky. The synod has kindly agreed to let us reproduce them here month by month. This month we turn to the section on Baptism in the Large Catechism, in the […]

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