Löhe’s “On Mercy,” part II

I have already posted a review of part I of Wilhelm Löhe’s pamphlet “On Mercy.” The original booklet had seven chapters. This publishing of his work divided it into two pamphlets. Part I had the first 5 chapters and part II has the final two chapters. The next chapter, chapter

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The Devil Does Not Take A Holiday

There is no one with such a sure mastery of this doctrine [of faith in Jesus] that he need not apply himself to it every hour with great diligence. It may happen that one hour finds you very well acquainted with this doctrine and firmly believing it, while the next

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Leaving Jesus?

After Jesus’ sermon in John 6, the Evangelist reported: “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him” (John 6:66). Who were these disciples, as clearly they were not the Twelve whom Jesus addresses in verse 67? Luther’s thought is the commonly accepted idea today.

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What is Mercy?

On Mercy – Volume 1 – a review “Mercy is goodness, goodness is love, and, therefore, mercy is love. Mercy is goodness and love but in a specific relationship, namely, in relation to the unfortunate and wretched. Love is manifold. When it is directed to God on high, it becomes

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The Test of a True Christian Preacher

68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Commenting on these verses, Martin Luther once preached: This example illustrates that we must not rely

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The Fruit of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord be with you On Maundy Thursday, 1523, Martin Luther preached a message on the Lord’s Supper. As I’m sure is true for most Lutheran pastors, I’ve preached my fair share of sermons about this Sacrament. Reading this one from Luther was a humbling experience for me. Especially the

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Why Evil in God’s World?

The Lord be with you, There certainly have been a tremendous number of calamities, both man-made and natural, in recent years. The sad reality is that this is nothing new. Any war produces a tremendous number of man-made calamities. The recent fires in California have produced a tremendous number of

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The World’s Wisdom & Salvation

36But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. (John 6:36-37) Commenting on John 6:36-37 in a sermon, Martin Luther said: We do not

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A Preservative Against Death

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35) Commenting on this verse, Martin Luther said: He says of Himself that He is a bread, food, and nourishment which not only preserves

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