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Rev. John T. Pless is assistant professor of pastoral ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is a visiting professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South Africa. He is also the author of Handling the Word of Truth: Law and Gospel in the Church Today, Praying Luther’s Small Catechism,(...)

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The faithful practice of closed Communion is challenged in our day both culturally and ecclesiastically. As Western culture continues to careen down a path of individualism and autonomy, the privatization of faith leads many to regard participation in the Sacrament as a matter of personal entitlement. But the issue of admission to the Lord’s Supper(...)

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The 1586 Colloquy of Montbéliard should not have been forgotten. Here we see what the real issues were between classic Lutheranism and classic Calvinism. This was a formal religious colloquy, a discussion of difference in religion between the leading Lutheran and Reformed churchmen of the day: Jakob Andreae (1528–1590) and Theodore Beza (1519–1605). Princes and(...)

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In the face of attacks against Luther, the Lutheran Church, and the Reformation, the Church as a whole must be equipped to intelligently address these modern criticisms. Defending Luther’s Reformation: The Ongoing Significance of the Reformation at the 500th Anniversary of the Ninety-five Theses, is an anthology of essays that will do just that. Defending(...)

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What happens when the distinction between the Law and Gospel in the Bible is blurred? Arrogant sinners gain a false sense of security toward God based on their own works and self-righteousness. Broken sinners see God’s lofty standards and despair that they will ever be free of their guilt and sin. Congregations begin adopting the(...)

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