Category Archives: Martin Luther and the Reformation

Nachträglich zum Vatertag: Gottes Wort bleibt in Ewigkeit. Amen.

Fängt man zuerst mit dem besten Wein an oder hält man den nach göttlichem Vorbild für zuletzt? Da ich nicht weiß, wie lange das noch weiter geht, halte ich mich mal an die übliche Abfolge und fange in der Beschreibung … Continue reading

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Sermon for the Sunday after Christ´s Ascension

In 1522 Dr. Martin Luther uses tomorrow´s gospel (John 15,26-16,4) to preach of comfort and admonition. Here is an audible version of the German sermon. Come Holy Ghost, God and Lord, With all Your graces now outpoured On each believer’s … Continue reading

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Luther on tour from Torgau to Zwickau

Getting back from the Wartburg, Luther had his plate full in Wittenberg pushing back on the radical efforts by Karlstadt & Co. He managed these challenges with aplomb. Peace and quiet returned to the troubled town – and that mainly … Continue reading

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The summons of death comes to all of us…

Luther´s return from the Wartburg was risky business, but the theological doctor, pastor and professor foresaw worse if he´d remain hidden in exile and not address the serious issues in Wittenberg, but let the riot run loose. In Wittenberg things … Continue reading

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What to look for in the gospels…

After his grandstand at the diet in Worms before emperor Charles V the banned and kidnapped Luther was banished on the Wartburg (1521). Not one to let an opportunity to spread the gospel go by, he got cracking and down … Continue reading

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Luther´s business on the Wartburg – contra Latomus – 1521

Once Luther was hijacked to be put into quarantine on the Wartburg, he did not fall into despair, but into a working frenzy. Astounding, what he produced and that despite heavy attacks by his relentless foes and his urge to … Continue reading

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In short: Apart from me, You can do nothing +

I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit. John 15:5a Here Christ repeats His foregoing words almost verbatim. He wants to be sure to … Continue reading

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Abide in me and I in You

Jesus Christ says: Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. Gospel of St. John 15:4 Luther comments this … Continue reading

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Freuet euch der schönen Erde…

Ein herrlicher Morgen im Wittenberger Land. Die Sonne erstrahlt mit Macht. Sie will wohl den Winter austreiben und den Sommer locken. Auf der Wetterkarte schien es als wäre Moskau schon da und auch sonst scheint nicht viel Regen in petto … Continue reading

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Luther on John 15,3: Not clean and yet clean!

Our Lord Jesus Christ says: “You are already made clean by the Word which I have spoken to you.” Dr. Martin Luther comments this vers – and here´s some of that audible in German – readings of John 15,3 in … Continue reading

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