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1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a message of hope for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources that strengthen congregations, and modeling ways of engaging the culture in a manner that is thoughtful, courageous, and Christ-centered.

2009 Apologetics Symposium

Dr. Rod Rosenbladt and Mr. Craig Parton, Esq. do some of their finest work in this series of lectures introducing Christian apologetics. Recorded on Reformation Day (Friday, Oct. 30 – Sat., Oct. 31) in Tomball, Texas, this series and the accompanying bibliography can help you understand Christian apologetics quickly and easily. Hear how strong the […]

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Law and Gospel

If you’re looking for a heavy dose of guilt and shame, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Does your struggle with sin ever cause you to question your salvation? Is there an area of your life that is totally out of control? Has the perfect standard of God’s law brought you to the brink […]

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Luther on Galatians

Dr. Rod Rosenbladt—Professor of Theology & Christian Apologetics: Christ College of Concordia University (Irvine, Cal.)—has released an amazing new work this year covering the preface and first four chapters of Martin Luther on Galatians. Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, California has produced a twelve-part video series in which Dr. Rosenbladt also lectures from his […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: The Conclusion

The Search A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost Thus, we are at the end of our brief investigation of Philip Melanchthon; his theology, teaching, writings (especially the Loci Communes), work as a theological ambassador, reformer, and good friend of Martin Luther. Too, this short series has attempted to show that many, if not all, of the […]

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Christian Patriotism

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.” (Romans 13:1-2) “Neither is the rule that Paul puts forth here […]

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Jesus Doesn’t Need You to March for Him

Last week in our local 4th of July parade, our church’s float (which consisted of a tight three piece band, including myself, playing Johnny Cash tunes) was followed by a large number of people wearing red shirts with the words “March for Jesus” on them. What does that mean? What might it mean to the […]

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Jesus Is The Only Picture of God’s Salvific Power We Get

The apostle writes that, “God’s power is made complete in weakness.” In the Bible, we’re taught that God’s cruciform grace is enough. That’s why God’s power isn’t respectable by any earthly measures. It’s too weak. Too passive. Too offensive to people hell-bent on doing good by a show of force. God’s power works entirely by […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: Theological Ambassador Part II—France

A Recap A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost The Reformation was firmly ensconced in the German lands and began to move to other countries. It even reached France. In 1534, Melanchthon was invited to France to defend the Lutheran position to King Francis, who seemed to favor the Reformation. Melanchthon responded that he would do […]

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Unicorns in Heaven

“Mommy, are unicorns going to be with me in heaven?” Her soft brown eyes adorably blinked in wonder and a hopeful smile grew with every word she spoke. I watched her thoughtful countenance grow more and more excited. I could almost see the sparkly marshmallow clouds she envisioned. Crystal clear blue skies exploding with glistening […]

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Reflections on Taking the Lowest Seat

I love Robert Capon’s reference to Luke 14 as containing the Party Parables of Jesus. Luke reports Jesus at a dinner engagement instructing His Pharisee host and guests about the kind of party etiquette that reflects feasting in the Kingdom of God. As a prelude to telling the parable of the Great Banquet, He advised […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: Theological Ambassador—Going to England?

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost By the 1530s, the Lutheran Reformation was ensconced in most of Germany. This time marks an interesting development in Melanchthon’s life and career. From this point forward, he was called upon to defend the faith in the halls of princes and before political leaders for the rest of his […]

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It Has Nothing To Do With Salvation

It’s hard for me to comprehend that any words of Christ should be dismissed as being of no importance with such a trite mantra. Yet, these are the words I so often hear when discussing what Jesus has to say about the sacraments. Christ is our salvation, His word is truth. Anything Jesus Christ has […]

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Tucked Inside—Community in the Worn and Used

With so many others, I once thought that e-books were the future. Imagine owning something that moth and worm cannot touch, and thieves cannot steal! But a decade or so on, and I find myself reaching for the real thing. Hardcover. Softcover. I’ll take either. Ornate. Cheap. I love them both. Brand New. Used. Well, […]

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A Better Altar Call

I still remember visiting a friend’s church. A fine church, I suppose. Bible based they kept telling me. It’s the very word of God, the preacher proclaimed. Some music pumped us up. Some were crying and raising their hands. Nothing wrong with that. Then something strange happened. A spiritual thing, I was told. The preacher […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: A Man of Trouble

The First Missteps: A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost Melanchthon was the consummate tinkerer and was never completely satisfied with anything he authored. Directly after the presentation of the Augsburg Confession and the publication of the Apology, Melanchthon began to make changes to the Augsburg Confession. These changes have become known as the Variata, or Altered Augsburg […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: Freewheeling Libertine or Law Dog?

We All Love a Good Controversy The late 1520s brought controversy to the budding Lutherans and Melanchthon. Among them was what would come to be known as the Antinomian Controversy. Johan Agricola, a colleague and preacher, had begun to argue that the Law no longer needed to be preached to Christians because the regenerate was […]

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Meeting Melanchthon: The Birthday of the Lutheran Church

By Order of the Emperor To develop a united front against the Turks, Emperor Charles V decreed that an imperial diet would convene at Augsburg to deal with the “evangelical problem,” among other things. The emperor announced that the diet would convene on April 8, 1530. Prior to the diet, the outlook for the new […]

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Dialogue—Closing the Loop on Science and Theology, But Not Really

A long while back—see here, here, and here—I started a series on the classic positions given by theologian/philosopher Ian Barbour (d. 2013) regarding the relationship between science and theology. I never finished. Today I bring closure to that series of posts by discussing the position that seems the best fit for Lutheranism. In fact, it […]

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