1517. The Legacy Project

1517 The Legacy Project serves churches and the world by providing a safe place for those broken by the church, supplying theological resources to 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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What Does It Mean When Jesus Says, “I Am The Way”?

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” — John 14:5-6 What is the way? Despite Jesus simple answer, Christians have been asking Thomas’ question for centuries. They also have been answering […]

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve

It would be better, we imagine, if God treats us and others as we deserve. Those who believe they’re faithful, pious, or good dedicate themselves, with God’s help, to becoming better so that they can earn heavenly reward, an increase of earthly blessings, and the like. Those who believe they’re not faithful enough, not pious […]

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Slaves of Sin Are Always ‘Free’ to Choose Deathly Things

Genesis 22:1-14 Father in Heaven! Hold not our sins up against us but hold us up against our sins so that the thought of You when it wakens in our soul, and each time it wakens, should not remind us of what we have committed but of what You did forgive, not of how we […]

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The Get Down

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Col 3:20-22) So recently I went out on a limb and watched “The Get Down.” I have to say it brought back all sorts of nostalgia for the days when camp counselors thought it […]

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The Law of Christ

What’s more human than running head-long into sin? Selfishness, self-seeking, and a “me-first” attitude doesn’t attack us suddenly like a migraine. There’s nothing more human than selfishness. Self-deception and self-destruction are our birthright. And, as odd as it may seem, this knowledge can be a great comfort to us and can save our life, so […]

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A Steak Than Which None Greater Can Be Conceived?

I’ll be the first to admit that philosophers are an odd bunch of people. We love arguments—discussions that float free from empirical facts, and definitions. In this way, we are not much different from mathematicians. The philosopher’s laboratory, as well as the mathematician’s, is the mind and I can’t communicate to you how relaxing and […]

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The Fruit of a Culture That Worships Individualism: Loneliness

The pop philosophy of our culture has drifted, well free jumped, into an individualism that not even Nietzsche could have hoped for. The guilty parties may not just be the usual suspects; those sinister European existentialists. Surely the red-blooded American dream that includes God and all that, is just as much to blame. After all, […]

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He Who is Risen Raises You

I am privileged to be a member of Nain Lutheran in West Allis, WI. There aren’t a lot of churches that share our name, but it’s a special one. Do you remember what happened at Nain? It is one of my favorite scenes in the New Testament. Jesus couldn’t be more Jesus. So, for my […]

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A Matter of The Gospel

What makes a Christian “Christian”? The Gospel and the gifts do, full stop. The Holy Spirit “calls us by the Gospel, enlightens us with His gifts, sanctifies and keeps us with Christ in the true faith,” wrote Martin Luther in his Catechism. For Lutherans, since the Reformation, this short explanation of the Third Article of […]

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You’ve Got Your Faith, I’ve Got Mine

When we talk about faith do we begin with ourselves, our ability to believe something unbelievable, or with the unbelievably dead and risen God Himself? If we begin with ourselves, how come? Even if we could figure out our problem for ourselves, could we forgive our own sin? Could our minds ever stop justifying what […]

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Through His Church, Christ’s Story is Your Story

A good book draws you in the story. This mesmerizing effect especially applies to works of sci-fi and fantasy. The Harry Potter series wonderfully transported the reader to Harry’s side as he walked the halls of Hogwarts, fought Voldemort and fell in love with Ron’s sister. Yet after the last page was turned the spell […]

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The Great Comfort That You Are A Sinner

What differentiated Martin Luther from other theologians, even to this day, is that he found great comfort in the knowledge that he was a sinner. For in the knowledge of sin God’s grace overshadowed the sinner. In his Romans lectures Luther flooded his students daily with this insight. As he said on one occasion: “God […]

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When Old Adam Fences the Table

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost Very few times do I remember getting yelled at by my parents. They were pretty gracious folks. The times they did raise their voices stand out in my memory. I recall one time my mom yelled at me for my behavior in church. It was one of the most […]

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The Church is not a Hospital for Sinners, It’s a Morgue for the Dead

“Church is not a museum for saints, its a hospital for sinners.” This phrase or something like it has been bandied about for years in order to keep Christians clear on what they should expect as members of Christ’s church. Scriptural support for such a statement comes from Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Mark […]

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God’s New Year Resolution

We are bean counters. Weight watchers. List makers. No more-so than this time of year, the first weeks of the new year. Gym memberships spike. Shelters, churches, and soup kitchens see a significant increase in volunteers. Extra chairs need to be set out at A.A. Meetings. Family and friends want to know, “What kind of […]

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