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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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Do We Evangelize or Proselytize?

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. Matthew 23:15 The Christian Church has always marked a difference between evangelism and proselytism, but it has often […]

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Anything Else You Worship Will Eat You Alive

“Because here’s something else that’s weird but true: in the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type […]

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I do believe; help my unbelief!

Mark 9:14-29I do believe; help my unbelief! Mark’s Gospel is fun—lots of fun. In Mark’s Gospel, do you know what we encounter right after Jesus’ Transfiguration? We encounter a demon-possessed son, a desperate father, and arguing disciples. Right down from glory into the mire Jesus went. The poor young man’s condition was terrifying. His father, […]

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Death Through the Proverbs

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the market she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy street she cries out; at the entrance to the city gates she speaks; How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? (Proverbs 1:20-22) Men, women and children everywhere […]

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The Horror of the Same Old Thing

Why do churches careen off the path of orthodoxy and into the muddy ditch of heresy? Why does a spouse have a fling after twenty years of marriage? Why do once-solid friendships weaken and crumble? There’s many reasons, of course, but also a common, underlying impulse egging them on: The Horror of the Same Old […]

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Lost at Home

Everyone enjoys Jesus’ parable commonly called, ‘The Prodigal Son.’ For some time in church history Christians focused on the youngest son. Many commentators still today choose to title the parable ‘The Prodigal Son.’ At first glance the parable does seem to revolve around this youngest son. He appears to be the most doomed and therefore […]

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Is Batman Fulfilling His Vocation?

Warning: Spoilers about The Lego Batman Movie, including Batman’s real identity, contained in this review! Warner Brothers’ recent production of The Lego Batman Movie has it all. Will Arnett brought back the comedy and charisma that we first saw in The Lego Movie. Superb animation, action, and adventure make it an enjoyable visual experience. And […]

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When We Hear Grace And Peace

Grace and peace. They’re common church words. They sound out in liturgy and in worship in churches all round the world. They’re preached, taught, and sung about by Christians everywhere. But why? Why are grace and peace so important for us? St. Paul writes to the Corinthians: “Grace to you and peace from God our […]

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Eating Cheeseburgers for Lent

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—“Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance […]

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The Only Free Lunch We’ll Ever Get

We are freely justified for Christ’s sake. That means, because of Jesus, who substituted His bloody suffering and death for ours, that in relation to God we are declared once and for all forgiven of all sin, freed from death, and promised eternal salvation. This good news delivered by God to us through His preachers […]

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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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