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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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What Does It Mean for Faith to Have an Object?

From Merriam-Webster.comnoun, fāth Definition of faith: allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty lost faith in the company’s president (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2): sincerity of intentions acted in good faith belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof clinging to the faith that her […]

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The Great Eucatastrophe

J.R.R. Tolkien was a philologist in the fullest sense of the word. Words were his livelihood, and one of his great loves. When it came to language, Tolkien was a consummate perfectionist, yet he was always able to find joy, satisfaction, and humor in his work with languages. Although Tolkien is most well-known for his […]

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Jesus, Be Jesus for Me

“O good Jesus, may you also be Jesus for me.” This is how Johann Gerhard begins his meditation on the name of Jesus in his Sacred Meditations [p. 31]. Gerhard was an extremely gifted and productive theologian. That being said, I’ll admit I enjoy his devotional and pastoral works much more than his doctrinal volumes. […]

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I’m Itching for Wild Places

I’m itching for wild places. Unable to get out there I’ll try to scratch this itch as I’ve been trying to do for months now. A trip to the local outfitters—scratch. A poring over of a USGS topo map—scratch. Instagram photos of the same—scratch. A swipe through the dot com offerings of another outfitter—scratch. A […]

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He’s Risen!

“He’s risen! He’s risen indeed, Alleluia!” This declaration of Jesus’ being raised from death has been the Church’s victory cry for more than two millennia. It announces the historical tomb-exploding fact of God’s Word overcoming death and hell. This isn’t a myth or theory competing for attention in the marketplace of ideas. Jesus’ death and […]

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Fight Club Faith

The fantastic book “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk surreally explores the desire of modern American males to feel something, anything. The book is an adult version of The Velveteen Rabbit. It begins with the protagonist going to a testicular cancer support group in order to cure his insomnia. As he says, “when you have insomnia […]

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How Does A Christian Participate in God’s Holiness?

When the young monk and professor at Wittenberg University, Martin Luther, began to speak out against such time-honored traditions as the cult of saints and holy relics, he was striking at the very heart of what the Church taught about what it meant for a Christian to be holy. What Luther objected to most was […]

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The Gospel as the Dynamite of Salvation and Vocation as the Scaffolding of the Christian Life

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost (I will be teaching a breakout session at the forthcoming Mockingbird Conference. This blog is a foretaste of that lecture. Enjoy. Please check out the Mockingbird Conference and register. See ya there!) Dynamite does one thing well; it blows stuff up. Dynamite is no more than an absorbent material, […]

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The Worrisome Gospel

Why is justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone so hard for us to swallow? Why do words like, “unconditional”, “freely imputed”, and “apart from our works” cause us to roll our eyes, or sigh, or snort in derision? What is it about a limitless, measureless Gospel message that worries us when […]

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Giving Up Something For Lent?

Are you one of those who is giving something up for Lent? While this has not been popular among Protestants, some Lutherans and many Roman Catholics follow this tradition that has its origin in the ancient Church. Often after years of instruction in the faith, adult catechumens underwent rigorous tests during the 40 days of […]

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