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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.

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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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Object Fixation and Christian Sexuality

When I was dean of theology at an interdenominational evangelical university, some of the freshmen guys started sharing their frustrations with me about a popular phenomenon: young men’s study groups centered on a book by Stephen Arterburn, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time (2000). Arterburn shared a […]

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Photoshopping Death

Funeral homes specialize in doing everything necessary to whitewash the very basis of their existence. They pretty up the corpse to make it appear as non-dead as possible. The architecture is neutral. The building could just as easily pass for First State Bank or the Law Firm of Douglas McSuehappy. Everything is roses and elevator […]

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God’s Final Sentence and Judgment

All Scripture points to the suffering of Christ Jesus. As Jesus says (Luke 24:46-47), Scripture holds up a picture of God before us that promises grace and forgiveness of sin through His innocent suffering and bloody death. As a consequence, whoever believes in His words and works will be saved from God’s judgment and furious […]

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Gospeling Souls Right into Hell

A 1517 / Jagged Word Crosspost I recently heard a preacher say that it is possible for preachers and teachers to “Gospel souls right into hell.” I really don’t wish to mischaracterize or impugn what the preacher was trying to communicate, but, needless to say, I was a bit shocked. I think his concern is […]

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A Reformation Question: Can the Finite Bear the Infinite?

Since we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, I thought we could look at a vital question of the era that brought sharp division; and in fact, divided the German reformers from the Swiss. The question: Can something without limits (God) inhabit something with limitations (humanity)? The Christian faith, based upon […]

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Spiritual Anorexia

Recently a woman asked me, “do you think I’m a Christian?” She had recently become obsessed with this question. She is a regular church goer. She participates in a bible study and other groups. Anyone on the outside would quickly answer her question with “Well of course you are, aren’t you?” Yet standing alone in her […]

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Not The What, But The Who…

It isn’t “what” Christians confess, but “Who” we confess that makes all the difference. What distinguishes Christians from other religions is the “Who” of our confession. As St. Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians (Phil 2:5-11), Christ Jesus is both the subject and object of our confession. Our Christian confession runs in the […]

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The Restoration of Hell

The problem with reason is that it is progressive. The structures of arguments are progressive in that they lead you from premises to conclusions. Even in deductive arguments, where the premises perfectly entail the conclusion, you learn something via the arrangement of premise to conclusion. Your knowledge has progressed. Historians, while fixated on the past, […]

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Luther’s Bondage of the Will: An Uncompromising Gospel

Luther’s Bondage of the Will has made people uncomfortable since he wrote it, even people in his inner circle. Luther didn’t set out to write it on his own. He might have never written it, in fact, had he not been prodded. Bondage of the Will is a reply to a challenge from the most […]

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Who’s Afraid of Statistics?

Have you heard the news? The church is dying! At least, that’s what every ecclesiastical demographic study is telling us. You’ve read the fear-mongering headlines, right? They all read something like this: “Millennials Are Leaving the Institutional Church in Record Numbers,” “Denominations Are Spiraling into Irrelevancy,” “The Church’s Voice Is Not Welcome in the Public […]

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Faith Praises God As Giver

Every confession of Christian faith erupts from the fact that God is a giver. Therefore, to say “giver God” is the same as saying “gracious God” and to say God is gracious is to say “faith”. That is, God is trustworthy because He is a gift-giving God. To confess God as gracious is the very […]

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What the Christian Life Looks Like

It’s a phrase that is constantly thrown around. From several online conversations it seems that, well, Paul wasn’t afraid to tell people what the Christian life looks like. But he never actually uses that phrase. He actually says something quite the opposite, he says your life is hidden with Christ, that only when He appears […]

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When We Get Our Spiritual House In Order, We’ll Be Dead

“When we get our spiritual house in order, we’ll be dead. This goes on. You arrive at enough certainty to be able to make your way, but it is making it in darkness.” (Flannery O’Connor, Habit of Being, pg. 354) A couple of days ago a member of my congregation said she was struggling with […]

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A Pastor May Have The Holy Spirit in Two Ways

What is a Christian to do whose pastor abuses the office of the holy ministry for self-benefit? When a man exploits the pastoral office in service to self-interest how are Christians to distinguish between the person and the office? The answer is simple: a pastor may have the Holy Spirit in two ways. As an […]

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