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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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Get Him To Christ

“Johnny decided that he didn’t like church. He should be the one to choose what he believes. I don’t want to force him into anything. You know, just let him try a little of everything and maybe something will stick,” she said, already bored with this conversation. This mom’s unconcerned tone of voice about the […]

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What Do You Tell People Who Already Know the Gospel?

The Gospel. I vividly remember the first time I was asked to preach to a bunch of preachers. Not just preachers, but preachers whom I knew knew the Gospel well. They preached it well. They were the ones who taught me the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for Christ’s sake. I assumed I would need to […]

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Our Strength and Song

Because salvation is by grace alone through faith in Christ alone, there will be some surprises when, at the Last Day, we stand in front of the throne and the Lamb. We’ll see, dressed in the whitest robes, women who prostituted themselves in order to support husbands, sons, and daughters. We’ll see women no more […]

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Why All The Fuss? The Difference between the Reformed and Lutherans on the Lord’s Supper

After several years of teaching church history and theology, it often remains hard to explain the divide between the Lutherans and Reformed (a.k.a. Calvinists) on the Lord’s Supper. After five hundred years of Protestantism, it certainly remains lamentable that evangelicals of various stripes remain divided. So what gives? Why couldn’t everybody just get along? It […]

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News That’s Too Good to be True

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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When the Last Becomes First, and First Becomes Last

The Book of Esther was written while the Jews were in captivity in Persia. Why were they there? They had no one to blame but themselves. God had warned them. He’d warned them repeatedly, in manifold ways, through various prophets. But they’d shut their ears to God’s admonishment. They’d persisted in their sins. Thank God […]

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Faith Upholds The Whole Law

Our default mode of operation is law. We’re born under the law. Natural born legalists. Moralism pumps through our veins like antibodies. Fairness and justice are words we learn long after we’ve put them into practice as a relational standard. This is how we function. We go along in this way, keeping the law, inventing […]

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Beware The Lament

According to Johnny Cash, he’s been “everywhere man,” including “Chaska.” For most people that name won’t register at all, but for me—well that’s the Minnesota town of my childhood. We moved away when I was eight. Since then I’ve only heard it mentioned twice in popular culture. Once it was on the lips of the […]

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The Lord’s Dogs Aren’t Too Proud to Beg

Whew! Jesus had nerve. Ask ten pastors and you’ll get ten pastors who’ll tell you they’d never speak to dear old Millie that way in the parish. You won’t live it down. But, apparently, Jesus didn’t care. “It isn’t right to throw the children’s bread to the dogs.” Who of us would have kept pursuing […]

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Hey Pastor, Your Church Is Not Healthy (goggles required)

Dear New Pastor, I have to tell you something. Your church is not healthy. I know, I know, the districts have worked with these congregations to get them ready for a new pastor. Some have even endured interim pastors to try to help them get healthy after a previous pastor hurt them, or inner turmoil […]

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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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