Augsburg Confession, Articles 10-11: The Lord’s Supper and Private Confession

AC X: The Lord’s Supper Our churches teach that the body and blood of Christ are truly present and are distributed to those who eat the Lord’s Supper [1 Corinthians 10:16]. They reject those who teach otherwise. Rome’s Response: The tenth article does not offend us, for it confesses that in the Eucharist, after the […]

Augsburg Confession, Articles 3-4

AC III: The Son of God 1Our churches teach that the Word, that is, the Son of God [John 1:14], assumed the human nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary.  2And so He has two natures–divine and human–inseparably joined in the unity of one Person: one Christ, true God and true man, who […]

Augsburg Confession, Articles 1 and 2

Introduction to the Augsburg Confession  When Luther finally realized that a person is made right before God because of Jesus Christ, he came to see more clearly how the Roman-Catholic Church had veered away from the historic, Christian faith.  Rome’s teachings on repentance and the forgiveness of sins, especially as tied to indulgences, led Luther […]

Lay Readers in the Lutheran Church: A Short Primer

Lay Readers: A Scriptural, Historical, and Lutheran Look By Pr. Rich Futrell Introduction Within our lifetime, we have seen “lay readers” become the norm when it comes to the reading of scripture during worship.  Although this practice is now widespread, most of us don’t know what prompted this change.  For most of us, it just happened. […]