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[September 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Baptized into Christ
by Edward G. Kettner
As Luther continued to consider the need for a catechism, he initially focused on what would become the first three parts: the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer. But he soon realized that more work was needed to help people understand what was necessary to be a Christian. Therefore, he went on to add sections on Baptism, …


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[August 2, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with The Lord’s Prayer. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Teach Us to Pray
by Edward G. Kettner
The Lord’s Prayer is the third part of Luther’s Catechism. We have heard what God would have us do and leave undone, and seen how far short we fall in keeping them. We confess faith in the God who has created us, redeemed us in Christ, and called us to faith through the preaching of the Good News. The Lord’s Prayer …


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[April 25, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Creed. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
We All Believe in One True God
by Edward G. Kettner
When Luther outlined the order of the catechism, he noted that first we need to see what God would have us do and leave undone. Then we need to see what provision God has made for us because we have not done or have left undone what God says we should. The commandments clearly give us instruction for our …


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[March 14, 2017 | No Comment | ]

This article reflects on the section of Luther’s Small Catechism dealing with the Ten Commandments. Read the relevant portion online in contemporary English here.
Why the Law Matters
by Edward G. Kettner
Not long after Luther rediscovered the Gospel of free grace, he realized how terribly ignorant both the people and the clergy were of the basics of the Christian faith. Beginning already in 1518, Luther preached frequently on the basics of faith. After conducting a visitation of congregations in Saxony in 1527 and 1528, Luther lamented this lack of knowledge and determined …


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