The Catechism as the Glue of the Church

… only by this means can there be a bonding of families with the Catechism, agreement between educated and uneducated, or a closing up of the vast gulf between elite Christianity and Christianity for the common folk …, the fact that the rift can only be healed by way of a discipline which treats the…

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Let the little children…

There are certain topics of discussion / debate that tend never to go away among confessional Lutherans. One of them is the age of first communion. In almost all Lutheran churches, first communion is linked closely or inextricably to confirmation—for what can only be described as pragmatic rather than dogmatic reasons. After all, confirmation is…

Praying the Catechism

The phrase "praying the Catechism" is at least as old as Luther's writings on the subject. I don't know if the following contribution to the subject is original, but I haven't come across it before. The Catechism (in the narrower sense: The Commandments, Creed and Lord's Prayer) can be prayed very simply and very quickly…