Our Lutheran Theology



Pastor Mark’s first class of 2014 lays it out.

Sure, many won’t like it. What else is new?

But some of us love it!


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Thank you, Pastor Mark.


Thanks also to flickr and ce_barbato, for the photo.






7 Responses

  1. St Stephen. Thank you for continuing to provide these programs on your blog. They are refreshing and very helpful. Please pass along my thanks to St Mark.

    God’s peace is with you brother. †

  2. Thanks, so much, St. David!

    God’s peace is also with you, my brother in Christ.

    I will pass along your thanks to Pastor Mark when he returns from the frozen environs of Wisconsin.

  3. Hi Steve,

    Hopefully – you do remember me
    Here’s Susanne S. from Germany

    Additionally, I do hope that Pastor Mark won’t feel deep-frozen when he has returned to California. 😉

    Indeed, I loved listening to the sermon. Impressive, that idea of God’s intention to save mankind from His wrath through the gospel that reveals His mercy, unfolding itself (the intention, that is) – more and more – from Genesis to Revelation.
    I listened to Linda’s questions, and there is one thing that sprang out on me as Pastor Mark mentioned the question on “What happens if a child dies that was not baptized?”

    Just my own experience on this.
    In 2009 my hubby Paul and I lost our only son through a miscarriage. Although I have been struggling with this for awhile, it was deeply comforting for me to know that Jesus had said,

    “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 19:14)

    To me, this is not “dead Scripture”, since soon after the death of our son as I was praying, the Lord suddenly “arose” in my mind (spirit) and showed me our dear little son whom Jesus caressed so much, that the baby chortled and dissolved into giggles. [Note: Living in the Spirit that indwells us enables us to see and enter the kingdom of heaven, cf. Jn 3:3-5].

    I recall that it was John Wycliffe who comforted a desperate woman who thought that her baby that had not been baptized would be in hell (Sheol/Hades) after death. The simple answer Wycliffe gave her was that he pointed to King David who, after the death of his first son with Bathsheba had said,

    “But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” (2 Sm 12:23)

    I SHALL GO TO HIM, but he will not return to me.

    Aha! Was his son baptized? Certainly not.
    Since King David, like all other male figures of the OT, was a type of Christ, one might think of God’s promise after reconciling the world to Himself through the death and resurrection of His only Son, to save EVERYONE who would call on His name. For it is written,

    “And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those who escape, as the Lord has said, and among the survivors shall be those whom the Lord calls.” (Joel 2:32)

    I has begun with Pentecost (Acts 2:17) and the Lord won’t stop saving anyone who calls on His name until the universe is done…

    Blessings to you all,

    • Of course I remember you, Susanne!

      Nice to hear from you, friend.

      You are so right. Our Lord is a gracious a merciful God who loves the little ones.

      They are born in need of Baptism, as we all are. But sometimes circumstances are such that Baptism cannot happen. Our Lord knows this.

      I trust that one day I’ll have a chance to meet you…at least in Heaven. And you can introduce me to your son.

      His peace and blessings to you, as well, Susanne.


      • Thanks so much for your kind reply, Steve. 🙂

        And I am sure we’ll have a chance to meet, perhaps before death, since life in the spirit makes things that are impossible with man possible with God (Lk 18:27). Just in case you’re interested, I have experienced such encounters before death and afterwards. I shared one of them here in the comments section:


        God bless you, Steve!


  4. Correction:

    It should read, “I shared one of them there (that is, on that blog) in the comments section.”

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