Free — ELCE 2016 Small Catechism Memory Cards — Three Formats

LutheranCatechism.com announces the eleventh release of Small Catechism Memory Cards. This release uses the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England 2016 Reformation Anniversary Edition of Luther’s Small Catechism. This free resource lets anyone print cards, each containing a portion of Luther’s Small Catechism to use as a memorization aid, for teaching children, or for meditation and prayer. Simply download the free PDF file containing the cards, then print and separate the...

Leaping Lutheran Legwork in Leipzig _!! Help Needed !!_ Swahili Catechism

In Leipzig? Going to Leipzig? Know someone in Leipzig? Your help is needed. Interest in the Christian faith in Africa is high. There are places where copies of Luther’s Small Catechism fly off the tables, leaving more people wishing they had a copy than there are copies to give out. Part of what we can do to help this situation is to find a translation of Luther’s Small Catechism from...

Freeing the Catechism in English !!

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England. These loving people are giving away “the layman’s little Bible”—Luther’s Small Catechism— in English as a gift to English-speaking Christianity. The ELCE has published its Reformation Anniversary Edition of Luther’s Small Catechism. It has distributed it on the internet at TheSmallCatechism.org, saying: The Small Catechism is presented here as an exposition of the faith of the one,...

Table of Duties Explained & Illustrated — Guest Post by Pr Philip Hoppe

Editor's Note: I saw Pastor Philip Hoppe's graphic illustration of the Table of Duties on Facebook and asked him if he would write an explanation of it for publication here. He graciously went to work and has produced it for us. He is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Finlayson, Minnesota and St Paul Lutheran Church, Bruno, Minnesota, an avid catechist, and great friend of LutheranCatechism.com. Thank you, Pastor Hoppe !! + + + The Table of...

Fathers, Teach God’s Word to Your Children – Pr Rolf Preus

Editor's Note: The following is an excerpt from the pastoral newsletter from Pastor Rolf Preus to his congregations for July/August 2017. Fathers: God has made you the head of your home. Your wife didn't elect you and you didn't appoint yourself. This is God's doing. Moses' words to the fathers in Israel (Deuteronomy 6:6-7) and St. Paul's words to the fathers in the New Testament Church (Ephesians 6:4) are crystal...

Review of Luther’s Catechism Comes to America, by James S. Hamre

Hamre, J.S. (1984) ‘Luther’s Catechism Comes to America: Theological Effects on the Issues of the Small Catechism Prepared In or For America Prior to 1850. By Repp Arthur C., Metuchen Sr., New Jersey: Scarecrow Press, 1982. American Theological Library Association Monograph Series 18. xiv + 297 pp.’, Church History, 53(1), p. 144. doi: 10.2307/3166041. Luther’s Catechism Comes to America: Theological Effects on the Issues of the Small Catechism Prepared In...

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 4b — Confession and Keys

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism. Links to parts: Part 1 – The Ten Commandments Part 2a – The First Article of the Creed Part 2b – The Second Article of the Creed Part 2c – The Third Article of the Creed Part 3 – The Lord’s Prayer Part4a – Baptism Part 4b – Confession and Keys Nathan...

Catechism: Handbook for Persecution

In the Facebook group Didache, Dr. Pless has uploaded a powerful article. "Luther's Small Catechism is a multipurposed tool. Not only is it a brief summary of Christian doctrine and a guide to the Christian's life of prayer and vocation in the world, it is also a book of comfort. It anchors hearts and minds where true joy is located: in the promises of God made certain in Christ Jesus....

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 4a — Baptism

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism. Links to parts: Part 1 – The Ten Commandments Part 2a – The First Article of the Creed Part 2b – The Second Article of the Creed Part 2c – The Third Article of the Creed Part 3 – The Lord’s Prayer Part 4b - Confession and Keys Part 4a – Baptism...

Slow and Steady Wins the Catechetical Race — by Pastor Ryan Loeslie

Editor’s Note:  The following is a guest article by Rev. Ryan Loeslie, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Merna, Nebraska.   Most of us are familiar with Aesop’s Fable of the tortoise and the hare.  The hare boasted of his speed repeatedly.  But tiring of the excessive boasting, the tortoise challenged the hare to a race.  They agreed.  Once the race was on, the hare predictably got out to a great lead.  Seeing...

Reformation of the Keys: David M. Wilson Reviews Ronald K. Rittgers’ Book

[As shown in the copyright notice at the end of this quoted review, permission has been granted for this redistribution of this review. This review is the work of David M. Whitford.] Whitford on Rittgers, 'The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany' Author: Ronald K. Rittgers Reviewer: David M. Whitford Ronald K. Rittgers. The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany....

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 3 — The Lord’s Prayer

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism. Links to parts: Part 1 – The Ten Commandments Part 2a – The First Article of the Creed Part 2b – The Second Article of the Creed Part 2c - The Third Article of the Creed Part 3 - The Lord's Prayer Part 4a - Baptism Part 4b - Confession and Keys...

Catechism Bible Illustrations — Part 2c — The Third Article of the Creed

This is a table of Bible illustrations to help parents, teachers, and pastors illuminate truths taught in the Small Catechism. Links to parts: Part 1 – The Ten Commandments Part 2a – The First Article of the Creed Part 2b – The Second Article of the Creed Part 2c - The Third Article of the Creed Part 3 - The Lord's Prayer Part 4a - Baptism Part 4b - Confession and Keys...