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Study the Lutheran Confession of Faith found in the Book of Concord with lively discussions led by host Rev. Sean Smith and guest LCMS pastors. Join us as these Christ-confessing Concordians read through and discuss the Book of Concord and Confessional topics in order to gain a deeper understanding of our Lutheran faith and daily application in our vocations.

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Study the Lutheran Confession of Faith found in the Book of Concord with lively discussions led by host Rev. Sean Smith and guest LCMS pastors. Join us as these Christ-confessing Concordians read through and discuss the Book of Concord and Confessional topics in order to gain a deeper understanding of our Lutheran faith and daily application in our vocations.

    Augsburg Confession Article XXIII: The Marriage of Priests

    Augsburg Confession Article XXIII: The Marriage of Priests

    Is there a religious life style more valued to God than that of marriage and family? Hear discussion on whether clergy should be married or celibate, why the matter of marriage of clergy matters to laity, and how the argument of the Confessors here in regards to the Marriage of Priests based on what God has established in creation and through His Word.
    Rev. Sean Kilgo, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Lawrence, KS, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the marriage of priests in Augsburg Confession Article XXIII.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Augsburg Confession Article XXII: Both Kinds in the Sacrament

    Augsburg Confession Article XXII: Both Kinds in the Sacrament

    Even though this article begins a shift towards addressing the specific abuses in the Roman Catholic Church at the time of the Reformation (and thus this lines up nicely with the 492 Anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession today, June 25), how is the Lutheran approach to addressing these abuses still very much relevant for our consideration of matters within the Church still today?
    The specific abuse addressed in Article 22 — both kinds in the sacrament — isn't really much of an issue today, but what are some places that we might still see similar errors in the celebration of the Lord's Supper and should still apply the same confession and consider what Christ has instituted and given to His Church?
    Rev. Timothy Appel, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Smithville, TX,  joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss both kinds in the Sacrament in Article XXII of the Augsburg Confession.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Augsburg Confession Article XXI: Worship of the Saints

    Augsburg Confession Article XXI: Worship of the Saints

    Do Lutherans have regard for the saints? Do saints pray for us? Learn about the role that saints have in the Roman Catholic Church, in the Lutheran Church, and in other Reformed churches. Also, hear about ways in our modern Lutheranism in which we may fall into either the cult of saints or no regard at all for saints, and how we can honor the saints according to Scripture.
    Rev. Tim Sims, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church & School in Chester, IL joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss worship of the saints in Augsburg Confession Article XXI.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Augsburg Confession Article XX: Good Works

    Augsburg Confession Article XX: Good Works

    We confess that good works are not necessary for salvation, but in what sense *are* they necessary? Hear also why some people accuse Lutherans of "forbidding good works," how this article on Good Works is really more about faith than about works, whether there is a wrong motivation for doing good works, what good works truly are, and whether there is a time that doing good works would actually be an insult to the work of Christ.
    Rev. Andy Wright joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss good works in Article XX in the Augsburg Confession.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 59 min
    Augsburg Confession Article XIX: The Cause of Sin

    Augsburg Confession Article XIX: The Cause of Sin

    Sin is often excused because we claim that God "set us up" or that "the devil made me do it. But, what is the truth about sin and the cause of all sin in our world? Hear about the nature of our will after the Fall and why our reluctance to acknowledge the reality of our sin actually keeps us from the comfort of the Gospel.
    Rev. Mark Bestul, pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss the Cause of Sin in Article XIX of the Augsburg Confession.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 56 min
    Augsburg Confession Article XVIII: Free Will

    Augsburg Confession Article XVIII: Free Will

    Do Christians have a free will? Hear discussion on what good people are able and unable to accomplish, and whether people have the ability to overcome evil by their own will-power. Also, consider how we think about charitable unbelievers and if God really hates their "good deeds." Finally, plug the Word and Sacraments into the conversation to think about how the nature of our will emphasizes our need to receive Christ and His Word.
    Rev. Matt Wurm, pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings, South Dakota, joins host Rev. Sean Smith to discuss Free Will in Article XVIII of the Augsburg Confession.
    Find your copy of The Augsburg Confession - Concordia Reader's Edition at cph.org or read online at bookofconcord.org/augsburg-confession.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

MsJulieAnn ,

Happy to find this podcast

I recently purchased the Book of Concord and wanted to find a study group locally but none existed. I found this podcast so now I have a study group. Thank you.

bGuiles ,

Love but wish to share my 2 cents about current series (9/4/21)

Excellent podcast, a superb cut above the rest and my favorite. Rev. Sean Smith, the host, does an outstanding job with this.

The ongoing series on the Catechized Life, with Rev. Mark Bestul, Pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL, is the first of this wonderful podcast to which I’ve listened. I agree with much but regularly encounter points which I do not.

For example, in his discussion of the Lord's Prayer, he insisted that the breath/pause typically inserted between “Thy will be done” and “on earth as it is in heaven” causes some confusion or distortion of its meaning. However, I have always paused where he disapproves and yet have always interpreted its meaning exactly as he teaches it should be interpreted.

Another example is his insistence that the “coexist “ concept means that Christians are saying they agree with other faith. This is a common misinterpretation of the concept. It is not what the coexist concept means at all. It may have been twisted to mean that by some but its true and original meaning is that all people can exist in peace with all people, including all those of other faiths.

Finally, his comments on the Oct 23, 2021 episode about COVID, masks etc are just not accurate. I don’t object to Pastors speaking up about such issues in a Christian context but I strongly object to them misrepresenting the proven life-or-death facts and wish they would stick to their very influential lane and also at least recognize and clarify when their opinions are just their opinions and not the Word of GOD not necessarily right. Meanwhile, I’m very grateful for the host and with the program and podcast as a whole. Thank you very much to the host for all his work that goes into it.

bbbdddeee ,

Weekly Confessional substance

Absolutely love it.

Thank you “Christ Confessing Cohort of Concordians and KFUO for this kind of content.

And thank you especially for the “on the incarnation episode!!!!!!”

So timely and necessary for our church in the time we currently exist.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

VDMA

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