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Walther (at 200), Reformation and Where Lutheranism Needs to Be Today

October 25 marks the 200th birthday of the Reverend Doctor C. F. W. Walther, the first president of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Lest you think life has changed or that there is something new under the sun with all that goes on under the name “Lutheran” in our country today, consider Dr. Walther’s words. They were written in 1846, the year before the formation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. As the true “evangelicals”—those who hold to and proclaim the pure Gospel of forgiveness, we at Trinity and in the LC-MS have much for which to fight in our own day. Let us take up the “sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) and use it mightily by the power of the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and of God our Father!

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Reformation Sunday 2011
Matthew 11:12-15

 “From the days of John the Baptizer until now the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent assault it [and all who like John are willing to bear the assault].”

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

How does Matthew 11 begin but with John the Baptizer imprisoned, because he is willing to suffer violence for the sake of the message of salvation entrusted to him. John was in the prison of the violent one ready to assault him for Jesus’ sake. The chapter ends with Jesus’ invitation to everyone who labors or is heavy laden to come to Him, who Himself is meek, but who will suffer great violence to save us. Jesus is
our Rest. He is, in His person, the furthest thing from violence.

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Closed Communion

"The custom has been retained among us of not administering the sacrament to those who have not previously been examined and absolved." (AC XXV, Tappert, p. 61) [emphasis added]

This article from the Augsburg Confession is part of our basic confession from the start as Evangelical Lutherans. To abide by it is to be an Evangelical Lutheran. To dismiss it is to turn from Evangelical Lutheranism.

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Trinity Lutheran Church
3353 US Highway 176
Tryon, NC  28782-8651
Phone: 828-817-5506   
Church e-mail:

We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


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