The Promising Tradition

Stephen C. Krueger I. History We called it “The Promising Tradition” during my seminary days. It represented a thin tradition of confessing theology that boldly affirmed with Luther, and he was just borrowing the notion from St. Paul, that the gospel is victorious (as it must be) over the law. The Promising Tradition represents a…
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The Blessed Duel

How Christ Is the Christian’s Victory over the Law: A Brief Study in Luther’s Galatians (1531) Concordia Theological Seminary Ft. Wayne, Indiana,  January 16, 2001 Stephen C. Krueger   1. Whatever else the topic “the Law in Holy Scripture” can come to mean in contemporary Biblical studies, most giving “the Law” a far more positive assessment than the lex…
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What’s an Exile to Expect?

Stephen C. Krueger Mundelein, Illinois Feast of the Reformation — 31 October 2000   Introduction I have a seminary diploma which reads, “Concordia Seminary in Exile.” That dates me to a particular few years in the history of the Missouri Synod when those who shaped me considered themselves “in exile,” along with the community of…
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Talking Points about Doctrinal Authority in the LCMS

By Matthew Becker This summer marks the fortieth anniversary of the adoption of a controversial and divisive document at the 1973 Convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). “A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles” appeared in 1972 and was adopted by a slim majority of LCMS convention delegates a year later. When “A Statement…”…
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Holy Scripture in the Thought of Martin Luther

By Matthew Becker The most controversial issues in the last half millennium of Christian theology surround the Christian Bible.  Of course the major division that began in western Christendom in the 16th Century was largely the result of disagreements over scriptural authority and interpretation vis-à-vis church doctrine and practice; yet even among the church bodies that adhere…
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