Online Discussion Sites
CAT 41 is the premier site on the internet for discussion of issues facing World Lutheranism and The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. This internet site is dedicated to the advancement of confessional renewal in Lutheran parishes and synods worldwide. Discussion groups are available on a variety of topics such as LCMS Issues, Lutheran homeschooling, liturgical practices, sermons, and missions.
Lutheran_Liturgy is a moderated e-mail forum for the discussion of the history, theology and practice of worship specifically, the Divine Service, and other orders of service. If you wish to subscribe, either go to the homepage or click here.
This web page provides a listing of several web-based discussion groups of interest to Missouri Synod Lutherans.
This is an on-line discussion forum called Luther Quest Discussion Group. This forum is brought to you by Reclaiming Walther in the LCMS and Reclaim News.
Lutheran Book Review is an e-mail forum for the discussion and review of theological books of value to a confessional Lutheran audience. While the main audience for these reviews will probably be Lutherans from a more confessional background, all are welcome to share what they learned and either recommend (or not) the books they've read. If you wish to subscribe, either go to the homepage or click here.
A free service for Lutheran Blogers -- Lutheran Blog Directory list personal blogs (of clergy and laity) pertaining to Lutheranism with content reflecting a Lutheran perspective. Sites listed should be blogs. Church websites, and other site formats will not be listed. All blogs submitted must be approved by the webmaster. Directory owner reserves the right to refuse listing for any reason.
Gottesdienst is an excellent magazine for both ministers and laymen. Gottesdienst proposes that the historic Divine Service of the Western Christian Church is more than Christian antiquity. It is a theological treasure which can and should be used in today's Christian Church.
The Motley Magpie is a quarterly journal dedicated to the promotion of Lutheran ceremonia in the evangelical catholic tradition as confessed in the Book of Concord AD 1580/1584. It is a forum for the dissemination, discussion and critique of the issues relating to this important and neglected issue. The title is taken from the mockery spoken by a 17th century Calvinist in Anhalt against the Lutherans who wore traditional vestments, specifically, the surplice and cassock. It was said that the Lutheran pastor so dressed would, "march around as motley as a magpie" (picae instar versicoloren incedere.)
LOGIA publishes articles on exegetical, historical, systematic, and liturgical theology that promote the orthodox theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Reformation Today is an independent publication.This publication seeks to advance a patient, yet deliberate practice of Evangelical theology and to foster a spirit of true unity and mutual care for one another.
Good News is a classic magazine offering simple explanations of Lutheran theology, edited by Wallace Schulz, associate speaker of The Lutheran Hour. Address: Good News, 6973 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO 63109 1-800-778-1132
Higher Things is a magazines designed for Lutheran Youth. Along with its magazine, Higher Things has a number of resources geared toward Lutheran youth.
For the Life of the World
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau is a non-profit organization independent of official church control, linked by faith and confession to the Church it serves. Two of its most notable publications are "Lutheran Forum" and "Forum Letter."
This unofficial website seeks to promote "Christian News," a weekly newspaper edited by Pastor Herman Otten. This site encouraged people to subscribe and financially support the work of Christian News.
Christian Cyclopedia (previously known as Lutheran Cyclopedia)
A compendium of historical and theological data, ranging from ancient figures to contemporary events.
Luthers Geist is a biweekly (every other week) publication which encourages theological thought and discussion among students at Concordia University Wisconsin and, hopefully, among those outside the campus community. The goal of LuthersGeist.org is to promote study, discussion, and growth in true Christian theology, especially among college students. The site is continually expanding, as well, and will eventually include an online forum for discussion, information on how students may start their own prayer offices (Matins and Vespers) on campus, and more.
Welcome to Cross+Wise, a magazine dedicated to sharing the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the most relevant way possible: using the words of Jesus Himself, His chosen Apostles, and the Church he created to share His gifts with all sinners.
Lutheran Heritage Foundation dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the translation, publishing and distribution of confessional Lutheran books and materials.
The CLEF funds translation, publication, and education projects throughout the world.
The Russian Lutheran Seminary Guild supports the needs of confessional Lutheran seminaries in Russia.
A confessional Lutheran society which focuses on missionary activity among the deaf and hard of hearing.
Lutheran Braille Workers primary work is to translate written text into Braille including theological and devotional material.
Music and Art
Lutheran-Hymnal.com provides hymns from The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) and Lutheran Worship (1982) in midi format. This site is an excellent resource if you don't know how to play the piano, but want to know what a particular hymn sounds like.
Pastors and church musicians now have a way to get quality liturgical choral music at very low cost by using internet delivery of reproducible PDF files of music. Traditional publishing houses no longer print many settings of psalms, verses, and hymn stanzas, as they have concluded that there is not much of a market for such materials. This web site provides quality, affordable liturgical music for Lutheran church choirs.
The J. S. Bach page is dedicated to the Baroque Composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Basically, its everything Bach (Johann Sebastian Bach, that is).
Gesangbuch.org has been formed for the purpose of carrying forward the work of translation, and teaching the English speaking church of the great hymns of the Lutheran Reformation.
The images on this web site are available for use in research, teaching, and private study. We also encourage their use for church activities such as Bible classes, worship services/programs, sermon illustrations, or church bulletins. For such purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) materials from this web site without prior permission.
Concordia Catechetical Academy is dedicated to the promotion of Luther's Small Catechism and faithful Lutheran catechesis.
Liturgical Church Calendars
Ecclesiastical Calendars provides calculations of the Ecclesiastical Calendar Eastern and Western traditions.
Calendar Explorer is a Windows program that allows the user to explore the Western Church Year, including the Major and Minor Feasts; the date of both Eastern and Western Easter through the centuries, and the number days between dates. The reports that you generate may be printed out or saved in text format. Other features include conversion between the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar dates as well as conversion to and from Julian Day Numbers.
Why is Christendom divided over the date of Easter? These two sites explain the differences between the calculations used by the eastern and western churches in determining the date of Easter -- 1) Fact Monster and 2) US Naval Observatory.
If you want to determine the date of Easter for future years or find out when it was celebrated in past years, the following sites provide an easter calendar calculator -- 1) Marcos J. Montes and 2) US Naval Observatory.
This web site serves as a tool in personal and congregational devotional lives, centered around God's Holy Word. The selected readings and collects are based on the historic one-year lectionary series. Calendars are are available in iCal and RSS formats. Subscribe to the Historic Lectionary Online Mailing Lists
Lectionary Central - for the study and use of the traditional western lectionary
Each week in the historic one-year lectionary has the appointed readings and links to sermons and commentaries by Patristic/Medieval and Reformation eras and many other sources. An excellent site for gathering many views on the appointed readings.
PERICOPE is a list for pastors who are interested in the discussion of the upcoming topics for preaching on the Lectionary in Lutheran Worship (one- or three- year series).
This website provides a download-able bible with numerous versions and commentaries.
The Psalms available in Latin and English for the serious Latin scholar.
Education & Used Books
eBibleCommentary.com is a significant and unique web presence to serve the church with live interactive voice commentary dealing with the Bible and its role in shaping theology, mission, vocation, education, worship, and community.
The Walther Library at Concordia Theological Seminary has made available texts from Lutheran scholars, some of which are historic, in Logos Libronix format. If you have purchased a boxed set (Like the Scholar's Library) or a Starter pack, you may download these files and use them in Libronix. You may view the items by author, title or subject. Please read the description on the page before downloading any file.
The mission of CCLE is to promote a liberal arts approach to education, provide classical education resources, and procure accountability for member schools, teachers, and administrators. Through the creation and establishment of standards, resources, assessments, rationale and a forum for parents, teachers, pastors, administrators and congregational boards of education, CCLE seeks to set an educational standard for a unified and directed approach to classical education in the context of a Lutheran confession of faith.
Educational Resources for the Church --- Sacramental + Incarnational + Liturgical + Evangelical + Scriptural
This is a site for book lovers and readers, particularly those with a theological or philosophical bent.
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Over 100 sermons of Martin Luther taken from The Sermons of Martin Luther, published by Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI). These sermons were scanned and edited by Pastor Richard Bucher and are in the public domain. The sermon texts coincide with the Epistles and Gospels in the one-year lectionary.
The Table-Talk of Martin Luther, translated by William Hazlitt, Esql, and published in Philadelphia by The Lutheran Publication Society. This book is in the public domain
The Book of Concord website provides the complete English text of Triglotta Edition of the Book of Concord along with Bente's historical introduction. A search engine is provided at the site.
This site provides links to translations of Lutheran Confessions in various languages
Theological Think Tanks (Societies and Resources)
The Association of Confessional Lutherans is organized to promote the theology of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, address doctrinal issues of interest within Lutheranism, and other activities in support of confessional Lutheran theology.
Consensus is primarily ecclesiatical and not political. However, Consensus recognizes and supports the need for confessional Lutheran people to be elected to positions of responsible leadership in the LCMS. Consensus wants help find and help train "qualified and capable men for both civil and spiritual leadership" (Small Catechism).
Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. You will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live. Project Wittenberg is the first step towards an international electronic library of Lutheranism.
The Luther Academy is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of genuine confessional Lutheran theology and research. It accomplishes this purpose primarily by sponsoring publications and conferences which serve to promote genuine unity, on the basis of the Lutheran Confessions, of Lutherans in the United States and throughout the world.
The Confessional Lutherans website is operated by Minnesota (North and South) Confessional Lutherans not only on their own behalf, but also for the Association of Confessional Lutherans and the Lutheran Concerns Association and not only contains some wonderful articles, but also a calendar of Confessional Lutheran events throughout the United States.
The purpose of this website is 1) to reclaim a) the unaltered confession of the Gospel , b) the supremacy of the congregational voters assembly, c) the "exclusive use of doctrinally pure agenda, hymnbooks, and catechisms; and 4) to expose a) the needless bureaucracy taking place in LCMS, b) the aberrant practices of the "Church Growth" movement, c) the errors of "Hyper-Euro Lutherans".
Lex Orandi is a source for Liturgical Information and Resources reflecting the historic use of the Western Church. This site includes a library of out-of-print books which can be downloaded.
Saint Augustine's House is a Benedictine religious (monastic) community for men within the Lutheran tradition. This order is committed to the growth of the permanent resident community, to the pursuit of ecumenical understanding, and to the provision of retreats for members of the Fellowship of St. Augustine and others.
The Evangelical Catholic Church (ECC) is an extremely small jurisdiction and has not received much publicity. Even though small in size the ECC desires to "make a salutary impact upon American Lutheranism."
Cyberbrethren is a newsletter mailing list that shares news and information with Lutheran pastors and laymen. Everyone is welcome! If you wish to subscribe, either go to the homepage or click here.
Xpysostom GodTalk Ask the Pastor
These three sites are produced by The Rev. Fr. Walter P. Snyder, Jr. Between these three sites is on the most complete listing of Lutheran sites on the internet and could be subtitled 'Everything Lutheran on the Web'.
SCHOLIA is a resource site for parishioners, pastors, teachers & congregations
This website provides links to hundreds of online sources. The vastness of resources available through this site cannot be fully appreciated until you actually view it.
Rev. Mark DeGarmeaux Homepage provides links to articles on the liturgy in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church. Rev. DeGarmeaux (MDiv, STM) is Chaplain at Bethany Lutheran College.
Rev. Webber has many articles about the liturgy. It is an excellent resource. One particular paper of interest is Why is the Lutheran Church a Liturgical Church? A Confessional Anthology.
Pastor Koch provides a number of resources. Of particular note is his page of prayers based on the Small Catechism.
This is the homepage of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans (NICL).
Concord is a non-profit association of those Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Lutherans who desire to explain the Biblical principles guiding the Christian faith as expounded clearly and simply in the Book of Concord and apply them to their personal and church lives.
Texas Confessional Lutherans seeks to foster genuine Lutheran understanding and practice of the Christian faith in the Texas District of the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod.
This website contains many items related to Lutheran doctrine, worship, and music that you need to know, and more!
This website promotes itself as a resource for LCMS laymen who are looking for confessional conservative pastors to call for their congregations. ***However, the criteria for listing are beyond the Lutheran Confessions and require accepting or rejecting some criteria which confessional Lutherans have considered adiaphora, such as church polity (governance).
Confessional Lutherans Australia (CLA) is an Association committed to upholding the confessional basis of the Lutheran Church of Australia (the LCA) and to give due regard to the Theses of Agreement, documents foundational to the formation of the LCA in 1966.
The Concordia Society is an informal association of Confessional Lutherans, from various synodical bodies, who seek to work together toward the goal of Lutheran unity. In this way the Society differs from those organizations and forums that tend to focus on the concerns and issues of one particular synod or church body.
The Lutheran Liturgical Prayer Brotherhood is a voluntary group of confessional Lutheran Christians which encourages its members to pray, especially making use of the Psalms and Holy Scripture.
A site providing Lutheran audio programs online.
Old-time certificates for confirmation, baptism, marriage and other events can be purchased through this site. These documents are available in German and English.
Last Updated: 2009-05-28