If you look at the table of content Martin Luther’s catechism, you will not see vocation, Two Kingdoms, a Christian understanding of secular culture, etc. At the same time, Luther’s catechisms offer probing insight with remarkable brevity on exactly those topics.
Because Luther’s Catechisms remain a wonderful summary of Scriptural teaching, we created this page, in effect, to help people visualize where, and how, Christian life questions are answered and addressed both in the catechisms and in supplemental material.
This also helps to illustrate that, although vocation–like other things–can be taught as a subject in itself, it is not in isolation. Rather, it is often explicitly where the rubber hits the road, where lessons meet life.
This page lists online resources, as opposed to recommending books
By Catechism Topic
Part 1. The Ten Commandments
- Our relationship with God impacts our relationship with others.
- Our relationship with God impacts our relationship with creation/things/stuff.
- Some things are simply not to be done, therefore there is commanded morality and ethical concerns.
- First Things First: The Small Catechism’s Understanding of the 1st Commandment and it’s place in Faith and Life, John Pless
Lutheran Marriage Resources (Theological & Practical)
- Giving an Answer: Created Male and Female, John Pless
- Church and Christ: Long-Distance Love or Marriage? Lutheran Worship and Church Life, John Pless
- Marriage and the Catechism, Session 1, James Nestingen
- Marriage Family Conference 2019, hosted by the congregations of the Cole Camp Regional Ministry & the Sedalia Circuit of the LCMS
- Lutherans who speak or write about marriage:
- Heather and Todd Bierman
- Amy Bindas
- Rihard Eyer
- Dr. David Ludwig
- Mary J Moerbe
- Scott Stiegemeyer
Part 2. The Apostles Creed
- The Triune God is the God of Creation
- The Triune God is the God of Redemption
- The Triune God is the God of the Church, Sanctification, and the ongoing Forgiveness of sins
Luther on the Clarity of Scripture, James Nestingen
Finances and and all material matters are matters of God’s creation
- Joy in Creation and Justification, James Nestingen
- Creation and Justification in Worship – Faith and Created Things, John Pless
- Justification by Faith Alone, Part 1, John Pless
- Justification by Faith Alone, Part 2, John Pless
- “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” by James Nestingen
- CA III, IX, X – The Gospel of the Two Natures of Christ and the Means of Grace, James Nestingen
- I Cannot by my own Reason or Strength, by John Pless
- From the Outside – Election, the Means of Grace and the Christian Community, James Nestingen
Part 3. The Lord’s Prayer
Part 4. Baptism
The Call of Baptism relates to every Christian vocation.
Baptism as an Ongoing Reality and Influence in Christian Life
Part 5: The Office of the Keys and Confession
A Christian life may not appear different from an unbelievers.
Centrality of forgiveness within faith
Centrality of forgiveness in our relationships with others.
- Set Free: Confession and Absolution, James Nestingen
- Eschatological and Therapautic – Luther on Forgiveness, James Nestingen
- What is Confession? A Biblical and Church Historical Review, James Nestingen
Part 6: The Lord’s Supper
Prayers for Daily Use
Tables of Duties
In what ways are we free and in what ways are we bound?
What is the distinction between freedom and liberty?
How should we act when we don’t know what may be “best”?
Mercy and Witness/Evangelism, John Pless
On Law & Gospel
- Law & Gospel in Christian Witness, Part 1, John Pless
- Law & Gospel in Christian Witness, Part 2, John Pless
- Law & Gospel in Christian Witness, Q &A, John Pless
On the Catechism Itself
- Luther’s Catechism: A Field Manual for Disciples, John Pless
- Reformation Catechesis, John Pless
- Luther as Carer of Souls, John Pless
- The Catechism as Handbook for the Christian’s Worship, Prayer, and Calling, James Nestingen