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Johann von Staupitz, Luther’s Father Confessor

We take our devotional reading from a few narrative letters imagined by Neal E. Snider in Sincerely, Luther. While these letters are fictional, they were researched and written from the theology, biography, and published writings of Luther’s life.

Pentecost 21 Devotion on Cleanliness

Our Old Testament Reading for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost comes from Isaiah 1:10–18. Our devotional reading is from Reading Isaiah with Luther by Brian L. Kachelmeier, focusing on the last few verses from today’s passage.  

Feast of All Saints’ Day

Today, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, taking our devotion from A Year in the New Testament.

Reformation Day

Today, we celebrate Reformation Day—the day Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg. Our devotional reading today comes from The Renaissance and Reformation Movements by Lewis W. Spitz, where we learn of the historical impact the Reformation had on the time period.

Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude

Today, we celebrate the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude. Our Gospel for the day comes from John 15:12–21, and our devotional reading comes from Luther’s Works: volume 24, a collection of sermons on the Gospel of John.

Pentecost 20 Devotion on Cain and Abel

Today, on the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, we take our Old Testament Reading from Genesis 4:1–15. In our devotional reading today, Luther speaks on the story of Cain and Abel, understanding God’s reasoning behind His reaction to Cain’s and Abel’s offerings to Him, and offering insight into their relationships with their parents, Adam and Eve.

Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, Paul Gerhardt: Hymnwriters

Today, we remember influential hymnwriters Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt. Our devotional reading about Paul Gerhardt is adapted from Paul Gerhardt as a Hymn Writer and his Influence on English Hymnody by Theodore Brown Hewitt.

Dorcas, Lydia, and Phoebe: the Faithful Women

Today we celebrate Dorcas (also known as Tabitha), Lydia, and Phoebe, the faithful women of the Bible. Dorcas and Lydia we meet in Acts. Phoebe we learn about in Romans as the woman who delivered Paul’s letters. We take our devotional readings for today from Men and Women of the Word by Jaroslav Vajda.

Devotion for the Feast of St. James of Jerusalem

Today we celebrate the feast of St. James of Jerusalem, brother of Jesus and son of Mary. We take our devotional reading from James, The Apostle of Faith about the Epistle James and its origins.

Pentecost 19 Devotion on Prayer

The Gospel for today comes from Luke 18:1-8. Our devotional reading today is adapted from the Concordia Commentary Luke 9:51–24:53 by Arthur A. Just Jr.