XI – Classical & Lutheran Education: Why Educate?
(Martin Luther Grammar School/Sheridan College, Sheridan, WY;
July 12-14, 2011)
If you have audio or video recordings from this conference,
July 12-14, 2011
Hosted by Martin Luther Grammar School
at Sheridan College
Rodeo Tickets Are on Sale as of March 15, 2011!
Order your tickets for Wednesday Evening Soon.
(Or Extend Your Stay in Sheridan for a Performance Later in the Week)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are additional banquet tickets available?
A: Yes. Additional tickets to the banquet may be purchased for $15 each. Let us know that you need banquet tickets when you register.
Q: Do I have to wait until I get to Sheridan to order WYO Rodeo tickets?
A: No. You may (and probably should) order tickets early online. See our Conference page for the webpage link for the WYO.
Q: What activities are available in and around Sheridan?
A: See the links on our page for a full answer. In brief, our part of Wyoming is rich in cowboy, military, and Indian history. Mountain drives are beautiful in July. Sheridan is about an hour away from The Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer’s defeat). Other forts used in the Indian Wars are nearby. Visit King’s Ropes downtown. Kendrick Mansion and the County Museum are worth your time. The Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum will be open south of town. Have a large waffle cone full of unique ice cream at Kendrick Park. Sheridan is famous for golf! Take a ride on our trolley. We don’t have a mall. We have a thriving downtown instead! Sheridan has a new microbrewery, too.
Q: Are conference papers and plenary/sectional recordings be available after the conference?
A: Yes to both. See our Journal this fall for the first papers. Revisit www.ccle.org for mp3 downloads.
Visit the Sheridan College site: http://www.sheridan.edu/site/sc/
Our Host School has a blog: http://sheridanmlgs.blogspot.com/
Driving? Check road conditions here: http://map.wyoroad.info/
Flying? Fly Direct to Sheridan: http://www.sheridancountyairport.com/
Great Lakes connects from Denver: http://greatlakesav.com/
Learn More about Sheridan: http://www.sheridanwyoming.org/
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument: http://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm
King Ropes: http://www.kingropes.com
Bradford Brinton Memorial and Museum: http://www.bradfordbrintonmemorial.com/
Sheridan County Museum: http://www.sheridancountyhistory.org
Devotions from Chapel at CCLE XI
Luther, Martin. Day By Day We Magnify Thee: Daily Readings for the Entire Year. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982.
An updated edition is now available: http://store.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/8186/Day-by-Day-We-Magnify-You-Daily-Readings-for-the-Entire-Year-Revised-Edition
FEAST OF THE REFORMATION
1 Corinthians iii. 11-23
He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. MATTHEW iv. 4
So must we trust and be sure that the soul can live without all things except the Word of God; and without the Word of God nothing can help her. But when she has the Word she needs nothing else, for in the Word she has enough food, joy, peace, light, art, justice, truth, wisdom, and all good things superabundantly.
What is, then, this Word that bestows such high grace, and how shall I use it? Answer: It is nothing other than the actual preaching of Christ as it is contained in the Gospel. The purpose of preaching is that you should hear your God speaking to you, telling how all your life and works are nothing before God and how you and all that is in you would perish eternally. If you truly believe how sinful you are, you will despair of yourself entirely and confess that the words of the prophet Hosea are the truth: ‘O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help’ (Hosea xiii. 9). But in order that you may be saved from yourself and out of yourself—that is out of ruin—He presents to you His dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ and bids you, through His living and comforting Word, yield yourself to Him with a cheerful heart. For the sake for such faith all your sins will be forgiven, your ruin overcome, and you will be just and true, content and devout, fulfilling all His commandments, and set free from all things.
Therefore this should be the one work and exercise of all Christians, to imprint in their souls this Word of Christ and practice and strengthen this faith unceasingly, for there is no other work which can make a Christian. Therefore a right faith in Christ means indescribable wealth, for it bestows all blessedness and takes away all wretchedness.
On the freedom of a Christian, 1520
W.A. 7. 22 f.
THE DAY OF PENITENCE
Repent ye: MATTHEW iii. 2.
There can be no repentance where I want to pay and atone for sin by my own deeds, for since I am by nature a sinner and a child of wrath, as the Scripture says, I cannot blot out sin with sin. I can only increase it.
Repentance means that I believe the Word of God, which accuses me and tells me that I am a sinner before God and am condemned, that I am afraid, that I have always been disobedient to my God, that I have never truly regarded His commandments, and never meditated upon them, much less obeyed the greatest or the smallest. Yet I must not despair but turn to Christ, seek grace and help from Him, and firmly believe that I shall receive it. For He is the Lamb of God chosen from eternity to bear the sin of all the world and to atone for it by His death.
But if you wish to maintain that you are right, turn to other things. Turn to worldly rule, where you may well be right in opposition to your enemy who has wronged you and taken what belongs to you. There you may appeal to your rights, seek for them and demand them. But if you are dealing with God and have to stand before His judgment, do not think of your rights at all. Acknowledge that you are wrong and He is right, if you would find grace. This you do if you say with David and all the saints; ‘O Lord God, I confess, feel, and believe that I am a condemned sinner; therefore, I pray thee, absolve me and wash me clean and baptize me for the sake of Christ. Then I shall know that Thou art gracious unto me, that I have been forgiven, and that I am pure and white as snow’.
Such preaching is never without fruit. It always finds disciples who are converted and made better by means of it.
Sermon preached on the Thursday after Easter, 1540
W.A. 49. 119 f
Luther, Martin. James C. Galvin, General Editor. Through Faith Alone: 356 Devotional Readings from Martin Luther. St. Louis, Concordia, 1999.
The Concordia edition is to be preferred:
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children.
When children are old enough to begin grasping the concepts of faith, they should make a habit of bringing home verses of Scripture from church. They should recite these verses to their parents at mealtime. Then they should write the verses down and put them in little pouches or pockets, just as they put pennies and other coins in a purse. Let the pouch of faith be a golden one. Verses about coming to faith, such as Psalm 51:5; John 1:29; Romans 4:25; and Romans 5:12, are like gold coins for that little pouch. Let the pouch of love be a silver one. The verses about doing good, such as Matthew 5:11; Matthew 25:40; Galatians 5:13; and Hebrews 12:6, are like silver coins for this pouch.
No one should think they are too smart for this game and look down on this kind of child’s play. Christ had to become a man in order to train us. If we want to train children, then we must become children with them. I wish this kind of child’s play was more widespread. In a short time, we would see an abundance of Christian people rich in Scripture and in the knowledge of God. They would make more of these pouches, and by using them, they would learn all of Scripture.
As it is now, people go to hear a sermon and leave again unchanged. They act like a sermon is only worth the time it takes to hear it. No one thinks about learning anything about it or remembering it. Some people listen to sermons for three or four years and still don’t learn enough to respond to a single question about faith. More than enough has been written in books, but not nearly enough has been driven into our hearts.
NOT TO CONDEMN THE WORLD
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
A father and mother don’t scold, spank, or punish their children because they want to see their children die. They discipline their children so that they won’t fall into the hands of the executioner later. In the same way, God doesn’t want us to run wild. He directs and discipines us in order to restrain us and keep us from being punished. God wants to protect us and make us heirs in the kingdom of heaven.
God disciplines his chosen ones and even sends them many trials and troubles. When you find yourself thinking, “Oh, God is so angry with me,” then say to yourself, “I believe in you and in your Word. You won’t deceive me. Even if you send me many troubles, it’s not because you are condemning me. You will never throw me out. As Psalm 143:2 says, ‘Do not bring your servant into judment,’ for you haven’t been sent to judge the world.” Even if God was to send plagues, don’t thingk that he wants to destroy everything. When the Corinthians behaved foolishly at the Lord’s Supper and God allowed many to become ill and Paul declared, “But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment. When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32).
We should understand that God disciplines us so that we will be saved, not condemned. By disciplining us, he hopes to pull us back from the condemnation and judgment reserved for the world. He doesn’t want us to be judged along with the world. Christ didn’t come to judge. We shouldn’t look on him as an executioner. He isn’t angry. He doesn’t want to condemn us. Instead, Christ wants to help us.
BECOMING GOD’S CHILDREN
He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name,
he gave the right to become children of God.
To everyone who believes in Christ, God offers the privilege of becoming his children. Yet this greatest of all offers is despised, ridiculed, and laughed at by the blind and condemned people of this world. In addition, God’s offer is abused and even regarded as blasphemy. Althoughthose who confess his name and trust his words are children of God, they’re executed as though they were children of the devil, blasphemers, and revolutionaries. The religious leaders did the same to Christ, God’s only Son. They accused him of stirring up trouble among the people, of keeping the people from paying taxes to the emperor (Luke 23:2), and of claiming to be the Son of God (John 19:7).
Sometimes the devil attacks devout Christians so fiercely with his flaming arrows (Ephesians 6:16) that they forget about the endless glory they have as God’s children. They being thinking the opposite and wonder if God has forgotten about them, abandoned them, and thrown them so far away that he can’t see them anymore.
Our faith is still very weak and cold. If our faith were as strong and steady as it should be, we would practically die from sheer joy. But we praise God because we know that even those who have only a little faith are also children of God. That’s why Christ said, “Do not be afraid, little flock” (Luke 12:32). So we always need to pray with the apostles, “Increase our faith!” (Luke 17:5), and pray with the man in the book of Mark who cried out, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).