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I love Proverbs 16:9. It reminds me that it's never about me and that I'm never in control.


Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.


We may make many plans, and even resolve to do them "In Jesus' Name" too, but reality and truth always comes from the Lord and not our own efforts or schemes.

I thought of that today, because believe it or not, today marks A Lutheran Layman's 1st birthday!

It was a year ago that we first entered the Lutheran Blogosphere with these two entries...



A Brief History of Lutheranism


What Does VDMA Mean?


For what it's worth, I just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for stopping by to visit, for listening to our podcast, for leaving a comment, for emailing me, and/or for connecting and corresponding with me on Facebook and Twitter.

Seriously, the friendships that I have made (albeit virtual) have been a real blessing and it's always nice to know that I'm not the only "Confessional Lutheran Looney" who insists on pure doctrine being preached from our pulpits these days (imagine that, huh?).

In a Lutheran layman's terms, THANK YOU for your willingness to engage in some deep discussions and for your patience to help a new convert like me work through many internal struggles and questions along the way, because your faithfulness has helped me tremendously as I continue to navigate my way from the works-righteousness waters of American Evangelicalism to the justified by grace shores of the Confessional Lutheran faith.

God willing, I hope to keep on keepin' on and that this next year is even better than the first!

NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and point us back to) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Finally, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote on this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that category since I was a Lutheran-In-Name-Only at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a "Book of Concord" containing our Confessions even existed. In addition, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by common Evangelical concerns/criticisms that perhaps wouldn't be too big a deal for us Lutherans. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because we now have this disclaimer and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Finally, please know that any time we engage in interpreting a specific portion of Scripture exegetically, it will always follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible unless otherwise noted. Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Grace and peace to you and yours!

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Thank you for visiting A Lutheran Layman! Please feel free to leave a comment or a question since we do not exercise censorship. We've seen a similar policy with other blogs and it's worth repeating: Please act as if you're a guest in my home, and we'll get along just fine. I think anyone would agree that the kind of back-and-forth that is characteristic of blogs/chat forums is becoming tiresome for all of us. Still, we should confess, edify, and love (and contend and defend when needed). Bottom line? Search the Scriptures! Apply Acts 17:11 to anything and everything you find here and, if you do happen to disagree with something you find here (which is certainly ok), or think I'm "irresponsible" and "wrong" for writing it, then please refute my position by supporting yours with...Scripture and/or the Confessions. I don't think that's an unreasonable request, especially for those who identify themselves as "Christians" here, right? Besides, Proverbs 27:17 tells us "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend" and 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." If you have an opinion that's great, I welcome it, but try to support it using God's Word. I mean, if the goal here is to help us all mature spiritually (myself included) then it should be easy to follow through on this one simple request (I'm talking to all you "Anonymous" visitors out there). Grace and peace to you and yours!