The Anti-Catechism

For a while now I’ve been thinking and talking about something I call the “Anti-Catechism.” The Anti-Catechism is a way of understanding the world and the devil’s attacks on what God calls good.

In this blog post I would like to collect resources relating to the Anti-Catechism.

The Basic Idea

The Anti-Catechism is based on a number of presuppositions and ideas put together. Here is a working outline:

  1. The cosmos is ordered according to God’s Word.
    1. Creation came about through God’s Word, and this order remains even through the fall.
      1. The Ten Commandments give shape to God’s ordering of the world.
      2. The Three Estates of Family, Church, and State especially capture God’s ordering of human society.
    2. God continues to interact with the world, especially to Redeem and Sanctify sinners.
    3. This ordering of the world can especially be seen in the three articles of the Creed and the Ten Commandments. (The 4th commandment, “Honor your father and your mother,” for example, establishes God’s gift of family. “You shall not commit adultery” established marriage.)
  2. The devil always attacks God’s Word, and therefore attacks God’s orders and institutions.
    1. The devil cannot create, but only destroy, corrupt, and tear down.
    2. The devil loves the darkness. He does not want his work to be seens, recognized, called out, or named.
    3. Because the devil can only attack and corrupt, we can identify the devil’s work and kingdom by what he attacks. The devil is “anti,” against the good things of God.
      1. The devil is “anti-creation,” “anti-life,” “anti-marriage,” “anti-truth,” “anti-Gospel.”
      2. At last, because all of the works of God are according to His word, the devil is always “anti-God’s word,” as Luther said, an enthusiast.
  3. By identifying the order and institution which the devil is attacking we are able to name the devil’s work.
    1. This way of seeing the devil’s assault gives us confidence and hope.
      1. Confidence because we know that the Lord’s institutions cannot be destroyed. And, more, the devil’s assaults indicate the presence of God’s gifts. (For example, the devil’s attacks on marriage remind us that marriage is a blessed estate created by God. Here we consider the ancient wisdom, “The attack does not destroy but rather confirm the substance.”)
      2. Hope because we know that the devil’s assaults are temporary, a “little while.” Soon we will be citizens of the New Heaven and New Earth where righteousness dwells.

Handouts

The best way I’ve found to teach the Anti-Catechism is with the following picture:

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You can download this in .pdf here:

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Anti-Catechism handout (with blank spaces to fill in).

Media

I was invited by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, WY to talk about “Bumper-Sticker Theology.” I used the occasion to outline the Anti-Catechism. You can watch the full presentation here:

As more material is developed I will post it here. In the meantime, I would be grateful for your thoughts and feedback.

 

Log of Attempted Helpfulness, Dec 28

 

The Lord’s Word is always going forth in the world. It is part of the joy of a pastor to be a part of this Word going forth. I hope to try to log these attempts at helpfulness here (and hopefully cut down on the stuff on facebook). We’ll see how it works.

Preaching at Hope
This was a busy preaching week at Hope. God be praised for the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus.

(all audio sermons | podcast RSS | itunes)

Bible Study
Isaiah 12 is a beautiful on Isaiah 12, Isaiah on Christmas, was published this week. It was the final of four Isaiah Bible Studies I was able to write for the Christmas season.

(All Bible Studies)

 

Grappling with the Text: Proverbs 7 and the Last Warning Against the Adulterous Woman
Solomon is meditating on the Ten Commandments. In chapter 7 he particularly takes up the 6th commandment and the warning against adultery.

(All Grappling | Worldview Everlasting )

Issues, Etc. Responding to Evangelical Proof-texts
“God meets you where you are.” Todd and I talk about what this cliche means practically and theologically, and explore the theological dangers. Listen here.

(Issues, Etc. | All Responding to Evangelical Proof-texts Interviews)

Martin Luther Sermon Podcast
We recorded a number of Luther’s Christmas sermons. Here are the links to listen.

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Rightly Divided Daily Meditation Blog
Today (Tuesday) was my day to write. 2 Kings 7 is a particularly interesting chapter with the four leprous men plundering the abandoned Syrian camp. Their conscience catches up to them, and they inform the starving city, and the Lord provides rescue for the people in the most improbable way. Read and mediate here.

 

We took the week off of Table Talk. I’ll add a few more links next week.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Lord’s Blessings,
Pr Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

 

Israel and Jordan Tour, June 2015

Pastor Warren Graff and I are putting together a tour of Israel (with an optional extension to Jordan) for this June, 2015.

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Download the Tour Brochure HERE (The brochure has all the details.)

YOUR INVITATION TO ADVENTURE
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee … and Jesus went out … to the villages of Caesarea Philippi … and they came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house … and Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple.” (Mark 1:9, 8:27, 9:33, 11:11)

Our Lord has his own history. It’s wall-to-wall with real places, with dirt roads and stone walkways, with actual cities and the homes and hang-outs of real people with names. We all come from our own time, our own places—our lives trek from our home-town on to the other places we’ve lived, from events that happened when we were in school, to world shaking events we experience as adults. Jesus is the Lord over all, having created and now upholding the stars of the heavens and the crustaceans of the deep seas, who has bound himself to actual history and geography just as we are bound to ours.

This is the geography and history he entered in his work of going to the cross to save those who belong to every age, every topography. Join us as we visit some of these places, as we read and study his Word together on this trip, and as we contemplate and give thanks for his great work of salvation for us at Calvary, outside of Jerusalem, under Pontius Pilate.

Warren Graff
Grace Lutheran, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran, Aurora, Colorado

If you are interested in joining us,


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