The Lutheran Confessions

The Augsburg Confession 

Author: Pastor Nathanael Mayhew

Note: This study was prepared for a Bible Class at Zion Lutheran Church (CLC), Lawrenceville, GA by Pastor Nathanael Mayhew and is based on the translation taken from the Triglot Concordia: The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1921). Newer translations, such as the Concordia (CPH, 2005), could be used to good purpose.

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Q & A on The Augsburg Confession, by John M. Drickamer

Overview Of The Formula of Concord, by Walter E. Hanneman

The Epitome, Part 1 of the Formula of Concord

Authors: Gene White,  Rev. Klemet Preus and Rev. Doug Kroll (emeritus)martin-chemnitz

Part 1 is sometimes referred to as the Reader’s Digest version of Part 2 of the Formula of Concord as found in the Book of Concord. This is an eight or nine-lesson study covering introductory and reference material as well as the 12 Articles. Most lessons include a True or False questionnaire to pinpoint important distinctions between conflicting theologies of the Lutheran adversaries. An instructor manual is now available that includes all the answers and supporting background info for each lesson.

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Visual Learner’s Small Catechism

Compiled and designed by Gene White

This new version is a unique approach geared for the visual learner that contains introductory history and classical art for context throughout. It also provides hyperlinks for additional information and images associated with the text to enhance understanding and independent study. Another feature is the inclusion of all three ecumenical creeds. The CD media contains two PowerPoint Instructor Files, one for video projectors and one for small groups. The students follow along in a companion workbook containing the same information that can be printed from a pdf file. Included on the CD is a file titled How Art Teaches Theology – Part I, which can be used as a further independent presentation. Additional files are included for printing out the student workbook and instructor presentation information. While not yet tested, it is expected that this version of the SC may also improve the learning experience of those having learning disabilities.

The price for this CD is free; just include $15.00 for S&H when ordering by email or the Contact Us page. Payment can be by PayPal or sending a check made out to Gene White at 17572 Shady Fir Loop, Beaverton, OR 97006. Click here for a flyer. If you would like to view a free demo of the Small Catechism please order by email from

How Art Teaches Theology – Part I

Author: Gene White

This is a colorful animated PowerPoint presentation demonstrating that religious art is not just a nice picture it can have deep and significant theological meanings. The first example is the Weimar Altarpiece at the City Church in Weimar, Germany. Here we see the significant departure from Catholic art forms dealing with Biblical scenes. The second example is the Wittenberg Altarpiece at the city church in Wittenberg, Germany. Both altarpieces show the change in how contemporary figures are presented.Specifically, the Wittenberg Altarpiece is a visual exposition of Word and Sacrament as explained in Luther’s Small Catechism and the Augsburg Confession. It can be a three-Sunday Bible Class or a three hour presentation for any gathering interested in this topic This would also be a good tool for catechism classes for youth and adults. It can provide a visualization of the principal doctrines and sacraments of the Orthodox Lutheran faith for those more attuned to learning concepts visually.

And how many sacraments does the Lutheran Church have? If you were taught as I was  the answer is two. However, that is incorrect. The answer is revealed in this presentation.

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How Art Teaches Theology – Part II

Author: Gene White

This is a one to two hour presentation based on two additional pieces of art located in St. Mary City Church, Wittenberg, Germany. The two paintings surveyed are titled The Adoration of the Shepherds (The Nativity), and In the Vineyard of the Lord, both by Lucas Cranach the Younger. This presentation can be used for self-study, Bible class, or a gathering where a Lutheran educational topic would be appropriate. It could be especially useful for teaching doctrine where English is not the primary language or to young adults and youth who prefer visual means for teaching. A tailored version for pastors to use as part of their catechism instruction can be made available. This study is only available on CD due to file size. See flyer for pricing and ordering by clicking here.

Smalcald Articles

For those of you looking into the Book of Concord as part of your preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation I found a good link to use in regards to the Smalclad Articles. Here is the link: Here is another link to an article in the Concordia Theological Quarterly on the historical context of the Smalcald Articles:   

If you would like to download the Smalcald Articles (Triglot Concordia: version) click this link. 

The Smalcald Articles, Luther’s Last Will and Testament

Author: Rev. Armand J. Boehme.

Click here for a copy of the article appearing in The Lutheran Journal, Volume 47, No. 2, 1980.

Confess-Believe – Be Saved, events leading up to the presentation of the Augsburg Confession

Author: Arthur Drelow.

Click here for a copy of the article appearing in The Lutheran Journal, Volume 47, No.2, 1980