Pastor Zip's Lutheran Web Links

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First, here is a link to Pastor Zip's Christian Links Page for more about the Christian Faith.

Dr. Martin Luther
Sites about Martin Luther, his theology, and his teachings.
The Life of Martin Luther
A comprehensive time-line chart of Luther's life, with many interesting links.
Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career
This excellent biography of Luther, written by the late Professor James M. Kittleson, covers his entire life and career. A very accessible and accurate introduction to Luther and his theology. Highly recommended!
Lutherstadt Wittenberg
The web site of Lutherstadt, Wittenberg, Germany -- where the Lutheran Reformation began.

The Small Catechism
of Dr. Martin Luther
What every Christian needs to know about the faith, Luther originally wrote this in 1529 for the use of fathers to teach the Christian Faith to their children. This Catechism is one of 3 documents written by Luther included in The Book of Concord, which includes all the Lutheran confessional documents. This is a modern, public domain translation by the Rev. Robert Smith of Project Wittenberg (described below). For other translations, click here or here.
The Large Catechism
Also called The German Catechism, it was written by Luther in 1529 for pastors so they could rightly teach the Christian Faith to their congregations. It is included in The Book of Concord.
The Smalcald Articles
Sometimes described as Luther's "theological will" written in 1537. It is the last of the 3 Lutheran confessional documents written by Luther.

The Ninety-five Theses of Martin Luther
It wasn't his intention, but Luther's academic challenge to the sale of indulgences on October 31, 1517, is what started the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. For all their notoriety, they are not among the confessional documents of the Lutheran churches.
Selected Works of Martin Luther
Many more writings by (and a few about) the 16th Century reformer of the Church, from Project Wittenberg.
The Sermons of Martin Luther
No, it's not all of them, but it is a web version of a set of 117 sermons that follow the old lectionary. They were first published in English in 1905, and are indeed a fine resource.

The Luther Rose
Also called "Luther's Seal" (you'll find a graphic of it at the top of this page, and similar graphics elsewhere on Pastor Zip's web site), this is his explanation of its meaning.
Luther Digest
An annual abridgment of Luther studies, reading this is an excellent way to keep up with the latest on Luther.
EKD Quiz on Martin Luther
Facts about Luther from the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland -- that is, the Evangelical (or Protestant) Church in Germany.

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Sites on the theology and teachings of the Lutheran churches.

The Augsburg Confession
Presented in 1530 to the Holy Roman Emperor at the Diet of Augsburg, these are the chief articles of faith in all Lutheran churches. It was not written by Luther, but chiefly by Philipp Melancthon (one of his chief theological co-horts) for the "Lutheran" princes to present to Emperor Charles V in defense of the Evangelical faith they were permitting to be taught in their territories.

The Book of Concord
Completed in 1580, this is the book of all the Lutheran Confessions beginning with the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds (linked on Pastor Zip's Christian Links Page); the Augsburg Confession of 1530 (see previous entry); and Luther's Smalcald Articles, Small Catechism, and Large Catechism (see links above).

Also included are the Apology of the Augsburg Confession ("apology" is an academic term that means "defense" and not, "I'm sorry I wrote the thing" -- from this word comes the kind of theology called "apologetics") and the Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope (both written by Melancthon).

The Book of Concord concludes with the Formula of Concord of 1577, which brought theological harmony ("concord") in the German Lutheran Church which had bitterly debated some theological issues after Luther's death. It is presented in two forms: the Solid Declaration is the full document; but there is also a summary form called the Epitome.

Project Wittenberg
The internet "home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. Here you will find all manner of texts from short quotations to commentaries, hymns to statements of faith, theological treatises to biographies, and links to other places where words and images from the history of Lutheranism live."
Project Canterbury's Lutheran Resources
Lutheran-related documents on Project Canterbury, a wonderful "online archive of out-of-print Anglican texts and related modern documents."
Lutheran Theology Web Site
Created by David Jay Webber, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod when he was serving as Rector of Saint Sophia Ukrainian Lutheran Theological Seminary, this is a marvelous and extensive site with links to all sorts of materials that "promote, extend, and defend the theology of Confessional Lutheranism, as reflected especially in the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church." Check out Pastor Webber's other sites, too!
Melanchthon Year 1997 in Germany
An excellent site about the reformer and humanist Philipp Melanchthon created for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of his birth. Melanchthon was the primary author of three of the Lutheran confessions and the most important colleague (and dear friend) of Luther.
Arthur Carl Piepkorn Center for Evangelical Catholicity
was "established to make the personal and professional written works of Arthur Carl Piepkorn (1907-1973+), Pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, Professor of Lutheran Symbolics, and Confessor of the Faith available on the Internet and on digital media at little or no cost to users." Piepkorn was a leading figure in a confessional revival in the Lutheran church, and his influence is widespread today in both the Missouri Synod (he was Professor at its Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) and the ELCA.

Lutheran Forum
"An independent theological quarterly for clergy and laity" published by the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau (see next item), Lutheran Forum is edited and written by Lutherans in the ELCA and LCMS, as well as Lutheran church bodies across the world. "LF has pursued and pondered American Lutheran church unity, while commenting on and critiquing the state of the church. LF seeks to create a theological vision that is faithful to the Scriptures, creeds, and confessions, to support pastors in their daily work and laypeople in their vocations."
The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau
Publishers of Lutheran Forum and its companion Forum Letter, ALPB "makes the theological, liturgical and devotional resources of our confessional heritage accessible and relevant to all Lutherans as well as to friends in other communions." Pastor Zip highly recommends the ALPB's books, tracts, periodicals, and other materials. You will also find him posting to the ALPB Forum Online fairly regularly.
Lutheran Quarterly
A quarterly "journal for the Evangelical-Lutheran Church everywhere, its history and theology..." Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum (the Word of the Lord remains forever).
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
A free, interactive, online journal "dedicated to promoting awareness of, study of, and conversation about Christian ethics in the Lutheran tradition" sponsored by the Church in Society unit of the ELCA. JLE is "a bridge between the academic study of Christian ethics and the contemporary life of the Church," and "a meeting place for scholars and professors, seminary and college students, pastors and bishops, and theologically informed lay leaders." (And it graciously has a link to this page!)

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Lutheran Churches
Pastor Zip's US Lutheran Web Links
Over one-third of US Lutherans are members of congregations not in the ELCA. Most of the other US Lutheran church bodies claim to be more confessional and conservative than the ELCA. They tend to be very small and sectarian, and usually have their roots in Pietist movements of the 19th Century. Several of them were formed as a rejection of the various mergers (because the "new" church would be "too liberal") that eventually led to the ELCA's formation in 1988. Find them on this separate page.

Pastor Zip's International Lutheran Web Links
is a separate page for English-language links to Lutheran church bodies outside the United States of America.

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Lutheran Renewal
Many groups and publications seek to strengthen and renew faithfulness within the Lutheran Churches. These are among the better ones, particularly for members of the ELCA. Following Mom's advice ("If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.") not linked are renewal/reform movements within the Lutheran Churches (ELCA, LCMS, etc.) whose proposed solutions are worse than the situations they critique. See also the publications above for other positive agents for Lutheran renewal.
Lutheran CORE - Coalition for Renewal
A broad-based coalition of Lutheran pastors, laity, congregations, and reforming groups that seek "the renewal of Lutheran churches according to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions."
Society of the Holy Trinity
Organized in 1997, the STS (from the Latin Societas Trinitatis Sanctae) is pastoral society (or ministerium) committed to the confessional and spiritual renewal of the Lutheran churches through prayer and mutual support. An outgrowth of the 9.5 Theses (next entry), the Society recognizes that the crisis we face is broader than the ELCA and that it is more than differences of opinion. The STS after Pastor Zip's name tells you that he has subscribed to the Rule and is a member of the Society. He also currently serves as the STS Webmaster.
The 9.5 Theses
In 1995 this call to debate the direction of the ELCA was issued: Will we be faithful to the Scriptures, Creeds, and Confessions? Or will the ELCA succumb to today's social or religious ideologies? Sent to all ELCA pastors, over 700 of them (and some 300 laity) signed the theses. Read about how they were received (or ignored) in the ELCA (and elsewhere) in the Pentecost 1998 issue of the journal Let's Talk, the journal of the ELCA's Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

Saint Augustine's House
A Lutheran monastery of the Benedictine tradition in Oxford, Michigan. Yes, a Lutheran monastery!
Center for Theology
This sponsor of the Annual Aquinas/Luther Conference was established at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, "as a reaffirmation...of the intention of its founders to establish a Christian an ecumenical resource 'to foster clarity in understanding and passion in proclaiming the Gospel, centered upon the evangelical dogma of justification by grace alone through faith alone, according to the classic, orthodox theology of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and thus to assist in shaping the future of the Church in faithfulness to the Word of God.'"

A Lutheran Statement on the Authority and Interpretation of Scripture in the Church
A statement signed by over 900 ECLA members (including Pastor Zip and some 300 ELCA pastors) appreciative of, yet deeply concerned about the ELCA's five-year initiative on Scripture and the Word of God, "Book of Faith: Lutherans Read the Bible."
A Pastoral Statement of Conviction and Concern (aka The Kansas City Statement")
This statement in response to the current ELCA studies on sexuality was presented and honed at the ALPB's Conference on Christian Sexuality in October 2002. Pastor Zip attended the Conference, participated (in a small way) in the fine tuning of the original document, and quickly added his signature to it.
The Hickory Declaration (originally called "the North Carolina Declaration")
Another statement "regarding the Apostolic and Catholic Faith, the Model of Creation, and the ELCA Sexuality Study," written by and for concerned pastors who wish to speak faithfully regarding a difficult matter in these uncertain times. (Yes, Pastor Zip has signed this one, too.)
The Bukoba Statement
After a week of spiritual retreat and prayer in February 2004, the Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania issued this statement on globalization, human sexuality, and AIDS.

Lutherans For Life International
The pro-life organization for all American Lutherans. There are many materials here on all sorts of "life issues" that we face in what Pope John Paul II rightly called this "culture of death."

Via de Cristo
Strengthening and renewing the Christian faith of the laity, this national Lutheran movement is based on the Catholic Cursillo. De Colores!
Lutheran Marriage Encounter
A Lutheran version of Marriage Encounter, which seeks to strengthen and renew Christian marriages.

The Bride of Christ
This was the wonderful quarterly (usually) journal of Lutheran Liturgical Renewal, Inc., "a non-profit society of evangelical catholics who have united to recall the Evangelical-Lutheran church to the position of the Reformers as stated in the Augsburg Confession, Article XXI, 'There is nothing [in our confession] that varies from the Scriptures, from the Church Catholic, or from the Church of Rome as known from its writers.'" Publication was suspended in 2007, but the website has been resurrected and has a companion BOC Journal blog to continue the original work in promoting good liturgy in Lutheran churches. Amen!!
A quarterly Journal of the Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgy, Gottesdienst means "God's service" and is the word used by the Lutheran Reformers for "worship service." The journal's slogan is Leitourgia Divina adiaphora non est, or "The Divine Liturgy is not adiaphora [an indifferent thing]"). Amen!
LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology
A fine journal by conservative, confessional Lutherans mainly of the Missouri and Wisconsin Synods.

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Other Lutheran Sites
A mish-mash of other sites related to the best of Lutheranism.

Lutheran World Relief
Originally begun by U. S. Lutherans to assist their German and Scandinavian kin left homeless by World War II, LWR "works with partners in 50 countries to help people grow food, improve health, stringthen communities,, end conflict, build livelihoods, and recover from disasters." With basic support for LWR coming from the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and LCMS World Relief & Human Care, LWR is one of the most effective relief agencies in the world.
Wheat Ridge Ministries
Originally a sanitorium for Lutherans suffering from tuberculosis, Wheat Ridge is an independent Lutheran charitable organization that provides support for new church-related health and hope ministries. It relates to both the ELCA and the LCMS.

Lift Up Your Hearts
The Worship and Spirituality site of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, this is one of the most extensive set of links that deal with all aspects (corporate and individual, and not only "Lutheran" ways) of worshiping the Triune God.

Internationale Martin Luther Stiftung
Launched in the refectory of Luther's house in Wittenberg on his birthday in 2007 and with offices next to the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt where Luther entered religious life, this foundation seeks "to take the impulses of the Reformation and translate them into a dialogue between church, business, academia and politics, in a way that is that is as pugnacious and durable as the original [95] theses." One of IMLS' priorities is the much-needed promotion of "ideas, projects and initiatives that enable, nourish and strengthen ethical business practices and entrepreneurial courage based on Christian faith as well as Lutheran professional ethics."


A site featuring Christian hymns found in hymnals curently used Lutherans in North America and Germany.
Association of Lutheran Church Musicians
ALCM works at strengthening the proclamation of the Gospel through music and the practice of worship among Lutherans in North America.

Lutheran Blog Directory
A directory of Lutheran blogs, which includes Pastor Zip's Blog in its listings. Some of these web logs, by both clergy and laity, are quite good.
"A home for the seeking spirit" by Robert Longman, Jr., an ELCA layman. Here "you can learn about how Christians view spirituality, and about the Holy Spirit who makes it possible."

Famous Lutherans!
An interesting (though incomplete) list of famous people who were (or are) Lutheran, brought to you originally by a congregation in Connecticut.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Home Page
About the German Lutheran Pastor and theologian, who was executed by the Nazis for being part of the resistance against Hitler.

The official Web site of Davey and Goliath
This claymation children's TV series was first produced by the old United Lutheran Church in America in the 1950s and remained in production into the mid-1970s by the Lutheran Church in America. Now in the 21st Century, it is coming back into production! Meanwhile, the old episodes continue to air, and are becoming available on video and DVD.
The Unofficial Davey & Goliath Home Page
An affectionate look at the classic Davey and Goliath program.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
A financial services company and fraternal organization for Lutherans, this Fortune 500 company (with its still stupid name) is the result of the 2001 merger of Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood.

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The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peoria Website
where Pastor Zip serves

Pastor Zip's Christian Web Links Page
where this page started

The Steven P. Tibbetts Home Page
An answer to the question, "Who is Pastor Zip?"

The Rev. Steven Paul Tibbetts, STS
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
1534 S. Easton Avenue
Peoria, IL 61605-3407
(309) 637-9150

Copyright © 1996-2010 Steven P. Tibbetts. All rights reserved.
Pastor Zip's Christian Web Links created -- 2 December 1996
Pastor Zip's Lutheran Web Links branched -- 8 April 1998
Last Revision -- 18 Aaugust 2010