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Common Law Marriage—Fact and Fiction
Schuetze points out in this essay that the key factor in what is known as “common law marriage” is not time of co-habitation, but, as in any marriage: present, public consent.
Doctrinal Brief: What is Legalism?
In this brief, Prof. Schuetze presents three ways in which Christians may fall into legalism: 1) depending on one’s works to earn salvation (work-righteousness); 2) motivating good works with the law instead of the gospel; ...
Doctrinal Brief: Is Love an Action or an Emotion?
Schuetze examines the biblical definiton of love, both as an action and as an emotion.
Doctrinal Brief: Sacrificial Giving
Prof. Schuetze discusses how the concept of “sacrificial giving” is misused. The idea that giving should cause some pain (“give until it hurts”) is not biblical. The new man actually derives pleasure from giving, not pain. ...
Remarriage Revisited: Scripture and Application
Professor Schuetze examines the Scriptures directly relevant to marriage, divorce, and re-marriage.
Fruit of the Vine
Prof. Schuetze briefly discusses the on-going argument over whether the Cup in the Lord’s Supper must contain fermented grape wine. He presents the viewpoint, based on biblical and extra-biblical sources, that we cannot ...
Pastoral Theology Brief: Cohabitation, Repentance, and the Fruit of Repentance
In this brief, Prof. Schuetze discusses the great need for co-habitation to be addressed immediately, rather than allowing the problem to “fix itself” when the couple marries. The goal is that the couple would recognize ...
Pastoral Theology Brief: Comfort for Parents Grieving a Miscarriage or Stillbirth—Following Luther’s Lead
Prof. Schuetze reminds his readers to follow Luther’s lead when counseling the parents of miscarried or stillborn children. We should not say more than Scripture says, but rely on prayer and our trust in the Lord’s grace ...
Pastoral Theology Brief: The Material Elements in the Lord's Supper--Hermeneutics and Practice
Professor John Schuetze takes a renewed look at the issue of what is the “bread” and more in-depth on the “cup”/”fruit of the vine” in the Lord’s Supper. His approach is both pastoral and scriptural and emphasizes that ...