What do you believe?

As a confessional Lutheran, I unconditionally and fervently subscribe to Holy Scripture and the unaltered 1580 Book of Concord’s interpretation of Scripture without doubt or faltering. To put it shortly, as the early Church confessed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

What does Hammer and Shield refer to?

The name Hammer and Shield refers to the two most integral instruments of both early Christianity and the Lutheran Reformation: a hammer and shield.

What does this mean?

A hammer and nails were at the forefront of the revolution that is Christianity, the piercing of the flesh at Golgotha, this hammer driven by the Law and Prophets. Likewise, a hammer and nails were at the forefront of the reformation, the piercing of corruption at Wittenberg, this hammer being driven by Law and Gospel. The dawn of Christianity was protected from being blotted out through the shield of God’s Word, and eventually those of the Roman Empire. Likewise, the birth of the reformation was protected from being blotted out through the shield of God’s Word, and eventually those of the Schmalkaldic League.

What does VDMA stand for?

VDMA stands for Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum.

What does this mean?

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum is Latin for The Word of the Lord Endures Forever. This phrase began its journey through history on the sleeves of Frederick the Wise’s court, taking the form of a cross with one letter in each quadrant, as depicted in the site’s logo. It was eventually inducted as the official motto of the Schmalkaldic League, engraved onto the soldiers’ flags, banners, armor, weapons and hearts.

What will Hammer and Shield be focused on?

Hammer and Shield will be primarily focused on theology, scriptural studies, worldview, history and poetry, as well as my satire section, The Wittenberg Weaver. I also hope to add a photography section sometime in the future, which would focus on churches and God’s wonderful creation of nature. You can find these individual sections — Theology, Worldview, Poetry, and The  Wittenberg Weaver — on the menu bar. For additional information about this site or its author, check out the About page. For any questions you may have about anything you come across on Hammer and Shield, visit the Contact page.