We need pastors not pansies – Guest Article by Vanessa Rasanen

The following was submitted by Vanessa Rasanen, who runs Bible, Beer, and Babies blog. I became a Christian nearly a decade ago, attending church regularly with my husband. Okay. Mostly regularly. We spent many of those years giving into the world's priorities, skipping church whenever we were out of town or sick or woke up late or simply didn't feel like it. And when my husband was gone for deployment or drill? Yeah. I hated going alone, so I often wouldn't go. But that ...

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Dorky Jip - FiveTwo's Definition of Worship

Wait a second… Did I read that right? The FiveTwo folks are asking on their website “What does worship mean?” But the definition given so succinctly reads: “Worship is everything we do in response to God.” So, holy worship is about me, what I’m doing for God? This can’t be right. I’m Lutheran. I know the definition of worship. These guys are saying they are Lutheran, too, but they’re giving the same mixed-up definition ...

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Meditation: Jerome, Translator of Holy Scripture

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16). "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly", says the Apostle. But the temptation to gloss over Scripture, to let it go in one ear and out the other, to fail to truly meditate upon and ponder ...

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Marquart's Works Volume I: Popular Writings

The first of a planned 10 volume collection of Marquart's Works has been published by Lutheran News and edited by Rev. Herman Otten, longtime friend and colleague of Kurt Marquart. I received my copy in the mail a few days ago and have been going through it with great pleasure.  It is in hardback form and is just over a hundred pages in length. There is a brief biography of Marquart's life ...

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One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong

Okay, who remembers that Sesame Street song—“One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong”? That’s what comes to mind when I read the purpose statement ...

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#Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

' #Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 Saturday night I went to a tiki bar to meet up with some friends. When I got there, the band was playing "Blue Hawaii." I knew I was in the right place. The next song ...

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RE: The Most Neglected Part of the Catechism

Rev. Jordan McKinley's inaugural post on "The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism" has gotten me thinking. I played a little guessing game with myself before I read the post. I ...

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Guest Article – Grace and the Corrupter

Posted by Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, Concordia Publishing House O you sons of men, return, And you their daughters, come. And abandon the ways of that Corrupter, And approach me. (Ode of Solomon ...

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"You Shine as Lights in the World" (Sermon on Philippians 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Shine as Lights in the World” (Philippians 2:1-18) In our Epistle for today, from Philippians 2, St. Paul appeals to us Christians to live as who we are, namely, “children of God ...

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By Whose Authority? A Sermon on Matthew 21:23-27

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 28, 2014 Some people ask questions because they do not want to learn. Let me repeat that: Some ask questions because they do not want to learn and this ...

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Highlights from Wiki14

Ever want to "start new to reach new?" Ever feel retro for wearing a clerical? Want to know what it means to be a sacramental entrepreneur? Want to know how the pastor should call the non-ordained to ...

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Sacramental Entrepreneurship or Franchise Corruption?

The first Lutherans didn't use the term "Lutheran" to describe themselves. They identified themselves by the much more apt term "evangelical." After all, the Lutheran church is founded on the ...

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Liberals and their changing the meanings of words...

So now with Wiki14 conference over and everyone hyped by the likes of the FiveTwo folks in the LCMS, bringing in the latest and greatest (read: too old to sell to the evangelicals but the "lutherans" ...

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Great Stuff – FiveTwo’s Use of Language—What Does This Mean?

Found over on logia.org:   The Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has said on more than one occasion that a pastor “wear out his shoes” as he ...

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Catechism Series, part 11

In this latest installment of our "Steadfast Throwdown" Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we continue discussing the Sacrament of the Altar. Pr. Abrahamson shows us how Jesus’ new ...

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How Do You View the Church?

In the Nicene Creed we confess that we believe in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” What is that one Church? Our Augsburg Confession says, “The Church is the congregation of saints ...

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Catechism Series, part 10

Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues his series on Luther’s Small Catechism on "Steadfast Throwdown." This time we discuss the Sacrament of the Altar. What is the Sacrament? What does it deliver? Who ...

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Vision Casting

Vision casting is not so new is it?[/caption] Christ our Lord says, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, ...

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Notice the Difference?

The Transforming Churches Network paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry:   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther's paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry: You can download Scott's ...

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Becoming a Christian by Listening

My pastor has been teaching on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians for the past several months in Bible study.  As a good Lutheran pastor he has used Luther’s lectures on Galatians to supplement our ...

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