Much Ado about Something

I referenced in an earlier blog post Dr. Dale Meyer’s article “Pedagogy for a Politicized Church” in the Winter 2014 Concordia Journal, pp. 6-13.  He references there a report to the 2010 convention that said the task force involved repeatedly “heard that the problem of disharmony is the LCMS is primarily a clergy problem” (6), and I believe it. C. F. W. Walther said that a congregation better perceive that their pastor is more concerned with doctrine than they are. Don’t you ...

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New Facebook Bible Reading Group

Since it fits well within BJS' goal of improving laity reading the Book of Concord as well as the Bible, I found this published on facebook today and wanted to call it to the attention of our readers. This is a group that started today. Head on over to the group: Rightly Divided: Daily Bible Meditation on facebook and join in the reading/discussion!   Here's the invite to join posted by Pastors Wolfmueller and Flamme: Pastor ...

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"Peter Gets the 'Who' But Not the 'How'" (Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Peter Gets the ‘Who’ But Not the ‘How’” (Matthew 16:21-28) Last week’s Gospel was Matthew 16:13-20. Today’s Gospel is the verses that follow, Matthew 16:21-28. Last week we heard Peter say something that brought a hearty commendation from Jesus, who told Peter that he was the rock on which he would build his church. This week Peter says something that brings a harsh rebuke ...

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Why I'm Optimistic About the LC–MS

Some folks have recently challenged my often-stated assertion since 2010 that “These are good days for the LCMS.” I think it is fair that I respond to that challenge, by explaining why I think that way. People often judge a company by how they fare within it. Those “on top” can be expected to judge it well. Those who have been disappointed by how their “career” turned out can be ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Atheists Read the Bible

    Atheists Read the Bible I happened on The Inquisitive Atheists while looking for something completely different and curiosity got the better of me. They have some episodes ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A Pebble in the Savior's Sandals

Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-28 August 31, 2014   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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ACELC – If Not Now, When?

“I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame” Psalm 119:46 Several years ago, now LCMS President Matthew Harrison authored a paper entitled “It’s ...

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Great Stuff – Commentary: Should Lutherans take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’?

Here's a great article found on blogs.lcms.org originally written by BJS author Pr. Daniel Hinton.   [caption id="attachment_37738" align="alignright" width="216"] Jim Sanft, president ...

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Remembering Robert

Last month marked the silver anniversary of the “retirement” of Dr. Robert Preus from the presidency of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. On July 27, 1989 the Fort Wayne Board ...

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"Jesus and the Church: Inseparable" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus and the Church: Inseparable” (Matthew 16:13-20) “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” That is a quote that has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, the leading ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Marquart on the Third Use of the Law

Dr. Marquart on the Third Use of the Law This week I ran across Dr. Marquart’s 2005 Symposia presentation entitled, “The Third Use of the Law, a Contribution of the Formula of ...

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The Devil Has a Rolodex of our Sin.

God knows my sin. He knows how corrupt my heart is. God sees the sins that most in the world would deem “little” and the big nasty sins of my past. God knows my sin. God knows my sin so well he ...

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Heaven in Nebraska: Reflections on the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music

  “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17   This July, several of Redeemer’s music staff and I ...

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Workshop – Confessing Christ in a Contrary Culture

This event is on the Lutheran Calendar that can be added to the sidebar of your blogs; add your item to the calendar by clicking here.   Saturday, September 13at 9:30am - 3:00pm Our ...

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The Church and the Single Mom – A guest post by Dcs. Ellie Corrow

When I was in college a couple of friends were brainstorming about where I could meet a nice, Christian man, since it was clear to them that I was single, 25, and committed to my faith. The face of ...

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Sermon – Pr Martin Noland – The Proper Use of Mammon

Text: Luke 16:1-9 [Ninth Sunday after Trinity] Our Gospel lesson this morning is one of the more difficult of Jesus’ parables. In order to understand it properly, we have to tease out every ...

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"Jesus and People on the Fringe" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus and People on the Fringe” (Matthew 15:21-28) People on the fringe. That’s what you might call them. People on the fringe of respectable society. Sometimes beyond the fringe. These are ...

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The Godly Kind of Mercy Killing

There's a ungodly type of mercy killing that receives a great deal of sympathy, if not support, in our world today. Consider the Terri Schaivo case that lasted from 1990—2005. Terri had been ...

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The Catechism and the Home in 1845: Wilhelm Löhe

Luther emphasized that the Catechisms are meant not just for study by pastors, Church and school, but primarily for the Home. Fathers are to instruct their children and daily to pray the Catechism at ...

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Great Stuff – Miguel Ruiz: God Has a “Wonderful Plan” for Your Death

Great Stuff found over on Internet Monk   by Miguel Ruiz [caption id="attachment_37632" align="alignright" width="300"] The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix), Van Gogh[/caption]If I ...

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