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 expected to judge that company poorly. This is just human nature, and explains a lot of people’s ...

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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 where they read through the Bible. They make two major mistakes in that they star reading from Genesis and they have no idea what the Bible is about. In their episode on Genesis 1 - 20, they really show off their biases regarding creation/evolution ...

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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 morning’s /evening’s sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 16th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Peter the pebble has spoken.  He confessed Jesus as the Christ.  He got it ...

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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 Time.” Appealing to Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and our Lutheran fathers, he outlined the strengths and beauty of Lutheranism, as well as the challenges we face today. He boldly called for a ...

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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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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 3 of 3

We conclude our look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small ...

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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 2 of 3

We continue to look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small ...

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I’m a Great Husband.

In the world’s eyes, I’m a great husband. I love my wife; I support her and my children. I don’t cheat on her or beat her. I don’t yell at her or put her down. That being said if I’m ...

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