Five-Two and PLI Too

The recent BJS posts about the “Five-Two” network may all sound vaguely familiar to any of you who have been reading BJS for four years or more. In August 2010, Pastor Rossow did a great article on the topic of "Pastoral Leadership Institute," a.k.a. PLI. In my opinion, PLI and Five-Two work out of the same mind-set, which is a “managerial approach” to the church. This approach has great appeal to corporate executives and to pastors who show partiality (James 2:1-13) to those ...

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Deleted Comments at 5/2 Blog - DP's, Who is Genuinely Courageous and Open, 5/2'ers or BJS'ers? by Pr. Rossow

The 5/2 editors are deleting comments on their blogs that they apparently don't like. (You can find these blogs at the Five Two Facebook page.) A couple of our writers have posted comments asking questions about some of the 5/2 practices and they have been deleted. So I ask the District Presidents of the LCMS, who are the genuinely courageous and open folks in the LCMS, the 5/2'ers or the BJS'ers? We have a very liberal and open comment ...

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I Applaud Mr. 5/2 Bill Woolsey, No, Really I Do, by Pr. Rossow

Don’t write off entrepreneurs in the church. I know some great churchy entrepreneurs such as Todd Wilken (Issues, Etc.), my partner in ministry here at Bethany, Jonathan Fisk (Worldview Everlasting), Bryan Wolfmueller (radio, publishing, comedy, etc.), and even Matt Harrison who before he headed up Lutheran World Relief put together an ambitious urban renewal project sponsored by his parish ...

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#Wiki14 / @FiveTwo – The Data Speaks, Part Two

Our previous article focused on the people associated with the FiveTwo Network and how they relate to the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). This time we'll focus on FiveTwo's formative influences. The findings are disturbing for Confessional Lutheranism if the FiveTwo organization is allowed to continue hiving within the LCMS as a shadow synod. FiveTwo's "Sacramental ...

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I’d like to die in my sleep.

I’d like to die in my sleep. I’d like to be in my eighties or even my nineties. I’d like to have roast beef with potatoes and gravy for dinner that night. Maybe even a glass of my favorite ...

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Great Stuff – Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse

A great post found by original BJS columnist Mollie Hemingway found over on TheFederalist.com excerpted below:   I just received an email asking me to “save the date” for a ...

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Steadfast Throwdown – Becoming a Christian

Posted over on Steadfast Throwdown: How does a person become a Christian and stay a Christian? Not by doing things, but by hearing the Word of Christ. And should we really condemn someone for ...

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A Congregation of Hypocrites and Evil Persons

UPDATE: The pastor concerned has alerted me to an inaccuracy that as been corrected. His church was not in decline. For weeks we have been justifiably preoccupied with Pastors savaging the Great ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Render unto God

Sermon Text -- Matthew 22:15-21 October 19, 2014 AD   NOTE: Pastor Sikora's sermons are now available in audio format; since he normally posts them the prior Thursday, these posts ...

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Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)

A post by LCMS 4th Vice President (and Houston Pastor) Rev. Dr. Scott Murray over on ReligionNews:   Excerpted ... Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise ...

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In the Town, but Not of the World

Here in the commonwealth of Virginia, we moved Concordia Lutheran Mission from Lexington to Buena Vista because we were led to find a great rental property.  We have now worshipped in our new ...

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"Render–But Don't Surrender–unto Caesar" (Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Render--But Don’t Surrender--unto Caesar” (Matthew 22:15-22) “Render unto Caesar”: I think most of us have heard that expression. In fact, I would say that most Americans, whether ...

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Great Stuff – St. Silas (North Liberty, IA) Now Having Sunday School

Found over on stSilasLutheran.org; we previously posted an announcement of this new mission start (parts shown below). It's great to see the growth of a new church, starting to teach the little ...

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First Church of Authenticity and Trends

…is it just me, or is this title hopelessly contradictory? And yet, this is the message that countless congregations endeavor to send to our culture. “We’re the genuine article, bona-fide ...

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True Love is Built on Doctrine!

“We have a relationship with Jesus. We are not interested in doctrine.” This talk is heard so frequently it has taken on an air of truth. But are such words true? Can we have a relationship with ...

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The Brothers of John the Steadfast - Where Clergy Domination is Waning...

A "dominator" or cut out Cool Whip container?[/caption] Naperville, IL -- While the claim of clericalism and clergy domination continues to sell tickets to the latest and greatest fifteen year ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Apologetics and Evangelism

  Apologetics and Evangelism In September my congregation was blessed to have Pr. Mark Pierson of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Long Beach, CA give a presentation on apologetics and ...

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#Wiki14 / @FiveTwo - The Data Speaks

This was originally posted on Tim Wood's blog, mdxvii.com:   The dust from FiveTwo Network's 2014 Wiki Conference continues to blow and settle in places where it is not wanted. So we ...

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Then You'll Have a Clean Room

When I was a kid, my next door neighbor was my best friend. He was a good kid. He excelled at sports and did well in school. But when his mother told him to clean up his room, he asked, “Why?” ...

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Is Manipulation Ever Loving?

When thinking back about evangelistic efforts from my past, I must admit that manipulation was a welcomed friend. It wasn't broadcast as such, but instead rationalized under the guise that “the ...

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