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“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Sermon on Colossians 2:6-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Raised, Rooted, and Walking” (Colossians 2:6-15) “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is the rhythm of the Christian life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is God’s will for you, in your life. “Raised, Rooted, and Walking”: This is how Paul describes it in our Epistle lesson for today, from Colossians 2. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
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The Gospel Notes for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White … Continue reading

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
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A few weeks ago, a friend invited me to go with him to a Cubs game. Now, despite the fact that baseball is about as exciting to me as watching paint dry, I had a good time. Not only do I enjoy my friend’s company, we spent most of the time talking about theology … Continue reading

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope
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A great post out of our archives — note that the discussion on the original post is worth re-reading. I’ve included some of the comments below. This post was originally penned by Dr. C.F.W. Walther in 1846 .. a reminder that nothing is new under the sun.   “In America … Continue reading

Book Review — Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry
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Rev. Philip Hale’s new book, “CONFESSING THE SCRIPTURAL CHRIST AGAINST MODERN IDOLATRY: Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Truth in Scientific and Biblical Conflict” is a must read for every serious LCMS theologian, whether pastor, professor, synodical official or layman. Rev. Hale exposes how the “battle for the bible” in our Synod is … Continue reading

Flashback

The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement

In what had been touted for decades as the movement able to rescue the American Christian Church from extinction, The Church Growth Movement (CGM) has itself become extinct.  Yes, the Church Growth Movement has lost its movement.  It had been … Continue reading

TWL: Closer than the Devil

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“The Testimony of the Holy Spirit” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

I know of no other part of the Bible that provides as much comfort to the troubled soul as Romans chapter 8.  When I visit someone who is facing a critical life-threatening event I often turn to this beautiful chapter … Continue reading

Great Stuff — LCMS Convention: An Outsider’s Perspective

Another great post found over on Pr. Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt:   Some may argue that “Outsider” is not an apt description. But, I was not a delegate, I saw no updates on the convention until after it was finished, … Continue reading

LCMS Resolution 12-07A: Is This Dissent?

It didn’t take long for the quips to fly regarding the just-passed LCMS Convention Resolution 12-07A, “To Clarify Definition of Dissent.” This circularly humorous question was posed on Facebook: Can I dissent on Facebook with Resolution 12-07A, adopted 684 to … Continue reading

Dr Luther on the Office of the Ministry

“This much is sure: Whoever despises the office of the ministry will not think very highly of the Gospel.” [Martin Luther, The Sermon on the Mount, LW 21:226] Dr. Luther wrote these words in the early 1530s.  He preached on … Continue reading

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation

West Baltimore’s Bethany Lutheran Church and its pastor, Rev. Elias Abite Kao, have taken their leave of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Bethany plans to reconstitute as an independent non-denominational church following a direct revelation from God to … Continue reading

Baptismal Regeneration: A False Gospel?

I am consistently amazed at the visceral reaction of those who deny the efficacy of Baptism to any talk about how Baptism is efficacious. One person wrote a long response to my article, “Three Examples of How Lutherans DenyJustification by … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Choosing the Good Portion

July 17, 2016 — Proper 11 Sermon Text — Luke 10:38-42 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Choosing the Good Portion Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Ninth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

LCMS Convention Day Four

The Fourth Day of the Convention has finished up.  The big thing today was the elections.  The United List fared very well.  Delegates weighing in the strengths of the candidates and also the trustworthiness of the list’s recommendations voted astoundingly … Continue reading

Small Catechism Memory and Flash Cards in 11 English Translations

Small Catechism memory cards and flash cards are great tools for learning by heart and meditating on the truths of Scripture “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15) … Continue reading

The Dramatic Resuscitation of AC XIV

When I heard President Harrison state at the Emmaus Conference in 2011 that the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod was a confessional Lutheran church body I raised an eyebrow. I no longer, and you no longer, need raise that eyebrow. My hesitation … Continue reading

LCMS Convention Day Three – A Good day with no ugly.

Day Three of the Convention has concluded.  The convention today considered some really good stuff and passed it.  First and foremost – Licensed Lay Deacons has been dealt with in a compassionate and faithful manner.  The delegation voted by 74% … Continue reading

Convention Day Two – The Ugly

The Second Day of the LCMS Convention is over. Today saw some good things happen, including fellowship agreements and elections. By the second half of the day, a rather vocal minority began using even more parliamentary tactics to delay debate … Continue reading

Convention Day Two – The Good.

Day two of the National Convention of the LCMS has concluded.  Today had some really good results in elections.  The new Secretary of the Synod is going to be Rev. Dr. John Sias.  He will be able to serve our … Continue reading

Convention Day One Recap

Today was a day of elections.  The Convention considered some resolutions (including some good national and international witness matters), but the main thing that happened today was the elections.  The Convention decided to reelect the incumbent Vice Presidents (with a … Continue reading

Great Stuff — ‘Be Bold!’ Harrison exhorts church in President’s Report

Found over on blogs.lcms.org, this presentation by President Harrison is well worth 30 minutes of your time to listen to. You can also view this video on livestream here … Continue reading

Convention Day One Under Way

The 66th Regular National Convention of the LCMS is underway.  Yesterday were the floor committee meetings, and I spent some time in the room for Ecclesiastical Supervision (Dispute Resolution/Checks and Balances [12-01] and also Candidate resolutions [12-02]).  The Floor Committee … Continue reading

Convention 2016: Synod Convention Update, a helpful resource on resolutions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Before each of the last two LCMS national conventions (2010 and 2013) I wrote in-depth, detailed analyses of all the proposed resolutions coming before the convention, and I posted those articles here on BJS. This time I haven’t done that, … Continue reading