Three Simple Steps to Move Forward with the Matthew Becker Case, by Pr. Rossow

There are three things that I see need to be done to move forward with the Matthew Becker case and in the following order. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter in the comment section below. President Harrison needs to begin the process of expelling President Linnemann from the LCMS for allowing a false teacher in his district. If that fails then President Harrison needs to call a special synodical convention to consider the expulsion of the false teacher Becker. If that ...

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True Love is Built on Doctrine!

Here is another re-post .. this one from October, 2014:   “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 Jesus or with anyone apart from words, apart from doctrine? The word “doctrine” is a Greek loan word brought into English. Simply translated “doctrine” means, ...

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Here we Stand

Yesterday, Reverend President Dr. Matthew Harrison posted a fantastic response to the inability of a panel of judges to carry out the charges against Reverend Dr. Matthew Becker. His confession is as follows: When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), ...

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A Gordian Knot of bylaws - How could a Synod President remove a District President?

The Gordian Knot is an interesting tale.  Alexander the Great's solution is also interesting.  The LCMS Handbook lays out a Gordian Knot called Dispute Resolution (which produced the results of Dr. Becker's being viewed as an orthodox Lutheran not needing a formal hearing).  Now there are calls for the President of the Synod to do something with regards to the District President over Dr. ...

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Great Stuff – The Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission — Regional Directors’ Meeting

Found over on WMLTblog.org:   Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House January 26-28, 2015 [caption id="attachment_40207" align="alignright" width="300"] Rev. Dr. Klaus Detlev ...

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The Tsunami Is About to Break

In 2008, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod canceled Issues, Etc.  That single event galvanized an entire generation of do-nothings like me to sit up and take notice. People began to take an ...

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Distinguishing Between Doctrine and Life

This is a re-post from October 2014 that reflects Luther's teaching on how to deal with false doctrine and its teachers.   “Doctrine and life must be distinguished. Life is bad among us, ...

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Actions Speak Louder than Words, by Pr. Rossow

2.15  Expulsion of a District President or Officer from Membership in the Synod 2.15.1  The action to commence expulsion of a district president or an officer of the Synod from membership in ...

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Thank you President Harrison.

"When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, ...

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Sermon Audio: What is the Transfiguration of Our Lord?

Sermon Text: Matthew 17:1-9, Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, Historic Lectionary for Transfiguration Pastor Abrahamson of Clearwater Lutheran Parish, NW, Minnesota. January 25, ...

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Sermon – Pr. Martin Noland – The Kingdom of God is Near

Sermon Text: Mark 1:14-20 [3rd Sunday after Epiphany, Series B] After five years of autumn in Evansville, I have learned not to procrastinate when it comes to raking up leaves. When I first moved ...

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"Repent, Believe, and Follow" (Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, Believe, and Follow” (Mark 1:14-20) In the early chapters of the gospels, we track Jesus’ early ministry, as he goes about Galilee, preaching, teaching, and healing. As sort of a ...

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Matthew Becker is Progressive; 5/2 is Progressive; Confessional Lutherans are also Progressive, by Pr. Rossow

Progress is not the sole property of free-thinkers unteathered to Scripture like Matthew Becker or out of the traitional/liturgical box church planners like the 5/2 group. Confessional Lutherans are ...

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New Older Manuscript of Mark? Cool it, please.

There is something people are passing around on FaceBook that is a bit befuddling. It sounds fantastic, but, really....It is not news or even really newsworthy.The Blaze ran a sensationalizing story ...

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The LCMS Stopped Being the Church of Walther Long Ago, by Pr. Rossow

I am not talking about voters' assemblies. I am not talking about the true visible church of God on earth. I am not talking about the proper distinction of Law and Gospel although in one way or ...

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January 2015: Focus on International Mission

Found over on Video.LCMS.org:   Throughout January, the LCMS focuses on international mission. In the 121 years since the LCMS sents its first missionaries abroad to India, the church has ...

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You Should Be Defrocked

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — The History of Christian Confirmation

  The History of Christian Confirmation This is the start of a series with Pr. Mark Surburg on the history of confirmation. If you are pressed for time, make sure you at least listen to ...

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Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, LCMS Clergyman. Exonerated.

It came out during the North Dakota District Convention that the case against Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyman who teaches at Valparaiso University has ended with the result that he was ...

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What to do in the congregation concerning the LCMS?

So with the news of the LCMS inability to deal with one of its most flagrant dissenters since the 1970s, it is sure to be an issue that the people of God need to learn about.  One of the best things ...

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