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 location three Sundays, including today.  One of our members told me about going to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store in Buena Vista and some of his finds for the Mission, but he also told me something else. Our brother was talking with the clerk and he told the clerk that he was looking for ...

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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 they’re in the church or not, have heard it. “Render unto Caesar.” The average person might say: “Let’s see, I think that has something to do with what we’re supposed to owe the government.” And they would be right. It does have to do with ...

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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 ones. (found here on BJS)There’s a new church plant in town, at least if the town is North Liberty, Iowa. What’s it’s name? Agua’s Trough? Washington Knolls? The Back Street? No, try Saint ...

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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 disciples of Jesus, and we’re just like you, so you’ll fit right in!” Mercy. So my wife and I recently visited a local festival associated with the harvest of some plant that makes delicious pies ...

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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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Wiki14 5/2 Cribbing From Social Entrepreneurs

Katy, TX--Bill Woolsey's Five Two explains Sacramental Entrepreneurship in an article titled 7 Marks That Say You’re A Sacramental Entrepreneur. The title is reminiscent of Martin Luther's Seven ...

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Today's Evils

Christ our Lord spoke to His disciples saying, "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34). Do ...

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"It's my First Amendment right!" Yeah... Whatever.

“I’m going to stand firm in the faith. It is my First Amendment right!” That’s funny. That actually made me laugh. Apparently the city of Houston, Texas has decided that in order to ...

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Ad Crucem- Authentic Lutheran Art, Cards, and More

As we slowly begin the approach to the Advent and Christmas season as well as pastor appreciation month there is a new and incredible resource for Lutheran items. Ad Crucem is a site run by Wanita ...

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Pastor Moves His Church into the 1980s!

Katy, TX--Pr. Bill Woolsey, favoring suits styled like those of Sonny Crockett and Rico Tubbs, expressed his contempt for the stagnation of his own church body, the LC-MS: "The mainline, historical, ...

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Great Stuff – TTMBO, ACELC, and the 44

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter's blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   When serving at my first parish, I was privileged to be a part of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans. In ...

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Great Stuff – Wilhelm Loehe on Child/Infant Communion

Found over on logia-online:   The following excerpt in translation is drawn from Wilhelm Loehe’s “Neuendettelsau Letters.” The letters were published in 1858 to explain and defend ...

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Great Stuff – Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day

Found over on SacrementalMinions.com.   Be sure to add SM to your readings list; here are recent posts over there: Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day Revitalization: Abiding as ...

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"Decliners and Recliners" (Sermon on Matthew 22:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Decliners and Recliners” (Matthew 22:1-14) Do you ever get an invitation to an event--a party, say--and they ask you to RSVP? So you check your calendar, and you see you’ve got a schedule ...

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The Real Reasons LCMS Pastors Want to be like American Evangelicals, by Pr. Rossow

In a post yesterday Martin Noland quoted John Hannah asserting that an aversion to Roman Catholicism is what makes LCMS’ers want to look like Evangelicals. I am sure that is a part of it but I ...

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