One of These Things Just Doesn’t Belong

Okay, who remembers that Sesame Street song—“One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn’t belong”? That’s what comes to mind when I read the purpose statement of “FiveTwo.” According to their website, “FiveTwo,” yet another faddish movement in Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod circles, explains why they exist: “FiveTwo exists to fuel a movement of sacramental entrepreneurs who start a variety of spiritual communities that create baptized ...

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#Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

' #Five-Eaux and #Tiki14 Saturday night I went to a tiki bar to meet up with some friends. When I got there, the band was playing "Blue Hawaii." I knew I was in the right place. The next song was "Pipeline." Alright! The band, a group called Five-Eaux (Hawaii, get it?), was very good at what they did. Traditional Hawaiian steel guitar, surf guitar, reverb--just what I was hoping for at a tiki bar. And the place itself looked the part. We ...

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RE: The Most Neglected Part of the Catechism

Rev. Jordan McKinley's inaugural post on "The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism" has gotten me thinking. I played a little guessing game with myself before I read the post. I wanted to think about how I would answer this question on my own, and I wanted to try and guess what Rev. McKinley's answer would be. Though I can never prove it, so you'll just have to believe me, I ...

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Guest Article – Grace and the Corrupter

Posted by Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, Concordia Publishing House O you sons of men, return, And you their daughters, come. And abandon the ways of that Corrupter, And approach me. (Ode of Solomon 33:6–7) This beautiful plea for repentance from an early Syrian Christian is one that should resonate with us Lutherans. This late first or second century poem speaks the language of the ancient ...

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"You Shine as Lights in the World" (Sermon on Philippians 2:1-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“You Shine as Lights in the World” (Philippians 2:1-18) In our Epistle for today, from Philippians 2, St. Paul appeals to us Christians to live as who we are, namely, “children of God ...

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By Whose Authority? A Sermon on Matthew 21:23-27

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 28, 2014 Some people ask questions because they do not want to learn. Let me repeat that: Some ask questions because they do not want to learn and this ...

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Highlights from Wiki14

Ever want to "start new to reach new?" Ever feel retro for wearing a clerical? Want to know what it means to be a sacramental entrepreneur? Want to know how the pastor should call the non-ordained to ...

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Sacramental Entrepreneurship or Franchise Corruption?

The first Lutherans didn't use the term "Lutheran" to describe themselves. They identified themselves by the much more apt term "evangelical." After all, the Lutheran church is founded on the ...

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Liberals and their changing the meanings of words...

So now with Wiki14 conference over and everyone hyped by the likes of the FiveTwo folks in the LCMS, bringing in the latest and greatest (read: too old to sell to the evangelicals but the "lutherans" ...

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Great Stuff – FiveTwo’s Use of Language—What Does This Mean?

Found over on logia.org:   The Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has said on more than one occasion that a pastor “wear out his shoes” as he ...

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Catechism Series, part 11

In this latest installment of our "Steadfast Throwdown" Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we continue discussing the Sacrament of the Altar. Pr. Abrahamson shows us how Jesus’ new ...

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How Do You View the Church?

In the Nicene Creed we confess that we believe in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” What is that one Church? Our Augsburg Confession says, “The Church is the congregation of saints ...

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Catechism Series, part 10

Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues his series on Luther’s Small Catechism on "Steadfast Throwdown." This time we discuss the Sacrament of the Altar. What is the Sacrament? What does it deliver? Who ...

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Vision Casting

Vision casting is not so new is it?[/caption] Christ our Lord says, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, ...

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Notice the Difference?

The Transforming Churches Network paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry:   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther's paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry: You can download Scott's ...

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Becoming a Christian by Listening

My pastor has been teaching on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians for the past several months in Bible study.  As a good Lutheran pastor he has used Luther’s lectures on Galatians to supplement our ...

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Celebrating in the Face of Death, part 2

This week on "Steadfast Throwdown," we continue discussing Pr. Randy Asburry’s presentation on pastoral care at the time of death. Here we delve into how pastors care for their dying members by ...

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You Could Learn a Lot from a Dummy

This post takes its title from the 1980s’ U.S. Department of Transportation ad campaign to get people to wear seatbelts.  They showed you a crash using test dummies and then this tag line.  In ...

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Youth Work I-C: Organization and the Family-Youth

  Here is the first post on organization: Youth Work 1-A: Organization and the Congregation And here is the second: Youth Work 1-B: Organization and the Pastor And third: Youth Work ...

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God doesn’t love you for who you are.

Have you ever asked someone why they love you? Have you ever heard someone in a relationship say “He loves me for who I am”? Or even wondered why some people continue to love other people the way ...

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