A Congregation of Hypocrites and Evil Persons

For weeks we have been justifiably preoccupied with Pastors savaging the Great Commission, and mocking our Confessions. There's a nasty flipside. I read this weekend of one of our LCMS Pastors being abused by his congregation. It's all about the root of all evil and that Artemis sized idol - the love of money. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="421"] City Methodist Church, Gary, IN. Courtesy Michael Kappel.[/caption] In this case an already small congregation is in decline with the ...

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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 normally go up before the audio is available. We received this sermon late, so the audio is available. For those interested you might check back later to hear the sermons. For example, those who already read his Oct 2nd sermon may want to revisit it to ...

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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 Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. ... So ...

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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 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 ...

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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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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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