The Commission that has Endorsed Pagan Prayer Practices is Appointed Entirely by the Synod President, by Pastor Rossow

Here is the description of the Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support from the LCMS Handbook. Notice section 3.9.4.1. All thirteen members are appointed by the synod president. Since Gerald Kieschnick has been in office for years, it is clear … Continue reading

More Problems with Prayer in the LCMS ““ Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support Endorses “Centering Prayer,” by Pr. Rossow

A few months ago we alerted our readers to the problematic theology behind the LCMS’s special prayer events. We posted these concerns on July 27 and July 28. Now we have the Commission on Ministerial Growth endorsing an ancient and … Continue reading

Another Letter to President Forke ““ The LCMS Leadership has Abandoned the Noble Request for Liturgical Uniformity, by Klemet Preus

Brother Forke, Allow me a few words about the place of freedom in our discussion. The idea of “Freedom” is very difficult for us to rise above. Question freedom or threaten to deprive someone of it and watch us squirm. … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 8 ““ Recommendation #5: The Liberal Bias of the Task Force ““ Pitting Laity against the Clergy, by Pr. Rossow

This is Part  8  of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   DuPage County Illinois is Slowly Growing Liberal and … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 7 ““ Recommendation #4: Why Go to the District to get Lousy Programs when the Synod is Capable Enough of Turning out Lousy Programs? by Pr. Rossow

This is Part  7  of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   This proposal is an upside down solution to … Continue reading

The Church that Walther, Chemnitz, Luther, Paul, Moses and Elijah would Attend, A Discussion Between Phillip Magness and George in Wheaton

Last week’s post about  a Matt Harrison presidency and what that would mean for the local parish has led to a helpful exchange between Cantor Phillip Magness of Bethany – Naperville, Illinois and BJS regular “George of Wheaton.” The exchange … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 6 ““ Recommendation #3: The Task Force Claims that it is Crucial for the Synod to Restore the Effectiveness of Circuits ““ Do the Proposals do That? by Pr. Rossow

This is Part 6 of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   Blue Ribbon Task Force Recommendation # 3 is … Continue reading

If the Synod President Wants to Calm Fears He Should Issue a Statement About the Real Issue: Seminary Education, by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick and other officials in higher education have issued a statement to calm the fears that the seminaries will be sold. We are pleased that such a statement has been issued because we believe that residency seminary education is … Continue reading