My “bad”: How a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The political machine known as “Jesus First” is revving up into high gear and has begun sending newsletters to convention delegates. Their “Special Edition” Delegate Letter #1 (a pdf file) is a case study in how a desperate Jesus First … Continue reading

Why President Kieschnick showed poorly: Part III

I am analyzing the factors which lead to President Kieschnick’s poor showing on synodical nominations. Last time we looked at President Kieschnick’s strong tendency to get bogged down on the administrative aspects of his job and ignore the theological. Today … Continue reading

Jesus First on low nominations: We meant to do that! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m sure you’ve seen a TV show or movie where the character slips and falls awkwardly, and then, in an attempt to save face, gets up and says, “I meant to do that!” Well, that’s kind of what the political … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission: Pastor, What’s this about Church Discipline? by Pr Rob Jarvis

(The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission is one of the many confessional groups that regularly posts on this website. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns … Continue reading

Group Organizing to Help Graduates without Calls at Ft. Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

As we all read in Mollie’s post yesterday, there are several pastoral candidates that will not be placed at the Fort Wayne Seminary. A group is being formed to receive donations to help them out until they receive calls. Here … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Friedrich Wyneken’s Missionary Strategy and Sermon Delivery

Pastor Robert Smith of CTS Fort Wayne has created a facebook account for Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken in an attempt to coordinate activities around FCD’s birth bicentennial on May 13. You have to be logged into facebook to read the … Continue reading

Here’s the “confidential” report

  Click here for the consultant’s report to the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The overwhelming number of nominations received by the Rev. Matthew Harrison for Synodical President in comparison to President Kieschnick’s showing can be read as a vote of … Continue reading

What do the nominations numbers mean? Part II

I am analyzing the mistakes which President Kieschnick has made in the last nine years which lead to his poor showing on synodical nominations. Last time we looked at his apparent inability to recognize and address our theological divisions. The … Continue reading

The ultimate “wedge issue”

Of all the proposals from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance, one of the most disliked is the one that would give larger congregations more votes. Well, I’m not really sure why the Blue Ribbon Task … Continue reading

Thirty seminary grads to not receive calls?

Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, has the following note on Facebook: To my students: I am just now learning about the shortage of calls. Please remember that Lord of … Continue reading

Listening to the people

Yesterday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, President Kieschnick said of his weak showing in nomination numbers: “Call it apathy or satisfaction, but they see no need to make a change.” Now, I’m sure President Kieschnick wishes he’d said something better … Continue reading

“Not a consolidation of power”?

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday, President Kieschnick defended his restructuring plan, saying, “This is not a consolidation of power.” Instead, he argued, “this is about how operations, missions and ministries can be accomplished more efficiently and effectively.” Yet in … Continue reading

New Kieschnick & Co. plan? Tone down BRTF proposals

After I noted the presence of a “confidential” report for the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance, I had several offers to see the report. I have it in hand, now, and will be posting excerpts this … Continue reading

Kieschnick: Low Nominations Mean High Satisfaction (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Down is up, low is high, in President Kieschnick’s world. At least when it comes to nomination numbers. Low nominations mean high satisfaction. That’s the gist of President Kieschnick’s explanation for the nomination totals, according to a new story in … Continue reading

Kieschnick: I’m popular even though no one voted for me!

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about the current Synodical political environment. The piece has a mistake in it — it gave Kieschnick a bonus of 100 additional nominations (he only received 755, not 855), but the article is most enjoyable … Continue reading

If you had half a million dollars, what would you do with it?

In my last post, I mentioned a “confidential” report that was commissioned in conjunction with the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance. The “confidential” report is referenced on pages 17-19 of the Final BRTFSSG Report (PDF) that … Continue reading

Major unrest regarding Blue Ribbon Task Force proposals

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“The financial crisis that Synod is facing”

If you go to this page on the Synodical website, you’ll see an appeal for funds for something called the 2010 National Offering. I’m not familiar with the “national offering” or if it’s been done before but this one, which … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the … : Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast, Jr on the Formation of the LC–MS

I originally read this article in the hardcopy (gasp! Not online!) edition of For the Life of the World, a magazine of Concordia Theological Seminary. This magazine is mailed to all Pastors in the LC–MS as well as anyone interested … Continue reading

Nothing says “Lutheran” like liturgical dance

I had the pleasure of being involved for several years with Confessional Lutheran youth gatherings. The group I was involved with is Higher Things and we had the motto that when we worship, we worship; when we work, we work; … Continue reading

Women’s Ordination Not a Dead Issue in the LCMS, by Pr. Rossow

The voices in support of women’s ordination in the LCMS have grown stronger and not weaker in the last few years as evidenced by the sprouting up of a new website at The good news is that so far … Continue reading

Live Blog from the ACL Conference (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“CONFESSING THE FAITH: IN LIGHT OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS” is the theme for “A Congress on the Lutheran Confessions,” sponsored by the Association of Confessional Lutherans and the Luther Academy, held in Bloomington, Minnesota. Excellent line-up of speakers: Holger Sonntag, … Continue reading

I sure wish this was a misquote!

The Santa Cruz Sentinel has a story from last September headlined “Local Evangelical Lutherans applaud church’s decision allowing gay clergy.” It’s about the ELCA’s then-recent move to ordain clergy who are in committed same-sex relationship (they actually had allowed gay … Continue reading

What do the nominations numbers mean? Part I

The nominations have been calculated and Rev. Matt Harrison has received 75% more nominations than his closest rival. Never, in synodical history has an incumbent president received so many fewer nominations than other nominees. What do these numbers indicate? First … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Calendar Items and Matt Harrison in CT this weekend!

Did you notice on the Cross-Focused Leadership for Missouri Fan Page on Facebook the announcement that Pr Matt Harrison is speaking at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Norwalk, CT this Saturday and Sunday? Any of our readers who are in … Continue reading