Let’s put it in Perspective

  I spent two days last week in dismal humidity teaching about the Augsburg Confession to a small but enthusiastic group of Lutherans from Marion Ohio. Currently I am drinking coffee and looking out at the mountains of Utah where … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We’re moving through the eight floor committees with their 106 proposed resolutions in “Today’s Business.” Here are the resolutions being proposed by Floor Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations: 3. THEOLOGY AND CHURCH RELATIONS 3-01: To Commend ILC and Task … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, District and Congregational Services (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In this series of articles, I am looking at the 106 proposed resolutions put forward by the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” This column considers the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee 2, on District and Congregational Services: … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 1, Missions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Believe it or not, there will be more business to conduct in Houston than electing a new president and dealing with restructuring proposals. Other elections and other resolutions are on the agenda, as well. So in this series of articles, … Continue reading

It’s Still Theological – A Word to Delegates, by Pastor Martin Noland

Opening my June 2010 Reporter to its centerfold (Vol. 36 #6; pp. 6-7) this morning, I read the article “President’s office nominees address issues in Synod.”  Delegates to the 2010 convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod need to read that … Continue reading

Jon Coyne’s troubling history

As active as our commenting community here at BJS is, our posts produce even more activity that goes on behind the scenes. Like clockwork, every time I post on something, I get calls from folks in the International Center or … Continue reading

Letter #9 — Accountants give it an F

A few days ago, I wrote about one of JesusFirst’s campaign pieces that said some pretty horrible things about one of Synod’s most wonderful programs — World Relief and Human Care. It was the type of letter that could actually … Continue reading

More Harrison Momentum: Kieschnick Voters Turning, Contemporary Worship Enthusiast Calls for Jesus First Apology, Etc., By Pr. Rossow

No one knows who will win the LCMS presidency but there is no doubt that Matt Harrison is gaining more and more momentum with each day as Houston 2010 draws closer. Rev. Harrison is an excellent candidate which is creating most of … Continue reading

Telling reaction

One of my friends is a lay delegate to the convention. He and I don’t always agree on church-related matters. He is a supporter of President Gerald Kieschnick, having voted for him at a prior convention. Just this week he … Continue reading

Rule number one on endorsements

I was talking with a delegate who received campaign material yesterday in support of the Rev. Gerald B. Kieschnick. No, not the discredited JesusFirst piece with embarrassing accounting errors, but a nice little letter signed by a bunch of people … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Key to the Successes of the Missouri Synod

And I couldn’t post that one without posting his previous post. If any of you aren’t following his blog in your RSS reader you are missing out on lots of great stuff. This one from CPH’s recent release of Walther’s … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pr Matt Harrison

I have nothing to add to this post by Pastor Matt Harrison this morning.     “Blessed are you!” 5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pastoral Meanderings on “Welcome vs Feeling at Home”

A faithful BJS reader found this post on Pastor Peters’ Pastoral Meanderings blog and recommended it to us for posting here. This fits right in with Jon Townsend’s latest article on bringing visitors to church. We cannot change our Worship … Continue reading

Slowness of the Steadfast Lutherans site today

Sorry for the delays encountered when attempting to read the Steadfast Lutherans site today. I am continuing to work with my webhosting provider to attempt to figure out what is going on and resolve the issues. I have created a … Continue reading

The truth about World Relief and Human Care’s stewardship

Earlier today, Jesus First (the political arm that supports President Kieschnick) sent its ninth letter (yes, ninth!) to delegates to the LCMS convention. First off, let’s take a moment to sympathize with these poor delegates who probably can’t begin to … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Cyberstones says “Take a Grad”

I found this over on Cyberstones — Pastor David Peterson’s blog — where he talks about the Seminary graduates and how we as a church must take the responsibility to take them into our churches rather than just calling from … Continue reading

Prayers for Christ’s Blessing on the LCMS Convention

For the next few weeks, up to and through the LCMS convention, every few days we will be posting a prayer for blessing on the LCMS convention. Some will be from the archives of the LCMS worship webpage “Let us … Continue reading

Taking Other Christians into the Divine Service, by Jon Townsend

(Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm. It’s been a while since he has posted, but most of us can relate to this post in attempting to bring people … Continue reading

Pro-lifers worried about Restructuring, Resolution 8-08

While various proposals made by the Blue Ribbon Task Force are being debated, one is facing serious opposition from a wide variety of individuals, commissions and boards within the church. Proposal 18 — now referred to as Resolution 8-08) eliminates … Continue reading

Jody Walter, A North Wisconsin Pastor Writes to His Flock about the Synod

From the Desk of the Pastor –  July, 2010 Dear Friends in Christ, We’ve come to the moment when the future of our church body will be decided. I do not over exaggerate this. We are at a time when … Continue reading

2010 LCMS Convention Resolution 5-04

This is another in our series of resolutions to the 2010 Synod Convention, posted here at the request of a commentor. If you have a comment on a specific resolution, see our Resolutions page. If the one you want to … Continue reading

Matt Harrison speaking at The Association of Confessional Lutherans April 21-23, 2010

Here are two videos of Pastor Matt Harrison speaking at The Association of Confessional Lutherans conference this past April 21-23rd at the Ramada in Bloomington, MN. He spoke primarily on his book, At Home in the House of our Fathers … Continue reading

Press Release from The United List

  The United List has released its recommendation for Treasurer for the 2010 convention.     RELEASE DATE: June 23, 2010 The United List announces its recommendation for Vice-President Finance – Treasurer, Mr. Charles E. Rhodes, the current Synodical Executive … Continue reading

Recent Unscriptural Decisions in the ELCA are the Product of “Efficiencies” Similar to the Proposed LCMS Structure, by Pr. Rossow

Many people have scratched their heads and wondered how the largest American Lutheran denomination, the ELCA, could violate Scripture so blatantly by approving actively gay and lesbian pastors in their church. The primary reason is that they forsook the inerrancy … Continue reading

We Prayed for President Kieschnick in Church, by Pr. Rossow

We prayed for President Kieschnick in church on Sunday as we do many Sundays. We prayed that God would grant him wisdom to be a godly leader in the synod. He is the LCMS president and deserves the respect of … Continue reading