Great Stuff — Stand Firm — A Review of Wayne Talbot’s Book, The Dawkins Deficiency

Found on Scott Diekmann’s blog, Stand Firm:   Wayne Talbot’s recently published book The Dawkins Deficiency: Why Evolution Is Not the Greatest Show on Earth (Deep River Books, 2011) is definitely worth reading if you’re a laymen — and who … Continue reading

Caesar’s continued war against the Church…

In 2007 the United States House of Representatives passed “The College Cost Reduction and Access Act.”  This act established the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Under the provisions of this program, Federal Direct student loans of those who are in … Continue reading

Differences between the ELCA and LCMS, with links, being updated

A few years back I took on the task of researching the official beliefs of the ELCA and comparing them to official beliefs of the LCMS.  I went through their websites and tried to cite literally and reference where things … Continue reading

Pastoral Care For Those Experiencing An Epistemological Crisis

Chances are that you have never heard of an epistemological crisis. Don’t worry I will be the first to confess that the terminology is a bit confusing. Even though the terminology is confusing, it is a very common occurrence in … Continue reading

Announcing the St. Ambrose Hymn Writing Contest

A good, solid corpus of hymnody has been a hallmark of the Lutheran confession. Hymns as “sung confessions of the faith” have served the church well throughout her history, underscoring and emphasizing the truths of God Word that are being … Continue reading

ULC Demolition is Under Way

Found on Robin Muench’s facebook posting:   When my husband and I first started attending ULC, we entered always through the back door. The memories that come to mind for us now, as we watch the demolition in progress, are … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pastor’s Wives: Servants of the Church

Another great post found on LutheranPastor by Pastor Paul Beisel:   Fifty years ago, the “perfect” pastor’s wife was one who was involved in the Ladies’ Aid, taught Sunday School, was in charge of VBS, and accompanied her husband on … Continue reading

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21) On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in … Continue reading

SID DP Timothy Scharr — What Did You Say?

Found on SIDlcms website: What Did You Say? By Rev. Timothy J. Scharr, District President   The concern is genuine; the apprehension palpable.  Worry gives way to fear that sounds the alarm.  Income lags behind expenses.  Fewer people are attending church on a regular basis.  The … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education: John Milton, Classical Christian Educator

One of the presenters at this month’s conference of the Consortium for Classical and Christian Education (CCLE) was Dr. E. Christian Kopff, whose list of accolades and qualifications to speak to such an audience is far too long to list. … Continue reading

The Sting Of Sin: If We Only Knew How Bad It Is

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 ESV). I did not understand the implications of Romans 6:23 until I was a seminary student. The … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Neighborly Pick

A Neighborly Pick Issues, Etc. interviewed Pr. Jay Reinke of Concordia Lutheran in Williston, ND whose congregation allows people to sleep on in the church and the parking lot. Williston is experiencing an oil boom accompanied by a housing shortage … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — No Crossing Except by Water and the Wood.

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 6th chapter (Mark 6:45-56). Beloved … Continue reading

WMLTblog — FOEs

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog, posted by LCMS Secretary Ray Hartwig. Here is important information that every circuit counsellor AND church needs to know about delegate selection for the 2013 convention.   My contributions to this WMLT blog … Continue reading

Biblical Apologetics, Part 2

I was by now too experienced in my literary criticism to regard the Gospels as myths.  They had not the mythical taste…if ever a myth had become fact, had been incarnated, it would be just like this.  And nothing else … Continue reading

Knowing About Christ; Knowing Christ

When I was in grade school I collected baseball cards. My favorite baseball player was Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I knew very well that he was the 1988 World Series MVP, earned the 1988 Cy Young Award, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Daily Prayer and Catechesis in the Christian Home

Daily Prayer is something every Christian knows he or she should do. And most want to and even try from time to time. But it’s hard to form the habit. In this video Pastors Mark Lovett (Concordia Lutheran Church, Hoisington, … Continue reading

A Church Cannot Remain Lutheran Without Visitation

Found on Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison:   Furthermore, a synod that is “faithful to the Confessions,” must also “c. supervise the confessional faithfulness of its members.” It is therefore not enough that a synod, so to speak, have only … Continue reading

Men of Honor

So how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? How about the resolution to make no resolutions? Have you resolved to do anything this year? Yeah, I’ve failed too. Everyone fails. That’s why self-help books are still so popular … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — ULC: Looking Back and Looking Forward though the Eyes of a Layperson

by Douglas Denzler One month ago I watched my place of worship, University Lutheran Chapel; hold is final service and close its doors forever.   The congregation was forced to leave by an eviction order by the Minnesota South District of … Continue reading

Life Together: Luther on discussing Worship

Koinonia. This word can be translated or understood as “Life Together.” How does the Church have life together? The Augsburg Confession answers this question saying, “It is also taught that at all times there must be and remain one holy, … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Sermon: The Final Word

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   The following sermon was preached this morning at the International Center Chapel by the Rev. Dr. Edward Grimenstein, Manager of LCMS Disaster Response. July 20th, 2012 Mark 6 The Final Word John … Continue reading

Where is God in Disaster and Catastrophe?

Found on the World Wide Wolfmueller:     This article was originally published in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Recent events in the Aurora movie theater draw us again to the Lord’s Word for wisdom and comfort. A … Continue reading

Church hopping, a natural outgrowth of felt needs ministry…

Found this (and had it sent to me by a friend) on the web the other day:  “Spirit moves ‘church hoppers’”.  The article is about a whole new class of folks who are going from one church to another to … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Some Basic Questions on Witness, Mercy, Life Together

Some years ago I was working with a small congregation in a small town during a vacancy in the pastoral office. The congregation, never large, had been declining in recent years. The previous pastor had left for a more attractive … Continue reading