Seminex: A Debt of Gratitude(?)

I stumbled upon this video a while back. The Reverend John S. Damm was once Academic Dean of Concordia Seminary under John Tietjen’s administration. He was one of the 35 professors who exiled themselves from Concordia Seminary in February of … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — What Should the Synod Do?

A post by Pastor David Petersen on Gottesdienst Online. We thought it might generate some interesting comments here as well as over on the original site.   Rumor has it that Synodical-types lurk on Gottesdienst. That may or may not … Continue reading

The Third Use of the Law – A Historical Examination, with Questions, pt. 1

Part 2     Part 3 Responding to Nikolaus Selnecker’s praise for his contributions to the Evangelical Church of Braunschweig in the latter’s introduction to his Institution of the Christian Religion, Jacob Andrea drafted the Six Sermons, an attempt, at … Continue reading

The Pastor Debt Monster

Originally posted on OuterRimTerritories by Pastor Christopher Gillespie.   Back in June, Larry Crume of LCEF posted a blog on the increasing level of student loan debt for the pastors of our church. In various conversations I have discovered that … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The religion incapable of delivering its promise…

Another great article posted by Pastor Peters on PastoralMeanderings:   George Weigel wrote in First Things of the inability of shallow, tribal, institutional-maintenance religion to meet the challenge before Christians, to sustain the life of Christians wearied by the changes … Continue reading

The Kingdom of Heaven, part 2

Part I ended with these questions: “This leaves us wondering, then, at what point does the child cease to be a child? And at this point is the kingdom that belonged to him or her as an infant and child … Continue reading

BJS Authors practice real church growth in their parishes

Over the past year, the authors of BJS have increased a lot, but another thing has been increasing as well – the size of the authors’ households and consequently our parishes.  No, we haven’t veered off the narrow way of … Continue reading

ACELC — Tis the Season – for Repenting!

Repentance is something the Lord means to be ongoing in the life of the Christian. But, repentance isn’t easy. Who wants to repent? Oh, we repent after eating too much at our Thanksgiving feasts, but that’s just our discomfort speaking. … Continue reading

Mayan Madness

In this catechism post, I’ve prepared a few responses to popular questions about the end-times hysteria surrounding the Maya calendars, the year 2012 and eschatology in general. It is intentionally concise and designed for use by  pastors and laity as … Continue reading

Great Stuff — New Pira Survey Reveals Real Reasons the Unchurched Don’t Attend Church

Found on Letter of Marque.us:   INDIANAPOLIS – A newly released Pira Survey of the Biblical texts reveals the real reasons why the unchurched do not attend church and the results are sending shockwaves through the seeker-driven and missional camps. … Continue reading

What Is So Convenient About Prevenient Grace?

Prevenient grace is the official doctrine of the Church of the Nazarene, as well as Methodism. It is found in the roots of Pietism and Puritan theology. Its wide range of appeal makes it a dominate conversion theology in North … Continue reading

Conscience and Worship

When pastors engage others in conversation about their conscience – the sense of one’s self in relation to God and creatures – we are usually dealing with those who understand conscience as an inner voice. But one must realize that … Continue reading

Why God’s Doctrine is for God’s People

What happens when Justification becomes peripheral and not the central article? I’ll tell you what happens: Doctrine becomes not life. Doctrine becomes something not for the people. The word Doctrine becomes theological jargon that is used only by theologians and … Continue reading

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, on Mark 13:24-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The End of the World’s Coming” (Mark 13:24-37) “In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the … Continue reading

Sermon on Psalm 126 ~ Sowing with Tears Before She Can Sing for Joy: The Seven Marks of the True Church

1 When the LORD brought back the exiles of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Then laughter filled our mouth, and our tongues with shouts of joy. 3 Then they said among the nations: “The LORD has done … Continue reading

Willful ignorance is not simple, childlike faith.

Simple, childlike faith in Jesus is good.  In fact, children often make fine examples of the Christian Faith (note Jesus’ use of them to teach adults in Matthew 19).  When Jesus wants to teach about simple trust, He sets a … Continue reading

Higher Things — Advent and Christmas 2012 Reflections Available

Found on Higher Things:   Dear Reflections readers, O Come, O Come, Immanuel Higher Things announces the 2012-13 Advent and Christmas Reflections. These daily devotions take us through the season of Advent as we wait in eager expectation of the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Quickening Words for Sleepy People

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 sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 13th chapter (Mark 13:24-37).   Beloved … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Contemporary Christian Music Industry

Contemporary Christian Music Industry Rev. Craig Donofrio, former Christian punk artist, discusses the state of the contemporary Christian music industry. … Continue reading

News from the Mission Field — Catechist to serve Siberia and Baltic Churches

  Many people, when they hear that I am going to Siberia to serve as a catechist ask, “What great crime did you commit that you are being sent to Siberia?” Well maybe my “crime” was answering the phone back … Continue reading

“Thanksgivings and Prayers for Our Nation” (Sermon for Thanksgiving Day on 1 Timothy 2:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Thanksgivings and Prayers for Our Nation” (1 Timothy 2:1-7) Today we are observing the Day of National Thanksgiving. The purpose of this holiday is for all Americans to gather in their churches and give thanks to God for his many … Continue reading

The End Times Cry of the DP’s: “Stay Off the Blogs!” by Pr. Rossow

When is the last time you heard a District President warn the pastors of his district to stay away from the latest heterodox evangelical fad with all its attendant published paraphernalia or from the latest secular-sociological demographics study that holds the key … Continue reading

Q&A — Gender as Social Construct

Another question came in using our Ask a Pastor button on the right. Sorry these are taking a while to answer, but we are getting quite a number of questions, some of which are difficult to research and answer. Studying … Continue reading

Hey! Your kids are Sinners!

  Here is a guest article by Nathan Redman.   Nathan Redman is a layman & aspiring deacon at Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) on St. Cloud Minnesota. He has been happily married for almost ten years to his wife Bernice. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Debunking a Myth: Contemporary Worship is not Inclusive

Found on Matthew E. Cochran’s blog, The 96th thesis:   When a congregation begins toying with the idea of contemporary worship, one of the usual driving factors is an attempt to be more “inclusive.” “The Church needs to appeal to … Continue reading