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Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.

A Concordia Pitches a No-Hitter. The Final Score: 0-34

September 17th, 2014 39 comments

  Not that long ago I read through a Concordia University’s glossy biannual magazine. I was struck by how little Jesus there was in it. I went back and took another look. I saw no Jesus. I downloaded it and did a search. Zero Jesus. Zero. By comparison, the word innovation, or one of its derivatives, was used 34 times. That’s right. Thirty-four. Luke 12:34 comes to mind: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There’s a systemic problem when Jesus can’t be found in the span of thirty pages of a university claiming “Lutheran” as   More…

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The Purple People Eater Rides Again

September 15th, 2014 4 comments

The Jehovah’s Witnesses interlinear Bible, titled The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures (KIT), was first released in 1969.  Called “the purple people eater” by many Christian apologists because of its purple cover, it contains the Westcott-Hort Greek text along with the Watchtower’s New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures (NWT).  The NWT, released in 1961, twists Holy Scriptures to suit the doctrinal views of the Watchtower.  Some of the lowlights, quoted from the 1969 KIT, include Colossians 1:15-20: He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation; because by means of him all [other]   More…

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Unapologetically Lutheran

August 2nd, 2014 53 comments

“The Lutheran Church is the TRUE VISIBLE CHURCH; not the universal Church, not the only saving Church, not the only Christian Church, but the true visible Church; that is to say, the Church of the pure Word and the pure Sacraments. The invisible Church is built solely and exclusively upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Eph. 2, 20, and the visible Church may not forsake this foundation. The Christians, uniting for the common confession of their faith and the hearing and preaching of God’s Word, must preach and confess the pure Word. It is the only form of   More…

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Our Troops Armed with the Truth Thanks to Your Contributions

July 18th, 2014 1 comment

Many thanks from Ch. James Buckman and Deaconess Carolyn Brinkley to all of you who have so graciously and generously responded to the request for LSBs and Catechisms for AFCENT bases from the Horn of Africa, through the Persian Gulf and up into the Stans. Your response has been amazing! We invite you to rejoice with us in the establishment of our LSBs and Catechisms at AFCENT chapels in Qatar, Afghanistan, Jordan and two undisclosed locations with more requests coming from other chaplains. These LSBs and LSCs will be used for many years by many denominations. This has been an   More…

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Be an Instant Expert

June 27th, 2014 1 comment

A flash of color caught my eavesdropping eye as the person next to me was flipping through a magazine.  It was an advertisement, something about “Everything you need to know about the Bible.” At the top of the page in big white on red letters it said “BE AN INSTANT EXPERT.”  Uh, wait; hold on!  That’s all I could take in as the person rudely turned the page without my approval.  When I got home, I did what every good researcher does, I googled it.  It turns out, the advertisement was for a new Time Life book called Everything You   More…

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Urgent Need for LSBs and Catechisms

June 18th, 2014 21 comments

Reprinted with permission from the Facebook page of the same name.   Due to government cutbacks in funding worship supplies for deployed chaplains, an unprecedented opportunity has opened to establish our Lutheran Service Book (LSB) on AFCENT bases covering the areas of countries in the Horn of Africa, the Persian Gulf and up to the Stans in Central Asia. These hymnals will be used for many years by many denominations by all branches of the Armed Forces.Chaplains are asking for as many LSBs and Catechisms as can be sent. This is a tremendous opportunity to scatter seeds of the mercy   More…

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Examination. Who Does That?

June 6th, 2014 9 comments

Remember when you used to have to register for Holy Communion the day before?  Probably not.  It was at one time a common practice, and in keeping with the concept of examination: No one is admitted to the Sacrament without first being examined.  (AC XXIV, 6, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions) And again, The Sacrament is offered to those who wish to use it, after they have been examined and absolved.  (Ap. XXIV, 1, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions) The idea of Communion registration wasn’t limited to Lutherans, as this quote from the Anglicans’ 1559 Book of Common Prayer illustrates: THE ORDER   More…

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Not Worth Fighting About?

April 28th, 2014 31 comments

At one time in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, every congregation was united in doctrine and practice. Scripture’s teaching on Holy Communion were taken seriously, and Closed Communion was the order of the day. In the 16th century, Lutherans took their theology a bit more seriously than we do now as well, as the following quote from The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of The Book of Concord clearly illustrates. At the time, Tileman Hesshus was a professor of theology at the University of Heidelberg, president of the church council, and general superintendent of the churches of the Palatinate. Wilhelm Klebitz   More…

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Hiding Life in Death

April 18th, 2014 2 comments

Quoting Rev. William Cwirla from his article “Suffering, Death, and the Hidden God” in Modern Reformation, Sept/Oct 2002, v. 11, no. 5., pp. 22-31,     The theology of the cross is the theology of Jesus Christ, the second Adam, who lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. His glory is the cross; his death is his hour of power. The theology of the cross sees the glory of God hidden under the suffering and death of the Son of God. The cross of Christ is the starting point and the focal point for all theological thinking,   More…

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Proud Members of the Religious Left

March 27th, 2014 43 comments

We all saw the coverage of the 40th anniversary of the Seminex debacle last month, including a couple of related articles on BJS here, here, and here. What you probably didn’t see was the view from the “other side.” To see what forty years of liberal theology and the Historical-Critical Method get you, here’s a few quotes from those sympathetic to the walkout. From a University Lutheran Chapel of Berkely post by Rev. Jeff Johnson titled “Seminex turns 40!”: On February 20, 1974 a group of approximately 500 seminary students, and 45 faculty, and their families walked out of Concordia   More…

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Thrivent: We Don’t Need Your Blood Money

February 7th, 2014 23 comments

“Think of the things you can do with that money, Choose any charity – give to the poor. We’ve noted your motives – we’ve noted your feelings, This isn’t blood money – it’s a fee nothing, Fee nothing, fee nothing more…” So said Caiaphas to Judas as they enticed him to betray Jesus in the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.  We all know the ending of Judas’ story.  There’s a similar tragedy for the unborn lurking in the wings of the real life drama know as Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. BJS previously reported on Thrivent’s position allowing Choice dollars   More…

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My Little Black Book

January 9th, 2014 4 comments

I keep it in the den drawer – my little black book.  It reminds me of what I once was.  I know what you’re thinking – it’s not that kind of little black book.  This one is much blacker, much darker.  This book once belonged to a Jehovah’s Witness.  It’s a record of the house calls made, the pamphlets handed out, and the spiel to be performed along the broad way to servitude.  No, I was never a Jehovah’s Witness, but at one time, I thought like them – we all did.  Before Christ puts His Name on us in   More…

Freedom of Worship? Attend the 2014 Lutheran Concerns Association Conference

January 6th, 2014 4 comments

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. “Freedom of religion” has been one of the hallowed rights, literally etched into stone, of our republic.  Not so much any more.  Freedom of religion is morphing into “freedom of worship.”  It’s the perfect storm – a swirling low pressure void that occurs where the left   More…

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Christmas Treats

December 30th, 2013 3 comments

Here’s a few tasty morsels for you to snack on from the Winter 2013-2014 edition of Around the Word. ATW is a quarterly theological and devotional journal that extols the Lord’s gifts of Law and Gospel for the curious Christian. From Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller’s article “A Body Under Attack: Spiritual Warfare in the Church”: We are to be spiritually awake, which means we are watchful in our prayers. The sleeping Christian is the Christian who does not pray. From Sarah E. Ludwig’s article “The Care and Feeding of Pastors”: So he has years of education, a fancy degree, and he   More…

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Negative Impact?

September 13th, 2013 7 comments

I was running on the Centennial Trail outside Woodland Park, Colorado – a practice I wouldn’t recommend unless you’re in shape and at least somewhat acclimated to the 8,400’ elevation.  Rounding the bend I came across this non-denominational church sign – hmm. I wonder if they’ve got sermons soaking wet with Jesus Christ and what He’s done for you?  (I checked.  They don’t.)  Which is exactly what you’d expect from a sermon series titled “Your Next Step.”  So what is your next step? “Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has   More…

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