Author Archive -- Scott Diekmann

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.

The Tsunami Is About to Break

January 27th, 2015 10 comments

In 2008, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod canceled Issues, Etc.  That single event galvanized an entire generation of do-nothings like me to sit up and take notice. People began to take an interest in what was happening in their Synod. The ensuing confessional tsunami in some ways redefined the face of the LCMS at the 2010 National Convention, including unseating the Synod President. But it wasn’t enough. This week has been a sobering reminder of how much more needs to be done. The recent decision of a group of three men in the Northwest District not to initiate formal proceedings against   More…

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Warm up at the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference

December 15th, 2014 13 comments

The Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference is right around the corner on January 19, the day before Concordia Theological Seminary’s Symposia begin in Fort Wayne. Come hear an all-star group of speakers in a relatively small venue, the theme of which is Thy Word Is Truth. The speakers and their topics include: Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie – Controversy over Translating the Bible – from Jerome to the Present Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha – Manuscripts and Misquoting, Inspiration and Apologetics Dr. Peter J. Scaer – A Hermeneutics of Meaning: Created to be in Conversation with God Dr. Martin Noland – The   More…

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It’s Party Time!

December 9th, 2014 7 comments

The 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference is coming up! The one pious bone in my body thinks the best thing about the Conference is the seeker-challenged Matins and Vespers Services. The other 205 bones are equally split between the No Pietists Allowed Parties and the guest speakers (you have to break the wish bone I guess). If you can’t quite imagine the full flavor of a No Pietists Allowed Party, visualize the Mos Eisley Cantina from the first Star Wars movie, complete with smoke-filled rooms, shady characters, and exotic food and drink, minus the lightsabers of course. And   More…

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The LCMS: A Heterodox Church Body

December 3rd, 2014 88 comments

Pastor Jeremy Rhode, being a theologian of the cross, calls a thing what it is in this recent Issues, Etc. 24 segment discussing, in part, FiveTwo and its ramifications for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The following discussion between Pastor Todd Wilken and Pastor Rhode begins at the 49:27 mark in the segment titled “Myths About Lutheranism: ‘Lutherans Believe that Everyone is a Minister.’” You can listen to the whole thing here or below. Pastor Rhode’s sobering comments should serve as a warning for institutionalists among us bent on defending “our beloved Synod” when it should be reprimanded rather than defended.   More…

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Sacer What?

December 2nd, 2014 16 comments

There may be a few pastors in the Missouri—Synod who lord it over their flock. Some of those who have donned the mantel of CEO, as is often mandated by the Transforming Churches Network, come to mind. There are also a very few pastors within, and notably outside, the LCMS who accuse the LCMS of sacerdotalism. Pastor William Weedon nicely answers their charge in his recent appearance on Issues, Etc.: …Any time you hear the word “sacerdotal” and Missouri—Synod you should have a massive cognitive dissonance. The Missouri—Synod is fundamentally the most non-sacerdotal body you could ever hope for. You   More…

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We Dis Doctrine, Yes We Do! We Dis Doctrine, How ‘Bout You?

October 6th, 2014 22 comments

From the time Satan first uttered the words “Did God really say?” Christ’s doctrine has been bent and warped to suit mankind’s own sinful desires. A few examples of those who disrespect doctrine include: -Robert Schuller: “Protestants quote their Bible, Fundamentalists declare their orthodox theological dogmas, and we are all expected to renounce private reflection and peacefully acquiesce to these pronouncements. And the result is that the dignity of the person is violated by such oppressive, intelligence-smothering forms of communication.”1 -Rick Warren: “The first Reformation was about doctrine; the second one needs to be about behavior…. We need a reformation   More…

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Notice the Difference?

September 24th, 2014 35 comments

The Transforming Churches Network paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry:   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry: You can download Scott’s nine-part series on the Transforming Churches Network here. The TCN quote comes from their Facebook page. The Luther quote comes from Luther’s Works, Volume 75, Church Postil I, pp. 120-21.

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

September 17th, 2014 41 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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