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Why I joined the ACELC.

December 8th, 2014 53 comments

Last night I received a phone call from Rev. Dan Bremer informing me that the ACELC has accepted my associate membership to the organization (associate membership is for individuals; membership is for congregations).  Here is why I joined using the words of the organization: Association – It is good for brothers to dwell in unity, to have association with each other.  Very few Christians in history have been given the task of being the lone wolf.  I am not one of them.  I need an association of like-minded pastors who hold to the same beliefs and confession and believe this   More…

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Good Lutheran Preaching is hard to find but easy to buy…

November 10th, 2014 3 comments

This is no game or playful philosophy. It is war and it is deadly serious. Our preaching is an act of war. We preach Jesus first because that is the way the devil is defeated and the souls of men are won.   – Pr. David Peterson in “Preaching Jesus First“ There is a great gem of a new book available from Emmanuel Press, a second book in a series of sermons by Pastor David Peterson of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The first “Thy Kingdom Come” used the seasons of Lent and Easter as the frame for   More…

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What can you expect in Naperville in February?

November 7th, 2014 4 comments

Snow?  Maybe, though I hope not as I will be traveling by land from Wyoming.  But seriously, why is the BJS conference worth attending.  There are no shortage of great conferences out there (ACELC, ACL, CCA, Symposia…) so what is going to be good about BJS this year? Food.  The folks at Bethany, Naperville put on some great food.  Usually there is some sort of theme that is put on (a few years ago it was Chicago-style pizza; a year before that it was WMLT colored treats).  Apart from food, there are the folks who attend who provide great table   More…

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2015 BJS Conference News… “When Heterodoxy Hits Home”

October 28th, 2014 16 comments

With great joy the Brothers of John the Steadfast announce our 2015 Conference, held once again at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. February 20-21, 2015 Topic: “When Heterodoxy Hits Home” Speakers: Pr. Larry Beane Pr. Hans Fiene Pr. Clint Poppe Pr. Todd Wilken Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller Banquet Speaker – Pr. Timothy Rossow #aWiki2015 Many of the features that have made past conferences notable will again be there including the “no pietist’s allowed” gatherings on Friday night and also the Manly Man’s Breakfast on Saturday morning. Costs and registration information will be coming – stay tuned but save the date…   More…

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The Brothers of John the Steadfast – Where Clergy Domination is Waning…

October 16th, 2014 20 comments

Naperville, IL — While the claim of clericalism and clergy domination continues to sell tickets to the latest and greatest fifteen year old fad conferences (then again how long ago was the Korah1440BC Conference?  Numbers 16?), something has been happening at the Brothers of John the Steadfast – the inclusion of more and more laity in writing and confessing the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  While the clergy collars may still be seen and the phrase “pastor” still used, it seems that the normal “domination” associated with these things is waning (or maybe it was never there). Now rather   More…

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Ad Crucem- Authentic Lutheran Art, Cards, and More

October 14th, 2014 1 comment

As we slowly begin the approach to the Advent and Christmas season as well as pastor appreciation month there is a new and incredible resource for Lutheran items. Ad Crucem is a site run by Wanita Wood that sells art, jewelry, greeting cards, and more- and all of it is wonderfully Lutheran with no generic “evangelical” pieces  (or this “winner” ) to be found.     There are really unique Baptism cards and keepsakes.           On the greeting card front they have some amazing choices including this Luther’s Rose card that would really work perfectly for any   More…

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The Spam Folder tested the spirits – so should you.

October 7th, 2014 93 comments

I received a mass email from an LCMS pastor, Rev. Chris Dodge earlier this week.  Today, I found it in the spam folder.  Turns out the spam filter is smarter than I thought – for the email gave two links to videos that are departures from the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions.  These two videos speak of a God who is still speaking (through audible words) and of visions received by Pr. Dodge.  Pr. Dodge hears the voice of God apparently.  He was a leader in the church growth movement back in Michigan as well.  Apparently he is   More…

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Do Recycled Visions fuel the Lutheran Church Growth Machine?

October 6th, 2014 6 comments

Here is something  to point out about the five-two thing. http://www.fivetwo.org is a South Korean organization “started by Alex Lim and Matt Suhocki to help missionaries with fundraising.” It works out of “Jubilee Church” [The Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions (KAICAM)] They picked the name for their “missional movement” as stated in their mission statement: “The mission of Five Two Foundation is to multiply God’s resources for the common good. Our name is derived from the story of Jesus feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish. ” This foundation appears to date back to 2004, though   More…

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Liberals and their changing the meanings of words…

September 26th, 2014 48 comments

So now with Wiki14 conference over and everyone hyped by the likes of the FiveTwo folks in the LCMS, bringing in the latest and greatest (read: too old to sell to the evangelicals but the “lutherans” are still buying) of church growth nonsense into the LCMS – it is time to see the fruit of their conference. One thing is notable that these folks have changed to the meaning of “sacrament” to something totally new (ahistorical, but these folks have never sought after true catholicity anyways). They seem to like changing the meaning of words…   Another word meaning they   More…

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Another District Men’s Retreat – more guns and Church/State

September 4th, 2014 2 comments

Below you will find the text of my presentation given to the men of the Wyoming District a couple weeks ago in beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming.  The man also enjoyed once again the fun of having range time with their choice of weapons.  This year’s theme was focused on some church and state issues as well as firearms in the sanctuary.  Here is my presentation on the Two Kingdoms in relation to Church and State.   TWO KINGDOMS AND CHURCH AND STATE Two Kingdoms in a nutshell Kingdom of God (Right Hand Kingdom) –          All believers in Christ (the baptized) –            More…

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The Synod President – A Man Under Orders

It is well known that BJS has often supported President Matthew Harrison (especially in the 2010 effort to elect him), and that at times we have also been critical of him.  In considering the situations and persons involved, it is important to realize some things about this office of President of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The President of Synod is under orders.  First, there are the orders of Scripture which govern all of the baptized.  Second, since we have ordained men serve in this office they are under orders to the same Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions.  These   More…

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Just who should come to teach at our Seminaries?

See the press release which mentions that Dr. Daisy Machado teaches at Union Theological Seminary, but fails to mention the fact that she is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Click here for her biography courtesy of Union Theological Seminary.  Her biography also mentions that she is “co-editor of A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology: Religion and Justice” .   From the PR piece on this: “Christians are being challenged to rethink and to grapple with what we mean by the terms “missions” and “missio dei.” In this lecture, Dr. Machado will explore what this increasingly popular notion   More…

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God, my loving Savior sends them…

Often the topic of how God governs all things comes up in parish life during suffering and struggles.  Questions will arise about God being the cause of something (sin is the cause of this damned mess), allowing something (as if He is distant from things and is often merely wordplay), or even sending something.  This is of course a difficult topic, and it deserves much attention in the lives of Christians who indeed will suffer in this life. Recently I had a opportunity to sing and meditate upon one of my favorite hymns, “Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me”   More…

A Lutheran book on purgatory, pastoral purgatory

A new book was brought to my attention the other day concerning the many pastors in the LCMS who are on “candidate status”.  BJS has long tried to address the issue of pastors who are sinfully removed from their calls, and this book may help give some insight into that practice and also the mess that follows for the pastor and his family.  If you belong to congregation considering removing a man from the pastorate for unbiblical reasons (read: sinful reasons), you may want to look at this.  If you have been a part of such a thing in the   More…

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The Right Hand of God

“He ascended into haven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty” -Apostles Creed This week we celebrate that our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven.  Our creeds makes specific mention of this and then also mention the curious phrase “right hand of God”.  Does that mean that Jesus is sitting next to the Father at His right side?  Some Christians have used the phrase to indicate Jesus somewhat being “trapped” in heaven (Calvinists), but as Lutherans we go to the Scriptures to learn about what that phrase “right hand of God” means. Exodus 15:6 describes the   More…

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