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Some Thoughts…Harrison, District Presidents, Special Conventions

January 29th, 2015 31 comments

We have already spoken about words and deeds, so here is a post about thoughts, my thoughts… President Harrison has done a good thing by coming out publicly with his words concerning some of the false teachings in the LCMS.  He confessed boldly.  This action is a good one for starters.  I have held back my criticism (mostly born of my sinful cynicism and skepticism) of the situation because in all honesty I think what he did was praiseworthy.  I try to use that as standard operating procedure, praise what is worth praising, criticize that which needs criticizing.  Both are   More…

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A Gordian Knot of bylaws – How could a Synod President remove a District President?

January 27th, 2015 55 comments

The Gordian Knot is an interesting tale.  Alexander the Great’s solution is also interesting.  The LCMS Handbook lays out a Gordian Knot called Dispute Resolution (which produced the results of Dr. Becker’s being viewed as an orthodox Lutheran not needing a formal hearing).  Now there are calls for the President of the Synod to do something with regards to the District President over Dr. Becker.  Enter Bylaws again, another Gordian knot.  Here are the bylaws… 2.15  Expulsion of a District President or Officer  from Membership in the Synod  2.15.1     The action to commence expulsion of a district president or an   More…

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Thank you President Harrison.

January 26th, 2015 110 comments

“When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person), homosexuality, the errancy of the Bible, the historical-critical method, open communion, communion with the Reformed, evolution, and more, then the public confession of the Synod is meaningless. I am saying that if my Synod does not change its inability to call such a person to repentance and remove such a teacher where there is no repentance, then we are liars and our confession is meaningless. I do not want to belong   More…

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Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, LCMS Clergyman. Exonerated.

January 23rd, 2015 293 comments

It came out during the North Dakota District Convention that the case against Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyman who teaches at Valparaiso University has ended with the result that he was exonerated of any charge of false teaching. President Harrison informed the District Convention of the results.  He and his administration have been working hard on the Becker case for some time (since taking office).  The CTCR has also been working on the dissents that Dr. Becker filed (dissenting to the Synod’s stance on women’s ordination and evolution).  In the end, the process has failed to discipline one   More…

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What to do in the congregation concerning the LCMS?

January 23rd, 2015 22 comments

So with the news of the LCMS inability to deal with one of its most flagrant dissenters since the 1970s, it is sure to be an issue that the people of God need to learn about.  One of the best things about the seminex time was the increase in laity knowing the issues and the truth of the matter. So what can be done locally in the parish? There will be some to suggest the political avenue: candidates, elections, resolutions, memorials, etc.  This is fine, but it is not the congregational answer.  It is also the answer which continues to   More…

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Conference News – New “Becker Rate” for conference. Save $10.

January 23rd, 2015 7 comments

With the news that the LCMS has been unable to deal with dissenters to our stance on women’s ordination and the evolution, it might be a good idea to come up to our conference on Feb 20-21 in Naperville, IL.  Why?  Because this is why our conference is important – “When Heterodoxy Hits Home”.  How do we deal with false teachings being tolerated in the church?  What do we do when all mechanisms fail in promoting the faithful preaching of the Gospel and hindering the false gospels?  What can we do? In honor of the sad news of the recent   More…

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Conference Update — now with prizes and new t-shirts…

January 9th, 2015 1 comment

For those of you who haven’t registered yet (this year has been our best early registration year yet) there is still time to register for the 2015 National Conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  This year’s speakers should be enough for anyone to come, but added in the topic of “When Heterodoxy Hits Home” and it is sure to be a great conference.  To sweeten the deal, we have decided to have couple other things at the conference as well. Prizes Everyone who registers and attends the conference will be eligible to win some wonderfully Lutheran prizes.  We   More…

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Why I joined the ACELC.

December 8th, 2014 60 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. 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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