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Liberals and their changing the meanings of words…

September 26th, 2014 35 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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Who are the preachers in your lives?

I once heard a great sermon during a pastor’s conference held on the campus of the University of Wyoming in which the pastor called the professors “preachers”.  This was a fairly new way to think of it for me, but in our increasingly dogmatic world, is there really such a thing as “neutrality” anymore?  There seems to be very little in our polarized world (which is not unique, Jesus spoke of the world in such terms) that doesn’t bestow a different worldview (read: theology) from that of Lutheran theology. The change in nomenclature helps clear up the muddiness and excuses.   More…

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Sinful Removal of Pastors — Let me count the ways…

If you or your congregation are considering taking that “vote” to remove a pastor (or using such a vote to coerce his resignation), check to make sure that it is for legitimate reasons (persistent adherence to false doctrine; great public shame and vice [scandalous conduct]; willful and real neglect [or inability to perform] of his office).  If you are an official involved in removing a pastor check also to make sure it is for legitimate reasons… Here are some thoughts to consider if your pastor is not teaching falsely, living in scandalous conduct, or gladly neglecting his duties (or unable   More…

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Fraternal Letters….

At the St. Louis Call Day Service, there was a additional covenant that was pledged to by the candidates receiving their calls.  Pastor Todd Wilken asked a question (“Why are we extracting promises from newly called men in addition to the ordination vows?“) on Facebook which resulted in a fraternal letter signed by 32 pastors accusing him of sin in the greatest degree.   Please read more about this at Pr. Wilken’s blog, The Bare Bulb.  Since then a number of other pastors have responded to these allegations of sin on Pr. Wilken’s part.  Here is a copy of the   More…

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Just where are you teaching them to go? An overall question for pastoral and churchly practices.

Last night we had public examination of catechumens in the congregation I serve.  The catechumens confessed the faith in good fashion.  One of the questions that I asked had to do with having to move away from our area and go somewhere else (for college, work, family, etc.).  I asked “what would you look for in a church if you had to move?” Their answer was related to the preaching, teaching, and administration of the sacraments.  They also have been taught the value of the liturgy and the Divine Service.  They understood the value of the Divine Service in faithfully   More…

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Great Stuff – YOU SHOULD GIVE YOUR MONEY TO PASTOR RANDY BLANKSCHAEN

Found over at Alien Righteousness Blog By Pastor Gaven Mize If there was ever a better argument against the Westboro Baptist cuckoo birds, and their stance that disasters are God’s way of punishing the sinful, than the fact that Pastor Randy Blankschaen is now homeless, I’d like to see it. I mean really. The guy is a saint. I have met very few people who care for others as much as Randy does, and even fewer pastors who serve their parishes as faithfully. So what does it mean when a faithful servant of Christ and his wife have their house, car, clothing, wedding album,   More…

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Pastor loses house, possessions — A call for help from his brothers (and sisters).

April 30th, 2014 2 comments

UPDATE – the first goal met, we are trying to raise $25,000. Dear Readers of BJS, Please consider this opportunity to show love for an LCMS pastor who recently lost his home and possessions.   From Pr. Gaven Mize, co-editor of Alien Righteousness Blog who has been overseeing the fundraising: On Tuesday (April 29th) the worst flood that they had had in generations ripped through Pensacola destroying houses, flooding out cars, and has killed 36 people across seven states.  It rained 26 in’ in less than 24hrs and the rain in the houses were waist high.  In that flood a dear friend, Rev. Randy Blankschaen (Pastor   More…

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For Those Who Didn’t Swim — A Sermon by Rev. Dr. Albert Collver

April 30th, 2014 5 comments

Recently I came across a sermon preached on the occasion of a Lutheran pastor leaving his church and confession behind to join with the “Orthodox” Church.   It is a sermon that helps care for all those left behind when a traitor or antichrist shows his head.  Here it is, originally published in Lutheran Forum in 2007: No Swim Sermon

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We’re already home — a great article from Blogia (Logia’s blog)

April 17th, 2014 8 comments

Take a look today at this wonderful article by Pastor Christopher Neuendorf on recent events of a pastor converting from confessing the Lutheran faith to the Eastern Orthodox one.  Here is a start of the article: “It’s happened again: a Missouri Synod pastor has jumped ship, defecting to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Joshua Genig, formerly a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, left his Lutheran parish and in December of last year received the sacrament (in Orthodox belief) of chrismation, together with his household. Of course, as is standard practice in these sorts of situations, Genig has gone public with an article explaining   More…

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