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2015 BJS Conference News… “When Heterodoxy Hits Home”

October 28th, 2014 13 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 92 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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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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