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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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Read the Book.

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.   – Jude 3 You may note that some major “Christian” movies are coming out over the next months.  At the close of February “Son of God” was released (from the same people who made “The Bible” on the History Channel last year).  “Noah” is also coming out at the end of March.  There is also talk of a film version of the book   More…

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Lent – Let charity prevail – give to help a family of eight who lost everything in a fire.

Readers of BJS – every once in a while we ask you to consider supporting situations of need.  This is one of those times.   An LCMS family of 8 just lost their home to a fire on Thursday, Feb 27.  The Wolf family could use your support at this time of need.  Please pray for them.  Please consider donating to help. Here is the full story from Lutheran Church Charities Here is a quick link to donate  

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Why is Pastor Rossow such a Mean-poopie?

This post is meant to be fun, but it also makes a serious point. In the course of writing for and serving as Associate Editor here at BJS I have found that lots of folks take issue with our Editor, Pastor Timothy Rossow for a number of things.  Some folks think he is just downright mean.  Others have ascribed to him the work of the devil.  Over the years at BJS he has even received death threats. Well, after four years of knowing and working with him I am not sure that is an accurate picture of the cat-loving ecclesiastical   More…

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