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Pastor Ramirez is assistant pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL. A significant part of his time is devoted to ministry to the youth of the two LCMS churches in Lincoln, Zion and Faith, which have a joint youth group. He is a 2008 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary-Fort Wayne. In 2009, after staying another year at CTS as the Historical Theology Department’s graduate assistant, he was called to Zion and ordained into the office of the holy ministry. He has been married to Lisa (nee Albury) for five years, and has four children: Magdalena, Isaac, Daniel, and one due in October.

Marquart’s Works Volume I: Popular Writings

September 30th, 2014 No comments

The first of a planned 10 volume collection of Marquart’s Works has been published by Lutheran News and edited by Rev. Herman Otten, longtime friend and colleague of Kurt Marquart. I received my copy in the mail a few days ago and have been going through it with great pleasure.  It is in hardback form and is just over a hundred pages in length. There is a brief biography of Marquart’s life included at the beginning of the volume as well as an index. This first volume of “popular writings” is made up of many brief articles (or series of articles) intended for youth   More…

RE: The Most Neglected Part of the Catechism

September 29th, 2014 5 comments

Rev. Jordan McKinley’s inaugural post on “The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism” has gotten me thinking. I played a little guessing game with myself before I read the post. I wanted to think about how I would answer this question on my own, and I wanted to try and guess what Rev. McKinley’s answer would be. Though I can never prove it, so you’ll just have to believe me, I correctly guessed that he would pick the injunction on fathers, the heads of households, to teach their family. And I wholeheartedly agree with him. But when I initially thought about the question on my   More…

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Youth Work I-C: Organization and the Family-Youth

September 23rd, 2014 No comments

[To read the introductory post on this topic, as much of this advice builds upon and flows from the principles laid out in it, click here.]   Here is the first post on organization: Youth Work 1-A: Organization and the Congregation And here is the second: Youth Work 1-B: Organization and the Pastor And third: Youth Work 1-C: Organization and the Family-Parents   6. Should we have youth officers? I think this is a bad idea. To reemphasize that youth work is to be parent and pastor led, I would quote from my initial post on the principles of youth work: Parent   More…

Youth Work 1-C: Organization and the Family-Parents

January 27th, 2014 2 comments

[To read the introductory post on this topic, as much of this advice builds upon and flows from the principles laid out in it, click here.]   Here is the first post on organization: Youth Work 1-A: Organization and the Congregation And here is the second: Youth Work 1-B: Organization and the Pastor   To reiterate, the principle that ought to drive the organization of youth work in a congregation is that youth work is: Parent and Pastor Led- God ordained parents and pastors to shepherd the youth of a congregation, for the sake and in the best interests of   More…

April 26th Regional Youth Conference: “The Old Testament in The New”

January 24th, 2014 No comments

My congregation, Zion Lutheran Church in Lincoln, IL has been holding semiannual regional youth conferences since 2010. Our spring conference is always held the last Saturday of April, and the fall conference on the first Saturday of October.  Below is the information for our next conference on April 26th, or you can check out our FB page or the specific event page. If you would like to register, please tell me below or on FB, and I will email you all the necessary paperwork. Hope to see you in Lincoln for an excellent day of worship, learning, and fun!     “Today   More…

Youth Work 1-B: Organization and the Pastor

January 24th, 2014 1 comment

[To read the introductory post on this topic, as much of this advice builds upon and flows from the principles laid out in it, click here.] Here is the first post on organization: Youth Work 1-A: Organization and the Congregation To reiterate, the principle that ought to drive the organization of youth work in a congregation is that youth work is: Parent and Pastor Led- God ordained parents and pastors to shepherd the youth of a congregation, for the sake and in the best interests of the youth.   3. What should the relationship be between youth work and the   More…

Youth Work I-A: Organization and the Congregation

January 18th, 2014 3 comments

[To read the introductory post on this topic, as much of this advice builds upon and flows from the principles laid out in it, click here.] To begin, the principle that ought to drive the organization of youth work in a congregation is that youth work is:   Parent and Pastor Led- God ordained parents and pastors to shepherd the youth of a congregation, for the sake and in the best interests of the youth.   Youth Work Coordinator Before getting to specific congregational organization, it is useful to briefly mention an essential scheduling role. Ultimately, someone must be responsible for producing a calendar   More…

Women and Children First: Do We Still Believe It? (A Report on Resolution 2-12)

[***Correction*** It seems as though the version that will come before the convention tomorrow may be different then what was already printed (because the committee was still working out final language). While I still think the original overture deserves consideration, I hope the version that reaches the floor is similar in spirit and essential points. Please read the below comments as directed at a version which may not be the actual resolution presented to the convention. But regardless of what comes before the convention, the following post is ultimately about the underlying issues at stake. Don't you all love this conventioneering confusion!]   Well, Committee 2 has moved the overture   More…

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Women in Combat: Common Questions and Frequently Raised Objections

Common Questions:   1. Women have already been serving in combat situations, why is this a big deal now? It is now official. Women will be included in the draft. (see question 2 below) With the removal of the exclusion from combat clause by President Obama, there are now no legal grounds to exclude women from the draft. We need to speak and work against the remaking of our culture by the current administration. 2. We aren’t going to change the mind of the government, so why cause trouble? We may not change the mind of the government. However, because   More…

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Excellent Study Document by Pr. Heath Curtis: “Natural Law and Women in Combat”

Women in combat is an issue that the Missouri Synod ought to speak on, period. It is a no-brainer. It is one thing to send men into harm’s way to die to protect the nation or a community. To purposefully send women is a shameful and disgusting commentary on the state of our nation.  If you are willing to admit that men are called by God to protect women, and that a man who sends his wife to check downstairs for a burglar is a despicable coward, any further argumentation will be (as it should be) considered approaching the absurd. However, if you are confused about this issue, if you   More…

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Women in Combat: Overture for the 2013 Synodical Convention

February 8th, 2013 44 comments

The following overture concerning women in combat is already being considered by congregations in several districts (and hopefully more soon). I pass it on in the hopes that the pastors and congregations of the synod will consider it in prayer and love for neighbor. I believe it to be a good overture. I hope and pray our Synod will pass it as a resolution this coming summer in convention.  However, you must move fast, overtures must be submitted by March 2nd. Here is a good summary of how to properly submit an overture: http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=25311 There are two avenues remaining to submit   More…

Blue Here, Blue There… But What’s Going on with that other Blue Thing?!?

Ever since the Missouri Synod has been “re-branded” in blue and even Gottesdienst Online got hip to the new trend and dressed up in blue for a few days, I have had blue on my mind. And it struck me that a rather large blue elephant in the room (that lots of people used to be very concerned about) has hardly been discussed of late.

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Steadfast Youth: What in the World Do We Do with the Youth?!?

It is a question that every parent, congregation, and pastor faces. It is a question that strikes fear into the hearts of many. But it shouldn’t. Youth are not some alien life form whose mysteries require an advanced degree in sociology or biology to unlock. The advice, information, and teaching that I have been asked to give here on BJS come from: The experience of being a youth (not too long ago) and working with them; Spending time (a lot!) thinking about and discussing how the church can support families in raising their children in the fear of the Lord   More…