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Great Stuff — FiveTwo’s Use of Language—What Does This Mean?

September 26th, 2014 7 comments

Found over on   The Rev. Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has said on more than one occasion that a pastor “wear out his shoes” as he lives among the people that, and the community in which, God has called him to serve. Harrison’s point is this: the chief task of the man who answers God’s call to the Office of the Holy Ministry is to be with his people, serving them with God’s means of grace. Hospital room, living room, kitchen table, diner counter, backyard, front yard, workplace, narthex, chancel, study—all of these and more   More…

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Great Stuff — Commentary: Should Lutherans take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’?

August 26th, 2014 13 comments

Here’s a great article found on originally written by BJS author Pr. Daniel Hinton.   A new wave of videos has made its way across the Internet this summer in which people are dumping ice water on their heads and challenging others to do the same. This is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a “viral” campaign to raise awareness of and money to fight ALS, a debilitating neurological disease responsible for two of every 100,000 deaths in the U.S. Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” it has afflicted professor Stephen Hawking for more than 50 years and, in 2006,   More…

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Great Stuff — Miguel Ruiz: God Has a “Wonderful Plan” for Your Death

August 13th, 2014 7 comments

Great Stuff found over on Internet Monk   by Miguel Ruiz If I hear this one more time, I swear I’m gonna snap. “God has a plan.” Wonderful. And I almost thought that, maybe for just a moment, there was a lapse in omnipotence. Of course He has everything under control! That’s the problem: I’m hurting right now, and He’s sitting on His hands. I don’t like His plan right now, and reminding me that what’s going on in my life was, at the very least, passively allowed by the cosmic micromanager, that don’t cheer me up. Oh, but his plan is   More…

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Great Stuff — I wish the liturgy were more accessible. . .

July 25th, 2014 9 comments

Another great post over on Pastoral Meanderings by Pastor Peters:   “Wow! That is a lot to take for someone who has had only a passing association with church before!” So said one visitor to a Sunday morning Divine Service at my parish. She did not say it but clearly her comment meant “I wish the liturgy were more accessible” to a stranger to the church like me… It would not be the first time someone has uttered those sentiments. It IS a great deal to take in for those who have not had much association with the church before.   More…

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Great Stuff — Book Review: Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession?

July 19th, 2014 2 comments

A book review by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller found over on blogia:   Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2012. Rev. Lucas Woodford is a pastor on a quest for a strategic plan faithful to the Scriptures and Catechism. Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church is his travel log. He wallows through the marsh of post-modernism, traverses the crags of the church growth movement, and winds his ways through the twisting streets of the emergent   More…

WMLTblog — Dispute Resolution Meetings This Fall

July 15th, 2014 28 comments

Found over on WMLTblog:   It is quite unique among Christian denominations, in use since 1992 when the LCMS convention adopted Res. 5-01B “To Adopt New Process for Conflict Resolution,” which the floor committee proposed “a. is thoroughly biblical; b. stresses the reconciliation of members within the family of God (encouraging a win-win rather than win-lose resolution of conflict); presents a positive witness to the secular community as to how Christians resolve their conflicts; provides for final resolution of disputes in a timely manner; is less costly in terms of money and time; discourages the secular approach of adversarilal litigation;   More…

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Great Stuff — Mark’s thoughts: Heaven is not home. Home is here.

July 15th, 2014 19 comments

Another post found over on Pr. Surburg’s blog:   This creation – this earth – will be your home for eternity.  Many Christians do not recognize this fact. When they speak about their future home, they usually say that it is “heaven.”  It is a commonplace for Christians to say that a believer who has died has been “called home to heaven.”  However this language ignores, and even contradicts, a very clear emphasis of Scripture. There is no doubt that God’s Word offers great comfort about those who die before Christ’s return.  Death cannot separate us from Christ, and instead those who die in   More…

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Great Stuff — There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .

July 8th, 2014 39 comments

Another great article found over on Pastoral Meanderings:   Though for a long time I have lamented the lack of Lutherans in the public square, at least officially as elected members of Congress or in the White House, I am not so sure it is as big a problem as I once thought.  I do believe that Lutherans, specifically LCMS Lutherans, have much to bring to the public square both as people inside as well as outside of government, there is a dilemma faced when those who claim to be Lutheran speak and act in ways that contradict that Lutheran   More…

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Great Stuff — The Unwritten Rules of the Missouri Synod

June 23rd, 2014 48 comments

Found over on Gottesdienstonline:   It’s ordination season again. So, here’s something for the pastor-elects out there. Of course there are exceptions to all the following rules. Unwritten rules are always rules of thumb like that…but for what it may be worth, this is my perception of how the Synod really works. Your mileage may vary.   1. Three years out of sem before you can get a call.   Your first call out of seminary might be wonderful; you might spend your whole active pastoral career there. Or it may be a real struggle—financially, pastorally, in regard to conflict,   More…

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Great Stuff — The Church, the world and sex – there can be no compromise

June 7th, 2014 12 comments

Another “Mark’s thoughts” over on Pastor Surburg’s blog:   In what is one of the first New Testament books written, St. Paul says, “Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own   More…

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Small Catechism Poster soon to be available

June 2nd, 2014 1 comment

I found this on facebook, a link to a “Kickstarter” campaign to raise funds for a large poster of the Small Catechism useful for families or schools. These posters use the Triglotta translation (as posted on Book of Concord website). My understanding is that Brandon Hanson, the designer of the posters, asked CPH for permission to use the translation that’s in the 1984 edition that most of our children have in their hands, but was told “the rights requested are not available.” Below is more information on the poster; there are various levels of support, from simple donations to the   More…

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Great Stuff — Something from Luther for Memorial Day – Can Soldiers be Saved?

May 26th, 2014 1 comment

Found over on MercyJourney:   In the first place, we must distinguish between an occupation and the man who holds it, between a work and the man who does it. An occupation or a work can be good and right in itself and yet be bad and wrong if the man who does the work is evil or wrong or does not do his work properly. The occupation of a judge is a valuable divine office. This is true both of the office of the trial judge who declares the verdict and the executioner who carries out the sentence.2 But when   More…

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ACELC — High Pastoral Care

May 22nd, 2014 30 comments

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. I Corinthians 1:10 (ESV) For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. I Corinthians 11:18-19 (ESV) When you compare the two sections of God’s Word above, it almost   More…

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Quotes on Facebook

May 20th, 2014 13 comments

I wanted to call attention to our postings on Facebook; we have a “Sayings from Luther” and other historical Lutherans that we post on Facebook each morning. Be sure to “like” our facebook page to receive these each morning. The one from today was: Luther on the Order of Service: The service now in common use everywhere goes back to genuine Christian beginnings, as does the office of preaching. But as the latter has been perverted by the spiritual tyrants, so the former has been corrupted by the hypocrites. As we do not on that account abolish the office of   More…

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Great Stuff — The Purpose of the Bible – Statement of Biblical and Confessional Principles 1973

May 19th, 2014 No comments

Great Stuff found over on MercyJourney. This is extracted from the 1973 Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles.   The Purpose of Scripture  We believe that all Scripture bears witness to Jesus Christ and that its primary purpose is to make men wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We therefore affirm that the Scriptures are rightly used only when they are read from the perspective of justification by faith and the proper distinction between Law and Gospel. Since the saving work of Jesus Christ was accomplished through His personal entrance into our history and His genuinely historical life,   More…

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