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

July 8th, 2014 6 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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Great Stuff — Are there questions which Scripture doesn’t answer clearly, or not at all?

May 10th, 2014 12 comments

Found over on MercyJourney, President Harrison’s blog. From the LCMS Brief Statement of 1932:   OF OPEN QUESTIONS Those questions in the domain of Christian doctrine may be termed open questions which Scripture answers either not at all or not clearly. Since neither an individual nor the Church as a whole is permitted to develop or augment the Christian doctrine, but are rather ordered and commanded by God to continue in the doctrine of the apostles, 2 Thess. 2:15; Acts 2:42, open questions must remain open questions. — Not to be included in the number of open questions are the   More…

Great Stuff — Attendance at the Divine Service – Supporting the Body of Christ

May 9th, 2014 2 comments

Another Great Stuff posted on Pr. Mark Surburg’s blog:   Why do we come to the Divine Service on Sunday?  Normally we answer this question by referring to God’s gifts of the Means of Grace through which He delivers forgiveness to us and strengthens us in the faith.  We stress our need for these gifts because of own sinful and fallen condition. This is certainly true, and must be said first.  However, it is not the only valid perspective from which we need to consider this issue.  Instead of always focusing on what wereceive, we need to also consider how our presence at the Divine   More…

Great Stuff — Thrivent Reinstates Funding to Crisis Pregnancy Centers – An Open Letter

May 8th, 2014 2 comments

Great Stuff found over on    Dear Mr. Hewitt and Thrivent Board Members, Imagine my pleasant surprise when today, while doing some research for a follow-up article on Thrivent’s neutrality policy, I discovered that a bit more than 70% of the pro-life organizations that Thrivent had kicked out of their charitable giving programs in the name of “neutrality” have been quietly reinstated. Thanks be to God! Wonderful organizations that are serving men, women, and children in their time of need are again eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars as well as other Thrivent charitable giving programs. This is a great first step for   More…

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Great Stuff — It’s a hot landing zone and there will be casualties

May 2nd, 2014 42 comments

Found over on Pastor Mark Surburg’s blog   Leading us were the sons of West Point and the young ROTC lieutenants from Rutgers and The Citadel and, yes, even Yale University who had heard Kennedy’s call and answered it. There were also the young enlisted men and NCO’s who passed through Officer Candidate School and emerged, newly minted, officers and gentlemen. All laughed nervously when confronted with the cold statistics that measured a second lieutenant’s combat life expectancy in minutes and seconds, not hours. Our second lieutenants were paid $241.20 per month. (From the Prologue to We Were Soldiers Once   More…

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Great Stuff — Theses on Infant/Toddler Communion

April 30th, 2014 106 comments

Found over on MercyJourney:   The question of admission to the Lord’s Supper is addressed from the instituting words of the Lord which also disclose the purpose and beneficial use of the Sacrament. The apostolic teaching that a man is to examine himself (I Corinthians 11:28) cannot reasonably be interpreted as to exclude the noetic dimension of which infants/toddlers are not capable. Baptism is an absolute prerequisite for admission to the Lord’s Supper but it does not follow that all the baptized are categorically to be admitted to the Altar. Arguments for infant/toddler communion bypass the truth that in Baptism,   More…

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Great Stuff — On the Public Ministry

April 29th, 2014 4 comments

Found over on MercyJourney, extracted from the Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Statement of the Missouri Synod   OF THE PUBLIC MINISTRY By the public ministry we mean the office by which the Word of God is preached and the Sacraments are administered by order and in the name of a Christian congregation. Concerning this office we teach that it is a divine ordinance; that is, the Christians of a certain locality must apply the means of grace not only privately and within the circle of their families nor merely in their common intercourse with fellow-Christians, John 5:39; Eph. 6:4;   More…

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Great Stuff — Heaven is not enough

April 25th, 2014 10 comments

Found over on Pr. Mark surburg’s blog:   When I saw that the book “Heaven Is for Real” was being released as a movie, I knew that I would probably feel compelled to write a blog post about it.  The topic of the resurrection of the body and biblical eschatology is something that has interested me greatly for quite some time.  I have written about it in an article in the Concordia Journal entitled “Good Stuff!:The Material Creation and the Christian Faith” and also in various settings on the internet.  The popular success the movie would certainly have (and in fact has had) and the non-biblical   More…