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ACELC — Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?

April 18th, 2014 9 comments

This came in an email from the ACELC and can also be found on their website:   “Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” … Psalm 96:9 If you want to start a lively discussion in the LCMS today, or perhaps even a fight, bring up the topic of worship. A quick perusal of worship options will likely leave your head spinning: traditional worship, blended worship, contemporary worship, liturgical worship, multi-sensory worship, emergent worship, seeker worship, and the list goes on. There was a time, not all that long ago, when you could walk   More…

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Great Stuff — Is there really a uniquely LCMS approach to mission?

March 26th, 2014 No comments

Is there really a uniquely LCMS approach to mission? That question is at the heart of the Journal of Lutheran Mission, a new e-publication available for your use from the Synod’s Offices of National and International Mission. The scholarly journal, published digitally, exists to encourage discussion between you and those you serve, pastors, colleagues and social media friends on

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Great Stuff — An Open Letter on Confirmation

March 21st, 2014 18 comments

Another great article found over on Letitstet:   Dear parents, I don’t have children. Maybe this means that my thoughts on this don’t matter. But Iwas a child once, and that counts for something. So, can we talk about confirmation? And can we talk about why it doesn’t seem to matter to your kids . . . or to you? I get that it’s one more thing you have to do during the week, that it’s one more place you have to drive your child, that it’s one more book she has to remember to grab before leaving the house, that   More…

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Great Stuff – Pre-Lent: Extra Nos

March 2nd, 2014 No comments

Great focus for the start of Lent found on Pr Todd Wilken’s blog, The Bare Bulb. “God does not want to redeem us through our own, but through external, righteousness and wisdom; not through one that comes from us and grows in us, but through one that comes from outside; not through one that originates here on earth, but through one that comes from heaven. Therefore, we must be taught a righteousness that comes from the outside and is foreign.” –Martin Luther (LW, 25: 136) Lent is a dangerous time. It can bring out the enthusiast in us all. The   More…

Great Stuff — Why Luther House?

February 17th, 2014 3 comments

Great article found by Norm over at Build it Back.   Your congregation is without a permanent place to worship. You’ve got enough money to buy a church somewhere. Why in the world would you purchase an old sorority house instead?  Isn’t having a church building more important than setting up a campus ministry house? Many have likely asked such questions about ULC’s decision to purchase Luther House on the U of M campus. Heck,  our own congregation asked these questions before we bought it. And it was not the easiest decision in the world to make. But what it   More…

Great Stuff — The Good News About Classical Lutheran Education

February 15th, 2014 6 comments

Great article by Erika E. Mildred found over on CCLE.org’s website:   Slowly but surely, for the past few decades, the discussion of “Classical” education has re-entered formal and informal conversation among Christian educators and parents. Lutherans as well have joined in this debate, and those in favor of implementing what Dorothy Sayers called the “lost tools of learning” have founded Classical Lutheran schools, have organized Classical Lutheran education conferences, and have chosen to homeschool their Lutheran children using Classical curricula and methodology.  However, even with this growing presence, misconceptions abound, especially for those Lutherans whose exposure to Classical Lutheran education has   More…

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Great Stuff — An Open Letter to Thrivent CEO Brad Hewitt & the Thrivent Board of Directors

February 6th, 2014 9 comments

From Daring Lutheran   To sign on to this open letter, sign the petition. Dear Mr. Hewitt and Board Members, I’m publishing this open letter to you with the hope that many will bring it to your attention, and in so doing give you the courage to do what is right. Thrivent Choice Thrivent made a mistake in 2013. Due to a decision to make Thrivent Choice giving “neutral”, you allowed an affiliate of Planned Parenthood to be approved as a recipient of Choice dollars. Thankfully, when there was an outcry from the faithful Christians you have as Members, you removed that organization from the program.   More…

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Great Stuff — Worldview Everlasting “Bill Nye the Assertions Guy”

January 15th, 2014 3 comments

Associate Editor’s Note:  With the upcoming debate between Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and Bill Nye, this repost of a great video from Worldview Everlasting is timely. Yeah, something’s wrong with my mic, but Worldview Everlasting still takes on some rather extreme conversational illogic, and, (sigh) yes, that little problem of “evolutionary theory.” And since assertions and arrogance is all it really takes to win an argument, and since there is no such thing as truth but only opinion, then we all win! Right? Want more Worldview Everlasting? Ask a question at: http://www.WorldviewEverlasting.com Join the conversation: http://facebook.com Order BROKEN by Jonathan   More…

Great Stuff — Mark’s thoughts: What you can do for the persecuted Church

January 11th, 2014 2 comments

Another great post found over on Pr. Surburg’s blog:   The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:12-13 ESV).  He teaches us that through baptism Christians from every different background are joined together in the Body of Christ.  Near the end of his discussion about the Body of   More…

Mark’s Thoughts — Brother Pastor, I’ve Got Your Back

January 1st, 2014 92 comments

Found over on Pastor Surburg’s blog, surburg.blogspot.com:   Brother pastor, I want you to know that I’ve got your back.  My first move will always be to believe you and to believe in you.  When I hear accusations against you, my first assumption will be that they are not true.  I will not speak publicly about accusations as if they were true. I say this because I know what it is like out there in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  It’s open season on pastors, and especially on pastors who want to practice what the Scriptures say and what the Book of Concord confesses.  I know   More…

Augustana Ministerium

December 22nd, 2013 3 comments

[Please circulate the following far and wide; this need and so many other needs of hurting pastors and their families are so great, and we can only help meet those needs if ‘everyone’ hears about them.] To those who have supported and/or prayed for the Rev. Danny Chambers (and anybody else interested): First of all, Dan wants you to know that he is extremely grateful for your various expressions of loving concern.  Making ends meet on disability is impossible.  Things would be far worse financially without your great outpouring of selfless giving, not to mention the many visits, kind words   More…

Great Stuff — Thrivent Financial and The Beating Heart of God

December 20th, 2013 No comments

Great article found over on UAClutheran:   In the womb of Mary, Jesus is only days old when the pre-born John the Baptizer announces Jesus as the Lord of the universe by leaping and kicking in the womb of his own mother Elizabeth. (So much for the impossibility of “infant faith”!) While at Christmas we celebrate the coming forth of our God from the kingly hall of the blessed virgin’s womb, he was no less the savior of the world in-utero than he was extra-utero (Note Zechariah speaks of Christ as he says, “the Lord has visited [passed tense] and   More…

Great Stuff — Thrivent’s Dangerous Game

December 18th, 2013 18 comments

A great post found over on DaringLutheran.net:   Earlier today, I was alerted to the presence of an entry in the Thrivent Choice database. The entry was for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. It can be found here. Planned Parenthood is the leading abortion provider in the United States, having performed around 327,000 abortions in 2012. Thrivent Choice is described in this way on Thrivent’s website: “The Thrivent Choice® program lets members recommend where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars®.” Thrivent is “a faith-based, not-for-profit membership organization nearly 2.5 million members strong.” Why is Thrivent providing   More…

Great Stuff — Sasse on “LINOS” or Lutherans in Name Only!

November 30th, 2013 No comments

Found over on MercyJourney:   The Missouri Synod Lutheran cannot understand that a properly called but heterodox pastor, Lutheran in name only, is permitted to lead a whole congregation, a whole generation of the flock that has been entrusted to him, into misbelief and even unbelief, while the ecclesiastical authorities keep silence and even maintain that the congregation is still Lutheran, because the Lutheran doctrine alone has standing, is publica doctrina, there. Is he incorrect? Who has the right to forbid the Gospel to be preached to these cheated souls by someone else? But how is it if there is   More…

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Great Stuff — Are you an Antinomian?

November 29th, 2013 68 comments

Found over on Gottesdienst Online   Does God promise both temporal and eternal rewards to our good works? What! Are you kidding? I mean, if you believed that, you’d be a Gospel denying Romanist or a Fundy TV evangelist, right? Law driven! Bad! Or, then again, if you believed that maybe you’d be the greatest Lutheran theologian ever. This teaching is set forth in our churches plainly and distinctly from the Word of God, namely, that the expiation of sins, or the propitiation for sins, must not be attributed to the merits of our works. For these things are part   More…

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