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Great Stuff — Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse

October 21st, 2014 6 comments

A great post found by original BJS columnist Mollie Hemingway found over on excerpted below:   I just received an email asking me to “save the date” for a “Christmas” party to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3. “Hi friends, get a jump start on your holiday planning with our Save the Date for the [redacted] Christmas party,” the email read. Attached was a card that read “sleigh bells will ring, JINGLE, JINGLE, JINGLE So let’s get together to MIX & MINGLE.” … Even though Advent is marked in this country by millions of Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians and many   More…

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Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)

October 20th, 2014 45 comments

A post by LCMS 4th Vice President (and Houston Pastor) Rev. Dr. Scott Murray over on ReligionNews:   Excerpted … Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. … So what is a Christian pastor to do? The mayor or members of the City Council are always welcome in my congregation. Sermons aren’t exactly private or privileged communications; they are proclaimed to audiences in public and placed on our   More…

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Great Stuff — TTMBO, ACELC, and the 44

October 13th, 2014 26 comments

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog,   When serving at my first parish, I was privileged to be a part of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans. In 2001, in response to certain events, the NICL produced and published a brief statement regarding prayer and fellowship. It was named That They May Be One, or TTMBO for short. I have not really spoken publicly about it in a number of years. There are a variety of reasons. It was not a statement of individual belief, but a statement of joint confession. As such, it was not (and is not)   More…

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Great Stuff — Wilhelm Loehe on Child/Infant Communion

October 13th, 2014 9 comments

Found over on logia-online:   The following excerpt in translation is drawn from Wilhelm Loehe’s “Neuendettelsau Letters.” The letters were published in 1858 to explain and defend some of Loehe’s practices, chief among them the way he practiced confession in Neuendettelsau. Translated is only an excerpt relevant to the question of child/infant communion. It may be noted that the letters have no addressee. The appearance of one is a rhetorical device. The excerpt is drawn from Wilhelm Loehe. Gesammelte Werke v.3,1, pp 226–228. The bold print in the translation reflects that printing. – Jacob Corzine, 10 October 2014. Upon all   More…

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Great Stuff — Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day

October 13th, 2014 1 comment

Found over on   Be sure to add SM to your readings list; here are recent posts over there: Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day Revitalization: Abiding as the Declining Church All Christians are Sacramental Minions God: The Only “Sacramental Entrepreneur”     “Starting New” Has a Long History in the Church During the last week of His life, Jesus was found many times to confront the chief priests and the pharisees. One of the biggest problems of the leaders of Jesus day was that they had taken the initiative to usurp the divine prerogatives. They desired to take   More…

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Great Stuff — CTCR On The Communing of Infants and Young Children

October 8th, 2014 55 comments

Found over on WMLTblog:   On 13 September 2014, the CTCR adopted without dissent a document titled, “Knowing What We Seek and Why We Come: Questions and Answers concerning the Communing of Infants and Young Children.” The CTCR also adopted as a supplement to the aforementioned document, “Response to the Request for a Supplement to the CTCR Opinion, Response to “Concerns of the South Wisconsin District Circuits 18 and 19 Regarding Infant Communion” (1997).” Both documents are given in their entirety below. Among other questions, the CTCR document addresses, “What historical precedent is there for paedocommunion?” Answer: “there is no   More…

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Found on the Web — DEJA VU…SORT OF…

October 2nd, 2014 17 comments

Found over on Jonathan Rodebaugh’s blog, In, With and Under:   This upcoming Sunday, October 5th, will mark the end of my first year in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It was, and has continued to be a breath of fresh air. It’s not that my previous 16 years in the Christian & Missionary Alliance were terrible. I had sound pastors that cared for me and always pointed me to God’s word, and although we now disagree on several key doctrines, I am still thankful for the care and instruction they gave me. Nonetheless, my last year and a half in the C&MA, although   More…

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

September 26th, 2014 11 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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