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Great Stuff – Reformation of Suffering

December 18th, 2014 No comments

Suffering. The many explanations are pretty much a pile of rubbish. People suffer on without consolation. The explanations more or less just pile on, making suffering worse. Think of Job’s comforters; and let’s not be too harsh on them. Do you have three friends who will sit on the smoldering ash heap with you for seven days without saying a word? They were his friends, and good ones. But they were wrong. With good intensions, they poured salt in Job’s wounds. What is a pastor to do? Luther faced this. He made a breakthrough. He reformed suffering. This is valuable   More…

Great Stuff — Four things Lutherans believe about the Law that are false … and true

December 4th, 2014 168 comments

Found over on Pr. Surburg’s blog:   In our study of Scripture we return to the same texts, yet we often do not find them to be same.  Naturally the text hasn’t changed.  Instead we have changed in our knowledge and experiences, and so we recognize things that we had not noticed before.  We ask questions of the text that we had not thought of before. In preparing for a sermon, I had occasion to read again 1 Thessalonians 4:1 in which Paul says: Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received   More…

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Great Stuff — Engage the Culture? Don’t.

November 24th, 2014 8 comments

Do you engage the culture? Are you culturally relevant? If not, then how can you say that you believe in sharing the Gospel? Or didn’t you know that “lost people matter to God”?
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Redeemer Conference with Dr. John Stephenson

November 19th, 2014 No comments

Found on the Lutheran Calendar — post your items here and put it on your blog’s sidebar to announce events to others.   The Good News: It is free! No registration. More Good News: Dr. John Stephenson, of Concordia Seminary St. Catharines, will be our speaker. Monday, January 19, 2015, from 8am to 8pm Stephenson will spend his time with us reconsidering and visiting his volume on Eschatology – which was published 21 years ago. What has changed? How has his thinking on this expanded? He will speak, in particular, about God’s wrath and also the case and fate of   More…

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ACL / Luther Academy – Marriage, Sex, and Gender in the Lutheran Church Today

November 13th, 2014 59 comments

As found on the Lutheran Calendar here. Mark your calendars for this event!   The Association of Confessional Lutherans   and   The Luther Academy are in the process of planning the next Congress on the Lutheran Confessions ACL National Free Conference # 26 Luther Academy Lecture Series # 22   April 15 – 17, 2015 Ramada Mall of America Bloomington (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota     The overall theme for this congress is: Marriage, Sex, and Gender in the Lutheran Church Today — In Light of the Lutheran Confessions     PROPOSED TOPICS FOR THE 2015 CONGRESS ON   More…

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Great Stuff — Talking Sheep: The Role of the Laity in the Church

November 10th, 2014 17 comments

Found over on Bible Beer and Babies written by Vanessa Rasanen:   I’ve never been known for my tact. I rarely say the right thing, and even when I do I usually say it in the completely wrong way. Perhaps it would be better to remedy this problem by keeping my trap shut and learning to be quiet, but instead I’m learning when to speak up and how. This is an important skill to develop, too, as it can benefit our jobs, our families, our communities, and even our church. Yes, even our church, and even as laity. We laity   More…

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Great Stuff — How I Became a… Church Growth Disciple

November 8th, 2014 3 comments

Found over on InternetMonk, written by Mike Bell:   First of all a confession. The title is really just an attention grabber, and a weak attempt to get Miguel to sputter coffee through his nose. Although a second confession would be that in the eighties and nineties, I did read all I could get my hands on from the Church growth movement. There are a couple of interesting things that I learned from that time, and I wanted to present a sort of random stream on consciousness on the topic. The numerical growth or decline of a church is strictly   More…

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Great Stuff — Livestream Broadcast of Hymn Festival in Honor of Richard Resch Tonight

November 3rd, 2014 6 comments

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce a special livestreaming event this evening from the Good Shepherd Institute Conference. “My Times Are in Your Hand: A Musical Festschrift in Honor of Kantor Richard C. Resch,” will be livestreamed from Kramer Chapel this evening at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern). Go to and click on Watch Live! in the Livestream Events box. Organist for the evening will be CTS Associate Kantor Matthew A. Machemer. CTS Kantor Kevin J. Hildebrand will direct the Seminary Kantorei, and the Rev. David H. Reed, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Auburn,   More…

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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 10 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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