Archive for September, 2008

The Augustana Ministerium by Pr. Eric Stefanski

September 30th, 2008 35 comments

In mid-September, I wrote a note in response to a comment that had been made regarding an article on this site (about the wacky ‘Jefferson Hills Church’, where Missouri District mission offerings are being wasted on anti-Lutheran theology and practice). The commenter to whom I was responding had indicated that his congregation was directing its offerings away from LCMS, Inc., having seen the gross mismanagement of their previous offerings (including the directing of funds toward projects that were theologically unacceptable, while seeking to eliminate what was the corporate synod’s most excellent venue for both outreach and edification, Issues, Etc.). I   More…

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A few random requests (Mollie)

September 30th, 2008 31 comments

1) I’m on a committee at church that runs a small bookstore. We are hoping to offer a small selection of CPH books that would be helpful to the congregation. Any ideas for what we should include? 2) If you were going to write a book or a blog about keeping the liturgical calendar at home (and not just Easter or Christmas), what would you call it? I’d be most appreciative of any and all suggestions. 3) Baby #2 is on the way. Please keep me and the little one in your prayers!

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Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS, by Pr. Klemet Preus

September 29th, 2008 44 comments

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five posts by Pastor Preus on  Holy Communion.)   In May of 2007, a graduate of the Ft. Wayne seminary named Clint Stark produced a paper based on a questionnaire which he had sent to all pastors and seminary students in the LCMS. The questionnaire sought to ascertain the worship practices of the pastors of the synod including their practice of admitting people to the altar. Almost half (46.2 % or 3000 respondents) of those polled actually responded. This is a remarkably large number and provides data which have a   More…

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Where do Ablaze!® funds go? (Mollie)

September 27th, 2008 8 comments

According to the LCMS Web site, “Ablaze! ® began as a vision of LCMS World Mission to involve every member of the LCMS, its partner church bodies, and partner mission agencies in one focused and concentrated effort to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with those who do not yet know Him.” But what are Ablaze! ® funds used for? In the South Eastern District’s Circuit 9, the mission committee will be voting on Saturday, October 4th on a grant application for Ablaze! ® funds. Let’s look at what the funds are going for. Let me just give you   More…

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Our Favorite Petition Comments

September 27th, 2008 4 comments

(We’ve said that “Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site”, but we haven’t kept it up. We are a month late now. . This entry comes from Pastor Weedon’s site and so is not numbered.) Here is a telling tale of why we need good teaching. Does it not break your heart to hear of those that think the Gospel is ‘loving your neighbor’? Such is the teaching of the Law, and may we all – through the continued blessings of Issues, Etc. and   More…

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

September 27th, 2008 3 comments

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers in good practice and theology and so we will be offering more columns such as this new one that teaches about the liturgy. This is the second in a twenty two part series. We thank Pastor David Oberdieck for letting us use it. We cannot say everything about every part of the liturgy in this series so if you think   More…

Communion: Close or Closed? by Pr. Klemet Preus

September 26th, 2008 7 comments

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of five posts on Holy Communion by Pastor Preus.) What is going on in the synod regarding the practice of who is admitted to the Lord’s Supper? First of all let’s settle the question of Close or Closed. That will be the topic of this Blog. So which is it? Do we practice “close communion” or “closed communion?” Recently I read a comment in which the writer said that he prefers the word “close” to “closed” because the former does not seem as negative. We don’t want to express that we are closed off   More…

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Signatures for the Manifesto are Slow but Website Activity is Brisk

September 26th, 2008 12 comments

We have had “A Lutheran Manifesto” up for 24 hours and there aren’t many signatures on the petition  but it has created a lot of activity on the website. We had over 1,000 visits yesterday which is the most we have had in the last two weeks and is  the busiest Thursday we have had in several weeks. More importantly we had over 300 brand new visitors yesterday and that number will continue to grow in the next few days due to the Manifesto and the articles from our excellent bloggers and columnists. (Pastor Preus has prepared a new series   More…

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BREAKING NEWS – “A Lutheran Manifesto” For Consideration by All Lutherans, from The Rev. Dr. Fred Baue

September 24th, 2008 60 comments

(Editor’s Note:  The Brothers of John the Steadfast are honored to have the privilege to bring this Lutheran Manifesto to the world. We ask our readers to  take a serious look at it, offer your expert commentary – there are no more discerning Lutherans than the readers of this site – consider signing the petition in support of it, and most importantly share it with as many Lutherans as you can. This will not be an easy read. It will take time.  You may not understand every detail of the document. If not, we hope it will move you to   More…

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Trademarking love (Mollie)

September 24th, 2008 29 comments

So I hear that the LCMS has obtained a legal trademark on the phrase: HIS LOVE IS HERE FOR YOU ® When I served on the Board for Communication Services, the unelected corporate executives who more or less control the Synod tried to run a huge million-dollar ad campaign with the phrase “Christ’s love is here for you.” They kindly mentioned it to us right before we, the appointed board in charge of synodical communications, would have to approve it. We urged that it be changed to “Christ is here for you.” And we had all these cool ideas about   More…

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Unsung Steadfast Heroes of Past LCMS Battles, by Pr. Walt Otten

September 23rd, 2008 1 comment

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Otten writes the BJS regular column “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.” The columns are archived here. Walter Bouman, well known liberal, of whom he writes here left the LCMS and became an ALC pastor in 1977. He died in 2008. The lesser known pastors and laymen that brother Otten brings to our attention are the real heroes.)   “Brother Rossow you want two columns a month under the theme STEADFAST LESSONS FROM THE PAST?”   His reply, “Yes, old man, just dig into your files!”   That digging revealed those who were “steadfast” in the past.     More…

What If Do Not See My Comment Published?

September 23rd, 2008 2 comments

Brethren — we are still receiving hundreds of spam comments every day, and are using automated software to filter those so we don’t have to manually delete them. The problem with this is that a few comments written by real humans are being falsely identified as SPAM. You recall our eventual solution to this problem is to require registration to comment on this website (a solution taken by many other similar sites). I don’t think that the default method of registration on the underlying software we are using is easy enough to use. I want to do some programming to   More…

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Laity Reaching Laity, by Pr. Rob Jarvis of the CLCC

September 23rd, 2008 6 comments

In the last column I had written (which was a couple months ago) I started talking about recruiting laity–to be exact laity recruiting laity. It must be happening. The number of concerned laity is growing, but slowly. Maybe it’s not that slow, but I think everyone is always wondering: What can be done to muster the laity? In fact, isn’t that the $64,000 question? How do we reach the laity? I’ve been attending free conferences and presentations for years, and it always seems to be about half clergy and half laity. That’s not bad; at least half are laity. It   More…

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First Chapter Fund-Raiser for Issues, Etc. Scheduled

September 21st, 2008 1 comment

The Brothers of John the Steadfast chapter at Bethany Lutheran in Naperville, Illinois (the church Pastor Rossow serves) has scheduled a fund-raiser for Issues, Etc. The congregation is having an Octoberfest on Sunday, October 5 and the newly formed chapter is serving the lunch and taking a free-will offering that will be donated  to Issues, Etc. The actual funds raised are not the most important thing. The offering will probably bring in a few hundred dollars. What is more important is that Issues, Etc. will be getting exposure to the congregation and there are men joining the chapter who prior   More…

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An Ablaze! Fundraising update (Mollie)

September 21st, 2008 13 comments

Here’s an interesting update from the August 21-22 Board of Directors meeting: 70. Fan Into Flame Report Jeff Craig-Meyer, Associate Executive Director of LCMS World Mission Development Services, provided an updated report of the Fan Into Flame fundraising effort, noting that the campaign has passed the one-third mark of its goal with contributions totaling $33,512,734, of which $16,108,681 has been received in cash. Of the total amount, approximately $20 million has been received from major/individual gifts and $13 million through congregational appeals. He also called attention to campaign expenses totaling $9,841,923 through May 31, including $5,274,286 for the CCS consultants’   More…

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