Archive for March, 2009

New feature on the BJS site — Confessional Calendar

March 31st, 2009 No comments

For the past several months, Brothers of John the Steadfast have had a calendar on our LutheranWiktionary site. It hasn’t taken off like we’d have liked it to, as the site doesn’t get the traffic that the Brothers of John the Steadfast site gets. The implementation also was not ideal; it was a bit hard I think to figure out how to find information there. Per requests from some associated organizations, as well as our own observed need for a common calendar, we have now added a calendar directly to this site. On the right sidebar you find the word   More…

Categories: BJS Newsreel Tags:

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 30th

March 30th, 2009 No comments

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access to a reading group, it occurred to us that we might try creating an “online reading group” right here on the BJS site.

More BJS Contributors with Respectful Disagreement – Magness and Simeon-Netto

March 30th, 2009 47 comments

(Editor’s Note: There is quite a lively discussion of the sale of KFUO over on Uwe Siemon Netto’s blog The Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life between Uwe, who is a BJS advisory board member and Cantor Phillip Magness, regular contributor to the BJS Quarterly. This must be the day for BJS folks to respectfully disagree since we started the day out with Todd disagreeing with Mollie. We have recorded two of Phillip’s comments here. He makes some great points about the nature of evangelical worship which will help  all BJS members and readers to better understand authentic  Lutheran   More…

Categories: Editor's Introduction Blog Tags:

Interesting Angle on Ablaze’s Shortcomings ““ Starting Churches without Pastors, by Pr. Rossow

March 30th, 2009 50 comments

Here is a quote from a recent Ablaze newsletter. It is written by an Ablaze worker in the Philippines (LCP).   The LCP has 92 churches, many of which are mission stations, and 26 ordained pastors with an Ablaze goal to establish 100 new churches by the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (October 31, 2017)!

Categories: Editor's Introduction Blog Tags:

Second Edition of Pless/Harrison Book on Women’s Ordination Published

March 28th, 2009 3 comments

John Pless, professor from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne has alerted us to the publication of a second edition of “Women Pastors, The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective” by Concordia Publishing House. The second edition includes new articles by Professor John Kleinig and Dr. Gregory Lockwood. As described on the CPH website, the book is refreshingly countercultural on the issue of women’s ordination and encourages Christians to listen to the clear voice of Christ and His word to reject this recent innovation. Pless’ co-editor is Rev. Matt Harrison. As we have stated before on this website, it is   More…

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

Another PR disaster?

March 28th, 2009 12 comments

I’ve mentioned before my agnosticism on the matter of selling KFUO-FM. I am swayable to arguments on both sides. Still, from a public relations standpoint, who in the world thought that the way to announce the decision to sell KFUO was best handled this way? The story, featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is well written and fair, but the LCMS comes off looking horrific. The only people who come off reasonable are Synod Treasurer Tom Kuchta (proponent of selling) and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra president Fred Bronstein (opponent of selling).

Categories: Mollie Hemingway Tags:

More Controversy for President Kieschnick – How the Secular Press is Reporting the Proposed Sale of KFUO

March 28th, 2009 29 comments

BJS steering committee member Pastor Jacob Erhard of Dwight, Illinois alerted us to an article in a St. Louis online magazine with the following article. (BJS regular commenter “Carl Vehse” also noted this on one of our comment strings.) Ultimately we lay this at the feet of the president of the synod. As you read the story, note how his Ablaze program has brought a lot of tension and stress into our beloved synod. We can now count among the president’s detractors the fans of Issues, Etc., the fans of classical music in the entire St. Louis area and the   More…

Categories: Editor's Introduction Blog Tags:

Gospel Reductionism Today – “Blues Brothers Theology” by Rev. John Frahm III

March 27th, 2009 No comments

There is a great article on the Reformation Today website by Rev. John Frahm III. It also has some clever graphics for all you visual learners and a string of links to some excellent segments from Issues, Etc. The article is about the “old” modern trick called gospel reductionism. The old guard liberals in the LCMS tried to excise the miracles and morality from the Bible by reducing God’s word to the Gospel. The article is very timely because Rev. Frahm does the important work of showing how the new guard church-growthers in the LCMS have a version of Gospel   More…

Categories: Uncategorized Tags:

ACL/Luther Academy Conference in Minneapolis Includes Two BJS Speakers

March 27th, 2009 15 comments

(We have received the following from the ACL and the Luther Academy and encourage you to make plans to attend. The lineup of excellent speakers includes BJS blogger Klemet Preus and our BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue.) “Who Is God?” You know Him, of course, but others claim to know Him, too…often others who really do not know Him, but only a corruption of His revelation that neither saves them nor serves their neighbor.

LCMS Foundation raising money!

March 27th, 2009 6 comments

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s raising funds for itself. Heh. LCMS News just sent out information about Gift Development and Stewardship courses provided by The LCMS Foundation. One of the courses, offered for two days in April and held at the International Center, runs $950 per person! As a former development professional, and with all due respect to the Foundation, I’m pretty sure that outfit — known more for its trouble raising money and bureaucratic waste and idiocy — is the last place I’d go to for fundraising training. But hey, your mileage may vary.

Categories: Mollie Hemingway Tags:

Seminary problems widespread

March 26th, 2009 5 comments

We recently discussed the financial woes being faced by Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. They are not alone. This USA Today article looks at the widespread financial problems at seminaries across the land.

Categories: Mollie Hemingway Tags:

Bioethike, by Mollie

March 26th, 2009 No comments

If you are as fascinated by bioethics issues as I am, you simply must head over to Rev. Robert C. Baker’s new blog Bioethike. You can thank me later.

Categories: Mollie Hemingway Tags:

“Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

March 26th, 2009 7 comments

(I’ve been doing this series on the Catechism, especially because we have a Book of Concord Reading Group that has just finished reading the Small and Large Catechisms. This coming Monday, March 30, we start the Augsburg Confession. Anyone in the St. Louis area who wants to join us, our class meets on Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri.) “The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession)   More…

What President Kieschnick needs to do Now, by Pr. Klemet Preus

March 26th, 2009 5 comments

(This is the final post in this series on “Lawsuits Among Christians.” For the whole series click on Pastor Preus’ name on the Brother’s Cafe.)   As indicated in my recent blog something happened on December 2 of which the entire synod needs to be aware. A legal opposition was filed before the secular authorities against certain Christian men. This action, according to President Kieschnick’s understanding of I Corinthians, is a sin. Who did it and how should the president respond?

Categories: Pastor Klemet Preus Tags:

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Interview with Colleen Carroll Campbell, by Jon Townsend

March 26th, 2009 4 comments

We at BJS have created a new column where we hope to review at least one program from Issues, Etc. each week. Our hope in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on Issues, Etc. and perhaps to generate interest in the show by new listeners. We also hope to make it easier for you to introduce Issues, Etc. to friends or members of your church; you can print these out and hand them to people who might be interested in the topic. Listen to the show to learn more about this topic,   More…

Categories: Issues Etc Tags: