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BJS is one year old — renew your memberships!

June 30th, 2009 1 comment

Speaking of anniversaries, along with our article on our One Year Anniversary, many members are asking about the automatic renewal of their membership. Many of you signed up using paypal using a subscription, where your dues were set up to automatically renew each year. Since it HAS been a year since this was set up, a few of you are questioning this charge on your paypal accounts as your year’s anniversary comes up.

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Happy One Year Anniversary Issues, Etc.

June 30th, 2009 3 comments

Issues, Etc. is celebrating their one year anniversary of being back on the radio. The Brothers of John the Steadfast congratulate Todd and Jeff and give thanks to God for this Christ-centered and cross-focused radio program. Issues is hosting a celebration at the radio station this afternoon in Collinsville, Illinois. Cantor Phillip Magness and his wife Cheryl will be representing BJS at the party and we hope they will bring back some photographs of the party that we can post here on the site. Phillip is a regular columnist for BJS and Cheryl is the technical editor of the BJS   More…

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President’s Address from the Rocky Mountain District

June 30th, 2009 4 comments

One of our readers sent us a link to  Rev. Randy Golter’s presidential address to the Rocky Mountain District. I come from  a district where theology is not at the heart of the  convention  procedings so it is refreshing to see this presidential address is based on the most crucial doctrine we face today, the doctrine of the church. The address rightly calls the synod to be united in confession and to be rooted in God’s word. We at BJS encourage President Golter and all district presidents to put that call into action by moving to rid thier districts of   More…

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Begging the Question in BRTFSSG Proposal #19, by Pr. Lincoln Winter

June 30th, 2009 12 comments

(Editor’s Note: Lincoln Winter is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church Wheatland in southeastern Wyoming. I last knew of Lincoln when he was a member of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans and was instrumental in the writing of “That They May be One” also known as TTMBO, a straight-forward critique of the Yankee Stadium issue. It is good to see that Lincoln is still using his skills to critique important matters in the church. He has an entire series on the Blue Ribbon proposals on his blog Wild Boar from the Forest. This article is found here.) If you say something   More…

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Report on the Northwest District Convention, Part 2, by Scott Diekmann

June 29th, 2009 43 comments

(Scott’s other posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of the website under the title “Apologetics – Apply Liberally to the Affected Area.” Part 1 of this report can be found here) Report on the NOW District Convention, Part 2 I agree with the Synod President. One of the questions President Kieschnick was asked at the Northwest District Convention in the canned question and answer session was related to the challenges the LCMS faces, and what needs to be fixed. His answer, and he emphasized this as the most important challenge we face, was to change the spirit of   More…

Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Inaugural Assembly: A Report from the Floor

June 28th, 2009 No comments

(Editor’s Note: This is  a delegate report from the recent meeting of the conservative Episcopalians and Anglicans who have formed a new “communion.” The delegate is reporting back to a neighboring conservative Anglican congregation – All Souls, Wheaton, Illinois – that I became acquainted with through our work with a local pro-life group. It is good to see these folks react against the liberalism in their denomination but as others have said on other comment strings on this site, I am not sure that in the end that this will be much of a good thing for confessional/Biblical theology based   More…

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“Sound Bite Ecclesiology” by Pr. Klemet Preus

June 28th, 2009 9 comments

Apparently some have taken umbrage at my claim that people at the MNS convention “took rather complex issues and turned them into simplistic, if inaccurate sound bites.”   You be the judge.   Less than a month before the MNS convention an Email was sent to all the delegates by a group calling itself “Mission Vision Group” which included two members of minority of the board. Here’s what our side was accused of:   We have found ourselves in strong disagreement with some of the recent decisions made by the “majority” members of our District Board of Directors; specifically the   More…

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What Do You Commemorate on June 25, the Death of Michael Jackson? By Donna Linnemeyer

June 26th, 2009 3 comments

(Editor’s Note: Donna’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Confessions of a Confessional Church Administrator.” Donna is the Church Administrator of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois.)   My day on June 25, 2009 ended with a pleasant, spur-of-the-moment birthday dinner with my youngest son.   When I phoned Bradley to wish him a Happy Birthday, I was surprised that he had no celebration plans with friends until the weekend.   Of course I quickly made arrangements to spend a couple of hours with him twenty four years after the day of his birth.     More…

Kieschnick: I guess we are divided, after all

June 25th, 2009 23 comments

Last year, President Kieschnick claimed that the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod wasn’t divided. Not at all. We were more unified than we’d ever been, he claimed. In his most recent letter to pastors, he admits that’s not the case. He lists the following areas where we’re not united: * “The administration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, mainly the question of who should be invited or allowed to commune at the altar of our Lord in LCMS congregations. * “The service of women, mainly the question of in what roles and capacities Scripture allows or commends the participation and   More…

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Update on Fan Into Flame

June 25th, 2009 10 comments

In his June letter to pastors, President Kieschnick says that the Ablaze!(TM) fundraising campaign has brought in $48.1 million in pledges and gifts. Now, back when the claim was $31 million, that meant less than half of that amount in the bank (the pledges hadn’t come in). So out of $14.8 million in the bank, we learned that it cost $10 million to raise those funds. So I’m kind of wondering how much of the pledged amount has actually come in and how much it has cost to raise those funds. President Kieschnick doesn’t mention those figures in his letter.   More…

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Things that make you go hmmm

June 25th, 2009 4 comments

So the new Anglican Church in North America launched this week and heard addresses from Southern Baptist megachurch guru Rick Warren and Orthodox Church in America Metropolitan Jonah. I’m not really sure which one is more out of place. I visited one of the churches that joined the ACNA and it was definitely Calvinist with a touch of the Charismatic.

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Luther on diapers

June 25th, 2009 6 comments

I was writing a column about vocation the other day and came across this amazing quote from Luther in his Estate of Marriage: Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason (which the pagans followed in trying to be most clever), takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores, and on top of that care for my wife, provide for her,   More…

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Children in Church, by Kari Anderson for the CLCC

June 25th, 2009 20 comments

(The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission are one of the many confessional groups that post regularly on the BJS site. Their posts are archived on the Regular Columns page.) I visited recently with a man in my town that told me that he would not attend a church that had a sign in the back few pews saying that they were reserved for people with small children, because he believed that children should be sitting closer to the front of the church. I had never really thought about the signs suggesting that they sit there, just that if they wanted   More…

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The Sleeping Giant, A Cartoon and Comment by Pr. Scott Blazek Introducing a Special Issue of the Steadfast Quarterly

June 25th, 2009 14 comments

(Editor’s Note: We know Pastor Blazek for his cartoons but he is also a fine theologian. He wrote the following article to go along with this quarter’s cartoon. The next issue of the Steadfast Quarterly is being printed and prepared for delivery to our members. It is a special double issue about confessional Lutherans doing evangelism. Once it is mailed to our members we will make the pdf available here on the website.) A Confessional Lutheran Looks at Evangelism—by Rev. Scott Blazek “Hundreds of other church bodies claim to believe in the Bible (to one degree or another).  What makes   More…

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June 25th – The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession and The Brothers of John the Steadfast One Year Anniversary

June 25th, 2009 11 comments

Today is the anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession to the Holy Roman Emporer Charles  V in 1530. It was fitting for us to introduce the Brothers of John the Steadfast to Lutheranism on this date one year ago since our namesake was one of the signers of the Augsburg Confession and was a faithful layman who supported confessional Lutheran theology, risking his life and reputation for the pure Gospel and rightly administered sacraments. The Brothers of John the Steadfast is laymen’s group (pastors and women are welcome to join and participate)

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