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Drama over KFUO-FM

August 30th, 2009 5 comments

So the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has updated its story on the likely sale of KFUO-FM: A board committee, with board member and Omaha, Neb., lawyer Kermit Brashear now serving as special counsel, is charged with pursuing negotiations to “continue the uninterrupted broadcast of the 99.1 classical format in the St. Louis market” via an HD signal — a proposal Brashear previously has pitched to a group of local arts supporters. But the board also gives Brashear’s committee “absolute and sole discretion” for a sale, without further consultation of the full board of directors. In an interview late Friday, Brashear would   More…

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Wonder How Liberal Preachers Defend Homosexuality? Here’s a Sermon Doing Just That, (From the NICL Discussion Group)

August 30th, 2009 10 comments

(Editor’s Note: The Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans, NICL for short, have a private e-mail list for the group. This afternoon NICL member Rev. Roger Gallup posted this  excerpt from a recent Episcopalian sermon.  BJS is pleased to publish articles from NICL and other confessional groups which are cataloged on the Regular Columns page.) In other words, a lot of people do very good things out of evil, self-serving motives-such is the hypocrisy Jesus rightly says corrupts the good works of the law-abiding Pharisees. A lot of other people do things that make them social outcasts and yet have redeemable motives,   More…

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Would Luther Vote With the ELCA on Homosexual Clergy? Nope, by Chris Rosebrough

August 29th, 2009 6 comments

We found this piece written by Chris Rosebrough on his Extreme Theology blog. Would Luther Vote With the ELCA on Homosexual Clergy? Nope. It’s clear that Luther held to the Biblical view that Homosexuality is a sin. In fact, Luther made it clear that the perversity of homosexuality comes from Satan. Luther identifies the sin of Sodom with homosexuality. Commenting on Genesis 19:4-5, he writes “I for my part do not enjoy dealing with this passage, because so far the ears of the Germans are innocent of and uncontaminated by this monstrous depravity; for even though disgrace, like other sins,   More…

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Not So Fast Say the United Methodists – They Will Not Accept Gay Clergy

August 29th, 2009 5 comments

BJS member Dennis Peskey found this interesting story on line and passed it along to us. Even though they entered into full communion with the ELCA, the United Methodist Church (UMC) will not be accepting gay clergy into thier pulpits. The Lutheran vote Aug. 21 to drop its ban on gay clergy, coming a day after the denomination approved a full communion pact including the sharing of clergy with The United Methodist Church, raised the question of whether practicing homosexual Lutheran pastors would be permitted in United Methodist pulpits. Leaders from both churches said Aug. 26, however, that The United   More…

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Latest on the possible sale of KFUO-FM

August 28th, 2009 13 comments

Here’s the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Lutheran Church votes to continue KFUO sale talks KFUO-FM hasn’t been sold — yet. The Kirkwood-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod announced Friday afternoon that its board of directors has voted to continue negotiations to sell KFUO 99.1 FM. As previously reported, the presumptive buyer is Gateway Creative Broadcasting, the parent corporation of Christian contemporary rock station Joy FM. And here’s the official LCMS word on the matter.

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CORE VALUES for Christians: Original Sin, by Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg

August 28th, 2009 1 comment

Pastor Alan Wollenburg writes a series of articles that have been published in his church newsletter. Looking for a way to introduce more of the members of his congregation and people of the community who happen across their parish newsletter on just what the Augsburg Confession is, he decided to write on the different articles of AC under the general theme: “Core Values for Christians”. Here is his articles on Article II of the Augsburg Confession.

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The Lutheran Study Bible is shipping!!!

August 28th, 2009 2 comments

Those of you who have been waiting for Oct 31st to order your copy of The Lutheran Study Bible — news out today is that it is IN AND SHIPPING! See the announcement here! Get your orders in today!! From all I’ve read this will truly be an excellent resource .. every lutheran home should have one of these for bible studies! And of course, what should be on all our shelves (or better yet, table next to our favorite reading chair): Bible, Book of Concord, Hymnal. ’nuff said. (though, of course, the Treasury of Daily Prayer is missing from   More…

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How Do You Revitalize a Congregation? by Rev. Andy Simcak (from the Texas Confessional Lutherans)

August 28th, 2009 53 comments

(Rev. Simcak  contributes regularly on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. The  other posts in this column  can be found on the Regular Columns page.)     In a February 2008 letter to LCMS pastors synod president Kieschnick stated that the 2007 Synod convention in Houston “adopted a resolution to revitalize the mission of 2000 existing LCMS churches by 2017 as a major component of ABLAZE!”

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5/500 BJS Fundraiser Initiated to Fulfill Our Goal to Support New Lutheran Media

August 27th, 2009 5 comments

(Every member of the Brothers of John the Steadfast will receive the following letter by mail this week. If you are not a member and would like to contribute simply follow the instructions below.) Dear Brothers and Sisters of John the Steadfast, We have been together for a year now and have laid a good foundation and now it is time to fulfill one of the main reasons we have formed this fellowship – to support the new Lutheran media with offerings from the bounty God has given to us. We have had a few chapter fundraisers but it is   More…

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Let’s Not Forget that the ELCA also Voted Full Communion with the United Methodist Church, A Post by Holger Sonntag, Pt. II

August 27th, 2009 3 comments

(Editor’s Note: Holger Sonntag commented on one of our many strings on the ELCA issue that the vote for full communion with the UMC may be the greater story here despite all the attention the statements on sexuality have received. We asked him to expand on this thesis and he has blessed us with this fine article. It is a lengthy post so we have serialized it. Here is Part II. Part I can be viewed here.)

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More on the blitz for KFUO-FM

August 26th, 2009 No comments

Here are some more links to the editorial page’s coverage of the impending sale of Classic 99. There’s another line from the editorial, too, that I wanted to highlight: The church’s 15-member board of directors, 13 of whom live outside of St. Louis, is expected to decide Thursday whether helping a buyer finance an $18 million deal is better than operating a radio station that struggles to break even. I’m hearing that the Post-Dispatch apparently knows something that some folks who have responsibility for the station don’t — anyone have confirmation that there will be a decision-making meeting or conference   More…

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Interesting goings on with KFUO-FM

August 26th, 2009 6 comments

I have long stated my agnosticism on the sale of KFUO-FM. Yes this annoys my friends on either side of the sell, don’t-sell divide — but I can see great arguments for or against. But that doesn’t keep me from having many opinions about how the sale is being handled. I wanted to share with you the rather fascinating editorial in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s a fine editorial from the perspective of supporters of keeping a classical music format, but there’s one quibble: Board members also must decide whether the contemporary Christian format fits better with the church’s goals   More…

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“Oh, Blest the Homosexual” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 26th, 2009 22 comments

Before I get to the song, let me post my responses first. Pick the one that fits best: A. Yes, I know I’m a sinner too. B. Yes, I want homosexuals to repent and be saved. C. Yes, I’m well aware of the problems in the Missouri Synod. D. Yes, I know there’s a faithful remnant still in the ELCA. E. No, I don’t buy the “We’re grieving now, don’t criticize us” line. F. No, satirical polemics is perfectly biblical and Lutheran–indeed, it is called for in cases like this. Now, to the song. . . . OH, BLEST THE   More…

Murray/Veith/Wenthe: Three Good Links to Commentary on the ELCA Vote

August 26th, 2009 1 comment

Yesterday’s Memorial Moments by Rev. Scott Murray featured an excellent devotion on the ELCA decisions. The LCMS’ premier commentator on the culture Gene Veith has a post on the vote for full communion. The Four and Twenty Blackbirds have a Youtube video by Dean Wenthe, president of Concordia Theological Seminary – Ft. Wayne that calls us to uphold scripture with clarity and charity.

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A Time of Crisis and Opportunity: Be an Apologist, not a Pharisee, by Jon Townsend

August 26th, 2009 3 comments

(Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm…) A Time of Crisis and Opportunity: Be an Apologist, not a Pharisee How apropos: The Gospel reading in many of our congregations was the Pharisee and the Tax Collector on Sunday the 23rd of August. Many others have picked up the point that we should exercise caution in the coming days that we do not thank and praise the Lord that we are not like those ELCA folks (Listen to Pr. Weedon’s sermon below), but rather we must approach all of life   More…

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