Archive for November, 2009

Citizen’s Petition Filed on KFUO Situation – Has There Ever Been a More Troubled LCMS Administration?

November 30th, 2009 9 comments

We thank one of our readers (LCMS Christian Classical Musician) for alerting us to the citizens petition that has now been filed to stop the sale of KFUO – FM. (To view the petition click here.) Those of you following this story on this site know that the sale is hotly debated even among our readers. Pastor Wilken has had the best view of the situation for the last several years and supports the sale of the signal but he also admits that the LCMS Board of Directors has acted in a much too secretive way. Controversy follows President Kieschnick   More…

Bursting the BRTFSSG Bubble, Part 4: Shifting the Paradigm, by Scott Diekmann

November 30th, 2009 5 comments

Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics – Apply Lberally.” He has also posted this story on his blog “Stand Firm.” Do you get the feeling, after having read the report of the LCMS Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG), that they’re trying to sell us something? What is it they’re urging us to buy? According to the Task Force, they want us to buy off on their proposals, which are presented in glowing terms: “The recommendations seek to broaden the voice and participation of the congregations in the Synod”   More…

Registration Now Open for the BJS Conference this February – Todd, Mollie and Klemet – “The Fired and the Staff”

November 28th, 2009 21 comments

The conference is over and everyone is recharged after it; here are the presentations given at the conference: BJS 2010 Conference Live Blogging BJS 2010 Conference — more audio Click here to register for this conference Click here for Hotel Information Click here for Pietist Allowed Parties Click here for Schedule Since we have three top notch speakers but  do not have a central theme for this year’s conference  I asked the Steering Committee to brainstorm clever titles. Leave it to the wit of Charlie Henrickson to come up with a real knee-slapper: “Todd, Mollie and Klemet: The Fired and   More…

Printing pages from this Site, by Norm

November 27th, 2009 7 comments

We have had requests from some people asking to make articles on this site available to people without computers. I’ve just made changes to the site so that printing an article will produce a clean print with just the article shown, with all the navigation and sidebar removed. Please contact me or comment on this article if you have further suggestions. Many people have print-to-PDF programs (PrimoPDF or PDF995 are two examples) and can make PDF’s which makes it easier to collect a series of posts.

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Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 4 ““ Recommendation #1: the Constitutional Amendments to the Preamble and Articles II, III, VI and VII, by Pr. Rossow

November 27th, 2009 7 comments

This is Part 4 of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   Recommendation #1: the Constitutional Amendments to the Preamble and Articles II, III, VI and VII The first recommendation from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG) includes proposed amendments to four of the articles of the LCMS constitution. (For the text of these proposed amendments see above for a link to the final report with appendices.) Proposed changes to The Preamble Here is the current   More…

We Need More Cowboys and Fewer Bureaucrats in the LCMS – BJS Member Shares his Wyoming Perspective on the Concordia-Chicago Play

November 26th, 2009 3 comments

Editor’s Note: I was pleased this Thanksgiving morning to see one of my parish members, Tye Fox,  chime in on the “Laramie Project” controversey at Concordia-Chicago. Tye is a member of our BJS chapter at church and even hosted our BJS NCAA basketball bash in his home last Spring. Tye was well catechized by Pastor Marcus Zill at the campus church in Laramie and he grew up helping his father who is a real live Wyoming cowboy so he knows a thing or two about Lutheran theology and  the cowboy culture. Tye is a high school Spanish teacher in the   More…

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More Good Stuff Found by Norm: Troubled Musings Raises the Issue of Deacon vs. SMP

November 26th, 2009 12 comments

Editor’s Note: Since posting Glen’s previous article on Volunteerism, we’ve found this post that he wrote a month ago about a related topic. Glen’s troubled musings raise the question about ordering (putting into some sort of order) the work of the Lord’s ministry. Having ordered Deacons is probably a better way to go to increase service in the church rather than the new fangled system of SMP’s (Specific Ministry Pastors)  we recently cooked up in the LCMS which results in ordained pastors with only half the training of our current pastorate. (Pastor Rossow) Troubled (In a Good Way) Musings, by   More…

Comprehensive Analysis of the Blue Ribbon Proposals on Structure & Governance, Proposal 1 – Manipulation and Deception by the Task Force, by Pr. Rossow

November 25th, 2009 8 comments

This is a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). I started out with the troubling revelation that the proposals are based on the work of non-Lutheran consultants (10/28/09) and a follow up a few days later focusing on the fact that these consultants cost you and I one half a million dollars (10/29/09). I then jumped to the “Conclusion” of the proposals to illustrate the Task Force’s abuse of a Walther text in a failed attempt to demonstrate that Walther supports their misleading views on “the mission of God”   More…

Pr. Martin Noland Offers a High Level Critique of the Blue Ribbon Proposals on Structure

November 25th, 2009 2 comments

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Noland offered this comment on Mollie’s post from Monday where she passed on information from Publius Aequillus. That prompted Pastor Noland to make the following general and over-arching comments on the Blue Ribbon proposals. I am sure we can expect more detailed analysis from Pastor Noland when he has time.)

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Is the Congregation a Volunteer Organization? by Glen Piper

November 24th, 2009 3 comments

(Editor’s Note: This is from Glen Piper’s blog Territorial Bloggings.) This is an interesting question. It’s also a pertinent one, that many congregations, and congregational leaders, have to deal with this time of year as voters assemblies deliberate & vote on officers & administrative boards for next year. On the face of it, the question seems like a simple one with a simple answer. Of course, it’s a volunteer organization. Right? After all, we are a congregational polity, with supreme voters assemblies – i.e., we’re not led by professional church workers.

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More Good Stuff Found by Norm – Meet Matt Harrison the Person: Interview on God Whisperers

November 24th, 2009 2 comments

We found the following on the God Whisperers site: Episode 72: Matthew Harrison. The interview was done after Rev. Harrison’s presentation to the Southern Orange County Outreach (SOCO)  luncheon, a confessional group in San Juan Capistrano, California. SOCO also doubles as a BJS chapter. The interview reveals some interesting details about Harrison’s hobbies and his translating work and reveals to the synod a great churchman who would make a great and faithful synodical president. Recorded live from the SOCO luncheon in Newport Beach, a special 3rd microphone edition of The God Whisperers featuring Rev. Matthew Harrison, executive director of LCMS   More…

More Good Stuff Found by Norm, THE book on Christian spirituality for today. . .on Gene Veith’s blog

November 23rd, 2009 2 comments

I found this on Gene Veith’s blog where he asks for reviews of the book. While I haven’t had a chance to read the book, I’ve heard only good things about it and based that and the comments on Veith’s site, would heartily recommend it. He mentions that he is going to be posting excerpts from the book on his blog from time to time, so it would be worth your while to monitor his site. THE book on Christian spirituality for today. . .has to be Grace Upon Grace: Spirituality for Today by John W. Kleinig. Dr. Kleinig is   More…

Synod Renewal ““ Through Mission and Structure?

November 22nd, 2009 5 comments

We’re lucky enough to have another missive from Publius Aequillus, where he discusses whether greater consolidation of power in the office of the Synodical President is a good idea: “Others would heal Joseph’s wounds with tighter church governance. They say, if our presidents, visitors, and commissions had more authority, if they could prescribe things to congregations and the congregations had to obey, then life would be brought to those dead bones. Without question, if such a yoke were laid upon the necks of the children, many external works would be produced. Indeed, it wouldn’t even be that difficult to get   More…

Bursting the BRTFSSG Bubble, Part 3: Excising Uniformity, by Scott Diekmann

November 22nd, 2009 19 comments

Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics – Apply Lberally.” He has also posted this story on his blog “Stand Firm.” We’ve all seen the battles fought in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) over the past several decades regarding worship practices and “church growth” philosophy. These battles have largely divided the Synod. If you’re the sort that argues in favor of the historic catholic liturgy of the Church, you might be heard quoting from the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XXIV: At the outset, we must again make this preliminary statement: we do   More…

Play Depicting Gays as Victims Staged at Concordia-Chicago, by Pr. Rossow

November 21st, 2009 80 comments

Columnist Robert Knight has outed Concordia-Chicago’s recent act of “academic freedom,” a staging of The Laramie Project which is a play that according to him depicts gays as victims. We here at BJS don’t buy the academic freedom argument  Concordia President John Johnson used to defend his professors who signed the Bill Ayers petition and we don’t buy it here either. Lutherans are not free. We are slaves of Christ! (Romans 6:15-22) Will President Kieschnick act on the mandate we have given the synodical handbook (see section XI. B. 1., p. 15) and exercise supervision to halt this production?  If   More…