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Matt Harrison Prominently Featured in PBS Report on Haitian Relief

January 30th, 2010 7 comments

We thank BJS blog commenter “Smalltown Lutheran” for alerting us to  a PBS report with video that features Matt Harrison both at the beginning and the end of the story. You can view the report/video here. Notice toward the end of the story that there is another example of the prominence of Christ crucified in the work of Rev. Harrison. We  read the other day about the importance of the crucifed Christ as Harrison ministered to a young girl in a body cast and in this report we see again, a man latching on to Christ crucified (at the 6:28   More…

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Great Speakers, Legendary Hospitality, Rich/Authentic Liturgies & Manly Food at the BJS Conference

January 29th, 2010 4 comments

It is not too late to sign up for the second annual BJS conference, February 12-13 at Bethany Lutheran Church –  Naperville, Illinois (suburban Chicago). You can click here for more information. We prefer that you sign up in advance but we will also welcome registrations at the door. Bethany’s hospitality has grown legendary. In addition to hosting the BJS conference, the congregation has also hosted the Doxology retreat, three seminary presidents, a synodical president, a Blue Ribbon seminar and numerous other events, all to rave revues. We already have several women signed up and want the ladies to know   More…

CENTRALIZED CONTROL IN THE OBAMA HEALTH PLAN AND THE KIESCHNICK STRUCTURE PLAN, by Pr. Martin Noland

January 29th, 2010 6 comments

In a recent post on the blog “Brother’s of John the Steadfast,” the Rev. Dr. Tim Rossow comments on the eerie similiarity between President Obama’s health care plan and President Kieschnick’s synodical structure plan: Both are about Centralized Control – The Obama health care plan would bring one sixth of our economy under the control of the government. The Kieschnick Blue Ribbon Proposal brings an inordinate amount of control under the president of the synod and other centralized power. Just as church growth congregations are x-ing out their voters assemblies and putting control of the parish in the hands of   More…

Harrison back from Haiti, interviewed on St. Louis radio, TV (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 28th, 2010 9 comments

Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, has returned from Haiti and, along with medical team coordinator Jacob Fiene, was interviewed Wednesday on St. Louis radio and TV. Click here to hear the KMOX radio interview. Click here to see the KTVI television report. Here is a transcript of the TV report: Kirkwood Relief Team Returns From Haiti With Chilling Stories Lutheran Group Treated Patients, Distributed Food, and Prayed By Chris Regnier FOX2now.com January 27, 2010 KIRKWOOD, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) – They helped save lives in Haiti. Now, a relief team from the Kirkwood based Lutheran   More…

Lutheran get-together in Orange County CA, Saturday, February 6 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

January 27th, 2010 No comments

Lutheran laypeople and pastors are invited to attend a get-together in Orange County, California, on Saturday, February 6. The gathering will take place at the home of Georgann McKee in Santa Ana and go from 1:00, through the afternoon, to however long into the evening people want to stay. Food, fun, and fellowship will be provided! This will be an opportunity to meet other Lutherans and to find out more about what is happening in our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Guests will have plenty of time for informal discussion. There will be books, literature, and displays, as well as a   More…

Making Clear What President Kieschnick Said on His Haiti Video, by Pr. Rossow

January 27th, 2010 34 comments

We have had a few posts about President Kieschnick’s video about his on-again, off-again trip to Haiti. In a couple of those posts it was asserted that President Kieschnick cancelled his trip when he found out that it was “too dangerous.” President Kieschnick did not say that it was “too dangerous.” What he said was that it was “extremely chaotic” and that he needed to wait until “conditions  somewhat stabilize.” Too assert that President Kieschnick said it was “too dangerous” is a deduction from the actual terms he used and some of our readers have commented that this was misrepresenting   More…

The Character of Matt Harrison – He will Go to the Brink for the Gospel, Literally, by Pr. Joel Brondos

January 27th, 2010 10 comments

(Editor’s Note: This comment was left on our “Haiti Relief Efforts” post. You can see the post and all the comments by clicking here.) January 27th, 2010 at 00:48 | #16, by Pastor Joel Brondos Too dangerous for Kieschnick to go to Haiti? During the January thaw about 12 years ago, water was streaming into my office on the second floor. Papers were getting soaked. Books were being ruined. It was being caused by ice clogging the gutter two stories up. Something had to be done. Soon after this discovery had been made, I cautiously climbed onto the roof and   More…

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The Danger of Ministry: Norway, Wittenberg, Haiti, by Klemet Preus

January 26th, 2010 5 comments

About four years ago my wife and I vacationed in Norway, the home of my ancestors. In the course of that visit we stopped at about 15 churches, all of them older than our great nation. We wanted to see what types of Christian customs may have characterized the church in that corner of the world centuries ago. Most of the church buildings we visited were called Stavkirker (stave churches) because of their unique wood frame construction.   At one church we were fortunate to find a guide who had made it her business to research fully the church building   More…

Dr. Kuhn Sets the Record Straight on the BRTFSSG Final Report, by Scott Diekman

January 26th, 2010 27 comments

Very early in the day on January 18, Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn, former President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, stood up before those gathered for the Lutheran Concerns Association Conference to set the record straight. It was obvious from his demeanor that there was something important that he wanted to discuss. He pointed us to page nine of the Final Report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG), which lists the members of the BRTFSSG. At the bottom of the page, last on the list, Dr. Kuhn’s name is listed: **Dr. Robert Kuhn, president emeritus   More…

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President Kieschnick’s BRTFSG and President Obama’s Health Care: Similar Trajectories, by Pastor Rossow

January 26th, 2010 16 comments

I have heard numerous people over the last year suggest that President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon proposals and President Obama’s Health Care Plan have striking similarities. Now that we are seeing President Obama’s plan unravel and President Kieschnick backing away from certain aspects of his plan the uncanny resemblance cannot be avoided. Here are some of the similarities I see: Both are about Ideology – This has not been discussed much but at the heart of it all, the Blue Ribbon proposals seek to remake the synod in the image of your local church growth congregation where the input and ideas   More…

How to Speak and Write Postmodern, An Insightful Quote from BJS Reader Henry Bimpage

January 25th, 2010 12 comments

(Introduction by Pr. Rossow) An interesting discussion has broken out on Phillip Magness’ post on  the Model Worship Conference. He questioned the use of the term “missional” and that has prompted several helpful comments about the use of post-modern jargon in the synod these days. For example, it prompted reader Henry Bimpage to share  a guide to speaking and writing postmodernese. There are many reasons to be leary of postmdern-speak. Consider these two. First, it is an indirect and non-specific way of speaking and thus allows for obfuscation and a lack of clarity on doctrine. Secondly, we need to remember   More…

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An Update from Matt Harrison, Blogging for Lutheran World Relief

January 24th, 2010 3 comments

Matt Harrison has been asked to blog for Lutheran World Relief while he is in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Here is an excerpt from his post yesterday. Last night was traumatic for the 1500 Haitians here at the medical compound. Around 6:00 p.m. a tremor shook the area. Everyone fled for their lives into the yard in front of the buildings. There was widespread mourning and weeping, fear in the eyes of little children, and old men looking skyward and shaking their heads. All the patients had to be re-triaged because they had pulled the I.V.s from their arms.   More…

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Good Stuff Found by Norm – Those Buzzwords (Review of the Model Conference on Worship) by Phillip Magness

January 23rd, 2010 9 comments

The following is an Issues Etc Blog of the Week and was written by BJS’s own Phillip Magness, Cantor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. It was found on the  Liturgy Solutions blog, “Fine Tuning”. Phillip has other posts talking about the MtCow, as he calls it — the Model Theological Conference on Worship recently held in St Louis: LCMS Worship Conference: The Conversation LCMS “MTCOW”: continued I know language changes. And some new words are helpful. “Trinity” doesn’t actually occur in the Bible. Neither does “Sacrament.” Those words were new at one time, and they serve the Church   More…

Good Stuff Found by Norm – Pastoral Meanderings – How We Know God

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

Since our BJS staff spent most of their time at the booth in Ft. Wayne we thought it would be appropriate to share the following thoughts that flowed out of one of the sessions. We found this piece by Pastor Peters at Pastoral Meanderings. How We Know God Once again the Ft. Wayne Symposia have given me bits to chew on. Ever prickly David Scaer challenged the notion that theology begins with God (prolegomena) and proceeds to Christ and insists that we cannot begin with who Christ is but rather what He has done. There is much there to gnaw   More…

An update from Matt Harrison in Haiti

January 22nd, 2010 18 comments

(Editor’s Note: This is from a blog titled the ABC3S of Miscellany.) You should visit that site frequently for updates from the team in Haiti. I have been having trouble updating my blog for the past day or two. In fact, as I was trying to update my blog a few moments ago, we had an aftershock tremor that shook the building and I lost Internet again but was able to link the account to a phone. Very briefly we went into Haiti today to meet President Kessa. We gave him an emergency grant for $30,000 as well as a   More…

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