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My “bad”: How a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 30th, 2010 32 comments

The political machine known as “Jesus First” is revving up into high gear and has begun sending newsletters to convention delegates. Their “Special Edition” Delegate Letter #1 (a pdf file) is a case study in how a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect, in order to achieve their ends. (The article in question is also printed in their general April 2010 newsletter.) My purpose here in this post is to forewarn delegates of the tactics JF will employ in their campaign literature. Rather than dealing with the issues facing the convention or with the leading candidates in the election,   More…

Why President Kieschnick showed poorly: Part III

April 30th, 2010 9 comments

I am analyzing the factors which lead to President Kieschnick’s poor showing on synodical nominations. Last time we looked at President Kieschnick’s strong tendency to get bogged down on the administrative aspects of his job and ignore the theological. Today we look at his third mistake; an appearance of accumulating power to his office. We will analyze certain aspects of the Blue Ribbon Task Force. And these will show a troubling appearance of the accumulation of power on the part of the president of the synod.   President Kieschnick appointed the task force in June of 2005. His immediate stated   More…

Jesus First on low nominations: We meant to do that! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 29th, 2010 58 comments

I’m sure you’ve seen a TV show or movie where the character slips and falls awkwardly, and then, in an attempt to save face, gets up and says, “I meant to do that!” Well, that’s kind of what the political organization Jesus First is doing now. In their April 2010 newsletter, they attempt to explain away the low nominations for their candidate by saying, in effect, “We meant to do that!” The candidate Jesus First has campaigned for–for four election cycles now–has fallen off badly in his number of nominations. President Jerry Kieschnick’s nomination numbers have dropped by 28% from   More…

Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission: Pastor, What’s this about Church Discipline? by Pr Rob Jarvis

April 29th, 2010 27 comments

(The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission is one of the many confessional groups that regularly posts on this website. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of this website.) Pastor Rob Jarvis wrote this as a teaching tool for his congregation to explain why the church should exercise discipline and that it is an act of love. It’s a good tool to help answer many questions that people have about Church Discipline and how and why it is done within the Church. Visit theCLCC.org for   More…

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Group Organizing to Help Graduates without Calls at Ft. Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

April 27th, 2010 64 comments

As we all read in Mollie’s post yesterday, there are several pastoral candidates that will not be placed at the Fort Wayne Seminary. A group is being formed to receive donations to help them out until they receive calls. Here is what we know so far. We will keep you posted on their progress. Discussions have been initiated to quickly develop a fund to financially assist those graduating students who are awaiting a call. Involved are confessional lawyers, business people and pastors. The objective is to quickly and legally establish the fund so that 100% of the donated money will   More…

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Friedrich Wyneken’s Missionary Strategy and Sermon Delivery

April 26th, 2010 1 comment

Pastor Robert Smith of CTS Fort Wayne has created a facebook account for Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken in an attempt to coordinate activities around FCD’s birth bicentennial on May 13. You have to be logged into facebook to read the information presented, but it’s worth it .. the site is interesting reading. Two items caught my eye today: Wyneken’s Mssionary Strategy, 1839 I believe the only way to accomplish anything properly in the vineyard of the Lord, is exactly this, to place missionaries in smaller circuits. The General Synod should make an appeal someday to Lutheran congregations. It is certainly   More…

Here’s the “confidential” report

April 26th, 2010 83 comments

  Click here for the consultant’s report to the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The overwhelming number of nominations received by the Rev. Matthew Harrison for Synodical President in comparison to President Kieschnick’s showing can be read as a vote of no confidence from LCMS Congregations. It indicates unrest not just with President Kieschnick’s weak management of synodical resources (e.g. millions being spent on consultants while ordained ministers are brought home from the mission field) but also with his plans to radically restructure the Synod. We’ve already seen how Districts have sent in a surprising number of overtures to the 2010   More…

What do the nominations numbers mean? Part II

April 26th, 2010 9 comments

I am analyzing the mistakes which President Kieschnick has made in the last nine years which lead to his poor showing on synodical nominations. Last time we looked at his apparent inability to recognize and address our theological divisions. The second mistake President Kieschnick has made is to have theology take a back seat to administrative goals.   Every leader wants to build on his strengths. I do. So I really can’t fault President Kieschnick for wanting to focus the attention of the synod on administrative details. This is where his strengths lie. He is a detail guy when it   More…

The ultimate “wedge issue”

April 25th, 2010 17 comments

Of all the proposals from the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance, one of the most disliked is the one that would give larger congregations more votes. Well, I’m not really sure why the Blue Ribbon Task Force proposed it considering that their consultants told them it would go over like a lead balloon. It’s funny because the consultants clearly have no understanding of the theological basis for a congregational model of Synodical organization. But they’re smart enough to know that people really, really, really don’t like the idea. Here’s what they say under the section “Giving   More…

Thirty seminary grads to not receive calls?

April 25th, 2010 82 comments

Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, has the following note on Facebook: To my students: I am just now learning about the shortage of calls. Please remember that Lord of the Church knows exactly what is happening even if we do not. My heart is breaking for those of you and your families who must wait. Pray for our Synod as the Convention meets this summer. Something is wrong and God’s people will respond. I could not be prouder of all of you and I thank God for you. We’ll   More…

Listening to the people

April 25th, 2010 13 comments

Yesterday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, President Kieschnick said of his weak showing in nomination numbers: “Call it apathy or satisfaction, but they see no need to make a change.” Now, I’m sure President Kieschnick wishes he’d said something better than that, as the simple fact is that congregations apparently DO see a need to make a change and the proof is that they gave Matt Harrison 1332 nominations to President Kieschnick’s 755 (the lowest ever for an incumbent and a severe drop-off in support). But the other thing that’s interesting about President Kieschnick’s comment is what it says about   More…

“Not a consolidation of power”?

April 24th, 2010 38 comments

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch yesterday, President Kieschnick defended his restructuring plan, saying, “This is not a consolidation of power.” Instead, he argued, “this is about how operations, missions and ministries can be accomplished more efficiently and effectively.” Yet in the “confidential” report that I told you about, President Kieschnick’s consultants said it wasn’t clear that a more centralized organization would solve any problems or make for a “leaner and meaner” organization. Among several reasons listed, they wrote: There does not appear to be any disorganization or overlap occasioned by the number of distinct boards providing supervisory direction for Synod   More…

New Kieschnick & Co. plan? Tone down BRTF proposals

April 24th, 2010 23 comments

After I noted the presence of a “confidential” report for the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance, I had several offers to see the report. I have it in hand, now, and will be posting excerpts this weekend. One of my sources who sent it to me — who is well placed in the International Center to be privy to such conversations — told me that discussions are taking place on how to tone down the Blue Ribbon Task Force proposals so as to make them seem more palatable to delegates. This is still in the discussion   More…

Kieschnick: Low Nominations Mean High Satisfaction (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

April 24th, 2010 22 comments

Down is up, low is high, in President Kieschnick’s world. At least when it comes to nomination numbers. Low nominations mean high satisfaction. That’s the gist of President Kieschnick’s explanation for the nomination totals, according to a new story in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In an article published today, “Synod’s conservatives send message in coming election,” Kieschnick is asked to explain the nomination numbers. Those numbers show Kieschnick receiving only 755 nominations, the lowest ever for an incumbent, while Matt Harrison received 1,332, the most ever for a non-incumbent. A total of 2,007 congregational nominating ballots for president were submitted.   More…

Kieschnick: I’m popular even though no one voted for me!

April 24th, 2010 2 comments

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about the current Synodical political environment. The piece has a mistake in it — it gave Kieschnick a bonus of 100 additional nominations (he only received 755, not 855), but the article is most enjoyable for what it tells us about President Kieschnick’s take on his dismal nomination results. Even though roughly the same number of congregations sent in presidential nominations this year as last time, he’s saying that he lost hundreds of nominations over that same period of time because . . . people support how he’s managing things. It’s funny. Hubristic, sure, but   More…