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Let’s put it in Perspective

June 30th, 2010 23 comments

  I spent two days last week in dismal humidity teaching about the Augsburg Confession to a small but enthusiastic group of Lutherans from Marion Ohio. Currently I am drinking coffee and looking out at the mountains of Utah where I am resting in anticipation of the Higher Things conference held in Logan, beginning this afternoon. There I will speak to – I would guess – 40 or so high school kids on the topic of “God, Marriage and Sex: in that order.” Following that, I rush home and have a baptism Sunday while also preaching and giving the Holy   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We’re moving through the eight floor committees with their 106 proposed resolutions in “Today’s Business.” Here are the resolutions being proposed by Floor Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations: 3. THEOLOGY AND CHURCH RELATIONS 3-01: To Commend ILC and Task Force Statements as Responses to the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Actions Responds to the ELCA actions condoning homosexuality. Upholds our biblical position that homosexuality is sinful. Looks OK to vote for. 3-02: To Support Confessional Lutheranism at Home and Abroad This resolution deals with the “fallout” from the ELCA decisions, by encouraging those who take a biblical stand on the   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, District and Congregational Services (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In this series of articles, I am looking at the 106 proposed resolutions put forward by the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” This column considers the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee 2, on District and Congregational Services: 2. DISTRICT AND CONGREGATIONAL SERVICES 2-01: To Continue to Support Children’s Ministry, Family Ministry, School Ministry, Singles Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, and Youth Ministry This is almost literally a “Mom and Apple Pie” resolution! Who could be against it? Should pass in 30 seconds or less. 2-02: To Assist Congregations and Support Workers in Planning and Implementing “Reduction in Force” Policies   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 1, Missions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Believe it or not, there will be more business to conduct in Houston than electing a new president and dealing with restructuring proposals. Other elections and other resolutions are on the agenda, as well. So in this series of articles, I plan to look at the 106 proposed resolutions put forward by the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” Now I am just one delegate among 1200, and this will be just one man’s take on these many resolutions. It will not necessarily represent how I will finally vote on these things, since I may be missing something   More…

It’s Still Theological – A Word to Delegates, by Pastor Martin Noland

June 30th, 2010 4 comments

Opening my June 2010 Reporter to its centerfold (Vol. 36 #6; pp. 6-7) this morning, I read the article “President’s office nominees address issues in Synod.”  Delegates to the 2010 convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod need to read that article and ponder what it means before they push the button that will elect the next president of synod. The article’s author posed four questions to the five candidates for synod president.  They are good and pertinent questions:  Q1 “How would you judge the health of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod?”; Q2 “In today’s ‘whatever-works-for-you’ culture, how can you reach out   More…

Jon Coyne’s troubling history

June 30th, 2010 24 comments

As active as our commenting community here at BJS is, our posts produce even more activity that goes on behind the scenes. Like clockwork, every time I post on something, I get calls from folks in the International Center or elsewhere in the country. Well, as soon as Letter #9 was released, I heard from many people who wanted to talk about one thing that troubled them in particular: the letter’s bylined author. Now, JesusFirst as a group stands behind the accusations and bears full responsibility for publishing these accusations – now thoroughly discredited by accountants and other knowledgeable folks.   More…

Letter #9 — Accountants give it an F

June 30th, 2010 25 comments

A few days ago, I wrote about one of JesusFirst’s campaign pieces that said some pretty horrible things about one of Synod’s most wonderful programs — World Relief and Human Care. It was the type of letter that could actually lead to decreased funds going to help those vulnerable people most in need. As such, I can’t begin to understand why it was written or how it met with the approval of anyone on JesusFirst, much less made it to production. It also turned out to be factually incorrect. Within a few hours of the letter being distributed, the CPA   More…

More Harrison Momentum: Kieschnick Voters Turning, Contemporary Worship Enthusiast Calls for Jesus First Apology, Etc., By Pr. Rossow

June 30th, 2010 13 comments

No one knows who will win the LCMS presidency but there is no doubt that Matt Harrison is gaining more and more momentum with each day as Houston 2010 draws closer. Rev. Harrison is an excellent candidate which is creating most of the momentum but there are also some unusual things going on in our synod that are contributing to the momentum. For example, Jesus First, the group that runs President Kieschnick’s re-election campaign and which usually successfully paints conservatives as mean and cruel, is having the tables turned on them this go around. Their recent claim of mis-management at LCMS World Relief and Human Care   More…

Telling reaction

June 29th, 2010 44 comments

One of my friends is a lay delegate to the convention. He and I don’t always agree on church-related matters. He is a supporter of President Gerald Kieschnick, having voted for him at a prior convention. Just this week he said that he’d planned to vote for President Kieschnick but also felt comfortable with a victory for the Rev. Matthew Harrison. When the smear letter came out yesterday, he read it and wondered if it was true. After he saw the response from the board of World Relief and Human Care, he said: “I have to be honest. I’m extremely   More…

Rule number one on endorsements

June 29th, 2010 14 comments

I was talking with a delegate who received campaign material yesterday in support of the Rev. Gerald B. Kieschnick. No, not the discredited JesusFirst piece with embarrassing accounting errors, but a nice little letter signed by a bunch of people who say that they think the Synod can endure a few more years of the same leadership. The letter was fine, if a bit bland. And it was bland even while it was working overtime to give credit to President Kieschnick for things he probably doesn’t even try to claim credit for himself. Talking about how well the LCMS World   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Key to the Successes of the Missouri Synod

June 29th, 2010 1 comment

And I couldn’t post that one without posting his previous post. If any of you aren’t following his blog in your RSS reader you are missing out on lots of great stuff. This one from CPH’s recent release of Walther’s Law and Gospel, an important part of any home library, in addition to the Essential Lutheran Library. Read what Pastor Paul McCain has to say about the new edition of Law and Gospel here. The Key to the Successes of the Missouri Synod The longer you preach to your people in the way [Scripture describes above], the more they will   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pr Matt Harrison

June 29th, 2010 7 comments

I have nothing to add to this post by Pastor Matt Harrison this morning.     “Blessed are you!” 5:1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pastoral Meanderings on “Welcome vs Feeling at Home”

June 29th, 2010 No comments

A faithful BJS reader found this post on Pastor Peters’ Pastoral Meanderings blog and recommended it to us for posting here. This fits right in with Jon Townsend’s latest article on bringing visitors to church. We cannot change our Worship to be visitor friendly at the expense of feeding our flocks! Keep Pastoral Meanderings in your RSS reader to follow more great posts by Pastor Peters! I have often stayed in the homes of people (not my relatives).   Sometimes I have stayed in the homes of people I did not even know before showing up at their door (such   More…

Slowness of the Steadfast Lutherans site today

June 29th, 2010 13 comments

Sorry for the delays encountered when attempting to read the Steadfast Lutherans site today. I am continuing to work with my webhosting provider to attempt to figure out what is going on and resolve the issues. I have created a second site, http://steadfastlutherans2.org, that doesn’t have any slowdowns; if you continue to encounter delayed pages on the main site, clicking over to the other site will let you read the content without delays. Note that the RSS feeds and other associated files will remain the same. Note also that this is a new domain .. while a spot check around   More…

The truth about World Relief and Human Care’s stewardship

June 29th, 2010 19 comments

Earlier today, Jesus First (the political arm that supports President Kieschnick) sent its ninth letter (yes, ninth!) to delegates to the LCMS convention. First off, let’s take a moment to sympathize with these poor delegates who probably can’t begin to read through all the material they’ve been sent from any number of different organizations. Well, the letter was a doozie. It basically accused the World Relief and Human Care board and its executive director Rev. Matthew C. Harrison of gross financial mismanagement. It used a flurry of numbers and charts and graphs and it looked like the staff of World   More…