Archive for October, 2010

9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 31st, 2010 315 comments

Yours truly was the guest on the “Studio A” radio program on KFUO, AM 850, on Monday, October 25, to discuss “What Holds Lutheranism Together.” You can listen to the interview below. The 25-minute segment runs from about the 29:00 mark to 54:00. Here are the list and notes for that interview:     9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together 1. Justification Justification by grace through faith in Christ. Romans 3:21-28: “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (v. 28). The article on which the church stands or falls. Central article of   More…

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 30th, 2010 No comments

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 493 years ago, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, thus sparking the great Reformation of the Christian church. We are the heirs of that Reformation, blessed to be so, and so we join with Lutherans all around the globe today in celebrating that historic event and all the blessings of pure doctrine and sound practice that came from it. How do we celebrate the Reformation? By believing in   More…

A Brief Report on the Trip to Concordia Seminary, by Pr. Rossow

October 29th, 2010 129 comments

As reported last week, the President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, The Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, invited me to the seminary this week to discuss the issues I have raised about small groups and contemporary worship at the seminary. He and I met for an hour and a half on Wednesday afternoon. We then met for over two hours with many of the faculty members I named in posts over the last few weeks and the Pastoral Formation Committee. Dr. Meyer, the provost and I had dinner on Wednesday night and then Thursday morning I had a two hour meeting   More…

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October 28th, 2010 4 comments

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Carl Braaten’s Open Letter to the Editor of the ELCA’s magazine “The Lutheran”

October 28th, 2010 26 comments

For those interested in following what is going on in the ELCA and its recently-formed splinter groups, Carl Braaten’s recent “Open Letter” is enlightening. Those of us at BJS particularly appreciate this comment from Carl Braaten: “Is there something un-Lutheran about raising voices in protest and criticism of false teachings and practices going on in the church? That’s what theologians do. Lutheran theologians have been doing that from the get-go. Understandably, then and now the church politicians don’t like to hear it.” Here is the link to the posting of the letter, by Paul McCain, at the ALPB website.     More…

Fame and Confessional Lutheranism, by Jon Townsend

October 28th, 2010 8 comments

(Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm. Every week a copy of Christian News arrives at our congregation. Our Pastor reads it and then passes it on to the chairman of the Board of Elders and he passes it on to me at one of our meetings or in my mail box at church. I can’t remember an issue that didn’t mention Father Richard John Neuhaus in some way, shape or form and the September 27 edition with the article “Long History of Apathy in LCMS” was no exception.   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Mini-Travelogue by Al Collver on abc3miscellany

October 27th, 2010 3 comments

Synod President Matthew Harrison is visiting in Germany. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations has been posting several pictures and videos, a mini-travelogue during their visit; it is well worth reviewing. Review the blog postings from Oct 22nd through today to enjoy a mini-trip and follow along at least through Oct 25th. On Friday morning, President Harrison and I arrived in Berlin, Germany, for meetings related to the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg (ILSW), a project the Synod in the 2010 convention passed as Resolution 1-08 — “To Encourage the ‘Wittenberg Project’ as a Gospel Witness Opportunity” and for   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Wild Boar on Cause and Effect

October 27th, 2010 5 comments

Being a person who doesn’t care for the taste NOR smell of Sauerkraut, I found this post by Wild Boar from the Forest quote amusing.     This past Sunday was Oktoberfest at the church. Brats, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut. Lot’s of Sauerkraut. I always consider the week after Sauerkraut-fest to be “incense every day for Matins” week. It’s nice when Pragamtism meets piety.

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October 26th, 2010 3 comments

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Reformation and the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, by Pr. Rossow

October 26th, 2010 14 comments

Reformation is a great day for men. It is a festival for men to exhale with all the breath in their lungs the strong notes and vigorous rhythms of “A Mighty Fortress,” until they have to gasp for more air to sing the next measure even louder. It is a festival of blaring trumpets calling out our courage in Christ to stand firm on the edifice of his pure word. Reformation is a remembrance decked out in the crimson blood of the martyrs who remained steadfast in the pure Gospel, some even to the point of death by burning at   More…

Chair of Theology Faculty at Concordia, Mequon Offers a Reassuring Comment, by Pr. Rossow

October 26th, 2010 90 comments

Rev. Dr. Nathan Jastram, chair of the theology department at Concordia University, Wisconsin submitted the following comment on yesterday’s post about concerns at the campus. We thank Dr. Jastram for taking the time to respond and to do so in such an informative and gracious manner. Even in light of his helpful response, I am still concerned that our Concordias have grown too large and mostly for financial reasons. When I attended Concordia, Seward in the late 1970’s, every single professor that I had from the science to the art department was a Concordia graduate. It was not perfect, but I had   More…

Getting to know you . . .

October 25th, 2010 37 comments

I’ve been noodling over this for a while but thought I’d throw it out to you all, since you always have such good ideas. Basically, I’m looking for ideas for church-based socialization. I’m not quite sure how to describe it so I’ll give you the long story. I go to a wonderful congregation. We’re blessed to have pastors who preach beautifully and administer the sacraments faithfully. Our classical school is doing well. Everything’s great, in fact. And we’re growing. That’s not a problem, obviously. But the problem is that our congregation has grown so much in the last few years   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pigs that Roll in the Mud — Luther

October 25th, 2010 5 comments

Those who aren’t following Synod President Matthew Harrison’s blog are missing out. He is still blogging, and well worth reading regularly. Here is a recent post — a translation of Luther on the 8th Commandment: I think that was the first time that I typed “Synod President” in front of that name!   “… like pigs that roll in the mud.” Luther   The first application of this commandment, then, is that everyone should help his neighbor maintain his rights. He must not allow these rights to be thwarted or distorted but should promote and resolutely guard them, whether he   More…

Unsettling Beliefs in the Faculty at Concordia, Mequon Says Former Adjunct Professor, by Pr. Rossow

October 24th, 2010 47 comments

We have documented several concerns about our Concordias here on the Brothers of John the Steadfast website, including faculty at Concordia – Chicago signing a petition in support of terror-bomber and humanist educator William Ayers, the establishment of a gay and lesbian support group at Concordia – Portland and more recently the use of small groups and a chapel band at Concordia Seminary – St. Louis. Now we have a former adjunct professor sharing some candid thoughts about the theology of the faculty at Concordia – Mequon. I worked as an adjunct philosophy instructor at Concordia, Mequon, WI–just before I completed   More…

Bo Giertz’s first book, Kristi Kyrka, now available in English!

October 22nd, 2010 3 comments

Bo Giertz’s first book, Kristi Kyrka (1939), which he published at age 33 (!), is now available in the world’s language! It can be ordered from Wipf and Stock Publishers (541) 344-1528 / Fax: (541) 344-1506 info (at)   At the publisher’s web-site, just click on New Books and you’ll find Christ’s Church: Her Biblical Roots, Her Dramatic History, Her Saving Presence, Her Glorious Future. Kristi Kyrka in English – that’s another milestone in extending Giertz’s grand vision of the Faith and of the Church among Lutherans in all lands, indeed among all Christians. Giertz writes in the first   More…