Archive for November, 2010

New blog to monitor

November 30th, 2010 4 comments

A new blog that you will want to monitor: Witness, Mercy, Life Together by Synod President Matthew Harrison and other officers and executive staff of the LCMS.

Daily Divine Service Book: A Lutheran Daily Missal, by Pr. H. R. Curtis

November 30th, 2010 7 comments

For the first time in English, a complete Lutheran daily missal is available for purchase. Edited by Rev. H. R. Curtis, the 728 page volume contains the ordinary of the Common Service, extensive rubrics for a reverent celebration, and full propers for every day of the year (Sundays, Feasts, Ember Days, Weekdays of Lent, and all the saints in the Loehe and LSB calendars). The book is especially well suited for communion shut-in calls: for the first time a pastor can conduct the entire service from just one book! Daily Divine Service Book can be purchased in either hardcover or   More…

“Googling” Confession and Absolution with the Confirmands and President Harrison, by Pr. Rossow

November 30th, 2010 8 comments

I had a particularly long, enjoyable but exhausting day of travel yesterday on my day off and so when I rolled into the 8th grade classroom in our day school first thing this morning to begin the 5th chief part from Luther’s Small Catechism, Confession and Absolution, I was a little tired and not quite ready to dive in. So, what does a pastor do in such a situation, other than what he should do which is to suck it up and teach the lesson? Of course, he turns to the internet for amusement and hopefully some education value for   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — 2008 Rocky Mountain District Worship Conference

November 29th, 2010 9 comments

I came across this posting from Pr. Kurt Hering giving videos of the 2008 RMD Worship Conference. In 2008 the Rocky Mountain District hosted a theological conference on Lutheran Worship. The conference included three presentations and a concluding panel discussion involving the three presenters. It will take an investment of about 3 hours of your time, but I think it will be time well spent in helping us understand what we are dealing with in regard to issues of worship and the errors that have become entrenched in our synod in the area of worship.   The Rev. Dr. Timothy   More…

“O Wisdom, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

November 27th, 2010 No comments

This is the first in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Wisdom, Come” (Proverbs 8:12-31; Colossians 1:15-20, 28; 2:2-3; John 1:1-5, 9) The Advent hymn we just sang, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” goes back about 900 years, to the 12th century. But the texts on which this hymn is based go back a few centuries before that, even–maybe 1200 years ago or more. They are known as the Great “O” Antiphons, and you can see them printed there on the facing page in your hymnal (LSB 357). What is an antiphon, you ask? An   More…

Detailed Report from the Visit to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, by Pr. Rossow

November 26th, 2010 460 comments

(This article is long overdue due to several reasons. First, I had to write it. Then, it needed to be reviewed by Dr. Meyer. He had a busy travel schedule and some illness. That was followed by a week of my own illness. So, finally, here it is. I consider this the beginnning of a long discussion here on the BJS blog, over the next seveal weeks, of the changes at Concordia, Seminary in St. Louis.) I was asked to visit with the President and faculty members of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (CSL) over my recent postings criticizing their use   More…

Synod News — Wulf named to Synod CFO position

November 24th, 2010 25 comments

Jerald C. Wulf of Pierre, S.D., was appointed Nov. 19 by the LCMS Board of Directors as the Synod’s new chief financial officer.  The Board selected Wulf during its Nov. 17-19 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. “Jerald Wulf comes to the national Synod with a wealth of Christian background and business experience,” said Board Chairman Dr. Robert T. Kuhn.  “He has served the local congregation in a variety of offices and also engaged in completing his lay ministry courses. “The Synod will be richly blessed by the work of this Christian gentleman as CFO — one who is dedicated to our   More…

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Interesting Alert on “Civil Unions” from the Catholic Conference in Illinois

November 23rd, 2010 6 comments

The following is a press release from the Catholic Conference of Illinois sent to us by one of our readers and that I also received in my inbox this morning. It gives us some good food for thought here in “BJS-land.” There are lots of issues here such as church/state relatons, Biblical morality, and others. We are interested in your comments. (Pastor Rossow) SNEAK ATTACK! Illinois General Assembly Sneaks in Bill 1716 Mandating Recognition of Homosexuals and so-called “Civil Unions” — CALL YOUR STATE REP NOW!! 11/22/2010 9:30:00 PM ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE SENATE BILL 1716 Civil Unions Please call your state representative   More…

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Did you bring your lucky charms for the exorcism?  Oh, never mind, you’re Lutheran.

November 22nd, 2010 41 comments

By Rev. Joshua V. Scheer Just a few days ago Fox News published a story about Roman Catholic Bishops in the U.S. trying to recruit more exorcists who can discern when an exorcism is necessary and perform the rite. What images come to mind when you think of exorcism?  Most likely it’s seasoned by movies and media that we have seen over the years.  An exorcism often brings up a picture of an epic battle between the exorcist and demon, a struggle filled with magic tokens (lucky charms), incantations, and miraculous things.  This view is not Biblical. First of   More…

Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission November 2010 Newsletter

November 21st, 2010 No 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.) Following is their November 2010 newsletter; check out their website for more information. CLCC Anchor November 16, 2010 Brothers and sisters in Christ, Another month has flown by. Where does the time go? We are looking forward to Thanksgiving, and then Advent begins, when we look and wait for Jesus. Not just to celebrate His coming   More…

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Stand Firm on Reviews of the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering

November 21st, 2010 6 comments

Frequent BJS poster and commentator Scott Diekmann posted this a month or so ago on his blog, Stand Firm. I happened to catch it in my search for something completely different, but thought it should be posted here. Ever since I heard from my son about what happened at the event he went to back in 2001 I’ve been concerned about the NYG and the non-lutheran teaching that our youth are getting there (well, I lied .. I’ve been concerned for many years, I just didn’t have second-hand experience before then). Reviews of the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering It’s   More…

Autumn Greeting from LCMS President Harrison

November 19th, 2010 3 comments

Autumn Greeting from LCMS President Harrison from VimeoLCMS on Vimeo. Found at

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The Arrogation of Powers by Missouri Synod Clergy, by Martin R. Noland

November 19th, 2010 35 comments

I believe that the LCMS is divided on the issue of the powers of the clergy.  This does not refer to the authority that pastors have to preach and teach the Word of God, to administer the sacraments, to forgive and retain sins, to have authority over doctrine (I Timothy 1:3), and to “correct, rebuke, and encourage” (II Timothy 4:2).  It refers to the arrogated powers of pastors to change congregational practices, rules, or bylaws on their own “authority.” The traditional view is set forth unambiguously by Walther’s Church and Ministry in Ministry Thesis IX.B (see C.F.W. Walther, Church and   More…

Report on ULMA Fall Meeting – October 29th, 2010

November 17th, 2010 4 comments

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent  conservative Lutheran group of congregations. We publish regular reports from them to expose our readers to as large of a group of confessional Lutherans as possible and in an effort to give conservative Lutherans a chance to dialogue, better understand one another and remain united against the questionable tactics of the church growth movement. Other posts from ULMA can be viewed on the regular columns page.) This one especially caught my eye because it reports that the surveys of “where did you hear about us” from one   More…

Males as head of household

November 16th, 2010 149 comments

One of the things that my secular friends have difficulty understanding is the Biblical model of marriage. They think it’s bizarre that my husband and I order our marriage with him as the head of our household. I wrote about this after reading a disdainful treatment of such marriages in The New York Times. You can read what I wrote here. In the comments, someone asked “What does it mean for a wife to submit to her husband?” It’s a great question and yet I’m flummoxed as to how to respond. I figure some of you are much better at   More…