Archive for January, 2011

Sad, sick, struggling Christians not welcome?

January 28th, 2011 90 comments

I’m a big fan of Twitter and I know some of you are, too. I came across a curious tweet from Michigan District President David Maier: A good read for Pastors and Churches also … Happy customers make for happy businesses | Case Foundation Except it’s not a good read. It’s about businesses understanding that social media is transforming the way they should think about customer satisfaction. It’s an incredibly brief article that doesn’t even explain this in that much detail but it hits the major cliches basics — “Think about customer service as an opportunity rather than an   More…

The Worship Wars Might End If We Had a Real War in Our Land – “Real Worship” by Father Larry Beane

January 28th, 2011 204 comments

The following was posted on the Gottesdienst Blog. Many of you know Father Beane from his blog Father Hollywood. This post is one of the most succint and convincing critiques of contemporary worship we have seen. (Posted by Pr. Rossow. Thanks to Pastor Ben Ball for alerting me to this great post.) By Larry Beane I believe one of the reasons we have “worship wars” among American Christians is that it has been a long time since we have had physical warfare on our own soil.  9-11 was close, but even that was dominated not by the theology of the cross   More…

2011 Symposia Reflections

January 27th, 2011 81 comments

I recently got back from the 2011 Symposia at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.  I was only able to attend the second half of the week, so I will not be able to give comment on the Exegetical lectures. The Symposia website is here: This year there were 650 people in attendance, from what I hear, that is one of the larger crowds in recent years.  I believe that the topic covered was one of the reasons, although there may be a renewed interest in our seminaries as well that helped to contribute. Some thoughts on the experience: First   More…

New Lutheran Hour Speaker

January 23rd, 2011 24 comments

Lutheran Hour Ministries has chosen Rev. Gregory Seltz to be their new Speaker.  For their press release: The Lutheran Hour link has some biographical information for Rev. Seltz.  From that I have compiled some resources to help us get to know our new Lutheran Hour Speaker. Rev. Seltz’s information from the LCMS Church Worker profile: The website for a church which Rev. Seltz began in New York: It appears that Rev. Seltz has a lot of interest and experience in urban and cross cultural ministry situations. Here is an excellent listing of some of Rev. Seltz’s experience:   More…

Marriage – the lower estate?

January 22nd, 2011 42 comments

I was heading back from Symposia in Fort Wayne (another post on that to come soon) and tuning through the radio (AM) when I came across an interview with a Roman Catholic Priest concerning marriage.  He went through many “proofs” of marriage being for the weak or lowly, affirming the age-old Roman Catholic doctrine of the devil concerning marriage.  It was amazing to hear how poorly the priest talked about the married estate (especially at a time when I was hurrying home to be with wife and kids).  It was also refreshing to hear a priest be so honest about   More…

Beautiful Baptismal Certificates from Wolfson Creative, by Pastor Thomas Messer

January 22nd, 2011 6 comments

Pastor Messer wrote this on his blog and submitted it to us for posting here:   A few weeks back, I contacted Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller for information regarding the beautiful baptismal certificates I saw him advertising here. He responded quickly, and carefully laid out the details of the ordering process. A few days later, electronic versions of customized baptismal certificates for our congregation arrived in my inbox. Along with the certificates, I received a helpful FAQ document explaining the purpose of these certificates and providing helpful hints and instructions on how to make the most of them. I couldn’t be   More…

Handling 2010 Convention Resolutions 8-10 and 9-27

January 19th, 2011 16 comments

In our upcoming Voter’s Assembly (2-27-11), we will have a rare opportunity to respond to the actions of the 2010 National LCMS Convention, which passed two resolutions to amend the Constitution of the LCMS.    In order to become effective, amendments must receive a favorable two-thirds majority of all votes cast by congregations within six months of the date of the mailing of the ballots (March 15, 2011).  Please read carefully this summary of the two resolutions followed by my rationale and recommendation for our congregational vote. Resolution 8-10, amended articles X and XI by changing the title of “Vice-President-Finance—Treasurer” to   More…

BJS non-functioning for the past day or so.

January 19th, 2011 2 comments

We at BJS apologize to our readers for the non-functioning website for the past few days. No posts could be written, nor could any comments be added to the site for this time. I spent the last day looking through the code to try to figure out what I changed that caused the problem. But the problem finally turned out to be the database size — the hosting package has a limit of 100M for the database size. A recent change to the spam filter software appears to have pushed the usage way over that limit. Now I know what   More…

Nominations for CTS President

January 19th, 2011 22 comments

I was going to summarize the following call for nominations. But you might as well read the whole thing: The Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President of the Seminary, has announced his intent to retire at the end of his current five-year appointment. Therefore, the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, with the approval of the President of the Synod, seeks nominations for the position of seminary president. The deadline for nominations is April 8, 2011. “Concordia Theological Seminary exists to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost, and care for   More…

BJS Newsreel: BJS Conference Keeps Getting Better – President’s Sr. Assistant and Former Commission on Worship Assistant Director Jon Vieker to Chant Evening Prayer

January 19th, 2011 6 comments

It’s not too late to sign up for the annual BJS Conference. LCMS President Senior Assistant Jon Vieker will be making the trip up from St. Louis with President Harrison and will grace the conference by chanting our Evening Prayer service after the banquet on Friday night. The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) are in the third year of annual conferences. This year’s conference is once again being held in the midwest at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, convenient for auto travel and centrally located between O’Hare and Midway airports. The conference is Friday and Saturday, February   More…

Reflections on Fargo (not the movie)

January 14th, 2011 38 comments

I just returned from Fargo, ND attending the Joint North Theological Conference (Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts).  While the weather barely cooperated (snow and ice), the conference was outstanding.  The teacher for the conference was President Harrison, who taught the whole crowd of clergy and laity (close to 300 in attendance, double what was expected).  The subject was the new LCMS emphases, Witness, Mercy, and Life Together.  In order to get home and take care of my other vocational responsibilities, I had to miss the last question and answer session.  Here are some thoughts related to the teaching sessions:   More…

Discounted Accomodations for BJS Conference – Come Join the Brothers and Sisters for a Wonderful Conference and Retreat

January 12th, 2011 No comments

The closest hotel to Bethany Lutheran Church, site of the third annual BJS conference, has set aside a block of rooms at a discounted rate for the conference. For details on the conference and to register click here. The closest hotel is a newer Super 8  featuring an indoor pool, free internet access, and great service. This is not your typical roadside Super 8 but is more like a full service hotel. (We have been using them for years and have  been very pleased.)  You can view hotel details here. Be sure to ask for the Brothers of John the   More…

Seminary president pool

January 12th, 2011 17 comments

I wanted to highlight a comment from the Rev. Martin Noland, in a previous post. He explains a bit about what the pool of people who are qualified to be seminary presidents looks like. He says that, generally speaking, you want someone with years of full-time seminary professor experiences, at least a few years of full-time experience as a parish pastor, an earned Ph.D. or Th.D. or equivalent, and some seminary admin experience. There are other qualifications that depend on what the Board of Regents intends in the next five to fifteen years. He says that the qualifications he names   More…

Wenthe to retire

January 10th, 2011 39 comments

I’m hearing that Dean Wenthe, president of Concordia Theological Seminary, has told faculty that he is retiring. Further announcements are forthcoming. Things are going to get going pretty quickly. A search committee has been formed by the faculty. I’m not entirely sure on the process, so please weigh in with clarifications and corrections, but presumably the call for nominations will be in the next Reporter. That has to be held open for 60 days and I think nominations must come from congregations. And then there is a crazy process of voting involving the search committee, the CTSFW’s Board of Regents,   More…

I Want to Transform My Church – Too True Video, by Pr. Rossow

January 9th, 2011 93 comments

Check out this video. It is too true. I just got it on the NICL (Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans) group e-mail. Thanks Craig. The video is a critique of the pop culture transformation of the church. Maybe the church growthers who read this blog can tell us where it is off base.