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Some Preparatory thoughts for Preaching on the Ascension.

May 31st, 2011 2 comments

This was posted on the pericope list that I help manage; it gives some thoughts on Ascension and what it means to us. I thought it interesting background for the laity as hopefully you find your way to your church for the Ascension service this Thursday! At the end of the post are two podcasts from Issues, Etc. regarding Ascension. What does the Ascension mean for us? Let’s view Jesus’ ascension by viewing what ascension has meant, Biblically, in the past. Enoch walked with God. It doesn’t say that he ascended; but given our idea of heaven being ‘upward’ it   More…

Question from a Reader — LCFS and Illinois Law

May 31st, 2011 52 comments

This question came in from a reader: You (BJS) covered this issue a while back (comment # 167 and following on this thread). Particularly there was an article in the Chicago Tribune in which both the president of LCFS and Barb Bellow assistant to Matthew Harrison were quoted as saying they didn’t think they would stop doing adoptions. The foster and adoption situation in Illinois has not changed and June 1st is the deadline presently. There were two attempts in the legislature to change the situation in May. Both failed. One Catholic diocese has just announced it will be forced   More…

Northern Illinois District President Declines Invitation to Pray, by Pr. Rossow

Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert declined an invitation to lead a prayer for the visit of Thuringian President and woman clergy Pastor Kristene Lieberknecht to Concordia University, Chicago last week. We reported our concerns about this Lutheran Laymans League event in an earlier post this month. We had heard through the grapevine that Bishop Gilbert had declined the offer and so we contacted him and he verified the report. When asked if we could publish this story President Gilbert responded by saying “I am always in favor of reporting the truth.” Even though this would not have been unionism   More…

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 17)

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31) “Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world: Peter and the apostles speaking boldly before the Sanhedrin. Peter preaching Law and Gospel on the Day of Pentecost. Stephen bearing witness to Christ and becoming the first martyr of the church in the process. The church giving verbal testimony to the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ,   More…

New Walther Film coming to your Church in September

May 28th, 2011 6 comments

Thanks to Kari Anderson who found this on Facebook. It says that Concordia Seminary will distribute this film on Walther to each LCMS church in September 2011. That’s coming soon! I hope a lot of churches will show it, so people can learn more about our history. Visit CSL’s site on the movie to see more information, and to help support them in distributing this film. A $100 donation will get this DVD mailed to your house. From what I read each LCMS church will receive the 5-part DVD series with bible study materials, so it appears to be set   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — 1856 Ordination Rite Translation

May 28th, 2011 6 comments

Found posted a few days ago on Logia. It’s interesting reading through the Ordination Service from the last century.   Translator’s Note: The text below is a translation of the German Church-Agenda for the Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and other states. Kirchen-Agende für Evangelisch-Lutherische Gemeinden. (St. Louis: Druckerei der Deutschen Ev. Luth. Synod, 1856). The ordination rite is taken from pages 171 – 176 of the aforementioned book. The numbers appearing in brackets [ ] correspond to the original page numbering of the Kirchen-Agende. The aforementioned Kirchen-Agende was translated into English in 1881; however, the translation omitted   More…

Comfort and Praise for Rural Pastors, the two types of growth.

Many times at conferences and conventions certain congregations and pastors are paraded forward as fine examples for the rest of us to emulate.  I remember such a presentation at the 2010 Synod Convention.  I have heard other pastors remark about these presentations and the implied accusation that they are not laudable or exemplary because they have not had the numerical growth that the example congregations experienced.  To that, I will add another category of growth which most rural pastors are very faithfully working on, that would be growth in the faith. When you look at the Scriptures, sure there are   More…

Tuesdays with Norman (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

About a decade ago, there was a bestselling book called “Tuesdays with Morrie.” I haven’t read the book, but from what I know, it’s the story of a man who goes to visit his old professor from college and discovers he still has a lot to learn from him. Well, today was one of my “Tuesdays with Norman.” Let me explain. On Tuesdays I participate in a sermon-study group of about eight or nine pastors. We meet to go over over one of the pericopes for the coming Sunday, translating the Greek text and discussing how we might preach it.   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — CHI on Celebrating the Walther Centennial … 1911

May 24th, 2011 1 comment

I found a link to this post on the CHI blog on the facebook group C.F.W. Walther – 200th Birthday posted by Warren Schmidt. With the 200th anniversary of Walther’s birth coming up (October 25, 1811), Warren is posting various items of interest. The CHI blog isn’t very active (3 posts so far this year), but it’s good to watch. A grand celebration of the centennial of the birth of Dr. C. F. W. Walther was held on Sunday, May 14, 1911, in the St. Louis Coliseum. The conventions of the German and English Missouri Synods were meeting at the   More…

Lutheranism in the local paper

May 22nd, 2011 30 comments

Well, my local paper, at least. I was interviewed by a reporter for the Washington Examiner for their “Credo” section. Each Sunday, a different local is interviewed and asked about their faith and life. If you’re interested, here’s my interview. And here are the two first questions: Do you consider yourself to be of a specific faith? Yes, I’m a confessional Lutheran and a member of a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation. We’re known for emphasizing the sacraments, having Christendom’s best hymns and congregations that love to sing them, clear preaching of God’s Word, and not being as influenced by the   More…

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these three headings. In connection with this, our synod is using the New Testament Greek words associated with these aspects of the church’s life: Martyria, “Witness,” the bold testimony that Christians give to their Savior, often in the face of hostility and persecution. Diakonia, literally “Service,” but especially, service in the form of works of “Mercy.” And third, Koinonia, “Fellowship,” or   More…

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Rast, president-elect of CTSFW

May 21st, 2011 47 comments

I’m just seeing the announcement on the Concordia Theological Seminary web site. We’ll update with details. The entire slate of candidates was fantastic so we knew that whoever we got would be great. But it still must be said that Dr. Rast is a wonderful academic, administrator and all around great guy. This is fantastic news for the seminary as it prepares to lead into the future.

Small Group Addiction – Exactly what is the Connection? by Pr. Rossow

In the last few months I have heard two different stories of folks thinking about moving from a Church Growth parish to a confessional one. What was the reason they could not make the switch? In  both cases they could not leave their small group. So I ask, what exactly is the connection to the Church in these situations. It looks to me like there is a small group addiction. We have asserted on this site that small groups are not good for the church and these stories support that point. In each case the individual sensed that it was right to   More…

The Magdeburg Conference

May 19th, 2011 5 comments

I’ve added this to the Lutheran Calendar; to add the calendar to your website by adding an RSS widget and using URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/BJScalendar for the link.     The city of Magdeburg, Germany received a new pastor: Martin Luther. By Luther’s preaching the Word of God, the city defected from Roman Catholicism and joined the cause of the Reformation. Emperor Charles V outlawed the town repeatedly. Even under siege, the city retained its independence. In the years to follow, Magdeburg gained a reputation as a stronghold of the Reformation and its furtherance, even being the first major city to publish Luther’s   More…

Update on Minnesota Chapel – No Report Yet from the Board’s Executive Session, by Pr. Rossow

Thank you to BJS reader Matt Mills for finding this information and posting it on our last story about the proposed selling of the University Chapel facility at the University of Minnesota. Pastor Kind posted the following at the Save University Lutheran Chapel (ULC) facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/defendulc?sk=wall ) yesterday:  “We just returned from the District BOD meeting. I was allowed to give a 20 minute presentation (to be posted on our website soon) and then take 20 minutes of Q and A. It went as well as I thought it could go. Tom Walker and Kristen Weber from ULC   More…