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Coming from CPH — The Apocrypha: Lutheran Edition with Notes – A Tantalizing Tidbit of the Feast to Come

July 29th, 2011 91 comments

I found this posted over on Cyberbrethren — Pastor Paul McCain speaking: I received today yet another packet of The Apocrypha: Lutheran Edition with Notes. This one happened to contain the Table of Contents I thought I would tantalize and, yes, tease you, with a look at it. As you can see, this is a very substantial and highly significant presentation of the Apocrypha. Frankly, there is no other edition of the Apocrypha like this one available from any publisher or church body of which I’m aware. I think this is really going to be a well received volume and   More…

Higher Things Youth Ministry: “It’s all About Christ.”

July 27th, 2011 77 comments

By Pr. David Oberdieck Thanks to Pastor Oberdieck for submitting this to us for posting here on BJS. Pastor Oberdieck wrote the original explanation of the parts of the liturgy that we have posted here on BJS for insertion into your bulletins or newsletters. Here is his report on the latest Higher Things conferences.     Something is terribly wrong. Teenagers from across the LC-MS have been attending Higher Things youth conferences. They worship three times a day, listen to weighty teaching in plenary sessions, participate in a variety of substantive sectionals, and they like it! Higher Things is an   More…

A call for pastors to keep watch over doctrine in all situations

Just last weekend numerous congregations in the LCMS used the prayers released by our Synod for the Prayer of the Church.  This is nice service that Synod provides to pastors and congregations and there is some great meaning behind a church united in prayer.  Last Sunday I did not use these prayers, opting instead to write different petitions for my congregation.  A brother pastor pointed out to me one of the petitions from last Sunday that was out of sorts. Here is the petition: P          For those outside the Christian faith, that God would remain patient with them and delay   More…

One Final Result to Catering Ministry to the Unchurched: Removing Christ

From this article on Foxnews it seems Campus Crusade for Christ is changing its name. http://www.foxnews.com It appears like Campus Crusade for Christ has gone down that road of accommodating even their name for those who are hindered by it.  According to the article the former name was getting in the way of “our mission”.  This is what happens when we trade our work (what we do) with our identity (what we believe). I find it interesting that while removing “Christ” they went with “Cru” which is slang for crusade, a word which they also claim is offensive to some.   More…

Great Commentary on the Michele Bachmann Matter from Mollie and from WELS President Schroeder, by Pr. Rossow

July 21st, 2011 31 comments

Here are two great articles on the Michele Bachmann matter. The first is by our own blogger Mollie Ziegler Hemingway: http://www.getreligion.org/2011/07/more-breaking-news-from-1537/ The second is from WELS President Mark Schroeder: http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/guest_commentary_neither_we_nor_michele_bachmann_is_anti-catholic/

The Michelle Bachman Candidacy – Can a Confessional Lutheran be Elected President in Today’s America? by Pr. Rossow

July 21st, 2011 53 comments

The answer according to Michele Bachmann is apparently “No” given the fact that she left her Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) parish and joined a more generic Christian parish. Just so you know, this article is not about Michelle Bachman. It is about the question of the acceptance and viability of Confessional Lutheranism in the world. When it is phrased that way, it is clear that this is not a question that we should lose too much sleep over. The world does not and cannot embrace Confessional Christianity/Lutheranism. Once we are found out by the culture to be who we are, believers in the   More…

AP Article on “Cooperating in Externals”

July 21st, 2011 9 comments

Thanks to Oliver Young and another loyal BJS reader for pointing this article out! We appreciate people pointing out items that may be of interest to our readers. Continuing with our cooperating in externals discussion, this came out yesterday across the AP wire: “Lutheran split over gays and the Bible shakes up multibillion-dollar social service network.” Both are the same article, but this shows it’s got (inter)national distribution. Minnesota Star-Tribune Brandon, Manatoba, Canada Sun Interesting quote: The Rev. Donald McCoid, an ecumenical officer for the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said, “we are deeply concerned about the ministries of   More…

WELS National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts — Gustavus Adulphus College

July 20th, 2011 7 comments

We previously announced this conference on the Lutheran Calendar. Be sure to submit your events to the calendar. We found information on the conference posted at Witness, Mercy, Life Together Blog. This is the conference that we posted on our facebook page: Our steadfast brothers Johnson & Magness at Liturgy Solutions are having a great time at the WELS national worship conference – along with over 1000 conference attendees. With this many in attendance, perhaps this conference isn’t such a “secret.” Many familiar faces have been seen among the crowd: Jon Vieker, Al Collver, Raymond Hartwig, Larry Vogel, and John   More…

Worldview Everlasting — Real Ultimate Potato Salad

July 19th, 2011 9 comments

I’m sure most of you follow Pastor Fisk’s Worldview Everlasting and especially his Greek 2sdays, but he just came out with the newest concept — episode 1 of Cooking with Rev Fisk! Many years ago when the kids were young and I couldn’t find good quality potato salad in the deli of the local grocery store, I made my own. I guarantee you that the recipe Pastor Fisk and family shows here is much better than even what I came up with, even though people raved about my recipe. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to try out his recipe;   More…

Faithfulness in our Military Chaplaincy, some thanks and praise.

A good friend emailed me this link today (thanks Fitz): http://www.lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=1362 It seems like the prediction of change for our military chaplains is coming true.  I thank God that our chaplains can hopefully conduct themselves with less burden upon their conscience.  I appreciate the hard work of those at the Synodical level that worked to bring about these changes to the chaplaincy.  I especially thank President Harrison for writing this letter, which exhibits our sadness (no one enjoys the sad effects of false teachings) but also our need to be faithful in our practices, especially in relation to other church   More…

“Hangin’ Out with Fritz” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 18th, 2011 4 comments

One of our Steadfast crew over these past few years has been the Rev. Dr. Frederic W. Baue–or “Fritz,” as we all call him. Fritz is an interesting fellow, to say the least: Doctor of literature, professional musician, published author, parish pastor. He can play classical guitar, bluegrass fiddle, and Irish tinwhistle. He can tell you about meerschaum pipes, medieval poetry, and mandolin pickers he has known. He has friends from every walk of life, from the church, from academia, and from the shop on the corner. Fritz Baue is retiring as an active parish pastor at the end of   More…

Missionary Sending Service (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 18th, 2011 1 comment

Friday afternoon I attended the Missionary Sending Service at the LCMS International Center Chapel. The occasion was the sending out of 34 missionaries, some career, some shorter-term. The missionaries had just completed ten days of orientation and training, with a strong emphasis on study of the Book of Acts and the Catechism. Now they are being sent out by our synod to sixteen countries, in Africa, Asia, and Europe. President Harrison’s sermon was based on Acts 2:42, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of the bread and the prayers.” It was this   More…

Cooperation in Externals… see the corruption on display. Lutheran Child and Family Services now placing children in same-sex couple “homes”

I was alerted to this article just this evening from the Chicago Tribune.  See it here. Here is what our continued experience with the “cooperation in externals” has gotten us: After the article makes sure to note that LCFS is associated with the LCMS, the article goes on to quote the executive director: “Gene Svebakken, executive director of LCFS, said the agency believes it has found a way to balance state law and church guidelines, which don’t restrict licensing same-sex couples. LCFS now will license any qualified prospective parent and will place children with same-sex couples in collaboration with other   More…

Update on ULC

July 13th, 2011 5 comments

Thanks to a loyal BJS reader for this updated information regarding the potential sale of the ULC campus property. This FAQ document on what the issues are was posted on June 18th on the MNS district website. A few days ago, ULC posted a commentary to the FAQ here. It’s quite interesting reading .. a few quotes from it: In response to the statement in 2009 that the campus property should not be sold: The factors that lead to this conclusion in 2009 have not changed. If anything, the real estate market has continued to decline in the Twin Cities,   More…

The Form of the Liturgy is not in the Bible! Oh Really? by Pr. Rossow

July 13th, 2011 45 comments

It is a fairly common assertion amongst church growthers and confessionals alike that the liturgy is not in the Bible. Actually the liturgy shows up in the Bible in many places. Of course, ninety percent of the liturgical texts are biblical (thank you editors Vieker and Grime for putting those Bible references in the LSB) but that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the actual format of the liturgy. It is not as biblically scarce as we think. First of all consider Jesus at the synagogue in Nazareth. As we learn from Art Just in the excellent   More…