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President Harrison’s Open Forum for the ANCA-LCMS Dialogue

October 31st, 2011 32 comments

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog: President Harrison gave an address at the ACNA-LCMS Open Forum held at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne on Thursday, October 27, 2011. The video of President Harrison’s presentation is provided below in three parts. – Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations–Assistant to the President   Following are comments from BJS: 2 minutes 16 seconds into the above .. A lot of the Missouri Synod’s dialog has been spent on the ELCA over the years all to no avail. Believe me, I’ve spent more time with the ELCA people than anyone in   More…

A Reformation Sermon from Pr. Tony Sikora, by Pr. Rossow

October 31st, 2011 4 comments

Pastor Tony Sikora from Hope Lutheran Church in DeWitt, Michigan is one of my favorite preachers. I am on a list of folks that get his sermons each week. As a way of BJS marking the Reformation I am passing this on to you our readers. To receive his sermons, please send a message to him by clicking here. May this Christ-centered, cross-focussed, textual sermon be a blessing to you on this Reformation Day.   John 8:32-36 In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, A.      Jesus was just saying Jesus is the gospel.  Take Jesus out   More…

Walther Reformation Sermon and Prayer

October 29th, 2011 3 comments

Received this from a brother in Christ (and in the ministry) this morning.  Thought it would be a good read for all of you folks as well.  Thanks to Don for the sermon and prayer.   A REFORMATION SERMON AND PRAYER BY C.F.W, WALTHER “CONTEND FOR THE FAITH!” On Reformation Day, 1876 Jude 3:3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.             Beloved Lutheran partners in faith,   More…

ULMA Fall 2011 Meeting Details

October 28th, 2011 2 comments

ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent confessional Lutheran group that is dedicated to establishing new confessional churches. Their posts are archived on the “Regular Columns” portion of the website. Here is there update from their Fall 2011 meeting held October 8th at Erlanger, KY:   Commission members from Redeemer – St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Pilgrim – Decatur, Illinois, along with Pr. Brock Abbott from Pilgrim, attended the fall General Meeting of the United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA). Our mission churches were represented by Rev. James Shaw from Agnus Dei Lutheran Church in Virginia, Rev.   More…

An Approach to Ministering to Homosexuals, by Pr. Rossow

October 26th, 2011 196 comments

A post I wrote over a year ago still gets an occasional comment. It was about an openly homosexual man who was at the time (and still may be) the organist at an LCMS church in Renton, Washington. Just today the post got another comment: October 26th,  2011 at 10:39 | #107 Pastor Rossow – I was born and raised a Lutheran (lcms). I served at a deacon in the Lutheran Church for 5 years and guess what – I am a gay male. I am disheartened by the bigotry, hate, and arrogance in the LCMS. I defended an organist at   More…

Theological Dialogue with Other Christian Church Bodies

October 26th, 2011 19 comments

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   In light of the third installment of dialogue between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), October 27–28, which focuses on “Contemporary Issues Facing the Church in North America,” it is good to consider the new document produced by CTCR staff titled, “Theological Dialogue with Other Christian Church Bodies.” The document explores why it is good to engage in theological discussion with other church bodies, even if immediate fellowship is not foreseen. President Harrison requested the CTCR staff to study whether it is permissible and beneficial   More…

Walther proves our arrogance wrong…

October 25th, 2011 21 comments

In the spirit of celebration I have been trying to read more Walther lately.  In the course of my reading, I found the foreward to the 1856 edition of Lehre and Wehre [which I think is the first year of it] which put me in my place but also should cause all of us who think that we are living in a special and unique time in theirs as well.  For those who think the church needs to change from the kind of one that Walther embraced for the sake of the post-churched(choose your buzzword here) culture, hear Walther’s words   More…

STLTODAY — C.F.W. Walther turns 200 today, and this is why you should know who he is

October 25th, 2011 7 comments

Excellent article on St Louis Today about Walther’s 200th birthday:   Many American Lutheran Christians will be marking the 200th birthday of one C. F. W. Walther today. Outside of those circles, very few will even know his name. But there are more than a few reasons why St. Louisans shouldn’t forget him. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was born on October 25, 1811 in Saxony, Germany. After studying theology at the University of Leipzig, he became a pastor in the town of Bräunsdorf, Saxony, and quickly became disenchanted with what he saw as coercive political entanglement with religion. Hence, he   More…

C. F. W. Walther Festive Convocation: Watch Live!

October 24th, 2011 1 comment

This is going on RIGHT NOW, so it’s a bit late to announce it, but if someone has some free time or can have this going on in a window it might be worthwhile to watch at www.lutheranchurch.ca/video.php: Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   In honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of C. F. W. Walther, first president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the seminary is holding a festive convocation: C. F. W. WALTHER as Hymn-Writer, Hymnal Editor, Pastor, and Musician The convocation opens with a narrated hymn festival on Sunday evening, 23 October, 7:00pm, featuring   More…

Found on the Web — Dormitory of the Faithful Departed.

October 22nd, 2011 No comments

I found this idea of “Dormitory of the Faithful Departed” interesting on a new-to-me blog, Northern Crossings. Pastor Seter has several other posts that are worth viewing, including a soapstone sculpture and his visiting the soapstone factory in Kenya with Pastor Harrison and others back in 2003.   It is going to be a long day today. I have a funeral this morning and a wedding this evening. I have to admit that most of the time I appreciate the funerals more than the weddings. Funeral goers have a more receptive mind than wedding attenders. Something about death focuses the   More…

Reporter — Prague conference draws Lutheran leaders from 20 countries

October 21st, 2011 6 comments

By Albert B. Collver III By the close of an Oct. 4-7 theological conference in Prague hosted by the LCMS president’s office, many of the 71 Lutheran leaders attending from 20 countries said they appreciated that opportunity to encourage and support mutual conversation and exchange of ideas for promoting confessional Lutheranism where they serve. For instance, Rev. Alexey Streltsov, rector of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Siberia, said, “Such conferences are truly needed if we want … authentic world Lutheranism to survive in the 21st century. We cannot just sit back and observe how things deteriorate in the world around   More…

Cyberbrethren — Exciting New Mission Program – Revolutionary!

October 21st, 2011 9 comments

Found on Cyberbrethren .. an excerpt from The Church from Age to Age: A History from Galilee to Global Christianity:   “By the year 250, Christianity had spread to the limits of the known world. . . . The Church spread rapidly over a wide geographic area, increasing phenomenally in numbers . . . This work was done by ordinary Christians. We know of no missionary societies; we hear nothing of organized effort. Wherever Christians went doing their regular tasks, the pagan saw a different kind of individual and heard about ‘the Savior.’ … When the early Christians themselves recount   More…

“We Have to Try” – a perspective on the Koinonia Project from presentations made to the Wyoming District Pastors Conference

October 20th, 2011 179 comments

I had the privilege to sit and listen to First Vice President Mueller discuss the Koinonia Project with Pastors from the Wyoming District (the first day also included teachers and deaconesses too).  Here are some of my thoughts about what was presented:   The honesty of VP Mueller was wonderful to hear.  He acknowledged the problems that really do exist.  This is a dramatic change of pace from the “we agree on almost everything” celebrations that have been so common in the past. A thought I had in regards to this is “what stage of heresy are we at in   More…

Mercy Journeys

October 20th, 2011 No comments

Found on Mercy Journeys: And among all the Lutheran bodies there is perhaps none that makes so much of the office of the ministry as the Missouri Synod, in which the individual congregation so definitely stands at the center of all ecclesiastical thinking. The office of the ministry and the congregation are like inter-communicating channels. The life of the one is also the life of the other. As the office of the ministry fails, so also the congregation, and vice versa. There have been several other articles there recently that are excellent reading, including but not limited to: Sasse on   More…

Supporting University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Minnesota

October 19th, 2011 17 comments

A Resolution of the Montana District Fall Pastors’ Conference Supporting University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Minnesota WHEREAS, the Minnesota South District (MNS) Board of Directors (BOD) has recently taken actions and executed an agreement to sell the property on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, used for the past 62 years by University Lutheran Chapel (ULC); and WHEREAS, the Joint Minnesota South / Minnesota North (MNN) Districts Pastors’ Conference (May 11, 2011, Brainerd, MN) had requested that the MNS BOD bring this entire matter before the MNS District in convention to deliberate and determine an   More…