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Great Stuff — An Introduction to Advent & Christmastime

November 30th, 2011 2 comments

Thanks again to a facebook posting of this article by Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni on his blog We are All Beggers. We previously posted an article by him on How to Appreciate your Pastor. This article is from last year, but it’s a good reminder of what the Advent and Christmas seasons mean.   We Christians hold a great festival during the winter solstice, the shortest days of the year. We call this wintertime festival “Christmas,” meaning the “feast of Christ.” It takes several weeks to prepare and several weeks to celebrate. The weeks of preparation are called Advent –   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Funerals — “Everyone a Preacher”

November 30th, 2011 13 comments

I found this on facebook; on Scott Diekmann’s Stand Firm blog. Scott talking:   The following post is written by my good friend Joe Strieter. He addresses a topic that isn’t brought up all that frequently, the funeral, and specifically the funeral sermon. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Joe’s insightful comments, on this, the First Monday in Advent.   On his 76th birthday, my friend Tom died. We had enjoyed a warm relationship that went back ten years to the building of a major addition to his church (Lutheran), he as chairman of the building committee, I as the builder’s representative.   More…

Luther’s Birthday, Free Conferences, and Gas Prices

November 29th, 2011 13 comments

A few weeks ago many WELS, ELS, LCMS and even some other Lutherans gathered on Luther’s birthday to have a Free Conference in the great city of New Ulm, MN (a town found in my ancestry along with the great town of Courtland just outside New Ulm -  and also a great town known for its original Civil War cannons which were not scrapped in WW1 due to hiding them from the government – didn’t want to be involved in shooting at the Kaiser). A great interest of mine is attempting to re-establish a confessional Lutheran Synodical Conference, and these   More…

Challenges Facing Many Historic Lutheran Congregations

November 28th, 2011 3 comments

Thanks to a loyal BJS reader for pointing out these videos. We appreciate submissions of items that may be of interest to our readers. Many historic Lutheran congregations are faced with multiples challenges: migration of families to the outer suburbs, declining membership, declining revenue, aging facilities with high-cost capital repairs, competition from mega-churches that offer every conceivable program and service, church neighborhoods that change from residential to industrial with dilapidated housing, and an aging congregation with little ability to repopulate itself. Trinity Lutheran Church in Evansville, founded in 1841, faces all of these challenges. The discovery of a collapsing sanctuary   More…

Call for Footage: Time Out Christmas Video

November 26th, 2011 No comments

I waited until after thanksgiving to not confuse the holidays, so the first sentence of Dan’s posting is no longer relevant. Dan would like to add that they are releasing a chunk of the hymn audio the week after Thanksgiving. Please check out Time Out’s Google+ Page and their Facebook page. Thanks! From Dan at Necessary Roughness:   Christmas? Before Thanksgiving? You sell-out! Bear with me, here. The last two years Time Out has had an extra Advent Bonus Edition and a Christmas Bonus Edition. We’re not going to do those this year in lieu of a new project. We’re   More…

It’s More About the ‘Heart’ Knowledge than it is About the ‘Head’ Knowledge According to St. Louis Sem Magazine, by Pr. Rossow

November 25th, 2011 197 comments

In this Fall’s edition of “Concordia Seminary,” the magazine of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, it is reported that the professors remind the students that “it’s more about the ‘heart’ knowledge than it is about the ‘head’ knowledge” (p. 21). This sounds like something one might hear from a Methobapticostal seminary rather than the historic bastion of objective truth and the pure Gospel expressed in the historic liturgy known as Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. It is my personal opinion that the faculty of the St. Louis Seminary, on a whole, is characterized by professors who are either captivated by silly post-modern   More…

Double your offering to help ULC without giving double… Show Unity in the Litany…

November 22nd, 2011 2 comments

I had the great opportunity to attend the Wyoming District Youth Breakaway Weekend this past weekend at St. Andrew’s Campus Center in Laramie, Wyoming.  At the event, I had the chance to sit down and talk with Pastor David Kind of University Lutheran Chapel.  This was my first time meeting this pastor who I knew from his good reputation and also that of the congregation he serves.  I was impressed to say the least.  I was also impressed in that he spent a bunch of time with the 50-60 youth at the weekend teaching them about the Old Testament and   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Lutheran Church Is and Is Not

November 18th, 2011 72 comments

On Pastor Lovett’s blog, ORATIO + TENTATIO + MEDITATIO, he has a question regarding The Lutheran Church Is and Is Not.   Consider the following statement. I’d like to hear your comments below. (While I loathe to admit it, the statement was adapted from a very similar statement about the Eastern Orthodox Church here.) The Lutheran Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is orthodox, but not Eastern. It isn’t non-denominational, neither is it merely a denomination – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the witness of the   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Preaching on Credit by Pr. Lovett

November 18th, 2011 7 comments

Thanks to a loyal BJS contributor for finding this post on Pastor Lovett’s ORATIO + TENTATIO + MEDITATIO blog:   I am no different than most pastors. I want to be a good preacher. Now certainly we (myself and other pastors) differ on what that means, to be a good preacher, but I think it nigh impossible to find a preacher who would say that he wishes to be a worse preacher than he already is, though many a preachers’ habits and ways might suggests such to the casual observer. Be that as it may, certainly the vast majority of   More…

Livestream for Fisk Installation Service with Wilken Preaching, by Pr. Rossow

November 18th, 2011 16 comments

It looks like we will be live streaming Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s installation service on Sunday. It will be the Divine Service with Pastor Todd Wilken preaching and Circuit Visitor, Pastor David Bottorf doing the installing. We already have over fifteen other clergy planning on joining us. The live stream is set up here: http://www.livestream.com/bethanylutherannaperville/share . The channel will be offline until a little before 4 PM central this Sunday. There are still a few kinks to work out but hopefully you will be able to view it live on Sunday. Watch live streaming video from bethanylutherannaperville at livestream.com   NOTE: The podcast   More…

Grow your numbers while losing the Church – Host a techno-mass!

November 12th, 2011 27 comments

I read this in the local Cheyenne paper this morning. http://www.wyomingnews.com At first this may seem like a good compromise – it has the contemporary aspect (really contemporary, not the type promoted by many Americans) and also uses the word “Mass” (which should make confessional types happy as well.   I am joking of course, but as you read the article you see how the Swedes got to this point of Church without its marks (unless you consider music a mark of the church). Although the author of the article is just reporting, he says some great things that are quite   More…

Save ULC – a new video, and a reminder to keep support coming in.

November 11th, 2011 32 comments

Here is a new video from some former members of ULC about ULC.   Please take a look:   Confessionals, time to put your money where your mouth (and confession) is: DONATE TO SUPPORT ULC  

Weedon’s Blog — The Daily Prayers

November 8th, 2011 2 comments

A good reminder of the value of the Treasury of Daily Prayer put out by CPH, this was found on Weedon’s Blog:   Treasury of Daily Prayer provides a set prayer to pray each day of the week. Each day is devoted to specific concerns: Sunday is prayer for a blessed celebration of the Divine Service, praying for pastors in their preaching and all who receive the blessed Sacrament. Monday prays for all sorts and conditions of men. Tuesday prays especially for the persecuted. Wednesday prays for the dying. Thursday prays for the grace for a blessed reception of the   More…

WMLTblog — Think Tank on Campus Ministry Announced

November 8th, 2011 24 comments

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last month, President Harrison wrote a “Pastoral Letter about Campus Ministry” to the church and signaled that the Office of National Mission (ONM) was prepared to take direct leadership once again in support of campus ministry. He mentioned that the ONM was at work coordinating a task force as well as initiating plans for a national campus ministry conference in the future. As the Executive Director of the ONM, I want to update you on our plans. First, a President’s Think Tank on Campus Ministry has   More…

The Benefits of Memorizing Scripture

November 5th, 2011 16 comments

I know this is not a lutheran source, but I found this on facebook from EnglishStandardVersion. Is anyone else confused about these pages popping up, and wish you could figure out who is behind them? Seems like there should be a list of admins for any page on facebook. Posted originally here:   I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. ~ Ps. 119:11 Consider the benefits of Bible memorization: Helps to renew your mind and change your thought life, establishing permanent change in your entire manner of life and conduct (Joshua   More…