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The sheep judge the shepherd…sometimes men need to be defrocked.

December 27th, 2011 113 comments

A few weeks back I posted an article on congregations forcing good pastors out.  It may be a good idea to reread that one first before reading this one.  You can find it here.  As a result of that article I was asked to write this. The task of removing a pastor is a solemn task which should be given the same care and concern as extending a call to a man to be the pastor (if not more since what a congregation does to a man will likely take away his livelihood too). Most congregational constitutions list three or   More…

New “draft” minutes of MNS District BOD meeting are public…

December 26th, 2011 62 comments

See the minutes here: Some of my thoughts: Apparently, the company purchasing ULC is willing to have chapel and office space for ULC to continue (for a price?). Also, there is a very “pious” note on 1 Peter 3:11 and the MNS District trying to make peace with ULC.  Apparently that means that they are going to hold “up to” $250K for ULC to relocate upon several conditions.  Nothing like being a peacemaker with preconditions for anything to take place.  I am glad that God doesn’t operate this way. MNS is unwilling to go over $250K in gifts to ULC,   More…

New Video Hymn from Time Out — What Child is This

December 24th, 2011 2 comments

From our friends at Necessary Roughness:   Merry Christmas! I humbly submit to you Time Out’s second hymn video, “What Child is This.” Available in HD. http://lutherantimeout.org/370video:  

“Home for the Holidays” (Sermon for Christmas Eve, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

December 23rd, 2011 5 comments

“Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20) “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all the faces. There’s a fire in the fireplace, and you’re sitting in the living room, opening presents by the Christmas tree. Perry Como is singing in the background. Como, cocoa, cookies, and kids–a Christmas right out of Norman Rockwell. Very nice. But tonight I want to tell you about something even better than that. What it really means to be   More…

Gaiety Lost, My Mother, and Ave Maria – The Difference Between Now and Then, by Pr. Rossow

December 23rd, 2011 19 comments

My mother is in town for Christmas and I got to hear her retell a story about standing up for Confessional doctrine. It is all about her operatic voice and the singing of Ave Maria. Ave Maria is not a Christmas song per se but it gets a lot of air time during the season. It is basically a prayer asking the mother Mary to care for her followers. My mother gave up any hope of using her voice professionally in order to have children and care for them, a choice for which I am greatly appreciative. She gave up   More…

More on the Preus Era — Waldo Werning and David Settje review Burkee’s Book

December 20th, 2011 28 comments

By Martin R. Noland, December 20, 2011 The recent history of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, i.e., the internal ecclesial conflicts of the 1960s and 1970s, continues to garner interest from those who want to make their “interpretation” of that history the official and enduring one.  James C. Burkee’s book, “Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod:  A Conflict that Changed American Christianity” is the present center of this historiographical hurricane.  Earlier this year, Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway posted two articles on the book and its reviews (see here and here).  Now two more reviews have surfaced, one from Waldo Werning, retired Professor of   More…

President Harrison in the Lutheran Witness — The Missouri Synod Needs Advent

December 17th, 2011 71 comments

Found on The Lutheran Witness:   What is the single most critical issue in the life of the Missouri Synod? Is it evangelism? Church planting? Missions? Seminaries? Church-worker well-being? Theology? Congregational vitality? Finances? Education? Mercy? I submit to you, dear reader, that the single most vital issue facing this church body today is our great need for individual and collective repentance–thorough-going sorrow over sin, and faith that grabs hold of the Savior of sinners, Jesus. The Missouri Synod needs Advent. Advent is a matter of repentance. Repentance is a matter of eternal life and death. “Prepare the way of the   More…

An Announcement from scholia.net

December 16th, 2011 1 comment

Here is an announcement from Pastor Michael L. McCoy, the creator of the scholia.net website, a good source for doctrinally sound, free materials for churches or those in the Diaspora (particularly isolated people and military).     Greetings, On 16 December 1998, scholia ( scholia.net ) was launched and received its first hit. This site has been a personal mission project and I have been immensely blessed by providing it. The scholia website is a resource and devotional site for visitors, pastors, missionaries, vicars, parishioners, teachers, chaplains, parents, home-schoolers, seminarians and congregations throughout the world. It has provided free resources   More…

Moralistic, Therapeutic, Deism vs the Spirit of Christmas, by Pastor David Oberdieck

December 15th, 2011 6 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.     One study of religious views among American young adults described their spirituality as moralistic, therapeutic, deism (Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers). Moralistic – God just wants us to be good. That is what religion is about. Therapeutic – When I feel the need then I’ll turn to God. God   More…

Five Simple Scriptural Truths that Rebuke and Correct the Church Growth Movement, by Pr. Rossow

December 14th, 2011 43 comments

I am convinced that the church growth movement is harmful for the church. Some of you may ask “What is the church growth movement?“ It is a way of “doing” church that arose in the 1970’s and 80’s. By the middle of the 80’s it was being taught at the St. Louis Seminary. On a benign level it is the application of common sense to the parish in order to make sure that we are doing our best for the Lord’s church and with an eye toward growth. For instance, if people are driving right past your church on a   More…

To Rescind Synodical Resolution 3-08A (2004 Convention)

December 13th, 2011 21 comments

WHEREAS, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in her 62nd Regular Convention in July of 2004 passed Res. 3-08A that “Affirms the Conclusions of the 1994 CTCR Report: The service of Women in Congregational and Synodical Offices;” and WHEREAS, The Bible clearly teaches God pleasing roles and functions for both men and women in family, culture, society, and in the Church (Genesis 2:4-24, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, 14:33-36, Ephesians 5:22-33, Luther’s Small Catechism – Table of Duties); and WHEREAS, The 1994 report of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) on “The Service of Women in Congregational Offices” did not adequately   More…

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No comment, just let the man’s words speak for themselves…

December 12th, 2011 170 comments

OK, one comment – this should give cause to “SAVE ULC” and put your cash where your confession is. From a Minnesota South Pastor’s page on his congregational website:  see it on their website here.  Or because these things tend to disappear from the internet, see it below. October 20, 2011 Dear Members and Friends, I would rather not write about this, but I think it is important for people to have some idea of what is going on in the Minnesota South District of the Missouri Synod and how it could potentially affect us. For many years now there   More…

Same old heresy, new name: LCMS OWN

December 11th, 2011 128 comments

A friend alerted me to this online today.  It is yet another effort of Satan to afflict the LCMS with more heresy, this time with the heresy of women’s ordination.   On their discussion page they would not tolerate my conversation since the Word of God tells me to mark and avoid such false teachers (and call heretics by their name).  They also claim that they are “growing”, and from my experience of these kinds of groups in the LCMS, the only thing that is growing is their number of years. Here is their website Here are the heretics on facebook   More…

Save the Date – Young Bucks Take the Lead at the 4th Annual BJS International Conference, by Pr. Rossow

December 11th, 2011 6 comments

Save the dates and look for registration information soon for our annual conference. As usual it will be the second full weekend of February. This year that makes it Friday and Saturday, February 10 – 11. We start late Friday afternoon and go through early afternoon on Saturday. The conference will once again be held at Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Naperville, Illinois, the new home of Rev. Jonathan Fisk and Worldview Everlasting. This year we are looking at ways to make the conference more family inviting. Look for details on that soon. The conference speakers are all young pastors who   More…

Registration is now open for the ACELC Theological Conference

December 10th, 2011 1 comment

This has been posted on the Lutheran Calendar — be sure to submit your events to it here, or add the Lutheran Calendar to your website by adding a RSS feed to your widget area with the URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/BJScalendar     Registration is now open for the February 7-9 ACELC Theological Conference, which will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. We have what we think is an amazing lineup of speakers, including two Seminary Professors and the District Present of Iowa East. The details are listed below, but I dare say that this is one Conference   More…