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Lutheran Witness — Worship for the Weary

January 31st, 2012 9 comments

Here is yet another excellent article found on Lutheran Witness The View from Here written by Rev Tim Pauls. You can subscribe to the Lutheran Witness here. You can also follow LW on facebook here.   Worship for the Weary by Tim Pauls I’m all for hearty praise, good feelings and new insight in worship, but if these are lacking, it doesn’t mean the service is a bust. I offer the hypothetical of a parishioner who is fighting cancer. Given his illness and the withering effects of chemotherapy, he’s low on energy of all kinds. He feels no joy and   More…

Pastors are Examples to the Flock

January 30th, 2012 30 comments

One of the recurring themes in the recent discussions about the LC–MS “Specific Ministry Pastor” (hereafter SMP) program is the matter of a pastor being an example to his flock.  Discussions held on the BJS website about SMP can be found in the following: SMP Program is “Mega-Death” for Lutheran Congregations The divided house of Missouri – in the same week the sems divided over SMP St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Megadeth bassist studying for Lutheran ordination at Concordia” Fort Wayne President Rast’s Bold Statement about the SMP Program and other Interesting Notes from the Symposia The cost of seminary vs. the   More…

President’s Think Tank on Campus Ministry & 2013 National Campus Ministry Conference Plans

January 30th, 2012 3 comments

Pastor Marcus Zill posted this on facebook on January 7th. There have been several comments on BJS asking “what happened at the think tank”, and Pastor Zill posted a link to this facebook posting. For those who aren’t friends of Pastor Zill on facebook, or for those who missed this posting, we though it appropriate to re-post it here.   Dear everyone, The President’s Think Tank on Campus Ministry took place this past week (3-4 January) and was a fantastic event. It provided a tremendous opportunity for reflection on campus ministry.  It gave all assembled a great chance to focus   More…

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 4

January 30th, 2012 No comments

Beloved,  Our text for Sunday’s sermon is St. Mark 1:21-28. Blessings, Pr. Sikora Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 1st chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Finding Jesus in the Synagogue Last week Jesus preached His first sermon and called His first disciples.  His Word worked and the hearts of four men abandoned the old to follow Jesus into eternal life.  That’s what disciples do.  They follow Jesus; going wherever He goes, doing what He does, each according to   More…

Tell the Good News About Jesus. Wyoming District being “missional”

January 30th, 2012 72 comments

Every year clergy and laity from Wyoming (and some from other districts as well) converge on Casper, Wyoming to hear speakers on topics of Evangelism.  Yes, confessionals from a confessional district learning about Evangelism.  This year I had the opportunity to attend the convocation, listen to the speakers, and even moderate some of the panel discussion. This year’s speakers were: Rev. Clint Poppe of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Lincoln, NE, chairman of the ACELC Rev. Dr. Ron Garwood, President Emeritus of the Wyoming, Associate Pastor of Mount Hope Lutheran in Casper, WY, Board of Directors member for CTS, Fort Wayne.   More…

Justification Central to Lutheran Hymnody

January 28th, 2012 551 comments

My parents did not teach my siblings and me to be hymn-Nazis. Rather, they simply taught us good hymns and good theology, and they encouraged us to keep singing good hymns and to read good theology. So for my first post on BJS, I would like to briefly give my case for why I can hardly stand one particular hymn: “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (LSB 425, 426). The hymn does not once mention the forgiveness of sins, the cancellation of guilt, Christ bearing our sins or satisfying the wrath of God, or anything about the   More…

Don’t Forget about Our “No Pietists Allowed” Blogs – A Quaint Story about London just Recorded There, by Pr. Rossow

January 28th, 2012 6 comments

About once a month we get a reader dropping a post onto one of our No Pietists Allowed blogs. This afternoon a pastor from Milwaukee posted the following. When I was visiting Westminster Abby in 1996, a docent approached me to start up some small talk. When she found out I was a Lutheran pastor from the United States (she had no clue where Milwaukee, Wisconsin was – makes you feel pretty small), she asked me (imagine an English accent), “Say, do you have ‘confirmation’ for children in their early teens in your church?” “Yes,” I said in my harsh   More…

To Exempt District Campus Congregations From Sale

January 28th, 2012 No comments

WHEREAS the Pacific Southwest District Board of Directors at its January 2012 meeting decided to place all 17 real estate holdings of the district up for sale in the hope of offsetting a $6 million real estate debt, and WHEREAS included among these 17 properties are three campus congregations at University of California – San Diego, University of California – Los Angeles, and Arizona State University – Phoenix, and WHEREAS these campus congregations were purchased and developed by the PSW district expressly and intentionally as campus congregations and not as real estate investments, and WHEREAS these campus properties are all   More…

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A New Preus Blogging on BJS and Other Improvements, by Pr. Rossow

January 28th, 2012 4 comments

The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) started a few years ago with Klemet Preus on our blog roll and now we are pleased to add a fresh, new, young Preus to our Brother’s Cafe. Andrew Preus, nephew of Klemet, a student at St. Catherine’s Seminary (Ontario, Canada) and editor of the student newspaper. His first post will appear today and is appropriately centered on justification, the key doctrine of the faith. Included in his first post is some more biographical stuff. The young Preus was brought to our attention by Jonathan Fisk of Worldview Everlasting. Fisk has also agreed to serve on the board of   More…

Choir at 2012 BJS International Conference

January 27th, 2012 1 comment

Liturgy Solutions just posted a copy of the Introit that will be sung at the conference Divine Service. Let Cantor Magness know if you’d like to participate in the choir this year. And let your choir director know about this resource. Just think, your choir could sing the same setting of the Introit the next day back at your home congregation, bringing a taste of the conference to your own parish. Also to be sung at the conference is a setting of Psalm 30 by Stephen R. Johnson, led by the conference choir. At the end of the service, we’ll   More…

The Blessings of Weekly Communion

January 26th, 2012 24 comments

My church has “forever” had communion every Sunday, but at alternate services. Early service for the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and late service for the 2nd and 4th Sundays. So people who wanted every-Sunday communion could do it by simply alternating which service they attend each week. I’m pleased that as of Easter Sunday 2011, we moved to communion in every Service. We spent a year working with the congregation talking about the change (We are Lutherans .. we don’t like change!), which included using CPH’s book, The Blessings of Weekly Communion. I can say that after several months, the   More…

Another faithful Chapel sacrificed to District finances?

January 26th, 2012 52 comments

NOTE:  This has been shared on Facebook by people who attend congregations of the PSW District.  I have talked to the PSW office and ULC has the “potential” of being sold, but that there are a number of properties that may be sold to offset the debt of the District. It appears that the Synod’s real estate business continues to grow.  The Pacific Southwest District has decided to possibly sell their campus ministry property (University Lutheran Chapel) at UCLA.  This comes as another ULC is being sold in Minnesota.  Apparently there is a need to offset a debt accrued by   More…

The Best Fifteen Minutes of Theology I have ever Read, Heard or Seen – Fisk’s Critique of the Anti-Religion Guy, by Pr. Rossow

January 25th, 2012 23 comments

In case you are one of the 13 people who hasn’t seen it yet I thought I would encourage you to view one of the recent editions of Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s Worldview Everlasting videos. I have been privileged to listen to the best theologians of this and the last century – Korby, Preus, Hummel, Nagel, Scaer, etc. but this video is the best fifteen minutes of theology I have ever read, heard or seen, excepting maybe Article IV of the Augsburg Confession. The kid is on a roll. He has received numerous invites to speak, chief of which is the   More…

SMP Program is “Mega-Death” for Lutheran Congregations

January 25th, 2012 82 comments

Because of comments and additional information received by email, the post has been completely revised.   I did the best research I could on the basis of published sources, but it looks like the published sources are not what is actually happening.    version 2, Jan. 25, 2012 Of all the various legacies of the previous synodical president, the “Specific Ministry Pastor” (hereafter SMP) program is probably the most controversial, confused, and potentially dangerous for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its congregations. The impetus and rationale for SMP was stated in the preface to Resolution 5-10B, “The mission focus ignited by   More…

To Restore a Biblical Pastoral Office in the LCMS

January 25th, 2012 5 comments

Whereas, the “Specific Ministry Pastor” (hereafter SMP) program was adopted in 2007 with the claim that it would produce “church planters and missionaries” (2007 Convention Proceedings, p. 133); and Whereas, the SMP program to-date has produced few “church planters” or “missionaries,” but rather 70% of the students in the program are identified as “staff pastors” of large congregations (2010-11 enrollment statistics); and Whereas, the SMP program altered the pastoral training admissions process, so that the district offices are heavily involved in the admissions process with the seminaries, and this inhibits the seminary admissions offices from fulfilling their vocation of ensuring   More…

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