Archive for May, 2012

Lutheran Public Radio — Sacred Music

May 31st, 2012 7 comments

Dear Issues, Etc. listener, Pentecost greetings to you! The reformer Martin Luther had this to say about the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and music: The Holy Ghost himself honors music as an instrument for his proper work when in the Holy Scriptures he asserts that through her gifts were instilled in the prophets, namely, the inclination to all virtues, as can be seen in Elisha (2 Kings 3:15)…The gift of language combined with the gift of song was only given to man to let him know that he should praise God with both word and music, namely, by proclaiming the Word   More…

Seismic Apologetics

Matthew 27:45-54 45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49 The rest said, “Let Him   More…

What Happens When You Have a Confessional Speaker at a District Sponsored Stewardship Conference the First Week of Summer? by Pr. Rossow

May 31st, 2012 7 comments

What happens is you get a great turnout. Confessional guys are just as hungry for good conferences as the Church Growth boys but they just rarely get a docket that is worth their time. The Northern Illinois District (NID) is putting on a stewardship conference today with a confessional speaker and sure enough, there is a great turnout even though it is the first week of summer. NID Bishop Gilbert introduced the topic and speaker by openly admitting it was pure nepotism. The speaker is his son-in-law Rev. Heath Curtis from downstate Illinois. 56 pastors and laity turned out to hear Rev. Curtis   More…

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Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — When Piety is Not Enough

May 31st, 2012 1 comment

  In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.   AMEN! John 3:1-17   Beloved in the Lord, Pious Nicodemus comes to our Lord by night.  The world is dark and the hearts of men are darker.  Hearing the Word, beholding the signs, we go with him for “no one can do the things Jesus does unless God were with Him.” As a man of the Pharisees with a heart after Adam’s, Nicodemus doubts what he should trust and he trusts what is doubtful.  He is old of age and his age betrays his spirit.   The spirit is willing but the   More…

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Steadfast proclamation: Giving the goods of the cross

In the season of Pentecost we meditate on the giving of the Holy Spirit, that is, the giving of the benefits of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, asserts the benefit of the Holy Spirit in the definition of the 3rd article of the Creed in the Large Catechism saying, “For neither you nor I could ever know anything of Christ, or believe on Him, and obtain Him for our Lord, unless it were offered to us and granted to our hearts by the Holy Ghost through the preaching of the Gospel. The   More…

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week

May 30th, 2012 1 comment

The Internet is all about being relevant, right? In the past week or so there have been a couple posts on classical education, and this week’s Steadfast Media pick is a recent segment of Issues, Etc. on the same subject. Pr. Heath Curtis and Jocelyn Benson explain what classical education is, its history, how it differs from modern educational models.

Great Stuff — Fascist roots of the Church Growth Movement

May 30th, 2012 22 comments

Found over on Intrepid Lutherans:   “Yea, hath God said?” Gen. 3:1 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38 “…Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument.” Col. 2:2-4 “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.” -William Jefferson Blythe Clinton “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will also be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, that he   More…

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The Pastor’s Protection Against Aggressors In The Church

There have been many excellent books written for parishioners of abusive pastors and structures. Books like, “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse,” are excellent in helping laypeople identify spiritually abusive churches and how to respond to these corrupt systems. While pastoral abuse is very real and something to take very serious, I have not seen a plethora of books written about abusive parishioners lashing out towards pastors. Believe it or not, this does exist. I have not only witnessed this in churches but have unfortunately experienced it myself. On my personal blog I have made several postings like, “Church Politics   More…

Supporting resolutions for ULC stricken, “this” resolution is put to the MNS Convention. UPDATED

  The ongoing struggle over ULC, showing the deepening divisions in our Synod has a new document.  ULC has released a critical evaluation of the resolution that will be put before the Minnesota South District Convention (Resolution 5-01).  Keep in mind this resolution is the one put before delegates for their pre-convention reading and so forth.  I would urge all delegates to the Convention also read ULC’s take on the situation as it greatly differs from the content of the printed resolution. Here is the ULC critique of Resolution 5-01 If you would take a look at this resolution from   More…

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A Public Apology from Paul McCain

May 29th, 2012 Comments off

It is important that I publicize an apology I recently made to the Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters for a comment I posted on the Brothers of John the Steadfast site on April 18, 2012. Here is my original comment, posted on BJS on April 18, 2012. I believe when there is a less than partisan and agenda-driven CCM in position after the next Synodical convention we may find resolution to these issues. As it stands now, the present CCM is issuing opinions that are based on idealogical loyalties, not balanced, objective opinions, such as their latest position that a   More…

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Great Stuff — What to say when someone says, “The Bible Has Errors”

May 29th, 2012 11 comments

HT to Matthew Pancake for posting this on Facebook. He found it on the Resurgence:   Most people question the reliability of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a friend or met someone in a coffee shop who said, “How can you be a Christian when the Bible has so many errors? How should we respond? What do you say? Instead of asking them to name an error, I suggest you name one or two of them. Does your Bible contain errors? Yes. The Bible that most people possess is a translation of the Greek and Hebrew   More…

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Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Pentecost Sunday

May 29th, 2012 1 comment

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. Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter (Acts 2:1-21).   Beloved in the Lord, Fifty days after wiping Egyptian door posts with the blood of the Lamb, the God of Israel’s deliverance filled Sinai with thunder and lighting.  His voice howled through the air as He gathered His people under the promises of His covenant, as He spoke His torah into their ears.  For fifty days after the Passover God   More…

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Unity in Worship

         There was a time in the not so distant past when one could step into any Lutheran church in the United States on Sunday morning and know what to expect: the familiar common order of service.  Now this is no longer the case. Even within various Lutheran denominations one can no longer expect that the service will be the same from congregation to congregation.  This is true even within the confessional and conservative synods.  It is especially true in home mission congregations. A memorial was brought before the ELS at convention in 2010 urging our Board for Home Missions   More…

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Steadfast Office – The Divine Call

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23) The Evangelical Lutheran Church reads this Bible passage and many others at the ordinations of the men our Lord Jesus Christ calls into His service to preach the Word in season and out of season. The Preaching Office is so   More…

Steadfast Chemnitz — The Enchirdion Part 1

Most, if not all Lutherans are introduced to the theological mastery of Martin Chemnitz by way of his confessional contributions as expressed in the Epitome and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. Sadly, however, these documents are, for some, the sum total of their acquaintance with the writings of Chemnitz. Once considered second only to Luther in his theological prowess, today, many of Chemnitz’s works are not widely read or studied. Though Chemnitz wrote on nearly every topic of theology, his works sit on pastors shelves, neglected, in favor of modern theologians. Despite the fact that Chemnitz was first   More…

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