Archive for September, 2012

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s Great to Be a Child in the Lord’s Kingdom

September 30th, 2012 No comments

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our sermon text for the Festival of St. Michael and all Angels is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 18th (Matthew 18:1-11) chapter.   Beloved in the Lord, Greatness is something to which all of us aspire. Fame is the dream of many an American Idol contestant. Riches are part of the American Dream. This is the nature of the human spirit and it was no different for those closest to the savior. “At that time, the disciples came   More…

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From the Mission Field — Lutheran Theological Seminary, South Africa

September 29th, 2012 No comments

24 September 2012 Dear brother and friend: Greetings and blessings to you from the Lutheran Seminary in Pretoria! It’s that time of year again and we are working on the Seminary budget for next year. Below you will find a list of costs for students, who want to come to study confessional theology at this Lutheran Seminary. Although the flight costs vary due to the different distances, the basic costs remain fairly constant so that it takes at least $US 5,000.00 per student for a year at the Seminary in Pretoria. You will appreciate that that is remarkably less than   More…

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Sermon for Pastors– Rev Jacob Ehrhard — Matthew 3:15

September 29th, 2012 1 comment

Daily Lectionary – September 25 Matthew 3:15 South Region Pastors’ Conference – Starved Rock State Park “But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness’” (Mt 3:15). In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Has it ever felt like your ministry is empty? Despite all the work you put in, the tidal waves of failure swell all around you. You preach, you teach, you console, you admonish and exhort—and nothing seems to change. Those damned sinners keep on with   More…

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President Newton Meet Abby, Outside the Labyrinth, by Pr. Rossow

September 29th, 2012 27 comments

In a post earlier this week Todd Wilken, host of the Issues, Etc. radio program, alerted BJS readers to a troubling conference promoted by the California/Nevada/Hawaii district of the LCMS. Our BJS readers have proven their mettle once again by dropping some insightful critiques. One of the most interesting and helpful is from our reader named Abby. I would like to highlight her comment but first here’s a little more about the conference. It is a troubling conference for many reasons. Two of those reasons are the speakers and the theme. The theme is meeting the needs of the SBNR. SBNR means   More…

President Harrison to Preach at 175th Anniversary of Zion, Bensenville, Illinois

September 28th, 2012 24 comments

President Matthew Harrison will be preaching at the 175th anniversay celebration of Zion Lutheran Church in Bensenville, Illinois this Sunday afternoon. Zion is a confessional church and school in the western suburbs of Chicago and is pastored by The Rev. Stephen Heuser. Congratulations to all our BJS readers at Zion, Bensenville! Adult Bible Class 9:20 AM Sunday School 9:15 AM Divine Service 8:00 & 10:30 AM 175th Anniversary Service 3:00 PM     LCMS President Matthew Harrison guest preacher 175th Annivesary Reception approx. 5:00 PM Here is the 175th anniversary service:   Zion Lutheran Church is a founding church of   More…

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Great Stuff — A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.

September 28th, 2012 3 comments

Found on Hope Aurora’s website by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller:   The Curb of the Law: A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.   Introduction If we remember anything from our catechism, we remember the three functions of the law. “A curb to keep society in order, a mirror to show us our sin, and a guide for Christian service to our neighbor.” But what does it mean that the law is a curb for society? We know well the second function, the law brings us to despair of our own goodness and pride. We know fairly well the third function,   More…

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Marriage and Natural Law

September 28th, 2012 32 comments

During its annual convention in June 2012, the ELS resolved that “our members be alerted to this recent challenge” to the Biblical teaching on marriage (the “preferential treatment given to those who live together outside of marriage due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) and “be encouraged to remain steadfast in their commitment to the institution of marriage of one man and one woman as established by God in Holy Scripture and natural law” (Report of the 95th Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, p. 88). In basing the institution of marriage of one man and one woman   More…

Sin, Human Powers … and the Flacian Heresy?

September 28th, 2012 4 comments

Reading the Formula of Concord one quickly discovers that at the time two basic questions for Lutherans kept arising: what happens to my “me” in salvation, and don’t I have to do something? We answer quickly and in order: “death and resurrection; and nothing at all…” But staying with these questions one will learn that the great insight of Martin Luther and the chief article of the Reformation, justification by faith alone, has proved enormously difficult for the tradition that bears Luther’s namesake — there has always been one group whose shipwrecked on the question of “substance” – correctly a   More…

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Repentance

September 27th, 2012 No comments


This pick is from the old Sunday night show which had two hour long segment. In the first hour Rev. Tom Baker discusses what repentance properly understood is and whose work it is. In the second hour Rev. Baker fields listener questions.

Notes from the Mission Field: What Does This Really Mean?

September 27th, 2012 6 comments

Here is the Lutherans in Africa September newsletter (PDF) Catching Up For some of you, it has been a while since you heard from us last. For others, we had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know you better while on furlough. The last week of May, after the school year ended for our children, we traveled to America for two months. It was quite an adventure, even from the very beginning. As you can imagine, it is not an easy task to travel from Nairobi, Kenya to Cleveland, Ohio on three different airplanes with six children. Normally,   More…

Doctrine and Practice — Part 2 “Spiritual but not religious”

September 27th, 2012 30 comments

 For many years much of Lutheranism has suffered from a disconnect with regard to doctrine and practice and their relationship. A few years ago at a Circuit Winkel, a suggestion was made for a joint study of the then new CPH book, The Fire and the Staff (2004).  One of the pastors became visibly agitated; “Doctrine and practice have nothing to do with each other; why waste our time with a study like that?” What happens when doctrine and practice are separated?  Simply put, all kinds of naughtiness can and will creep into the church.  When practice alone is driving   More…

Steadfast in Society: Plan B becomes Plan A

September 26th, 2012 154 comments

Here it is folks! Lives ending to rousing applause. Why? For the sake of reducing teen pregnancy in the State of New York. Because certainly there can be no other way to avoid teen pregnancy other than murder… right? Many schools in the State of New York have been giving students Plan B, also known as, the morning after pill to reduce the number of teen pregnancies. If only there were another way, like teaching our children abstinence and a scriptural understanding of the evils of premarital sex. But nope, murder is in fashion this season and the ivory towers   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Why?

September 26th, 2012 11 comments

Found on GottesdienstOnline:   By Larry Beane As a postscript to Fr. Curtis’s advice on advice, I would like to offer some of my own. Actually, I don’t really have advice so much as some questions. In the video below, two of my brother pastors are giving the same advice that I would also give a new pastor (and I frequently do). In no way am I questioning their wisdom. Like I said, I agree with this advice in general – which is what a YouTube video is: general advice. I believe the only way to keep a man in   More…

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Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 25th, 2012 7 comments

It’s that time again, time to prepare for the LCMS national convention. The convention will be held in St. Louis July 20-25, 2013, but there are a number of things that need to take place before then, especially these: electing delegates; nominating for various boards, commissions, etc.; nominating for synod president and vice-presidents; and submitting overtures. (Electing the synod president also will take place, oddly enough, before the convention. That’s a new procedure we’ll explain at another time.)

Death, and a Hymn

September 25th, 2012 4 comments

We live in a culture of death. Everybody hides it. They hide their destruction of life beneath the pleasures of sex. They hide the murder of their loved ones beneath the supposed mercy of ending pain. They hide the murder of innocents under the guise of just retaliation. But the culture comes from people, and we are those people. In the midst of life we are in death. God is justly displeased with our sins. The end of those things of which we are now ashamed is death, and we feel still the desires for them in the pride, the   More…