BJS Conference 2013 Highlights — Day One

February 16th, 2013 Post by

ConferenceThe Conference is underway and day one is complete.  Yesterday we gathered to hear Pr. Jonathan Fisk speak and discuss the crisis we have in catechizing our young ones (in homes, churches, and schools).  He skillfully addressed the problems and honestly expressed his own ongoing struggle to find a solution with regards to how we pass down the faith from generation to generation (especially this new generation which is being entertained to death).  Of particular note, Pr. Fisk discussed the phrase “I’ve been a Lutheran all my life, but…” which is how Lutherans confess non-Lutheran teachings and criticize Lutheran doctrine and practice.  This has become a standard phrase which tries to introduce a non-Lutheran solution to the problems that we see out there among our youth.  Commendable for trying to fix the problem we all see, it falls flat because it does not come from Lutheran teachings.

We also enjoyed a meal of local pizza and some excellent table discussions, highlighted by some stand up comedy by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller.  Wolfmueller’s routine proved that Lutherans pastors can be funny! (hopefully the video of this will be available soon).

Following stand-up, we went into the sanctuary of Bethany Lutheran Church (now with stained glass windows!) for the service of Evening Prayer.  The sermon by Pr. Hans Fiene was excellent proclaiming that we fail in our steadfastness in doctrine and our steadfastness in love, but Christ is the Steadfast One (Law and Gospel preaching is the best).

The evening concluded as we went of to the “No Pietist’s Allowed” parties.  These featured good Lutheran conversation as well as more food, cigars, scotch-tasting, and homemade beer.

Day Two is underway and will include some more great stuff.

Video is being taken throughout the conference and will be available as soon as we can make it happen.






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  1. February 16th, 2013 at 12:11 | #1

    Oh boy, I can hear Charles Finney turning over in his grave over this, “These featured good Lutheran conversation as well as more food, cigars, scotch-tasting, and homemade beer”.

    Wish I could of attended. Having two boys age 8 and 15, I would like to see them carry the Lutheran faith into adulthood.
    ,

  2. Joe Strieter
    February 16th, 2013 at 13:20 | #2

    As you’re all heading home, I’ll sponsor my own private Single Malt tasting party. Today’s “flavor” is Glen Morangie “Nectar D’Or.” Now if you want a truly unique Scotch experience, ask you favorite bar-keep for a Dry Rob Roy made with the single malt of your choice. It will set you on your backside.

    Looking forward to the videos.

  3. Dutch
    February 16th, 2013 at 22:35 | #3

    Oh, how I wish our boys & I were there!!!!

    Keep us posted, it means more than those attending or speaking realize!

  4. Nathan Redman
    February 17th, 2013 at 14:44 | #4
  5. “LC-MS Quotes”
    February 19th, 2013 at 15:20 | #5

    “The evening concluded as we went of to the “No Pietist’s Allowed” parties. These featured good Lutheran conversation as well as more food, cigars, scotch-tasting, and homemade beer.”

    Some confessional Lutherans at times acct that to prove one’s Lutheranism you must have beer, wine and even whiskey at church gatherings and conventions. Along with Luther, CN still maintains that clear water is still the best drink. Furthermore it cost less.

    The Steadfast Lutherans preferred to back for LCMS First Vice President a candidate who did not take issue with Dr. David Benke for praying in Yankee Stadium and for saying “The Muslim god is also the true God”, rather than Dr. Wallace Schulz who suspended Benke. After Matthew Harrison used CN to get about twice as many congregational nominations for LCMS president, the founder of Steadfast Lutherans, who is close to Harrison, urged Christian News to cease publication. This appears to be the same attitude some “Steadfast Lutherans” have toward Christian News. “No Pietists allowed.”

    While the editor is not a “pietist,” he has often pleaded for a pious ministry.

    “No Pietests Allowed”
    Christian News Not Invited

    Christian News
    February 18, 2013

  6. February 19th, 2013 at 15:34 | #6

    @“LC-MS Quotes” #5
    Herman,
    A pious ministry is one thing (a godly thing), pietism is another (an ungodly thing), as you point out. Those who would make drinking and smoking “marks” of true confessional Lutheranism (you must do it!) commit the same error as those Pietists who say that Christians can not do such things. Nowhere in the conference did I hear anyone refer to the drinking of beer or other alcohol to be proof of their being a real confessional Lutheran. Those who wanted to partake could, those who did not want to partake were free to come and enjoy other beverages and food.

  7. February 19th, 2013 at 17:44 | #7

    @“LC-MS Quotes” #5

    AD HOMINEM, and bad theology.

  8. “LC-MS Quotes”
    February 19th, 2013 at 20:04 | #8

    Pietism. A 17th-century movement within the Lutheran Church of Germany aiming to correct the evils of “dead orthodoxy” by means of a more emotional Christianity; overemphasis on emotionalism, affected emotion.

    Lutheran Dictionary
    Walter Lieder
    CPH, 1952

  9. February 20th, 2013 at 20:52 | #9

    Was there a time in thanking our Lord for faithful members and servants who have been ignored/blackballed by LCMS leadership and cowardly pastors in all districts who look after self instead of faithfulness to God’s revealed truth? Jesus be praised for those willing to sacrifice all for revealed truth and the Confessions.Were these servants invited to this wonderful event with their families?

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