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A Fat and Lazy Church
@John J Flanagan #19 Ah well, the Confessions certainly don't teach that the Lutheran church is the one gate into heaven, so we're good on that one. The Biblical and apostolic witness though is to call certain men aside for the office of the ministry, and ordain them for that service. Coming from an RC background it's easy to look at "lay-ministers" as though they were RC Deacons, but they're ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 06:20 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
How about that little issue of CRM? 1. "For a pastor, what does the abbreviation CRM mean?" CRM is the abbreviation for "candidatus reverendi ministerii," that is, "candidate for the reverend ministry." It is generally referred to as "candidate status" and basically means that this pastor is a member of the Synod and is a candidate, that is, is available and open to receive a call. Under this general classification, the Synod also ...
    Mark Huntemann at Jul 29 2014 06:12 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Mark Schulz #18 What do you think of these options Mr. Schultz: 1) half-trained thoracic surgeons 2) half-trained commercial pilots 3) half-trained school teachers for your kids 4) half-trained IRS accountants to run an audit on your latest tax returns 5) half-trained janitors to clean your office And what would it say about your view of the office of the holy ministry if you weren't ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 05:56 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
Matt and Helen, you may have more background in these areas than I do, and your comments are more viable. My views are superficially based because I am not as steeped in Lutheranism as either of you. I follow the LCMS, and worship at an LCMS church, but my focus is more on Biblical teaching than traditions, and I follow the Confessions only because I believe they affirm what the Bible declares. This may offend you, I hope not, but I do not ...
    John J Flanagan at Jul 29 2014 05:45 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
I'd like to take the responses to this post in a different direction... I believe in the importance of the Supper every time we gather together for the Divine Service. I eagerly receive this Gift of Grace from our Lord every time I can. (Which sometimes for me is six times in each of our six services at our church on a weekend!) At the least I want to receive the Lord's Supper every week. I would hope all who are members of our church feel ...
    Mark Schulz at Jul 29 2014 05:26 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@John J Flanagan #15 How can a Lutheran "lay deacon" be a devout, faithful, and knowledgeable servant whilst publicly teaching in the Church and administering the Sacraments without a regular call? How can one advance "the ministry of Lutheran churches" whilst serving in a way that is forbidden in the Lutheran confessions? (ACXIV) A devout, faithful, and knowledgeable Lutheran would know ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 04:52 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@John J Flanagan #15 I believe there is hope for the LCMS, but a fracturing of the Lutheran church into liberal and conservative synods will result in loss of unity. Focusing on whether we as a church will remain faithful to the Bible, no less Lutheran distinctives, will be the struggle we must confront in the days ahead. What unity? I have heard wonderful sermons and found most deacons to be good ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 04:51 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
Actually Helen, it means that the AALC has not developed an official statement because we are a young church body. We thought early on the confessions were enough. The LCMS has 130 years on us, and yet they felt it necessary in 1999 to study and clarify the matter of Admission to the Lord's Supper. We don't have that power struggle in the AALC regarding this matter. We simply have never made an official statement. What was on the website should ...
    Joe Dapelo at Jul 29 2014 04:27 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
I think it is a broad and unfair statement to characterize the LCMS as "fat and lazy," and equally unfair to attack lay deacons, many of whom are devout, faithful, knowledgeable servants in every sense of the word. I have heard wonderful sermons and found most deacons to be good Bible teachers and very unselfish in advancing the ministry of Lutheran churches. There will always be some conflicts and shortcomings in the church. I think that the ...
    John J Flanagan at Jul 29 2014 04:26 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Randy #12 Very true, Helen. Also, the garbage can be pushed on them from both directions as the district and laity conduct a squeeze-play on a pastor. That, too. At the moment I wrote that I was thinking about an article outlining a "special emphasis for each month" next year. Hey, St. Louis, we've got the pericopes for that. [Sounds like someone should be job hunting, because they are just ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 04:25 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
If I were paid to do nothing but travel around and teach theology, preach and administer the sacraments at ten churches a week I would do so in a ...
    Jason Harris at Jul 29 2014 03:35 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
helen :The problem is in the pulpit only to the extent that men there are afraid they’ll be the next victims if they don’t go with the flow of garbage from upstream. Very true, Helen. Also, the garbage can be pushed on them from both directions as the district and laity conduct a squeeze-play on a pastor. @J. Dean #8 So ...
    Randy at Jul 29 2014 02:57 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Randy #10 But don't we need the wolves for our "outreach to goats ministry"? Very good (perhaps a bit TOO good in a spooky way.) @J. Dean #8 It would certainly include being openly and vocally willing to show the heterodox the door if they will not repent. There are folks on the other side that would probably need to be removed, but there ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 02:48 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Matt Mills #6 WHEREAS, wolves may or may not be walking among us, and, WHEREAS, the aforementioned wolves may or may not be ravenous, and, WHEREAS, the synod has possibly facilitated the acquisition of sheep suits for the wolves, and, WHEREAS, the wolves may have donned the aforementioned sheep suits, and, WHEREAS, many of the sheep may have been woefully ill-prepared to recognize tainted ...
    Randy at Jul 29 2014 02:45 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Miguel #4 We must insist that the men who preach be Godly and submit to accountability. Accountability to whom... the bureaucrats and mega church wannabes who brought methobaptocostalism in to the Lutheran church!? The problem is in the pulpit only to the extent that men there are afraid they'll be the next victims if they don't go with the flow of garbage from upstream. [Of course some do that ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 02:25 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Matt Mills #7 I agree with you, but that would also essentially include showing the heterodox the door, wouldn't it? (Which it should, to be frank). Seems that church discipline would eliminate a lot of what needs to be "voted" on (and I agree: doctrine is not up for ...
    J. Dean at Jul 29 2014 02:05 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Miguel #4 True, but once we start voting on doctrine Miguel we have lost. That we can't afford to do. A resolution "affirming closed communion" or "a literal 6-day creation" achieves nothing more than setting the precedent that such matters are to be decided by the Synod voting in convention. Confessionals putting forward doctrinal resolutions are plaiting the whip that will be used on our own ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 01:48 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
@Randy #5 All Scripture is debatable by Synod and profitable for win-win ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 29 2014 01:39 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
2 Timothy 3:16 ESV 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, It's unfortunate that the concepts of reproof and correction based on Sola Scriptura have all but vanished within the Lutheran ...
    Randy at Jul 29 2014 01:26 pm

A Fat and Lazy Church
The confessional group is not any better. Instead of tearing apart the Scriptures and the Confessions and letting God do the work of converting the heart, we take it upon ourselves to pass resolutions that would prevent further false practice in our Church body. We place our fear, love, and trust in the Whereas and Be it Resolved, instead of in the forgiveness of our sin purchased at Calvary and distributed in the means of grace. I think this ...
    Miguel at Jul 29 2014 01:07 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Ted Crandall #50 Hmmm, yes, Pastors can be petty, we can hold grudges, we are sinners, and I have been all too. Yet, unless we decide to flee from the true Lutheran (LCMS) teachings of proper Scriptural and Confessional doctrine, we then are still "team" LCMS pastors. And a team squabbles, we argue, and I think we do it because of our love for His people, the lost and dying. Now we may go off in ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jul 29 2014 10:04 am

Sermon -- Pr. Tony Sikora -- God is Hiding Right Where He Said
Very good sermon on the traditional interpretation. "Who is the man?" would be a good topic of discussion on this site, being that half of the Lutheran world see's the "man" as Jesus. Which I do admit, I like, but still struggle with coming down either ...
    Michael Mapus at Jul 29 2014 09:41 am

A Fat and Lazy Church
Kind of like the ACA. Have P.A.'s and Nurse Practioners replaced real ...
    Alex Guggenheim at Jul 29 2014 09:32 am

A Fat and Lazy Church
Hear, hear! Although I think that preaching the Word in our local congregations without also tending to the larger fellowship is ...
    Carol Broome at Jul 29 2014 09:10 am

A Fat and Lazy Church
"Beware Cassius! He hath a lean and hungry look. Such men are dangerous." (If your meetings habitually start with coffee and donuts, look to your own waistline.) A friend of mine, (with a little extra all round; he can probably trace that back as many generations as he cares to) is shortly going out to the mission field. Where he will quite probably work harder than you do... but then he's up for it; he's had a dual ministry here for the ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 09:03 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
Frasius, "the official position is of very limited use (if any) if it is not upheld in practice. Practice trumps official position." This is profoundly ...
    Nathan at Jul 29 2014 07:37 am

Press Release -- New Mission Plant -- Tradition is the New Innovation
@Randy #1 What a blessing! Things sure seem different in that part of the country. My district (Mid-South) plants churches that don’t use the historic liturgy, stray from the confessions, and don’t use the name “Lutheran.” Texas gets that kind, too, even where the demographics would seem to indicate that 'traditional' would be more successful and we have CRM's (for traditional), enough ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 07:20 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Joe Dapelo #3 It did not teach what that paragraph said. The AALC continues to develop a position paper regarding the administration of the sacrament. I serve our CDCR and pray that this can be clarified soon. They are "studying it". LCMS knows that means all congregations haven't been arm twisted yet, but as soon as the majority are, the liberal position will prevail. [Meanwhile, they can do ...
    helen at Jul 29 2014 06:27 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Nathan #49 Lots of comments assume there is an "AALC position". Of course there is. But the official position is of very limited use (if any) if it is not upheld in practice. Practice trumps official position. The use of the official position is that the pastors will call their practice that, more or less regardless of what it really is. As someone else wrote, no pastor will admit his practice ...
    Frasius at Jul 29 2014 01:50 am

Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians
My former congregation, Holy Cross in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, included extensive stained-glass and other artwork and symbolism in the new sanctuary we constructed in 2007—now being enjoyed by their new Pastor, Rev. Michael Kumm! http://holycrossdakotadunes.org/about.html#symbolism I recall that when trying to keep the project within budget the idea was floated by the architect of eliminating the Baptistery, a lovely octagonal chapel ...
    Rev. Kevin Vogts at Jul 28 2014 11:06 pm