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Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Fr. Brandon Jones #12 Hey, whatever works to get the folks in the doors and paying their dues, right? Seriously, Helen, my post was tongue-in-cheek. I did figure that out, the second or third time through. Please forgive me. My confidence in the church, if not God, has taken a beating again, and I don't have my mind on the "job". Thanks for the topics, Pr. ...
    helen at Jul 24 2014 01:08 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
The "Well, at least we're not" approach makes the norm for doctrine and practice another's error, rather than God's ...
    Todd Wilken at Jul 23 2014 10:03 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Matt Mills #18 Good thoughts. A few musings: there are plenty of pro-abortion RC Politicians who have no trouble finding priests to commune them Yes, but I'm willing to wager that more often than not they'll seek a priest who doesn't know who they are. This may not always be possible, but does every priest know the political positions of every local politician in his area? I'm sure there's ...
    Miguel at Jul 23 2014 09:51 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
John Rixe : @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #11 Excellent comment. There's an endorsement to give one ...
    Ted Crandall at Jul 23 2014 08:52 pm

"The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat" (Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Acts ...
    Ted Crandall at Jul 23 2014 08:29 pm

God, my loving Savior sends them...
"truncation of hymns is bad hymnal practice and often reflects a desire to avoid the hard stuff" Amen Pastor, (and sorry in advance for the off-subject comment.) 3. The Church shall never perish! Her dear Lord, to defend, To guide, sustain, and cherish, Is with her to the end. Though there be those that hate her. False sons within her pale, Against both foe and traitor She ever shall ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 23 2014 07:17 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Rev. McCall #17 Excellent - thanks for clearing that up. ...
    John Rixe at Jul 23 2014 06:28 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Miguel #16 It's fair of Pastor Harris to point out that the Apostolic model is a Church that takes "being of one mind" as not only important, but necessary. Still, I think it's hard to find an apostolic example of achieving that "being of one mind" through endless schism of congregations away from error. We don't see a New Testament model of endless fragmenting in order to achieve "being of one ...
    Matt Mills at Jul 23 2014 06:24 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@John Rixe #13 I'm sort of confused as well. And I'm not sure I understand the difference. The AALC claims to practice closed communion even though their website says diffferently and the LCMS' website claims closed communion even though they practice differently. What's the difference? Both are apparently lying on their websites and practicing contrary to what they publicly state. Sounds ...
    Rev. McCall at Jul 23 2014 06:21 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
I really doubt that it is possible to successfully practice closed communion as a denomination without a more authoritarian leadership structure. All the other church bodies who practice it have bishops who can censure their pastors, and answer to archbishops if they do not. When has closed communion ever been successfully practiced with uniformity amongst congregationalist denominations? I am not aware that this has ever happened (though if ...
    Miguel at Jul 23 2014 03:48 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #11 Excellent ...
    John Rixe at Jul 23 2014 03:26 pm

God, my loving Savior sends them...
@helen #3 I think I will let Job speak for himself as to who he by faith credited with his suffering: Job 1:21-22 And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. Or as Luther puts it in his table talk: "The devil is ever ...
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Jul 23 2014 03:11 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@John Rixe #13 John, You are correct to question the LCMS's position on communion. The LCMS as a whole is as confused as a compass in an iron mine on this, and many other positions. However, the confusion isn't based on ambiguity in scripture or our confessions, but instead is based on the unfortunate fact that many pastors, congregations, and ecclesiastical supervisors have turned their ...
    Randy at Jul 23 2014 03:09 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
Color me confused: 1.  What is the general practice (not official position) of the AALC ?       a.  Publicly and proudly "open communion"?       b.  "Responsible" communion?       c.  Something else? 2.  "Responsible" communion seems to be  a  description of most of the LCMS churches with which I'm familiar.  The pastoral care is exercised with a lot of discretion and gravity.   Is this practice widespread in ...
    John Rixe at Jul 23 2014 02:56 pm

God, my loving Savior sends them...
I also see a big difference between God allowing and indeed working for good through (and in spite of) the results of sin, and the idea of Him actually causing the results of sin--namely, war, disease, famine, evil, pain, death, ...
    Carol Broome at Jul 23 2014 02:34 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@helen #10 Hey, whatever works to get the folks in the doors and paying their dues, right? Seriously, Helen, my post was ...
    Fr. Brandon Jones at Jul 23 2014 01:55 pm

Our Troops Armed with the Truth Thanks to Your Contributions
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    Karmann at Jul 23 2014 01:50 pm

Great Stuff -- There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
@Lifelong Lutheran #19 Oh, I 110%% agree, the DIVINE Worship is God's place and we pastors stand in and deliver His Word and Sacraments. I hope you did not get that opinion, in fact, I rarely ever bring outside events into the worship or preaching, I stick to His Word. But come Monday morning when all our work with the flock is done, or taking a breather; then do we not interject a bit in the ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jul 23 2014 01:47 pm

Great Stuff -- There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
@Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #18 Honestly, I would prefer that my pastor stick to his Word and Sacrament ministry, at least during the Divine Service. Feel free to talk politics with those who ask your opinion but that's not what I come to church for. Those 4 items are big subjects and while most LCMSers agree with you on them there is not agreement on what to do about them, even among ...
    Lifelong Lutheran at Jul 23 2014 01:38 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
STOP GOING TO COMMUNION TOGETHER????????????????????????????? Unless a fellow pastor is presenting heresy against the dogma and teachings that make us Christian (yes, Luther would rather us be called Christian), is not the Eucharist the best place to flee for Christ's rich blessing? Perhaps before every meeting we should dine at His table, and of course first repent of our sins, of all natures and come to receive Him, so we might be ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jul 23 2014 01:10 pm

God, my loving Savior sends them...
Read Job lately, Pr. Scheer? Satan came around and speculated about what Job would do under adversity. God allowed Satan to create some; he didn't sent him to do it. IMO, of course. Christ, being God, participated in that decision. He participated in the decision to allow Himself to be crucified. God didn't "sin against Him" (how could God sin against Himself?) Man sinned against God and God took the punishment on Himself, in the ...
    helen at Jul 23 2014 01:06 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Fr. Brandon Jones #1 Stop reading books from years and even centuries gone by; they are making you irrelevant. You've given up the Bible, ...
    helen at Jul 23 2014 12:43 pm

Great Stuff -- There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
@Lifelong Lutheran #17 Hmmm, an intelligent blogger with some political knowledge I believe. OK, you get it, I am a Rebublican, and I would lean toward the planks of the party. 01) Traditional Man and Women marriage. 02) Secure borders, immigration is OK, not illegal immigration. 03) Abortion is wrong. 04) Teaching in schools, what to teach. Etc. OK, let's stick to social issues and ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jul 23 2014 12:41 pm

Great Stuff -- There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
@Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #15 What are you saying, that Obama was on the wrong side and that John McCain and Mitt Romney were on the right side? On which issue? Were they right on everything and Obama was wrong on ...
    Lifelong Lutheran at Jul 23 2014 12:24 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
I understand and I am not upset. I have followed this site for years and I have friend who post on it. The use of pseudonyms is wide throughout this site, not just in aalc people. I have only seen three aalc pastors post on this site and the two that occasionally use pseudonyms are very clear about who they are. So pardon me if I am very skeptical of your claim. Claiming this as a practice of the AALC pastors is quite disengenuois. Let's move ...
    Joe Dapelo at Jul 23 2014 12:19 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Joe Dapelo #7 My apologies Joe, I don't remember you from seminary. My quotes were only because the use of pseudonyms has been noticed here among our moderators among AALC pastors and so forth. I am glad that you are bold enough to use your real identity. I am glad you have asked that to be taken down as it is a really bad statement. Perhaps the official position can replace it and we can ...
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Jul 23 2014 12:11 pm

Great Stuff -- There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .
I would like to see our pastors step up and say what is wrong in our synodical practices first. Our confessions state what we believe and what we oppose. If we studied them, and were immersed in the Word, why would our pastors have to become political from the pulpit? Laypeople are not idiots. In fact, some may be more politically savvy than many pastors. Is that what their calls are about, because I was under the assumption that they were ...
    LadyM at Jul 23 2014 12:08 pm

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
Yes, you got me. I'm using a fake name. Give me a break. I told you who I was. Pastor Scheer, no respect, but I went to seminary with you. My name is the same now as it was then. I've asked for the part on the AALC website to be taken down because responsible communion is not the official position of the AALC. What I am asking for is simply the respect to contact us and talk to us. I am prayerful that fruitful dialogue will happen between ...
    Joe Dapelo at Jul 23 2014 11:56 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
John Rixe : We practice “responsible communion,” which is neither open nor closed. That is, according to the Bible we have a responsibility to tell people what we believe (“we receive the body and blood of Jesus Christ with the bread and wine, for the forgiveness of sins”), based on Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19-20, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians ...
    Randy at Jul 23 2014 11:51 am

Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine
@Joe Dapelo #4 "Joe" (I use quotes only because I know a couple guys from AALC who like to post here with fake names) First of all, you can see from the "responsible" communion statement from your own church bodies public site that it is not closed communion. There is no middle way, either it is closed or open. Errrorists in the LCMS once tried to sneak open communion in under the phrase "close" ...
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Jul 23 2014 11:39 am