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Safe in the North-West
@J. Dean #11 I agree completely. Becker is a self-licking ice cream cone. The man is concerned with himself only. He likely thrives off young students who nod in agreement with his train wreck theology in order to get a passing grade. The sad part is that some buy his ...
    Randy Yovanovich at Jan 30 2015 08:57 pm

Safe in the North-West
I'll call a spade a spade on this: Becker is flaunting his own reason and imagination over the clear Word of God. If I had an audience with him, I would firmly remind him that his stance us at odds with confessional LCMS doctrine, that doing so makes him a hypocrite as to his forsaking the teachings of his synod while paying lip-service allegiance to it, and that he needs to leave and find himself a heterodox sect which shares his ...
    J. Dean at Jan 30 2015 08:41 pm

Four Overtures for the 2016 Convention
I remember this type of post happening when IE was cancelled, and again when it was announced that MN South wanted to persecute ULC, but did anything come of those? Did those overtures make it to convention? And if not, what are we going to do to see that this post doesn't immediately fade from our memory but rather does make it to ...
    Jonathan at Jan 30 2015 08:16 pm

Safe in the North-West
Dear BJS Bloggers, This post by Pastor Walter Otten is significant. It proves that Dr. Becker has been a "long-standing-and-vocal-opponent of the public doctrine of the LCMS." It also proves that those of you who say that the LCMS is "heterodox" are wrong. Dr. Becker and others have long been opposed by faithful layman, and by steadfast pastors like Walter Otten, once the errorists' dissent has become public. Becker and a few ...
    Martin R. Noland at Jan 30 2015 08:13 pm

Safe in the North-West
It is a good idea not to be too hasty here regarding the NOW district. I must remind our readers that not everybody in that district is a Becker sympathizer, or an open communion sympathizer, or is everyone there anti-liturgical. Please, folks, keep in mind there are some very good, solid, liturgical, Confessional Lutheran congregations in the NOW district who need your ...
    Jim Pierce at Jan 30 2015 08:05 pm

Safe in the North-West
The election of Pastor Matthew Harrison as synod president is all but assured by the failure to prosecute Rev. Becker. This has energized the electorate base of Pastor Harrison and will work for good in the LCMS for Confessional Lutheranism. Thank you, Northwest District, for your assistance in promoting the election of a solid Confessional president and for inspiring his support base, as well as others who will now join standing solidly on ...
    Rev. Donald Jordan at Jan 30 2015 08:03 pm

Four Overtures for the 2016 Convention
Dear Dr. Noland, What you have written in commendable and looks pretty good. However, one thing you have written stands out to me as a potential problem for having the entire first overture ignored and that is the following statement: "Resolved, that such cases will be resolved by the national convention itself through a simple impeachment process," The issue becomes what is a "simple impeachment process?" If that process is defined ...
    Jim Pierce at Jan 30 2015 07:41 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. : @Pr. Jim Schulz #6 Please reread Miguel on Augustine, spot on. If I go to a Doors cover band concert, I get Doors music. If the guitarist blasts his own 10 minute solo, it is now about his talent, not the Doors music. Same thing. Well, you know, Pastor... People are strange ...
    J. Dean at Jan 30 2015 07:39 pm

Safe in the North-West
I recall Dr Louis Brighton's comment that the ordination of women signified a dying church. Of course that meaning the institutional church, for the Una Sancta will always ...
    wineonthevines at Jan 30 2015 07:28 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Matt Mills #10 Good points. I've gotten some tough nails in with screwdrivers, though, faster than people with hammers, if you catch my drift. Part 2 will touch more on liturgy, not so much to promote ours as to expose the dangers of ...
    Miguel Ruiz at Jan 30 2015 07:21 pm

Safe in the North-West
Becker's comments clearly show what happens when we place scripture and our confessions second to idiotic bylaws. The man clearly reveled/revels in the chaotic BS. Good for him and good for us. We deserve everything we are facing since we created this ...
    Randy Yovanovich at Jan 30 2015 06:47 pm

Safe in the North-West
The most "un-churched" region in the country, even in the ...
    Brad at Jan 30 2015 06:43 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Jon #14 Dear Jon, I know, forgive me. I am a Pastor and musician, and a whole bunch more wrapped in one. I love talking music, does not happen much at home base. Seems like when we bring up music / liturgy / and the like; we run to each side of the room. I will still REFUSE (yes bold) to use a name for music genre. There is good and proper music, there is good and proper liturgy. As I say, ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jan 30 2015 06:25 pm

Safe in the North-West
@Jon Alan Schmidt #2 i.e. Dr. Becker knows he is safer in the Northwest District than he would be in the Indiana District. When Dr. Becker was in Portland he served as the Northwest District Secretary. When he left to go to Valpo the District Board of Directors appointed someone else to finish out his term - Pastor Paul Linnemann - who was subsequently elected DP when Warren Schumacher ...
    Harry Edmon at Jan 30 2015 05:54 pm

Safe in the North-West
@Jon Alan Schmidt #2 Thank you -- though, to me, it seems like something to which my grandmother would reply, "let your yes be yes and your no be no. Jesus knew that simple is always ...
    Karen at Jan 30 2015 05:49 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Srsly? #49 -do so without making themselves the center of attention (I’ve yet to see a praise band play out-of-sight of the congregation, in contrast to many Lutheran churches where the singers and instrumentalists are not front and center, but rather-and rightly-placed behind the congregation)? I’m sure it could be done, but I would suggest that if someone is focusing on the people in ...
    Randy Yovanovich at Jan 30 2015 05:46 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Pastor Prentice (don't know how to officially link replies), I didn't intend to imply that all "praise songs" are heretical, though my grammar can say that. Another reading is that I was only condemning heretical ones. Your reading is probably the more natural one. In any case I was attempting to use our modern language and our modern connotations. I love the psalms. There's really no way I can't love them considering what they are. Good ...
    Jon at Jan 30 2015 05:44 pm

Safe in the North-West
@Karen #1 That is in accordance with LCMS Bylaw 2.12.1.8: An inactive member having candidate or non-candidate status shall continue to hold membership in the Synod through the district through which membership was held at the inception of candidate or non-candidate status except when a transfer is approved by both the president of that district and the president of the district to which ...
    Jon Alan Schmidt at Jan 30 2015 05:42 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Jon #11 Dear Jon, So you do not like the Psalms, good "praise songs" many of ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jan 30 2015 05:35 pm

Safe in the North-West
Can someone please explain how a pastor who has not been installed at a church for a number of years is still under the jurisdiction of the district in which he once served? This is a sincere question: I truly don't ...
    Karen at Jan 30 2015 05:28 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
The Church and her pastors always need to consider how music in the Divine Service teaches and how it prays. Does it support the lectionary verses appointed for a given Sunday? Does it keep you in a prayerful frame of mind or does it take you back to memories of say a Van Halen concert you attended back int the 80's. Does it represent the Church of all ages and is it timeless enough to reach all ages of people gathered around the means of ...
    LW at Jan 30 2015 05:25 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
How about we just go a cappella? Play your guitars in the afternoon in the company of family and friends. Sing your heretical praise songs on your own time; no one is stopping you. I get far more enjoyment out of openly atheistic songs than any CCM I've heard. And not because the aesthetic quality of CCM is usually awful, but because the lyrics are so deceptive and slimy. It makes me sick when I hear CCM because I see my friends and peers ...
    Jon at Jan 30 2015 05:24 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Miguel Ruiz #2 Here's my concern. There are two questions to address, and I think we're focusing on the wrong one. Why should CoWo congregations love the historical Western Liturgy? This is the question we love to answer, and we can talk this stuff all day w/ a wild gleam in our eyes. But this is not the question to start with, we should start with: Why should CoWo congregations use ...
    Matt Mills at Jan 30 2015 05:22 pm

Three Simple Steps to Move Forward with the Matthew Becker Case, by Pr. Rossow
Pastor Tim Rossow: This is not a matter of me being condescending. It is a matter of you are being sophomoric. We get your type all the time on the website. People like you love to base arguments on semantics, like to throw out all sorts of skeptical questions and rarely present any sort of positive contribution. I am still wondering whether these words were directed at me. If so, then I want to ...
    Jon Alan Schmidt at Jan 30 2015 05:16 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Srsly? #42 How about the term "museum keeper" used by an LC-MS DP for faithful Lutheran Pastors? But back to what should be the main point in these discussions, the connection between AP XV, and FC X (and AC IV and V of course.) I'd say start with all of AP XV. Here's my synopsis though: The Reformers rejected the RC doctrine that the canon of the mass is necessary for salvation (and so ...
    Matt Mills at Jan 30 2015 05:13 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Pr. Jim Schulz #6 Please reread Miguel on Augustine, spot on. If I go to a Doors cover band concert, I get Doors music. If the guitarist blasts his own 10 minute solo, it is now about his talent, not the Doors music. Same ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jan 30 2015 05:12 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
It is either naive or dishonest to say that musical style in corporate worship is purely ...
    Pr. Jim Schulz at Jan 30 2015 05:06 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #1 I “truly” do not think it is an issue of music, but theology. Exactly. I'm really with Augustine here, who said something to the effect that when he finds himself more moved by the sound of a singer than the truth being sung, he would rather not hear the singer. Music is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. More on that coming ...
    Miguel Ruiz at Jan 30 2015 05:01 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@David Dahl #13 I understand what you're wrestling with there, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that music should never be "performed." I think the important thing is to focus on enabling the congregation to sing, and if you are doing well with that, then songs that proclaim a message to be passively received are appropriate in a minimal sense: The anthem/offertory, and prelude/postlude. I ...
    Miguel Ruiz at Jan 30 2015 04:59 pm

Ten Earnest Pleas for LCMS Congregations that use “Praise Bands," part one
@Miguel Ruiz #49 Dear Miguel, My good man, in your corner. In the end, I "truly" do not think it is an issue of music, but theology. In the end, and maybe this happens for most as we get older, I almost want to say, "shut off all music". Just sit in the Church, light up the incense (cool), and sit back and let the "priest" read aloud Holy Scripture. Then we go downstairs and blow it out ...
    Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. at Jan 30 2015 04:57 pm