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ACELC -- Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?
These theses seem reasonable - not at all extremist.  I believe that LCMS could come to an 85% consensus on them.  They should be the basis for Koinonia worship ...
    John Rixe at Apr 20 2014 09:21 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
@Pastor Tim Rossow #14 The resurrection is sweet comfort indeed but it is icing on the cake. The cake is the body which is given and shed for us. The resurrection shows us that our bodies will rise some day but they were going to rise whether Jesus rose from the dead or not. He was already alive before the resurrection. After all, he went and preached victory to the devil and those in hell. The ...
    helen at Apr 20 2014 08:34 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
Yes it is Judy. It says several things. It says that we are fools if we do not teach the resurrection because if it is not true then all the Gospel is called into question, we are left in our sins. It also points out that the death and resurrection cannot be separated. They are one piece. Most importantly for this discussion is that it points out that the sting of death is sin and as I mention in the post, death is paid for on the cross. ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Apr 20 2014 08:07 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
1 Corinthians 15 is interesting in this ...
    Judy at Apr 20 2014 07:52 am

ACELC -- Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?
There is music of the "pop" variety in LSB... or the electronic version... IMHO. But you don't need it unless you've been brainwashed by "7-11" on the radio. When I was a kid, nobody told us we couldn't sing, so we just did. Like ducks swam, and robins flew. And men who hadn't been past 8th grade raised the church rafters with the liturgy and Lutheran hymns. (They were almost all Krusty Krauts, BTW) God didn't make most of us Pavarotti, but ...
    helen at Apr 20 2014 07:51 am

"Amen" (Sermon on the Lord's Prayer and 2 Corinthians 1:18-22, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
AMEN! ALLELUIA! Blessed Easter, all ...
    helen at Apr 20 2014 07:33 am

ACELC -- Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?
in regards to theses 4, I must wholeheartedly agree. In accord with Lutheran theology and the best aid in congregational singing... the fact of the matter is the hymnody of the LSB and it's predecessors is often quite difficult to sing. Quite candidly this is where a piece of music that has been vetted by the pastor as sound theologically whose downfall may only be it is not in the LSB, but yet is quite singable as it is of the pop variety ...
    KrustyKraut at Apr 20 2014 05:20 am

Trying Out Rev. Bremer from the ACELC Speakers Bureau in Naperville, by Pr. Rossow
John Eberhart :@Jim Pierce #20 I had a conversation with VP Ray Mirly Sun afternoon after he had presentation at our church. I broached the Hermann Otten subject and he basically said it was none of my business what he or the synod does on this subject. I guess that could be called "Council of Presidents Sacerdotalism." Pres. Mirly defended my ...
    Tim S. at Apr 20 2014 12:11 am

We're already home -- a great article from Blogia (Logia's blog)
Fort Wayne isn't turning seminarians to Eastern Orthodoxy. Those pastors who left had all but decided when they were still at their original congregations before becoming pastors. Essentially, this is idolatry. They care more for rituals than the Gospel. No one seems to be thinking about their poor wives and children swept along with those unfaithful pastors into a heterodox Church body. I think Blogia could have waited until after ...
    Tim S. at Apr 20 2014 12:08 am

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
Regarding drawing names out of a hat: Make sure they're qualified for the job before you put their names in the hat. You don't want a Treasurer who can't balance his own checkbook. Trustees should know something about repairs, or at least where to go to get them done. Lay Elders should know Scripture and the Confessions better than most. Recording Secretaries should know how to record and type minutes. I think Walther wrote that the ...
    Tim S. at Apr 19 2014 11:55 pm

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2
@Weslie #1 Thank you, and yes, I'll be getting these articles updated with those kinds of primary sources. I'll be laying out Simrok's and Gehrisch's sources for examination as well as a the sources for some other academic treatments of the subjects. Please be patient. Oklee, MN is quite a ways from the nearest research library. And ILL loan periods don't always allow me time to type up as many of ...
    Joe Abrahamson at Apr 19 2014 09:21 pm

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
Norm - Even there, way back when, I advocated "let the first volunteer serve" if qualified. When I was at St. J's, the officers were the cream of the crop, and as I recall, all pretty much volunteered and were simply approved by acclamation. Fr. Scheer's suggestion works if there must be a political model in play, but I have never been comfortable with that model. Joe Pew-sitter works up the courage of faith to take on a special ...
    jb at Apr 19 2014 09:20 pm

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 1
@T. R. Halvorson #1 Working on it, still accumulating as many of the primary resources as I can so I can lay them out. Doing the same for the Easter Hare. What I've done here is summarised these issues from actual historical research rather than from the popular views one finds in places like the History Channel, the radical Reformed, and Neopaganism. And that is not my full goal. My full goal is ...
    Joe Abrahamson at Apr 19 2014 09:16 pm

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
Miguel :  Just compare the interior of a typical Episcopalian cathedral to that of as Roman Catholic or Orthodox. It’s like black and white next to full color. This is a classic example of how a pReformed “third use” of the law, apart from the proper distinction between law and gospel, leads to a sort of legalism that robs the gospel (and accompanying religious culture) of beauty. I would ...
    Jais Tinglund at Apr 19 2014 08:15 pm

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
I have heard many an Evangelical use the line: “Why do you have Jesus on the cross, that is so Catholic? That is so negative. We believe in the resurrected Jesus so we have empty crosses.” The crazy thing is that they are insinuating that churches that retain the body do not believe in the resurrection. It is typically an indicator that they are highly ignorant of the tradition they critique. So much of my adult life has been spent ...
    Miguel at Apr 19 2014 07:23 pm

Trying Out Rev. Bremer from the ACELC Speakers Bureau in Naperville, by Pr. Rossow
@Jim Pierce #20 I had a conversation with VP Ray Mirly Sun afternoon after he had presentation at our church. I broached the Hermann Otten subject and he basically said it was none of my business what he or the synod does on this ...
    John Eberhart at Apr 19 2014 07:14 pm

Trying Out Rev. Bremer from the ACELC Speakers Bureau in Naperville, by Pr. Rossow
John Rixe : @Rev. Richard A. Bolland #21 Brothers and sisters, we need to understand that our overriding problem is that we are no longer a functioning Synod because we simply are not walking together in doctrine and practice. Does anyone really want to argue that point? Respectfully, I believe a large majority of laymen and church workers would ...
    John Eberhart at Apr 19 2014 07:02 pm

ACELC -- Can There Be Koinonia in Worship?
A good book on this topic that I would suggest is "Why Johnny Can't Sing Hymns." Even though the author is Anglican, his insights are valuable for ...
    J. Dean at Apr 19 2014 06:44 pm

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
Great suggestion Joshua elections lead to politics and that is almost always ...
    Tim Klinkenberg at Apr 19 2014 05:31 pm

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
@Tim Klinkenberg #1 I have heard of one congregation who gets a slate of qualified candidates for each position, and rather than have campaigning or disappointment, they draw the name of the new office holder out of a hat. This seems a nice practice in the case where you are actually having contested positions. I think many congregations have the opposite problem of not finding anyone or just ...
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Apr 19 2014 05:23 pm

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
A friend of mine told me that either the constitution or the by-laws for one of his congregations prohibited the Baptism of converts who had not previously been baptised, in that it specified that having a least one parent or grandparent holding membership in the congregation was a requirement for Baptism ...
    Jais H. Tinglund at Apr 19 2014 05:20 pm

Church Constitution and Bylaws -- what works, what doesn't?
This is a great thread to start. On the issue of elections I struggle with that so much. Our people would be like involved in activities that are beyond meetings, but we find good people to serve. We have elections and some of our positions are contested, but who wants to come to church and lose? Once I had two fine men "defeated" by two fine men. Two were hurting. Somehow there has to be a better ...
    Tim Klinkenberg at Apr 19 2014 05:18 pm

We're already home -- a great article from Blogia (Logia's blog)
I have absolutely nothing with which to back this up - but it is my general impression that the Eastern churches tend to approach the whole Ecumenical thing with the attitude that they are definitely not going to change anything on their own part, since they are the authentic church. As such, what they seek in the Ecumenical encounter is to observe to what degree the "imperfect" church bodies are alike to, and different, from the East - as ...
    Jais H. Tinglund at Apr 19 2014 12:39 pm

We're already home -- a great article from Blogia (Logia's blog)
>> if the “worship experience” offered in the Eastern liturgy is not the really the main motivator for at least some Eastward conversions Which is why I selected the two news articles that I quoted, where they are worshiping jointly with Anglicans and Methodists, and declaring that they found "considerable common ground" with "Wesleyan spirituality." That at least calls into question the supposed unanimity in worship of Eastern ...
    Rev. Kevin Vogts at Apr 19 2014 10:44 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
@David #21 Was not Jesus "state of glory" on the cross? He was exalted there - raised ...
    LadyM at Apr 19 2014 05:10 am

We're already home -- a great article from Blogia (Logia's blog)
@T. R. Halvorson #1 The new crop of ALC seminarians probably missed out on Luther's distinction between the un-preached and preached God -- which is never an epochal or historical distinction but relational. The Son is indeed wrathful outside the proclamation of the Gospel in its oral and sacramental forms. Likewise, from another age (eschatological) or from before the foundations of the world, ...
    Jason Loh at Apr 19 2014 02:32 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
Thank you for the post, Pastor Rossow!! Haha ... "Following in the footsteps of St. Paul, true Confessional Christians proudly placard Jesus Christ crucified (Galatians 3:1)." Amen! (Although for practical purposes, Pastor Erv Hutter's experience is well taken too). Indeed, the Gnostic and Osiandrian error of the Reformed faith or Calvinism is all to pervasive. The processional cross at Bethany Lutheran, Naperville is simply ...
    Jason Loh at Apr 19 2014 01:41 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
10. Be Thou my Consolation, My Shield when I must die; Remind me of Thy Passion When my last hour draws nigh. Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, Upon Thy cross shall dwell, My heart by faith enfold Thee. Who dieth thus dies ...
    Carol Broome at Apr 19 2014 12:12 am

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
@Pastor Tim Rossow #14 Thank you; I'm not sure I missed the point you made, though maybe I did. We confess every Sunday not just to Christ's suffering and death and burial, but also to His resurrection. We point to the risen Christ in the Sacrament. Both Good Friday and Easter are necessary and we share in both with Christ through our baptism. I don't think one vision of Christ (either in a state ...
    David at Apr 18 2014 11:25 pm

Another Reason to Have the Corpus on the Cross, by Pr. Rossow
Resurrected Jesus on the cross is ahistorical. Jesus refers to Himself on the cross as His glory, thus we glory in it, when you see Jesus on the cross, there is God being God for you, God dying for you, see your forgiveness. Empty crosses convey none of this. As well don't empty mangers look odd, why then empty crosses? Of course we are not offended to put baby Jesus in the manger. To see Jesus on the cross brings about the scandal of it all. We ...
    Rev. Weinkauf at Apr 18 2014 10:26 pm