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A Congregation of Hypocrites and Evil Persons
Thanks, Pr. Kornacki, definitely to be read, and I will link from the text as ...
    Tim Wood at Oct 20 2014 05:11 pm

A Congregation of Hypocrites and Evil Persons
I hear there was a book released recently about this kind of thing. ...
    Alan Kornacki at Oct 20 2014 03:27 pm

Flotsam and Jastram
@Mrs. Hume #35 There is really no excuse for husbands and wives to hit each other. You listed a whole bunch of excuses (hard life, shrewish wife, difficulty of divorce, etc.) Those are just excuses, it is still wrong, it is still ...
    Lifelong Lutheran at Oct 20 2014 03:10 pm

In the Town, but Not of the World
From The Smalcald Articles: "42] On the other hand, if certain sectarists would arise, some of whom are perhaps already extant, and in the time of the insurrection [of the peasants] came to my own view, holding that all those who had once received the Spirit or the forgiveness of sins, or had become believers, even though they should afterwards sin, would still remain in the faith, and such sin would not harm them, and [hence] crying thus: "Do ...
    wineonthevines at Oct 20 2014 01:22 pm

"It's my First Amendment right!" Yeah... Whatever.
Thanks, Anthony. But no need to apologize for questioning facts in an article that has been offered publically. As a writer, my head is always on the public block. I'm trying to get used to it, although I will admit, it is a challenge sometimes. But as I said, the great thing is that we live in the forgiveness of Christ. Humility must reign... I must decrease in order that the Lord would increase. And with our discussion, the substance of my ...
    Pastor Chris Thoma at Oct 20 2014 01:21 pm

Flotsam and Jastram
As person who works with homeless women, many of whom are the victims of domestic violence; I took great exception to Pastor Harris’s article on feminism and the role of women in our society. I did notice that this article has been edited since it was first posted on Oct 2nd and I am grateful for that. For Pastor Harris to assert that women who become educated also become “masculine” is disingenuous but also dangerous to our children. ...
    Susan at Oct 20 2014 12:42 pm

Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)
If only such an eloquent and thoughtful public admonishment could be made regarding the FiveTwo network. It appears we are far more inclined to take a stand AGAINST Caesar’s overreach of power than we are to take a stand FOR God’s word and the confessions. Methinks we have our priorities ...
    Randy at Oct 20 2014 12:38 pm

Sermon -- Pr. Tony Sikora -- Render unto God
Thank you for a beautiful law and gospel ...
    wineonthevines at Oct 20 2014 12:28 pm

"It's my First Amendment right!" Yeah... Whatever.
I don't live in Houston city limits, but nearby and am in the city often. So, we went to a concert in Houston over the weekend and my older son announced jokingly that he felt like a woman and was heading for the ladies' restroom. The lines for the ladies' rooms are longer, of course, so, if I am feeling manly and impatient, I can skip to the men's room. Seriously, though this is a conflict between people who don't want weirdos in the ...
    Mrs. Hume at Oct 20 2014 11:18 am

"It's my First Amendment right!" Yeah... Whatever.
@Pastor Chris Thoma #46 Pastor Thoma, you apology is accepted and you are forgiven. On my part, I apologize to you for making a public comment questioning the facts in your article when I very well could have done that directly and privately, and this whole ordeal could have been avoided. Please forgive me for ...
    Anthony Bertram at Oct 20 2014 11:08 am

Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)
I am proud of my pastor for writing this fine piece and for standing with the Houston Five ...
    Noreen Linke at Oct 20 2014 10:59 am

Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)
I recently heard (I think it was one of the 5) say that he would gladly give any sermons to the mayor. He would NOT, however, give them because of a ...
    wineonthevines at Oct 20 2014 10:38 am

In the Town, but Not of the World
@jim #4 So, I cannot be part of the congregation or a pastor if I am a homosexual; but if I am greedy or drunkard, that is okay for membership or to be a pastor. Where did you get that idea? "Greedy or drunkard" are not in list of the desirable qualifications for a pastor; in fact they are disqualifications. [To be sure, I've met both; pastors are sinners like everyone else.] Like everyone ...
    helen at Oct 20 2014 10:37 am

In the Town, but Not of the World
Jim, your post begs the question, "When are LCMS congregations going to practice church discipline?" If there are any who actually do so, then they can ignore the question. But, for those who ...
    wineonthevines at Oct 20 2014 10:22 am

In the Town, but Not of the World
So, I cannot be part of the congregation or a pastor if I am a homosexual; but if I am greedy or drunkard, that is okay for membership or to be a pastor. Why is there any distinction on types of sin where some are prohibited and some are allowed? Does the LCMS practice Mortal and venial sins without using the ...
    jim at Oct 20 2014 10:13 am

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
@J. Dean #21 Clicking my name on this comment should take you to my splash page with a link to email me. Send one ...
    Miguel at Oct 20 2014 09:57 am

In the Town, but Not of the World
Thanks for the article-- and blessings be upon your mission ...
    Brad at Oct 20 2014 07:49 am

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
Gloria : While I agree that such outreach can conform too much to the culture, I am not convinced that the narrow “one true faith” of the LCMS and others is right, either. Jesus was bigger than that. Don't put God in a box? He did! ...
    Pastor Ted Crandall at Oct 20 2014 05:29 am

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
BTW, Miguel, could I shoot you a question via personal ...
    J. Dean at Oct 20 2014 04:42 am

The Brothers of John the Steadfast - Where Clergy Domination is Waning...
Pastor Joshua Scheer : @Joe Strieter #7 Ok. Was there any satire in the post? It was somewhat light-hearted, but even at that, I'd have to say that the paragraph in question didn't quite bring off the satire you intended. As I said, I'm not the PC police, so I won't be turning you in, or asking you to submit all your sermons, your ...
    Joe Strieter at Oct 19 2014 10:41 pm

In the Town, but Not of the World
Yes, that is a good reputation to have, and finally we are known for standing up to the world, which many Lutheran Pastors are reluctant to speak on Abortion or Same Sex marriage, or other evils in the world. Good for you ...
    Cliff P. at Oct 19 2014 07:58 pm

In the Town, but Not of the World
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Matthew ...
    Green at Oct 19 2014 05:41 pm

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
Rev. Fjellander, When I post from my phone I am not logged in so Happy Bob gets a break from being Steadfast. :) You are right. The groups you name consist of LCMS members but as Joe has pointed out, they do not represent the LCMS and they do hold teachings and do practice contrary to some LCMS (i.e. Biblical) ...
    Pastor Tim Rossow at Oct 19 2014 05:12 pm

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
@Rev Jakob Fjellander #17 Oh, yes, OWN. Slight memory lapse. Probably selective, too. ...
    Joe Strieter at Oct 19 2014 04:56 pm

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
Gloria : While I agree that such outreach can conform too much to the culture, I am not convinced that the narrow “one true faith” of the LCMS and others is right, either. Jesus was bigger than that. Gloria, has Jesus anytime said anything like "not so important what you believe as long as you're sincere/as you love your neighbour/as whatever"? Didn't he say: "the truth will set you free" and ...
    Rev Jakob Fjellander at Oct 19 2014 04:06 pm

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
Yes, TCN. OWN = Ordain Women Now (Not a RSO either, but as you write, allowed and ...
    Rev Jakob Fjellander at Oct 19 2014 03:56 pm

Great Stuff -- TTMBO, ACELC, and the 44
Mrs. Marie Meyer : “The Statement of the 44 was a cynical attempt to alter the doctrine of the church with crass political maneuvers by those who lacked the integrity of their convictions.” My late father in-law, A Meyer, was one of the 44. To suggest this long time faithful parish pastor was cynical, lacked integrity and was motivated by crass political inclinations smears the reputation of ...
    Pastor Ted Crandall at Oct 19 2014 03:48 pm

The Real Reasons LCMS Pastors Want to be like American Evangelicals, by Pr. Rossow
@helen #2 I think LW was fondly (snark button on) referred to as "The Saturday Night Special." Snark ...
    Joe Strieter at Oct 19 2014 03:31 pm

First Church of Authenticity and Trends
@Rev Jakob Fjellander #15 Thanks, Pastor. I agree with you. DId you mean "TCN" not "TNC?" It is indeed an RSO. I never heard of OWN, but the others are not RSO's so, strictly speaking, they are not "official" LCMS organizations. But, that's picking at nits. Since the LCMS allows these mavericks to run loose, you are ...
    Joe Strieter at Oct 19 2014 03:27 pm

The Brothers of John the Steadfast - Where Clergy Domination is Waning...
@LadyM #14 @Diane #15 No worries, BJS is not going to limit its readership or authorship. We leave that up to the 8th Commandment breaking folks who run us down because it is popular to do so (what am I kidding, even they continue to read the ...
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Oct 19 2014 03:23 pm