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Guest Article – The Supreme Court Non-Decision

By now just about everyone has heard that the Supreme Court of the United State has declined to hear the appeals of multiples cases where lower courts had ruled against states holding to the ...

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Deconstructing Lutheran Identity

A recent blog comment by Rev. John Hannah, President of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, stated a good bit of truth and got me to thinking. He writes: I believe that the strong desire within ...

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Great Stuff – Sacramental Minions

Found on a new site, sacramentalminions.com:   [caption id="attachment_38308" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Minion: a servile follower or subordinate of a person in ...

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Great Stuff – CTCR On The Communing of Infants and Young Children

Found over on WMLTblog:   On 13 September 2014, the CTCR adopted without dissent a document titled, “Knowing What We Seek and Why We Come: Questions and Answers concerning the Communing ...

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The Spam Folder tested the spirits - so should you.

Yep. Feathers and All.[/caption] I received a mass email from an LCMS pastor, Rev. Chris Dodge earlier this week.  Today, I found it in the spam folder.  Turns out the spam filter is smarter ...

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FiveTwo – Lutherans Visiting an Evangelical Garage Sale

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Distinguishing Between Doctrine and Life

“Doctrine and life must be distinguished. Life is bad among us, as it is among the papists, but we don’t fight about life and condemn the papists on that account.” (LW 54:110) Dr. Luther ...

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Do Recycled Visions fuel the Lutheran Church Growth Machine?

Here is something  to point out about the five-two thing. http://www.fivetwo.org is a South Korean organization "started by Alex Lim and Matt Suhocki to help missionaries with fundraising." It ...

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We Dis Doctrine, Yes We Do! We Dis Doctrine, How ‘Bout You?

From the time Satan first uttered the words “Did God really say?” Christ’s doctrine has been bent and warped to suit mankind’s own sinful desires. A few examples of those who disrespect ...

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Sermon – Pr. Martin Noland – Dealing with Death

Sermon Text: Luke 7:11-17 October 5th, 2014; 16th Sunday after Trinity; one year series Our American culture has a problem in dealing with death. This was not always the case, when the vast ...

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"St. Paul's Rubbish Sale" (Sermon on Philippians 3:4b-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. Paul’s Rubbish Sale” (Philippians 3:4b-13) Yesterday our Ladies’ Guild here at St. Matthew’s held a rummage sale. You know how a rummage sale works. People donate their old, ...

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Trinity: How Well Are You Loved?

“Mom always liked you best.” That was the signature line of the comedy act, the Smothers Brothers. In an interview by PBS, Tommy Smothers recalled how it started. He was the younger, dumber ...

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Adding links to the Book of Concord website

One of BJS' goals is to encourage more laity to be familiar with and/or read the Book of Concord. One way we can all do this is when we refer to something out of the BoC, add a link to it so the ...

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Climbing the High Dive

Every year in January my congregation holds a special assembly. We call this gathering our “Getting Organized” meeting. At the meeting this past year, I presented the results of an informal ...

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Even a Presbyterian "Smacks Down" the Likes of "Five-Two"

Once upon a time, in a time long, long ago, all the way back in 1987, Eugene Peterson, now retired Presbyterian pastor and professor, "smacks down" the likes of the "Five-Two" crowd, even before they ...

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Fruity Preachers

Christ our Lord taught about preachers and their proclamation saying, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by ...

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Löhe on Koinonia, Novelty, and the "Modern" Pastor

A great deal of practical wisdom for the church today can be found in Wilhelm Löhe's "Three Books about the Church." In this first excerpt, Löhe considers the possibility that a communion might ...

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Shouldn’t you know better?

That’s the question I keep asking myself. Shouldn’t you know better? Don’t you understand that words actually mean something and your confession or lack thereof is killing people? Growing up I ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Words on the Loose in the Vineyard of the Lord

Israel was a vine out of Egypt brought forth by her beloved and planted in the land promised to her fathers.  She was planted in good land, land flowing with milk and honey, land tilled by the Lord ...

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Found on the Web – DEJA VU…SORT OF…

Found over on Jonathan Rodebaugh's blog, In, With and Under:   This upcoming Sunday, October 5th, will mark the end of my first year in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. It was, and has ...

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