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Climbing the High Dive

October 3rd, 2014 6 comments

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 survey I conducted. Essentially, I called the local Methodist, Baptist, ELCA, and two non-denominational churches and asked several questions, one of which was: “What is the process for becoming a member of your congregation?” Here’s what I discovered. The two non-denominational churches I contacted are very similar to one another. Both encourage prospective members to choose and join one of several small groups they call “Life Groups.” These groups   More…

You know what happens when you assume, right?

September 22nd, 2014 24 comments

I received a phone call from a member of my congregation, one who is not necessarily regular in her attendance, but she does attend often enough that I’ve never felt the need to question her devotion. She left a message, but it was one of those messages that when you hear it, even though nothing is spoken precisely with regard to the reason for the call, you know it isn’t going to be good. I returned her call right away. I read an article some time back which posited that at any given moment a pastor can be certain that   More…

A Reflection on the Commemoration of Martin Luther, Doctor and Reformer, 18 February, 1546, and the Commemoration of the Seminex Walkout, 19 February, 1974

February 22nd, 2014 1 comment

This reflection is a comparison between two commemorations.  The first one is the death of Martin Luther, Doctor and Confessor, 18 November, 1546 and the second, the walkout at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on 19 February, 1974.  This reflection was prompted by the second commemoration as I too was in ‘exile’.  As way of reminder about the first commemoration: Martin Luther, born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany, initially began studies leading toward a degree in law. However, after a close encounter with death, he switched to the study of theology,  entered an Augustinian monastery, was ordained a priest in   More…

Changes in ELCA Seminaries

February 1st, 2013 11 comments

Head of Luther Seminary in St. Paul resigns amid financial woes Article by: ROSE FRENCH , Star Tribune Updated: December 11, 2012 – 9:42 PM School announces search for new president after losing nearly $4 million last school year. The president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul has resigned amid rising maintenance costs and declining enrollment. Considered the country’s largest Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) seminary, the school wants to “take a fresh look going forward” after losing nearly $4 million last school year, Luther’s board chairman Jim Lindus said Tuesday. The seminary announced Monday that Richard Bliese stepped down from the job   More…

Differences between the ELCA and LCMS, with links, being updated

A few years back I took on the task of researching the official beliefs of the ELCA and comparing them to official beliefs of the LCMS.  I went through their websites and tried to cite literally and reference where things were found.  This was very helpful in dealing with folks leaving the ELCA for the LCMS during the exodus from the ELCA after their horrid affirmation of sin in their 2009 Churchwide Assembly. Recently, the project has been resurrected by Pr. Donavon Riley, who is working on updating the links.  He posted this on his blog “The First Premise”.  You   More…

CTCR responds to the ELCA “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” Statement

In 2009 the ELCA adopted their statement “Human Sexuality: Gift and Trust” which allowed for them to now ordain practicing homosexuals into the pastoral office as well as be militant voices in support of the homosexual agenda sweeping across the United States. The 2010 Convention of the LCMS asked for the CTCR to respond to the statement (Resolution 3-01A found at the end of the CTCR document) and that response is now publicly available.   One of the things that this response shows is how the ELCA has consistently misused Luther and Lutheran theology to justify its own progressive agenda.  It   More…

Wawa Theology

A dear colleague, friend and mentor, Rev. Arthur J. Henne is a ’57 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).  He is a retired ELCA pastor.  In the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor denom to the ELCA, he served many years as a missionary in the Caribbean.  We have known each for about fifteen years and one of our frequent discussions is the demise of his alma mater, LTSP  and his profound sadness over its condition.  It no longer has a Lutheran only professorship.  Art gave me for my 25th anniversary of Ordination The Conservative Reformation by   More…

Charles Porterfield Krauth’s Three Steps to Doctrinal and Ecclesial “Nihilism”

In an excellent paper by Rev. Prof. David  Jay Webber,   Charles Porterfield Krauth: The American Chemnitz, Prof. Webber gives a concise history of Rev. Krauth and his immense contribution to the true Evangelical Lutheran Church and as it is truly relevant to our time.  I think it is a must read. The following quote is the basis of the title of this piece and speaks to us:  One great fallacy which underlies the whole argument and comes to the surface in a great variety of phases is, that Lutheranism is not a system of doctrine, but merely one of   More…

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LCMS Congregation Becoming an ELCA Congregation

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, California, is changing denominational affiliations from the LCMS to the ELCA. Although Good Shepherd is Missouri Synod, the congregation doesn’t function like one, says Ron. Callers “need to know that we use the worship book from the ELCA, that we involve women in our worship and that we welcome all the baptized to receive Holy Communion,” says Ron. “I need to say all of these things because Good Shepherd is not where it belongs.” So after years of feeling misplaced, members of Good Shepherd are finally moving to their rightful home. On March 18,   More…

“I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am.”

February 21st, 2012 14 comments

At the same Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly of the ELCA, on February 18th, the following occurred:  “Minneapolis-area Lutherans Oppose Marriage Amendment”  and “Svennungsen is  new bishop of ELCA’s Minneapolis synod”  They go together hand-in-hand.  The former was legalized in the ELCA in 2009 and the latter was legalized in 2 of the 3 PCBs  (actual acronym  for “predecessor church bodies” in the merger period) in the ’70s.  The latter led to the former and the underlying sub-text is clear:  lack of Scriptural authority and from it, confessional subscription. The quote for this posting’s title is from Bp. Svennungsen after  her election.   More…

Church as Minor Clerk in Caesar’s Court

February 15th, 2012 16 comments

Back in November, my brother-in-law, called me up because he was quite upset.  First, he and his family are members of an ELCA congregation.  His angst was over the pastor’s approving inclusion of a letter by Rev. Mark Hanson, the Presiding Bishop, to President Obama, encouraging the passage of the DREAM Act (Letter). My brother-in-law is not exactly a political supporter of the President.  He had just e-mailed his pastor saying he no longer wanted to be a member of the congregation. Needless to say, a quick perusal of the websites of ECUSA and UPUSA are of course on board   More…

Benke participates in worship service with ELCA, according to ELCA news release (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 23rd, 2011 145 comments

It was ten years ago today, on September 23, 2001, that Atlantic District President David Benke participated in the interfaith prayer service “A Prayer for America” in New York City. Benke had previously participated in an interfaith prayer service on September 9, 1998. On October 22, 1998, he signed a public apology in which he stated: “My participation in this service was a direct violation of the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions, and consequently, violation of the Constitution, Bylaws and doctrinal resolutions of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. I also recognize that my participation in this interfaith prayer service was   More…

“Oh, Blest the Homosexual” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 26th, 2009 22 comments

Before I get to the song, let me post my responses first. Pick the one that fits best: A. Yes, I know I’m a sinner too. B. Yes, I want homosexuals to repent and be saved. C. Yes, I’m well aware of the problems in the Missouri Synod. D. Yes, I know there’s a faithful remnant still in the ELCA. E. No, I don’t buy the “We’re grieving now, don’t criticize us” line. F. No, satirical polemics is perfectly biblical and Lutheran–indeed, it is called for in cases like this. Now, to the song. . . . OH, BLEST THE   More…

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 23rd, 2009 2 comments

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Ephesians 5:22-33) You know, it’s really kind of stupid when we think we know better than our Creator. I mean, think about it: Doesn’t it make sense that the God who created us would know what is best for us? Yet somehow we think we’re smarter than he is. Pretty stupid, really. That’s the case with a lot of things in life, but especially do we direct our attention today to the matter of marriage. In the face of a world that has lost its mind and thrown marriage to the winds, and has even   More…

“E.L.C.A.” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

August 20th, 2009 83 comments

Click the music link and sing along! E.L.C.A. Tune: “Y.M.C.A.” “Luth’ran” Doesn’t mean quite the same As what you’ve been Taught to know by that name. We’re removin’ All the scandal and shame Of a church that stands for something. Luth’ran, No, you’re not misinformed, Yes, it’s true now, We commune the Reformed. No forced union Made us bow or conform, Just a warm and fuzzy feeling. It’s fun to be in the E.L.C.A. It’s fun to be in the E.L.C.A. We have women in black, Now there’s no turning back To the hang-ups of dead white guys. It’s fun   More…