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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…

It’s Time and Unnecessary Wrangling. What is the State of the Synod?

April 9th, 2014 26 comments

In this article regarding the ACELC a commenter makes an excellent point, writing “…the district would not feel the need to hide such things…”. I think the comment raises a real issue we have in the synod over transparency. President Harrison certainly talked quite a bit about how the IC ought to have an open door policy, but where is this transparency? For example, the latest updates coming out of the IC regarding the KP have not been anything other than obscure. President Matt Harrison states in his “It’s Time” a solution to working out the issues we face in   More…

Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action

March 13th, 2014 2 comments

[A March 6 news article from the Reporter:] Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action By a vote of 1,496 to 517, LCMS congregations have ratified the 2013 LCMS convention’s approval to amend Article XII of the Synod Constitution. That vote of approval from the convention and the congregations changes the term “circuit counselor” to “circuit visitor” in two paragraphs of Article XII. On March 5, Synod Secretary Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig announced the congregation’s vote of approval, which was by more than the two-thirds margin called for in Article XV of the Constitution. March 1 was the deadline for   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…

A Constitutional Amendment and a Convention Review (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

September 9th, 2013 165 comments

Today, two things coming out of the recent LCMS Convention: First, the convention approved, by over a two-thirds vote, Resolution 7-02A, “To Return to Use of Title ‘Circuit Visitor.’” This resolution would change the title “circuit counselors” to “circuit visitors.” In my opinion, as a circuit counselor/visitor myself, this is a good thing. It puts the emphasis on the important work of visitation. Since this resolution would change the language in one of the articles of our constitution, it requires a constitutional amendment. So now, that amendment to Article XII has been been sent out to the congregations for possible   More…

The Boring-Isn’t-Bad Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The gavel has sounded. The 2013 National LCMS Convention has come to a close. Some might call it “The Do-Nothing Convention.” Or “The Kick-the-Can-Down-the-Road Convention.” Or “The It-Isn’t-Time-Yet Convention.” Or “The Baptized-for-the-Next-Convention Convention.” But I think a better name might be “The Boring-Isn’t-Bad Convention.” Late in the week President Harrison said (I’m paraphrasing, since I don’t have the exact quote in front of me): “Some have said this has been a boring convention. And that’s not bad.” My translation: There’s no way this convention could possibly match the intense drama of the 2010 convention. And a lot of the resolutions   More…

Elections: Which list to listen to, the United List or the “Our Future” list? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Two kinds of business: elections and resolutions. That’s what conventions do. That’s what the LCMS National Convention will do this next week. We’ve already talked about the proposed resolutions (“Recapping the Resolutions: One Thing to Pool Them All“). Now it’s time to talk about the elections. In some ways, elections are just as important as resolutions, if not more so. The persons we place in office are responsible for implementing the will and work of the synod, and they can try to “steer the ship” either with or against the navigation course that has been set out. And there are   More…

Recapping the Resolutions: One Thing to Pool Them All (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Over the past week, I posted seven articles with my comments on the 116 proposed resolutions coming from the seven floor committees. There was a request to put those all together into one resource for more convenient use. Here it is then, “One Thing to Pool Them All,” a fourteen-page pdf file that you can link and download: Proposed Resolutions: Comments by Pr. Charles Henrickson Also, remember that you should have at hand these documents, linked here, which you can also find at lcms.org/convention: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook Finally, here is my Top Ten list of ten of   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 7, Structure and Ecclesiastical Matters (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“I hold in my hand . . . the last envelope.” Audience cheers wildly. Carnac stares at audience. I now come to the last floor committee. But instead of cheering wildly, I want you to pay close attention. Because while “Structure and Ecclesiastical Matters” may sound like a real snoozefest–and, no doubt, there is much eye-glazing-over material in here–one must not let down one’s guard, lest some significant change for the worse sneak through. And this floor committee does propose a couple of the worst resolutions out of all 116 in Today’s Business. And so let’s join Ed and Carnac   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 6, Administration and Finance (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 11th, 2013 4 comments

To the sixth of the seven floor committees, i.e., Administration and Finance. Most of the resolutions here look fairly innocuous. If you have any feedback, try to get it to the committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. For reference: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 6. ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE (TB, pp. 126-43) 6-01: To Promote Financially Healthy Universities, Seminaries, and Church Workers Develop strategies to eliminate debt among our schools, church work students, and church workers. 6-02: To (Joy)fully Fund Career and GEO Missionaries Support, and expand the number of, our 69 career and 100 GEO missionaries and their families.   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 5, Seminary and University Education (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On to Committee 5. Feedback on proposed resolutions from any of the seven floor committees should be sent to the respective committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. (Note: My comment on 5-04 has been revised since original posting.) For reference: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 5. SEMINARY AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION (TB, pp. 100-25) 5-01: To Encourage Continued Faithful Witness by the Concordia University System President to appoint task force to strengthen confessional Lutheran identity of our Concordias. Very important. 5-02: To Support and Encourage Participation in Post-Seminary Applied Learning and Support Initiative PALS program for new pastors and their   More…

Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down the Road? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 10th, 2013 8 comments

(This post follows up on my previous one, about Committee 4, as it deals in more depth with Resolution 4-06. This article appears in the July 2013 edition of The Lutheran Clarion, lutheranclarion.org. CH) Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down the Road? “Therefore an overseer must be . . . able to teach. . .” (1 Timothy 3:2). “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 4, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

July 10th, 2013 7 comments

We continue our journey through the seven floor committees. Committee chairmen would like to receive feedback by this Friday, if possible. Here again are documents that may come in handy for reference: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 4. THEOLOGY AND CHURCH RELATIONS (TB, pp. 84-99) 4-01: To Endorse Altar and Pulpit Fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia Fellowship with Liberia was recommended by CTCR and declared by President Harrison. 4-02: To Endorse Altar and Pulpit Fellowship with the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church Liberia, Siberia. . . . What about Iberia? Seriously, there are some good things going   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Life Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m doing more than one floor committee today, so that we can get through all seven by Friday, which is when the committee chairmen (listed on page 11 of Today’s Business) want feedback to be received. We continue, then, with Committee 3, Life Together. As with all of the proposed resolutions, it is helpful to have at hand these documents: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 3. LIFE TOGETHER (TB, pp. 69-83) 3-01: To Expand the Koinonia Project Will pass, but leaves out, as specific content to be included in the Koinonia Project, Articles VI and VII of the Constitution,   More…

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, Mercy (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

At every convention, whether district or national, there are always a large number of what I call “mom and apple pie” resolutions. They usually go something like this: To Encourage Good Things RESOLUTION 9-999 WHEREAS, Our committee has to come up with some resolutions that will sound nice and will pass easily; and WHEREAS, Good things are good; and WHEREAS, Mom and apple pie are outstanding examples of good things; therefore be it Resolved, That we encourage everyone to go out and do good things, including, but not limited to, the thanking of moms and the eating of apple pies;   More…