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Walking in Di$agreement

November 20th, 2014 43 comments

During the 2013 Synodical Convention in St. Louis it was a great blessing to witness the affirmation of altar and pulpit fellowship between the LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL), and the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC). The Synod spent tens, perhaps hundreds, of thousands of dollars and many hours to ensure that the ELCL and SELC met its standards for doctrine and practice. Good for them.

Quietly coming to a town near you…

October 28th, 2014 35 comments

This post is strictly for my confessional Lutheran brothers and sisters. I’ve spent some time researching and writing about a network called FiveTwo. If you are a confessional Lutheran within the LCMS, I encourage you to make your acquaintance with the FiveTwo Network and its founder, LCMS Pastor, Bill Woolsey. My encouragement to familiarize yourself with this pastor and his network is a lesson in discernment. You see, whether you realize it or not, FiveTwo is a church planting network and though it’s not directly funded by our synod, it’s leadership is overwhelmingly comprised of rostered LCMS pastors and their   More…

In the Town, but Not of the World

October 19th, 2014 7 comments

Here in the commonwealth of Virginia, we moved Concordia Lutheran Mission from Lexington to Buena Vista because we were led to find a great rental property.  We have now worshipped in our new location three Sundays, including today.  One of our members told me about going to the Habitat for Humanity Re-Sale store in Buena Vista and some of his finds for the Mission, but he also told me something else. Our brother was talking with the clerk and he told the clerk that he was looking for stuff for our new mission.  The  clerk responded by saying that you are   More…

Is Manipulation Ever Loving?

October 16th, 2014 15 comments

When thinking back about evangelistic efforts from my past, I must admit that manipulation was a welcomed friend. It wasn’t broadcast as such, but instead rationalized under the guise that “the ends always justify the means” when salvation is on the line. I can remember back in my youth group days when my pastor distributed copies of Dale Carnegie’s “How to win friends and influence people” as a means to evangelize our local high school. For those of you not familiar with this work, it could be summarized as a business tool for advancing your personal agenda through being courteous,   More…

“It’s my First Amendment right!” Yeah… Whatever.

October 15th, 2014 52 comments

“I’m going to stand firm in the faith. It is my First Amendment right!” That’s funny. That actually made me laugh. Apparently the city of Houston, Texas has decided that in order to assuage the possibilities for LBGT discrimination, they must engage in the persecution of Christians. The whole thing stems from a non-discrimination ordinance passed by the Houston City Council which allows some pretty ridiculous things to happen…like men using public bathrooms designated for women and vice versa. Needless to say, there were quite a few citizens bothered by this ordinance, so many in fact, that they started a   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…

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…