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COP adopts five regions for elections (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 10th, 2011 57 comments

Newly posted at the Reporter at lcms.org is news of the Council of Presidents adopting a plan of five geographic regions for elections at the 2013 synodical convention. One thing that becomes immediately apparent from the map is that one of the current LCMS vice-presidents would be forced out by this plan. Since 2nd Vice-President John Wohlrabe is from the Central Illinois District and 4th Vice-President Daniel Preus is from the Missouri District, and those two districts are both in the “Central” region, one of those two men would have to go. Also, the Indiana District and the Missouri District   More…

The Two Amendments: Why I’m Recommending “Against” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 19th, 2011 21 comments

On Sunday, March 6, at a special voters’ assembly, our congregation will be voting on two proposed amendments to the Constitution of our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. (The deadline for the ballot to be received is March 15.) I am recommending that we vote “against the proposed amendment” on each. Let me tell you a little bit about these amendments and why I’m inclined to vote against them. Both of these proposals came out of former President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance. They then went through Floor Committee 8 and were presented as resolutions (8-10 and   More…

Harold Hill Comes to the Show-Me State: Convention Review, Part Two (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In Part One, “MoDist Gains,” I reviewed the elections and resolutions that took place at the Missouri District Convention last week. Now in Part Two, I will review the other major business at the convention, which was the presentation and proposals of President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG). President Kieschnick was not there in person on the first day of the convention, so he delivered his President’s Report via DVD. As you may have heard from other conventions, this was his now-famous “Trouble in River City” speech. In it, Kieschnick makes an analogy to   More…

As conventions resume, read the latest version of the BRTFSSG survey (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On June 4, the Missouri Synod kicks off “District Convention Month,” with the remaining 26 (of the 35) conventions being held in a span of 34 days! (Here or here is a convention schedule.) At those district conventions, representatives of President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG) will be allotted two hours of convention time, the first hour to make their presentation and conduct their survey, the second hour to take comments and questions from the floor. It will be helpful for delegates and others attending the conventions to be prepared ahead of time. I   More…

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Pr. Charles Henrickson

We have invited over thirty people from around the synod to take the BRTFSSG survey and share with us their responses and comments. (You can take the survey yourself by clicking here.) Our list of invitees includes seminary professors, congregation chairs, lay elders, men, women, and even the top positions in the synod (yes, all the way to the top). The responses are starting to come in. We do not know how many will take us up on the invitation but hope it will be a good sampling of LCMS notables and regular folks. If you are interested in sharing   More…

Hey, Dave: “It’s OK to Survey!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Atlantic District President Dave Benke has long portrayed himself as a champion of “dialogue” and “freedom.” After he engaged in the unionistic and syncretistic interfaith prayer service, “A Prayer for America,” he insisted, “It’s OK to Pray.” Indeed, it appears you can still purchase “It’s OK to Pray” merchandise, cotton hats, t-shirts, ceramic mugs–FREE “It’s OK to Pray” BUTTON WITH EVERY ORDER!–with checks to be made out to the David H. Benke Advocacy and Defense Fund. So you would think “Mr. Freedom,” “Mr. Dialogue,” would be cool with people engaging in the free exchange of information and opinion. Think again.   More…

The Blue Ribbon Task Farce Comes to SID, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

February 21st, 2009 18 comments

(Note: While many of us are upset about the treatment of Todd and Jeffâ„¢, and rightly so, we need to connect the dots and see this IE issue as a symptom of a larger problem, i.e. [id est, “that is”], The Powers That Be at 1333. Who’s in charge at the Violet Vatican ®, and what they’re planning to do–that’s where we need to pay greater attention and take action, effective action, especially this year and next, to stop them in their tracks and change course. I will have a lot more to say about this in the months to   More…

“Tie a Big Blue Ribbon,” by Pr. Charles Henrickson

February 12th, 2009 6 comments

According to the description of one the parties tomorrow night, “there is a rumor going around that he [CH] will be singing some of his famous theological parodies.” Well, the rumor got started without me, but now I have to be ready to live up to it. So to give you a flavor of what I/we may be singing during my little portion of the evening’s festivities, here’s the latest from yours truly, the wag tailoring the doggerel. Click the music link and sing along! TIE A BIG BLUE RIBBON Tune: youtube “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”, local here or audio   More…

President Kieschnick’s Stimulus Package, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

February 7th, 2009 19 comments

The news is filled these days with stories about President Obama’s “Stimulus Package.” The funny thing is, he’s not the only president pushing one. Right here in the Missouri Synod, President Kieschnick has a “Stimulus Package” of his own that he’s trying to sell: the restructuring of the Synod. And there are a number of parallels between the two packages.