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Predestination Matters And Here’s Why…

Here is an article that I wrote about Predestination that’s a bit too long for an article on BJS. I’ve included the first few paragraphs here and then included the PDF file for you to read the remainder of it.   Predestination, Why Bother? A Facebook friend once asserted to me that the historical controversies, as well as the present ongoing debates, over the doctrine of predestination are nothing more than opposing sides stirring up trouble by arguing over linguistic nuances; hence, to become engaged in the controversy over predestination is to be pulled into a futile theological war. Is   More…

“The False Arguments for the Modern Theory of Open Questions” by C.F.W. Walther

April 19th, 2013 10 comments

The below lengthy citation is taken from “The False Arguments for the Modern Theory of Open Questions” by Dr. CFW Walther and translated by William Arndt and Alexander Guebert. The article was originally published in the Concordia Theological Monthly 10 (1939) Nos. 4-11:254-262, 351-357, 415-420, 507-513, 587-595, 656-666, 752-759, 827-834 made available in a single document by Concordia Theological Seminary (link). I found this first part of Dr. Walther’s “Die falschen Stuetzen der modernen Theorie von den offenen Fragen, Lehre und Wehre” quite interesting and wholly relevant to today’s issues found in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and in particular   More…

Great Stuff — Walther on Bearing the Burden of Pure Doctrine

July 19th, 2012 5 comments

HT to the ACELC Facebook Page for finding this post on FatherDMJ:   The tasks of a pastor of Jesus Christ are many, difficult, and demanding. The most difficult and demanding task of all – beyond question – is the task of proclaiming the pure doctrine of the Gospel of Christ and at the same time exposing, refuting, and rejecting teachings that are contrary to the Gospel. A pastor who does this will discover by experience the truth of the old saying: “Telling the truth makes enemies” (Latin: Veritas odium parit)…. Worldly people and all false Christians cannot help but   More…

Steadfast Office – Is AC V Alive?

Associate Editor’s Note:  Please remember Pastor Wurst, his congregation and the whole community of Duluth, MN in your prayers as they have been recently struck with horrible flooding. Is AC V Still Alive? In my post on the Steadfast Office – The Divine Call (here), I spoke about the meaning and necessity of the rite vocatus, that is, the right call or the right vocation. Some people disagreed with me. They rested their argument, that is, their defense, on ordination giving the man the right and duty to preach the Word of God and to administer the Sacraments rightly. I   More…

We Poison Souls When We Mingle Law & Gospel (Law & Gospel In Laymen’s Terms: Thesis II)

  A teacher of scripture who wishes to teach and preach correctly needs  to present all the different doctrines of the Bible correctly. If this isn’t a heavy expectation, one cannot call themselves a good and correct teacher unless they also understand how to balance and handle God’s two words in the Bible… His words of Law and His words of Promise. In other words, it is good if we are able to distinguish the difference between Law and Gospel. We can confidently share with another that God’s demanding word of Law issues threats, reveals sin and the like. We   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…

Steadfast LCMS — Lutheran by conviction.

March 12th, 2012 10 comments

Several years ago, on a mission trip to Haiti, I had an opportunity to spend some extra time with the now sainted Rev. Dr. Doris Jean Louis.  Many consider him to be the “father” of the Lutheran church in Haiti (the church there has been in great turmoil since his brutal murder in the earthquake aftermath).  We talked about many things during my visit including the massive rural flight which was adding to the unspeakable urban plight.  We talked about the importance of quality education and the hope that it brought to children of Haiti.  We talked about ways to   More…

Necessary Roughness on “First Thoughts on Walther Movie”

October 11th, 2011 33 comments

Dan Engle over on Necessary Roughness posted this “First Thoughts” of the Walther movie that has been sent to all congregations. We previously talked about this movie here. Be sure to watch for the movie and see if you can get it used at your church!     My pastor asked if I was interested in watching the new Walther movie produced by Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and distributed to every congregation. I’ve not had a chance to check out all the discs in the 4-DVD set, but I watched the movie last night. The target audience for the   More…

Missouri’s Position on Intercommunion – Warning! Strong Lutheran Content!

August 26th, 2011 51 comments

(((Found on Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison)))   WARNING: STRONG ORTHODOX LUTHERAN CONTENT. From time to time the question arises whether LCMS Christians, or even clergy, should be communing at non-orthodox Lutheran altars. The Missouri Synod’s position is unambiguous. It was adopted by the Synod in one form in 1852 when the following text was voted the position of Synod as it relates to the doctrines of church and office. This text was reaffirmed when in 1998 the Synod reaffirmed its commitment to C.F.W. Walther’s “Church and Ministry.” The 1998 resolution affirms not only the theses from Walther’s book, but   More…

Promises to the Pastoral Office – Chemnitz in Walther’s Kirche und Amt.

July 13th, 2011 2 comments

Found from the blog Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison. Starting with a short statement from Pastor Harrison:   I continue working on the re-edit/translation of Walther’s great “Church and Office.” Many gems worth sharing. P.H. [Martin] Chemnitz: “The fact that the Son of God has instituted the office [Amt] of the Word and sacraments also in the New Testament cannot be doubted. The church has been commanded to call and install [bestellen] ministers [Diener], and to this has been added, in the first place, the promise that God approves the of those who have been called by voice of the   More…

Found on Cyberbrethren — The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope

July 8th, 2011 49 comments

In anticipation of October 25, 2011, the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Dr. C.F.W. Walther, there are a lot of people posting items that he wrote. This one is from 1846 .. a reminder that nothing is new under the sun. Thanks to Paul McCain for posting this on Cyberbrethren:   “In America no denomination has suffered any deeper fall than this fellowship that is called “Lutheran.” All the sects of this land are more zealous to preserve the false doctrines upon which they’ve been founded, and that give them their unique character, than the present so-called Lutherans intend   More…

New Walther Film coming to your Church in September

May 28th, 2011 6 comments

Thanks to Kari Anderson who found this on Facebook. It says that Concordia Seminary will distribute this film on Walther to each LCMS church in September 2011. That’s coming soon! I hope a lot of churches will show it, so people can learn more about our history. Visit CSL’s site on the movie to see more information, and to help support them in distributing this film. A $100 donation will get this DVD mailed to your house. From what I read each LCMS church will receive the 5-part DVD series with bible study materials, so it appears to be set   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — CHI on Celebrating the Walther Centennial … 1911

May 24th, 2011 1 comment

I found a link to this post on the CHI blog on the facebook group C.F.W. Walther – 200th Birthday posted by Warren Schmidt. With the 200th anniversary of Walther’s birth coming up (October 25, 1811), Warren is posting various items of interest. The CHI blog isn’t very active (3 posts so far this year), but it’s good to watch. A grand celebration of the centennial of the birth of Dr. C. F. W. Walther was held on Sunday, May 14, 1911, in the St. Louis Coliseum. The conventions of the German and English Missouri Synods were meeting at the   More…

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:14a, 36-41)

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (Acts 2:14a, 36-41) Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t: The hymn we just sang, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” was written by C. F. W. Walther. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was, of course, the first president of our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and really the leading figure in our synod’s history. This year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walther’s birth in October of 1811. Yesterday, May 7, was the commemoration of his death, and so it is very appropriate that we sing his Easter hymn today. “Oh, where is your sting, death? We fear you   More…

At Home in the House of Walther: No Power But the Word (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, May 7, is the Commemoration of C. F. W. Walther, Theologian–and really, the leading figure in the history of the Missouri Synod–who died on this date in 1887. It’s fitting on this day, therefore, to listen to some Walther! Pastor Matt Harrison has done a great service to the church by compiling, translating, and editing an impressive volume of materials from the Missouri Synod’s first five presidents, Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper, and Pfotenhauer. The book is called “At Home in the House of My Fathers,” and I highly recommend it. (It can be ordered from logia.org.) Over the weeks   More…