In 2009, the School Ministry Department of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod developed a guidance document for implementing a “Reduction In Force” (RIF). Because “Some congregations [were] unaware of this resource,” and “Some congregations are not adequately prepared to … Continue reading
We hear lots of different definitions of marriage in the world around us. Some define marriage as a human contract that surrounds a romantic partnership to protect children and spouses from the effects of bad relationships. Others claim that marriage … Continue reading
I was recently engaged in a conversation concerning vocation, ‘diakonia’ and the mercy work of the church. As the conversation progressed, I was able to articulate a framework that I find helpful when I think about these topics. Others found … Continue reading
During the 2013 National Convention of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the convention passed Resolution 3-10A, “To Appoint a Task Force to Study the Call Process for Returning Missionary and Military Chaplains and Other Rostered Church Workers without a … Continue reading
What would happen if we really would make the saving of souls the ultimate purpose, the end and aim of our joint work? . . . Even though all kinds of strife-causing questions might arise yet, the question: ‘Which course … Continue reading
Readers of this site know how theologically vacuous and banal the writings are of many who have held themselves out as experts in the area of missions. Constant are their calls to “accomodate” or even import the world’s culture into … Continue reading
An author on another blog wrote, “Your church doesn’t suck because it’s small.” And he’s right!
But, large or small, your church might still suck. Sorry, but it had to be said.
The fact is, if you have built your church; if your church is the product of your own blood, sweat, and tears; if you have poured out your life to make your church what it is; I’m going to go so far as to say, your “church” does suck.
And it sucks, because it’s “yours.”Continue reading