Attention St. Louis-area Issues, Etc. listeners!

You may have heard that “Issues, Etc.” is “returning” to KFUO radio. This is true, in the sense that KFUO listeners will get to hear fresh episodes of “Issues, Etc.” on the station for the first time since the LCMS … Continue reading

Getting the history right on Yankee Stadium

I wanted to post this important piece by David Berger, who has served the Lutheran Church in many capacities. He is perhaps best known for his work as the librarian at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. And as librarians tend … Continue reading

Scary Words: I’m from the District and I’m here to help

I’m stealing this idea from someone else but remember President Reagan’s joke about the nine most terrifying words in the English language: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ Well, word has exploded over the internet today about … Continue reading

Singing Praise — The proud past and bright future of Lutheran Music

Found on Pastoral Meanderings   Singing Praise — The proud past and bright future of Lutheran music. By Mollie Ziegler Hemingway (first printed in Thrivent magazine but worth repeating here…) “Next to the word of God,” Martin Luther wrote, “music … Continue reading

My Name’s Mollie And I’m A Submissive Wife

I’ve seen links to this all over facebook and google plus, and thought it might generate some interesting discussion here. One link to it was posted Aug 11th on I’ve posted it here under Mollie’s name — Norm   … Continue reading

I always thought my church was pretty cool

but it’s not like we’re the Cool Lutheran Church pictured here. … Continue reading

Lutheranism in the local paper

Well, my local paper, at least. I was interviewed by a reporter for the Washington Examiner for their “Credo” section. Each Sunday, a different local is interviewed and asked about their faith and life. If you’re interested, here’s my interview. … Continue reading

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Rast, president-elect of CTSFW

I’m just seeing the announcement on the Concordia Theological Seminary web site. We’ll update with details. The entire slate of candidates was fantastic so we knew that whoever we got would be great. But it still must be said that … Continue reading

Decent and Good Order

People who are trying to communicate with the Minnesota South District of the LCMS about the plan to sell off University Lutheran Chapel are being more or less shut down at every turn. One pastor wrote to the District President … Continue reading

Can you feel the “open communication”?

In one of the many documents the Minnesota South District has posted, it claims to act in “the interest of open communication and transparency.” But when I emailed Dr. Peter Meier, Minnesota South’s mission exec, I received (20 hours later) … Continue reading

Holy Tuesday decisions

I’ve put in interview requests with a few of the Minnesota South leaders who made the decision to sell University Lutheran Chapel. This includes the District President and the Mission Exec. I haven’t heard back from them yet but will … Continue reading

Concordia Theological Seminary President Nominees Announced

News from Ft. Wayne: Please be advised that the election for the new President of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana will be held pursuant to Bylaw on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the campus of the Seminary at … Continue reading

Holy Week and Confession

The first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses is “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Confession should be a regular part of our Christian … Continue reading

St. Louis Seminary’s “Out of the Box” workshop

Did anyone get a chance to attend the “Out of the Box” workshop held at Concordia Seminary a week ago in St. Louis? You can check out the flyer (click on the image to the right for a PDF) but … Continue reading

LCMS school in Supreme Court case

The Supreme Court will decide whether a teacher at an LCMS school can sue under a federal law against workplace discrimination. The issue is whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to decisions involving “ministerial employees” such as teachers. While … Continue reading

Burkee reviews are in

A few months ago we discussed the publication of a book about Seminex. Reviews of that book are in. You should read all of Martin Noland’s take, but here’s the ending: I was disappointed by this book. Burkee makes an … Continue reading

Constitution changes ratified

From the LCMS Reporter: Synod Secretary Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig announced March 17 that two amendments to the church body’s Constitution that were adopted by 2010 LCMS convention delegates have been ratified by the required two-thirds majority of Synod congregations … Continue reading

How should Christians act during political turmoil?

Rev. Todd Peperkorn has written an excellent guide to how Christians should approach political conflict in light of the 8th Commandment. His thoughts were spurred by the rather dramatic goings on in Wisconsin, where he’s a pastor. Here’s a portion … Continue reading

Response from Rev Gary Bertels, Theology Department Head, to LGBT advocacy event

Thanks to BJS commentator Jim, for this email from Pastor Gary Bertels, Chair, Department of Theology/Languages at Concordia University Chicago:   From: CUC Faculty distribution list On Behalf Of Bertels, Gary L. Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 1:27 PM To: … Continue reading

Concordia Chicago to host LGBT advocacy event

Students at Concordia University Chicago are reporting that faculty have invited them to a pro-LGBT event on campus. The email was sent to all undergrads with the subject line “FWD: STOP EDUCATIONAL EVENT.” The “STOP” refers to the “Striving to … Continue reading

Kieschnick’s new position

From the Concordia University – Texas web site: Former Synodical President joins CTX Rev. Jerry Kieschnick named Pres. Ambassador for Mission Advancement Concordia University Texas announced today that Rev. Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, President Emeritus of The Lutheran Church — Missouri … Continue reading

Sad, sick, struggling Christians not welcome?

I’m a big fan of Twitter and I know some of you are, too. I came across a curious tweet from Michigan District President David Maier: A good read for Pastors and Churches also … Happy customers make for happy … Continue reading

Nominations for CTS President

I was going to summarize the following call for nominations. But you might as well read the whole thing: The Rev. Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President of the Seminary, has announced his intent to retire at the end of his … Continue reading

Seminary president pool

I wanted to highlight a comment from the Rev. Martin Noland, in a previous post. He explains a bit about what the pool of people who are qualified to be seminary presidents looks like. He says that, generally speaking, you … Continue reading

Wenthe to retire

I’m hearing that Dean Wenthe, president of Concordia Theological Seminary, has told faculty that he is retiring. Further announcements are forthcoming. Things are going to get going pretty quickly. A search committee has been formed by the faculty. I’m not … Continue reading