About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.

I Need a Drink!

I’m not a big fan of finding hidden Christian themes in every film or novel that makes its way into the public consciousness, but this time even I couldn’t miss the obvious. In the July 2015 issue of CityArts, a … Continue reading

A District President Responds: Doctrinal Supervision Revisited

On May 11 BJS reprinted an article published in The Lutheran Clarion titled “Doctrinal Supervision and the Becker Case” by Rev. Dr. Martin Noland. Subsequently, an article of response was published in the July Clarion written by Montana District President … Continue reading

The Good Work of Faith

Quoting Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller: Here’s the thing that is amazing when a Lutheran starts to talk about good works, and the reason why it sounds so different than anybody else is because normally when we think of good works we … Continue reading

Tell the World Why

The mall storefront in this photo testifies to the degradation of our society. Homosexuality is not OK. From a natural law perspective, no daughter will be conceived in a homosexual marriage, no son suckled from his father’s breast. From a … Continue reading

Sinful Separatism or Proper Rejection of Unionism?

Adorned with freshly laced Brooks Adrenalines, I stepped off the hotel elevator and ran into one of my confessional pastor friends. He obviously wasn’t ambulating towards the convention center for the Friday morning District Convention worship service. I “gently chided” … Continue reading

Take the Quiz!

Curled up in my inbox a while back was an email from the District requesting that I complete the online Congregation Life Cycle Survey. By providing this “bio-feedback,” I’d be helping my congregation to check bearings and set new directions … Continue reading

It’s Convention Season…

My classmates are agreed to a man that dogmatics in the mid-1950s was a completely undistinguished enterprise. That’s a polite way of saying it was dull. You read the book. The highlight of the day was a poorly worded quiz. … Continue reading

Fear Not, Little Flock

Despair and consternation may surround us. We fret over the onslaught of Islam. We see our rights ebbing away in the United States. We lament the postmodern worldview which threatens the truth of the Gospel. All of these worries, and … Continue reading

A Suggested Overture on the Transforming Churches Network

BJS is compiling a list of proposed overtures for District Conventions and the 2016 Synodical Convention which can be found here.  This overture comes from the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (ACELC).  A more extensive list of overtures suggested by … Continue reading

Doctrinal Supervision and the Becker Case

This article was written by Rev. Dr. Martin R. Noland, and was first published in the The Lutheran Clarion, a publication of The Lutheran Concerns Association. You may download the entire May issue of the Clarion here, and previous editions of … Continue reading

Notice the Difference?

Martin Chemnitz, in his brilliant work The Two Natures in Christ, emphasizes the importance of using correct terminology to maintain, unadulterated, the doctrine of Christ’s Church. When our phraseology becomes sloppy, our doctrine follows suit. Here’s a little of what … Continue reading

When Assurance Isn’t Reassuring

Here’s the latest statement from the LCMS Council of Presidents (pasted below), released on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog.   While I am hopeful that the LCMS will steer a more confessional course in the future, I am not willing to … Continue reading

The Southern Illinois District Speaks on Dr. Becker

The Southern Illinois District in convention adopted the following resolution 79-17. Note that page and line numbers have been removed; the original with page and line numbers may be found here.   RESOLUTION 2-05B REFERENCE – OVERTURE 2-05 To Call … Continue reading

Unintended Consequences

Will Underwood, an occasional BJS reader and member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, emailed me, offering some insightful comments regarding the recent failure to discipline the Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker for his adherence to, and teaching of, false doctrine. … Continue reading

To Publicly Call Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker to Repentance

This resolution was drafted by Rev. Joseph Fisher for the South Wisconsin District Convention. (originally posted in facebook group We Support LCMS President Matthew Harrison) Editor’s Note: Please submit overtures to us so we can help to publicize them throughout … Continue reading

Synodical Cowboys and Indians

Back in the day, it was impossible to clunk the knob through more than about five channels on your rabbit-ear-adorned monochromatic TV set without coming across a “Cowboys and Indians” shoot-em-up show or movie. Who didn’t love the raging gun … Continue reading

The Tsunami Is About to Break

In 2008, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod canceled Issues, Etc.  That single event galvanized an entire generation of do-nothings like me to sit up and take notice. People began to take an interest in what was happening in their Synod. The … Continue reading

Warm up at the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference

The Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference is right around the corner on January 19, the day before Concordia Theological Seminary’s Symposia begin in Fort Wayne. Come hear an all-star group of speakers in a relatively small venue, the theme of … Continue reading

It’s Party Time!

The 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference is coming up! The one pious bone in my body thinks the best thing about the Conference is the seeker-challenged Matins and Vespers Services. The other 205 bones are equally split between … Continue reading

The LCMS: A Heterodox Church Body

Pastor Jeremy Rhode, being a theologian of the cross, calls a thing what it is in this recent Issues, Etc. 24 segment discussing, in part, FiveTwo and its ramifications for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. The following discussion between Pastor Todd … Continue reading

Sacer What?

There may be a few pastors in the Missouri—Synod who lord it over their flock. Some of those who have donned the mantel of CEO, as is often mandated by the Transforming Churches Network, come to mind. There are also … Continue reading

We Dis Doctrine, Yes We Do! We Dis Doctrine, How ‘Bout You?

From the time Satan first uttered the words “Did God really say?” Christ’s doctrine has been bent and warped to suit mankind’s own sinful desires. A few examples of those who disrespect doctrine include: -Robert Schuller: “Protestants quote their Bible, … Continue reading

Notice the Difference?

The Transforming Churches Network paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry:   Rev. Dr. Martin Luther’s paradigm for the Office of the Holy Ministry: You can download Scott’s nine-part series on the Transforming Churches Network here. The TCN quote … Continue reading

A Concordia Pitches a No-Hitter. The Final Score: 0-34

  Not that long ago I read through a Concordia University’s glossy biannual magazine. I was struck by how little Jesus there was in it. I went back and took another look. I saw no Jesus. I downloaded it and … Continue reading

The Purple People Eater Rides Again

The Jehovah’s Witnesses interlinear Bible, titled The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures (KIT), was first released in 1969.  Called “the purple people eater” by many Christian apologists because of its purple cover, it contains the Westcott-Hort Greek text … Continue reading