Let’s not tinker with Article II, More thoughts on the BRTSFG, by Klemet Preus

In my previous blog I discussed one of the proposed changes to Article II of the LCMS Constitution and the reductionistic nature of attempting to state the faith in one short sentence especially if this sentence makes no reference to … Continue reading

Let’s Not Tinker with Article II of the Constitution, by Klemet Preus

The final report of President Kieschnick’s Blue ribbon task force is on the synod’s web site and the conversation surrounding it has continued. Much ink will be invested during the next nine months discussing the relative merits of the far … Continue reading

A Modest Suggestion to the DPs regarding their Theses on Worship, by Klemet Preus

I believe that the Theses on Worship (PDF), produced by the council of presidents, while a very helpful contribution to our ongoing discussion about worship, needs some work. Thesis IV is not quite adequate in its discussion of the imposition … Continue reading

A Suggestion to the COP Regarding their Theses on Worship: Reconsider your Statements on “The imposition of Worship Forms,” by Klemet Preus

Just as DPs are chosen in a manner which seems proper even though all in the church may not concur, so also our churches have had a history of liturgical decisions being imposed upon us by others. Martin Chemnitz was … Continue reading

A Suggestion to the COP Regarding their Theses on Worship, by Klemet Preus

Having praised the council of presidents for their recently released “Theses on Worship,” I now offer one suggestion to our esteemed presidents as we continue our discussion on worship. I believe that section IV needs further discussion. Here is what … Continue reading

The Theses on Worship Of the COP, by Klemet Preus

Inasmuch as others have seen fit to comment on the Theses on Worship issued last month by the Council of Presidents, it occurred to me that I should as well. I am very pleased to see these Theses on Worship. … Continue reading

A Questionable Pre-Convention Convention, by Klemet Preus

A notice has gone out from the Synod Office for Travel and Meeting that a series of “gatherings” will take place this winter in anticipation of the upcoming convention. At these gatherings, all of which President Kieschnick plans to attend, … Continue reading

CATECHISM ON HOMOSEXUALITY, by Klemet Preus

Lately the topic of homosexuality has been in the news. The ELCA in convention has approved same sex relationships and homosexual pastors. This has led a number of congregational members to ask questions about what the Bible teaches regarding homosexuality. … Continue reading

Predictions on how the Blue Ribbon Task Force Will respond to the District Convention Feedback, by Klemet Preus

Now that the districts have given feed-back to the recommendations of President Kieschnick’s “Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod’s Structure and Governance,” it’s time to do some predicting. Obviously the Task force has to consider what the districts said. Some … Continue reading

Fides Qua and Fides Quae, by Klemet Preus

At the recent convention of the MNS district I listened carefully to the debate surrounding the question of whether or not a congregation should be welcomed into the synod which does not use the name Lutheran on its sign, its … Continue reading

The Alley and the Meaning of Words, by Klemet Preus

Lately I have been musing over the disappointing decision of the MNS district in allowing a congregation called the Alley into the synod despite the fact that the congregation assiduously avoids the name Lutheran in its publicity and promotional materials. … Continue reading

When to Fight, by Klemet Preus

It seems to me that most ecclesiastical wars are unavoidable. Battles might be avoidable but wars are not. What does this mean? Currently our synod is seriously divided over issues which no single person or agency has thrust upon us. … Continue reading

Further reflection on The Alley, or What’s in a name? by Klemet Preus

The Board of directors of a district has an ethical obligation to apply the will of the synod in its place. This obligation applies also to the DP and to the convention. Here is the 1995 resolution on the name … Continue reading

Reflections on The Alley or On which Hill should we die? by Klemet Preus

It has been suggested that those in the MNS district were pretty dumb to oppose the membership in the synod of a congregation born of an Ablaze covenant church and promoted by both district and synodical establishments. Maybe we should … Continue reading

Over Reaching, by Klemet Preus

Someone said: The MNS BOD resolution to require that mission congregations use LSB to receive funding was an overreach. It galvanized the left and polarized the mushy middle. That’s why you got your lunch handed to you. Years of work, … Continue reading

“Sound Bite Ecclesiology” by Pr. Klemet Preus

Apparently some have taken umbrage at my claim that people at the MNS convention “took rather complex issues and turned them into simplistic, if inaccurate sound bites.”   You be the judge.   Less than a month before the MNS … Continue reading

What we won at the MNS district convention, by Klemet Preus

Can we really claim to have accomplished anything at a convention where we lost every vote? I believe we can. First, we actually were able to force a vote on an issue when, to my knowledge, no one before has … Continue reading

Confessionals “Get Their Lunch Handed to Them” at the Minnesota South District, by Pr. Klemet Preus

On June 12 the confessional movement in the MNS district got its lunch handed to it, at least from a purely political perspective. There were two major issues facing the convention. Both had serious theological ramifications. Both were lost. Every … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Conclusion ““ How are Lutherans to Respond to All of This? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VIII – The Third of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Speaking in Tongues, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VII – The Second of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Praise Worship Services, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VI – The First of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Emotionalism, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Lutherans Avoid Rome’s Faulty Practice but Embrace Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practice, Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part V, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part IV, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part III, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading