Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part II, 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 I, 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

What President Kieschnick needs to do Now, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post in this series on “Lawsuits Among Christians.” For the whole series click on Pastor Preus’ name on the Brother’s Cafe.)   As indicated in my recent blog something happened on December 2 of which the … Continue reading

Who’s in charge around here? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part seven in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.)   On December 2, 2008 the LCMS went to the secular government in a disputed matter with … Continue reading

Was the Synod’s “Notice of Opposition” Contrary to the Word of God? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part six in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) Now let’s look at the synod’s action which was “taken before the ungodly for judgment” (I Corinthians … Continue reading

The motives in Legal Action Or Why the Synod Owes us an Explanation, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part five in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) It is almost impossible to know what a person’s motives are especially in legal matters. Luther says … Continue reading

Was the “Notice of Opposition” Sinful? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part four in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) I Corinthians 6 never explicitly mentions “Lawsuits.” What it speaks against is bringing “matters” before the judges … Continue reading

The Core problem in Corinth, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part three in a series on lawsuits among Christians.)   In our discussion of I Corinthians 6 we must first understand its context. The entire book of First Corinthians was written by Paul to a congregation which was … Continue reading

Are Law Suits among Christians Always wrong by Pastor Klemet Preus

(This is part two in a series.) Thankfully the “threat” of the synod to take legal action against Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz is over. At the same time we need to understand from the scriptures whether any legal action … Continue reading

Clarity on the Rightness or Wrongness of Lawsuits Among Christians from our BJS Theologian-Blogger Pastor Klemet Preus

(This is the first post of several on this topic.)   Here we go again with a discussion about the rightness or wrongness of Lawsuits.   The last time the question of Lawsuits was discussed in our circles was in … Continue reading

Confessing the Faith, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is post four of a four post series on evangelism. The other posts are archived in the Pr. Klemet Preus section of the Brothers’ Café.)   “Tell” often has connotations of saying something that only you or a limited … Continue reading

How should we Talk About Speaking the Gospel? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is post three of a four post series on evangelism. The other posts are archived in the Pr. Klemet Preus section of the Brothers’ Café.)   I have a theory about one of the great challenges facing our church … Continue reading

The jobs of Pastors and People In Bringing People into the Communion of the Church, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the  second in a four part series from Pastor Preus. It also builds on his previous series on Ablaze. All of his posts can be found archived in the Brothers’ Cafe.) In my previous six blogs … Continue reading

Why the LCMS is not Living up to its Potential in Missions, Or Why We Need To, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four part series from Pastor Preus. All of his posts can be found archived in the Brothers’ Cafe.)   It’s been a couple of months since one of the district presidents referred … Continue reading

The Hubris of Ablaze! Or Why I oppose Ablaze and Feel Kind of Guilty About It, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part five in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.)   In a recent article entitled, “A Policy analysis of the Ablaze! Movement,” written by David Vaughn, the … Continue reading

How Helpful is it to Criticize our Mission Heritage? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part four in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.)   In a recent article entitled, “A Policy analysis of the Ablaze! Movement,” written by David Vaughn, the … Continue reading

Has World Evangelism Failed in the LC-MS before the Ablaze! Movement? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part three in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.) In a recent article entitled, “A Policy analysis of the Ablaze! Movement,” written by David Vaughn, the author … Continue reading

What does Evangelize mean in the Bible and is David Vaughn on target with his understanding of Evangelism? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part two in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.) In the New Testament the noun “evangel” is simply translated “gospel.” It is a word which is made … Continue reading

Ablaze, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: Last week Mollie broke a story on an interesting assessment of Ablaze written by an insider. I followed up with a philosophical critique and now Pr. Preus offers this five part churchly analysis of Ablaze based on this … Continue reading

If I were the Devil, by Pr. Klemet Preus

If I were the devil I would try to get people to stop singing hymns. What a great idea, if I were the devil. It seems like such a benign idea. That’s what makes it so diabolically clever. It’s not … Continue reading

Luther Academy’s Indonesia Project, by Pr. Preus

My church has $8000 burning a hole in its pocket and you can help us spend it. I get frustrated with opportunities to support mission organizations, churches or synods only to learn that 20%, 30% or even 50% of my … Continue reading

Missions Appeal for CLEF, by Klemet Preus

The following story tells you the wonderful things which CLEF is able to do with the dollars you contribute to it. CLEF is the Confessional Lutheran Educational Foundation.   The pastor’s wife was nine months pregnant. They lived in a … Continue reading

Shades of Popular Nestorianism, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post in a seven part series on Christology.)   If you have read my last six blogs you may be asking. What if I have never heard of Ulrich Zwingli, was born in 1960 and never … Continue reading

Nestorianism at Lutheran Altars, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is number six in a seven part series on Christology) Recently I wrote a series of Blogs which showed that the LCMS is hopelessly divided on the question of who should commune at the altar of our congregations. Some … Continue reading

Nestorianism and the Church Growth Movement, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part five of a seven part series on Christollogy.)   Seminex may have gone the way of all flesh and the Charismatic movement may have pulled in its horns in the last decade but that does not mean … Continue reading