The Nestorianism of the Charismatic Movement, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the fourth in a seven part series on Christology in practice in the LCMS.) The theology of the old St. Louis Seminary was repudiated by the church. But heresy is like a bulge in a balloon. If you … Continue reading

The LCMS Nestorianism of the Seventies, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(After a brief interlude for commentary on the Harrison paper, Pastor Preus returns to his series on Christology. This is the third post in a series of seven.) The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod expects all its pastors and congregations to … Continue reading

My Mistake, by Pr. Klemet Preus

It has been pointed out to me, and admittedly I knew it already, that Rev. Matt Harrison is not the first person in the last seven and a half years to express concern that the doctrinal divisions in our church … Continue reading

It’s About Time: The Matt Harrison Solution, by Pr. Klemet Preus

I think it would be appropriate for me to interrupt my series of articles on Nestorianism in the LC-MS to comment briefly on one point made in Matt Harrison’s recently released piece entitled “It’s Time.” Rev. Harrison is the Executive … Continue reading

Ulrich Zwingli, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part  two of a seven part series on Christology and why it is important for each of us to understand it.) Shortly after Luther had begun his reformation in Germany another reformer gained prominence in Switzerland. His name … Continue reading

Christological Aberrations in the Lutheran Church Today, by Pr. Klemet Preus

For those of you who still do not think that the problems in the synod are deeply and fundamentally theological please read on. In the next seven blogs I will show that the theology of many within our synod is … Continue reading

Crushing Satan Today ““ Reformation Reflection, by Pr. Klemet Preus

In the last chapter of his letter to the Romans Paul says a very strange thing. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20) What makes … Continue reading

Klemet Preus to speak in MO

KLEMET PREUS author of the book The FIRE and the STAFF LUTHERAN THEOLOGY IN PRACTICE and frequent BJS commentator will be speaking in Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22 Rev. Preus will address such issues … Continue reading

Closed Communion: Forcing the Body to be a Body, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the fifth and last post in this series on closed communion.) The most serious threat to the Christian faith which the church faces today is, I believe, American Evangelicalism. It is not the most serious because it deviates … Continue reading

Breaking News: Benke’s Retraction, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: We will publish Pastor Preus’ fifth and final post on closed communion later this week. For now we interrupt that series with this timely commentary on breaking news.) Over the weekend David Benke retracted his five year old … Continue reading

Why Pastors Practice Open Communion? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the fourth post of a five part series on closed communion.)   I am convinced that most pastors who practice a type of functionally open communion or who are lax in implementing a closed communion practice do so … Continue reading

The Importance of Closed Communion, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the third in a five part series on closed communion) Closed communion is a crucial practice for the church to follow because the gospel is at stake. This is why. Really there are two types of … Continue reading

Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five posts by Pastor Preus on  Holy Communion.)   In May of 2007, a graduate of the Ft. Wayne seminary named Clint Stark produced a paper based on a questionnaire … Continue reading

Communion: Close or Closed? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of five posts on Holy Communion by Pastor Preus.) What is going on in the synod regarding the practice of who is admitted to the Lord’s Supper? First of all let’s settle the question … Continue reading

What is the Liturgical Future of our Synod? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is the future of the LCMS in the aftermath of the last two decades of worship wars within our church? I’m going to … Continue reading

Why those who use “œBlended Worship” Might Want to Reconsider, by Pr. Preus

(Editor’s note: this is part four of a five part series on worship by Pr. Preus.)   Many pastors and congregations in our synod employ what has been called “blended worship?” It is a combination of the historic liturgy and … Continue reading

Blended Worship in our Midst, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part three of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is this trend in our synod where churches are following the liturgy sort of? They have most of the parts but they … Continue reading

Why do We have Worship Wars? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you every wondered why we have worship wars in the Missouri Synod? I’m going to explain to you why this is so … Continue reading

Why do the Evangelicals Worship that Way? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: With this post Pastor Preus begins a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you ever wondered why American Evangelicals tend to have an expectation that their worship services will have an emotional impact upon … Continue reading

An Allegory On Restructuring, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s note: Pr. Preus’ spot in the Brothers’ Cafe has several posts about synodical restructuring that you may want to re-read.) One upon a time there was pastor. He had been leading a church for a half a dozen years … Continue reading

The Feast of St. Mary the Mother of Our Lord

By Rev. Klemet Preus August 15 is the Feast of St. Mary the mother of our Lord. Now I know that at Glory of Christ in Plymouth, Minnesota, my congregation, we tend not to observe the saints days even when … Continue reading

I Do Not want My Grandfather’s Church Nor Captain Kirk, by Pastor Klemet Preus

While theology does not change, management style and theory do. And these days we are experiencing a leadership style which is painfully similar to that of my Grandfather’s church but without effectiveness.   The Baby Boom took place from 1946-1964. … Continue reading

Prediction on the Restructuring

(from Pr. Preus) OK, we are all waiting on baited breath for the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod’s Structure and Governance which, reportedly, will be unveiled at the upcoming confab in Phoenix later this month. I … Continue reading

Top Ten Bad Jobs in the Synod If you are a Confessional Lutheran

(From Pr. Preus) 10. Overseas missionary. Really bad job security. 9. Any one whose sole job is working for Fan into Flame. “How do you explain that two year gap in your resume during the years 2007-2009?” 8. Executive director … Continue reading

How much has/will the Restructuring Cost? 7/21/08

(from Pr. Preus) The Synod brought James May home and our church’s presence on West Africa has been virtually lost. We have withdrawn most of our international Word and Sacrament missionaries over the last few years simply because we can’t … Continue reading