MoDist Gains: Convention Review, Part One (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Last week the Missouri District held its convention, and, I am happy to report, it went even better than expected! In terms of elections and resolutions, we made more than “MoDist Gains.” ELECTIONS True, the incumbent DP was reelected, but … Continue reading

As conventions resume, read the latest version of the BRTFSSG survey (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On June 4, the Missouri Synod kicks off “District Convention Month,” with the remaining 26 (of the 35) conventions being held in a span of 34 days! (Here or here is a convention schedule.) At those district conventions, representatives of … Continue reading

Missouri District Convention Preview, May 31 and June 2 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Missouri District Convention Preview: Convention delegates and any others interested are welcome to attend a Missouri District Convention Preview (unofficial and voluntary) this Sunday, May 31, and/or Tuesday, June 2, both in the St. Louis area. We will look at … Continue reading

“Pure Doctrine and Love for People” (1 John 4:1-11)

I don’t always post my sermons here, but I do occasionally, especially when they intersect with the particular interests of the Brothers of John the Steadfast. One such interest is “Defending and Promoting Confessional Lutheranism.” This sermon is from May … Continue reading

Hey, Dave: “It’s OK to Survey!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Atlantic District President Dave Benke has long portrayed himself as a champion of “dialogue” and “freedom.” After he engaged in the unionistic and syncretistic interfaith prayer service, “A Prayer for America,” he insisted, “It’s OK to Pray.” Indeed, it appears … Continue reading

“Alleluia Now Is Our Song,” an Easter hymn by Pr. Charles Henrickson

OK, OK, so I’ll get back to synodical politics in a day or two. But today is Sunday, and it’s still Easter, so I can’t help but celebrate a little more. A few days ago my friend Tom Engler asked … Continue reading

“These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar) Tonight we conclude our series on “The … Continue reading

“Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I’ve been doing this series on the Catechism, especially because we have a Book of Concord Reading Group that has just finished reading the Small and Large Catechisms. This coming Monday, March 30, we start the Augsburg Confession. Anyone in … Continue reading

“It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism) The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s … Continue reading

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:18-31), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I think this text from 1 Corinthians 1 speaks to the issues we’re dealing with in the church today, and so I address that in this sermon. CH) “Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) A few days ago, … Continue reading

“A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer) Suppose you were commanded … Continue reading

“To Know and Believe in God” (The Creed), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “To Know and Believe in God” (The Creed) The Pew Forum on Religion and … Continue reading

“Aware of an Idol” (The Ten Commandments), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

Getting people to read through the Book of Concord–this is one of the laudable goals of BJS. And so, for example, we have a Book of Concord Reading Group this year at our congregation (St. Matthew-Bonne Terre, MO), meeting weekly … Continue reading

Jesus First, aka JerryPAC: “Reporting for duty!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Jesus First–aka JerryPAC, Geezers First, Jesus’ Fist, and ***us First–is back and gearing up the machinery for another campaign. Like John Kerry standing on the stage and saluting, the political-action committee that helped elect Jerry Kieschnick sent out two e-mails … Continue reading

The Blue Ribbon Task Farce Comes to SID, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(Note: While many of us are upset about the treatment of Todd and Jeffâ„¢, and rightly so, we need to connect the dots and see this IE issue as a symptom of a larger problem, i.e. [id est, “that is”], … Continue reading

“Silas: Fellow Worker, Faithful Brother” (Sermon from the BJS Conference), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

Commemoration of Silas, Fellow Worker of St. Peter and St. Paul Saturday, February 14, 2009 (transferred from February 10) The Rev. Charles Henrickson First Reading: Acts 16:19b-40 Second Reading: 1 Peter 5:5b-12 Holy Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 “Silas: Fellow Worker, Faithful … Continue reading

“Tie a Big Blue Ribbon,” by Pr. Charles Henrickson

According to the description of one the parties tomorrow night, “there is a rumor going around that he [CH] will be singing some of his famous theological parodies.” Well, the rumor got started without me, but now I have to … Continue reading

It’s OK to Bring Lawsuits–When They Suit You, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

During the last few years we heard plenty from the Kieschnick administration about lawsuits being really bad. Of course, that was when the Kieschnick administration was on the receiving end of a lawsuit. So, for instance, at the 2007 convention … Continue reading

President Kieschnick’s Stimulus Package, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

The news is filled these days with stories about President Obama’s “Stimulus Package.” The funny thing is, he’s not the only president pushing one. Right here in the Missouri Synod, President Kieschnick has a “Stimulus Package” of his own that … Continue reading

Teach, Confess, and Organize, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

The Brothers of John the Steadfast are all about “defending and promoting confessional Lutheranism,” and so am I. That’s why I joined. That’s why I’ll be attending the BJS conference next week. And that’s why I’ll be blogging here at … Continue reading