LCMS World Relief and Human Care – Chile Earthquake Relief

The following came in on the LCMS World Relief and Human Care enewsletter this morning. To subscribe to the list, type your name below and click the submit button. To read more about LCMS WRHC click here.     DEAR … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web: March 18th MoneyBomb for Issues Etc

March 18th is the second anniversary of the cancellation of Issues, Etc. I’ve found on at least two places on the web a request for people to drop a “Moneybomb” on them that day. We at BJS have the $5/$500 … Continue reading

Good (?) Stuff Found on the Web — Equipping Laypeople to give Pastoral Care

Sometimes I find the good, but sometimes I find the bad, as people submit things to me for pointing out to BJS readers. Unfortunately this one is bad — it is a LCMS church that is holding a two-day conference … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Cross Focused Leadership for Missouri

CrossFocusedLeadership.org When you are “fishing around the Web,” you never know what new “fish” you might “catch.” My latest “catch” is “Cross-Focused Leadership for Missouri.” You can find it here: crossfocusedleadership.org. It is apparently designed for LCMS convention delegates, that … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web: Video Promoting Issues Etc

Found on Pastor Weedon’s blog as well as a tweet from IssuesEtc: An advertisement for Issues, Etc. that highlights one of the shows consistent features: providing comment upon the calendar of feasts, festivals and commemorations provided in our Lutheran Service … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — MercyJourney’s Post on A Little Book on Joy

Matt Harrison’s Little Book of Joy is designed for this season of the year, and he’s posted the following on his website, http://mercyjourney.blogspot.com. It’s well worth your reading, and you can obtain your copy here, or you can save on … Continue reading

Turning “Have To” Into “Get To”, by Dan at Necessary Roughness

Dan at Necessary Roughness has a post talking about Ash Wednesday and our attitudes towards this season. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; … Continue reading

Good Stuff on the Web — Cranach: The Blog of Veith, on Introverts in Church

I have to say that this one caught my eye, given that I’m definitely an introvert. I can empathize as I’ve spent a good deal of time wandering the halls at church waiting for service when I just don’t fit … Continue reading

Good Stuff found on the Web — Kurt Marquart interview on Issues Etc on Evangelism

Several years ago I had the pleasure of being in the audience when the Rev Dr Kurt Marquart came to my church to preach and speak and was well edified by it. Because of my love for his knowledge and … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web – Cyberbrethren

It’s been a while since we have promoted Pastor Paul McCain’s Cyberbrethren blog. If you aren’t a follower of this blog I would strongly recommend your adding it to your RSS feed reader! There is a ton of good stuff … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Faith Conversations from Pastoral Meanderings

Most of us who are heads of families have tried several times to get a regular family devotion going with a variety of levels of success. Pastor Peters from Pastoral Meanderings has an article titled “Faith Conversations” that perhaps makes … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found by Norm – Those Buzzwords (Review of the Model Conference on Worship) by Phillip Magness

The following is an Issues Etc Blog of the Week and was written by BJS’s own Phillip Magness, Cantor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. It was found on the  Liturgy Solutions blog, “Fine Tuning”. Phillip has other posts … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found by Norm – Pastoral Meanderings – How We Know God

Since our BJS staff spent most of their time at the booth in Ft. Wayne we thought it would be appropriate to share the following thoughts that flowed out of one of the sessions. We found this piece by Pastor … Continue reading

Congregational FAQ to Nominate President and Vice-­”Presidents of Synod

Here are Frequently Asked Questions and the segment from the Bylaws talking about the nominations. This document is available by PDF as well.   Frequently Asked Questions Q: How does a congregation nominate for President and Vice- ­â€Presidents of Synod? … Continue reading

More Good Stuff, Well, Maybe More Interesting Stuff, Found by Norm on the Web

I came across the following and found the comments on it very amusing. I thought BJS readers would appreciate a laugh reading through the comments.             Comment by Pr. Todd Wilken:     I knew … Continue reading

TLSB Read through the Bible in Two Years, by Norm Fisher

Pastor Henrickson’s post on Reading through the Bible in Two years caused me to realize that since I had a one-year reading plan on one of the sites I manage, it wouldn’t be that difficult to add the TLSB (The … Continue reading

Gathering the Force in Dearborn (2 of 2), by Glen Piper

(Editor’s Note: This is from Glen Piper’s blog Territorial Bloggings. Glen is a delegate to the LCMS convention in 2010, so he attended the Regional Gathering in Dearborn, MI.) Part 1 of this article is found here. Let the gathering … Continue reading

Gathering the Force in Dearborn (1 of 2), by Glen Piper

(Editor’s Note: This is from Glen Piper’s blog Territorial Bloggings. Glen is a delegate to the LCMS convention in 2010, so he attended the Regional Gathering in Dearborn, MI.) I have been gathered in by the BRTFSSG! I’m going to … Continue reading

Good stuff found by Norm: Mollie’s Husband – the Other Hemingway, is Spoofed on NBC’s “30 Rock”

Some of you may not realize that Mollie Ziegler Hemingway’s husband Mark is a writer for the National Review. A week or so ago, Gene Veith’s blog had a story about Mark’s paper with a picture of Mollie and Mark. … Continue reading

Follow up Found on Townhall.com Regarding the Play put on by Concordia-Chicago

Thanks to an attendee of our last BJS international conference, here is a follow up on our post about the Play Depicting Gays as Victims Staged at Concordia-Chicago. He found an article  by Robert Knight on townhall.com titled Churches Gone … Continue reading

Good stuff found by Norm: Seminaries Receive Largest Endowed Bequest

Editor’s Note: In a day and age when leaders of the LCMS are talking about closing down seminaries and selling them for the assets it is good to see that the Lord has other ideas and is providing for them. … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found by Norm: Wild Boar on “Flame Alone”

Another posting from Wild Boar that makes a lot of sense .. He’s put up an article called Flame Alone and I wanted to post it here for your review. I just received the latest missive from the Home Office. … Continue reading

More Good Stuff Found by Norm: Troubled Musings Raises the Issue of Deacon vs. SMP

Editor’s Note: Since posting Glen’s previous article on Volunteerism, we’ve found this post that he wrote a month ago about a related topic. Glen’s troubled musings raise the question about ordering (putting into some sort of order) the work of … Continue reading

More Good Stuff Found by Norm – Meet Matt Harrison the Person: Interview on God Whisperers

We found the following on the God Whisperers site: Episode 72: Matthew Harrison. The interview was done after Rev. Harrison’s presentation to the Southern Orange County Outreach (SOCO)  luncheon, a confessional group in San Juan Capistrano, California. SOCO also doubles … Continue reading

More Good Stuff Found by Norm, THE book on Christian spirituality for today. . .on Gene Veith’s blog

I found this on Gene Veith’s blog where he asks for reviews of the book. While I haven’t had a chance to read the book, I’ve heard only good things about it and based that and the comments on Veith’s … Continue reading