CPH Webinar — Designing Your Church Website

Thanks to a tweet from Paul McCain this morning, I found the announcement of a webinar in a week (Thursday the 12th at 10AM). It’s only a half-hour webinar, but it may have some useful information in it. I would … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Faith, Family and the Catechism

Here is an article by Bart Day found over on blogs.lcms.org:   In the midst of all the busyness of life–running kids to soccer practice, making supper, getting to confirmation, buying groceries–we run the risk of losing our firm grounding … Continue reading

Great Stuff — International Mission Priorities and Strategic Plan

Found over on WBLTblog.org:   At the LCMS International Center, we are engaged in the budgeting process for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2015. At times, people wonder how budgeting priorities are decided (in fact the … Continue reading

Great Stuff — A Church Planting Movement

Found over on blogs.lcms.org:   If I was going to sell you on a new church planting movement it might go something like this… “Hi, I’m Rev. Steve Schave, director of church planting for the LCMS Office of National Mission. … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Concerning the President’s Duties

Found over on WMLTblog.org: [[ Our constitution/bylaws can be found here ]]   Dear Friends, Because we know the Gospel of full forgiveness by the blood of Jesus, we also recognize the voice of our Savior in Holy Scripture. “My … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Opportunities in Africa (Ethiopia) for Theological Education (GSI)

Associate Editor’s Note:  The following demonstrates a great shift that is going on.  While many churches have a long way to go, there are many worldwide who are desiring to learn and confess Lutheranism.  The video below also notes a … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Biblical and Theological Foundations for Mission — Regional Directors’ Meeting

Found over on WMLTblog.org:   Saint Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House January 26-28, 2015 The Regional Directors, representing Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, gathered at Concordia Publishing House’s Gerber Room for continuing education on missiology with Rev. Dr. Klaus … Continue reading

January 2015: Focus on International Mission

Found over on Video.LCMS.org:   Throughout January, the LCMS focuses on international mission. In the 121 years since the LCMS sents its first missionaries abroad to India, the church has been involved in international mission. The primary goal of LCMS … Continue reading

U.S. Church Planting: A New Initiative for the LCMS

An article by Melanie Ave found over on blogs.lcms.org:   A new chapter on church planting is about to begin in the recent history book of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Faced with population shifts and a request for the Synod … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Where’s the beef?

Found over on Pastoral Meanderings:   Though many of the recent worship battles have focused on style, style doesn’t really matter, said J. Daniel Day, retired senior professor of Christian preaching and worship at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — ULC – Of Woundedness, Trials, Trust and Faith

Found over on BuildULC.org: By Oliver Young – a perspective from a long-time member of University Lutheran Chapel    A quick Google search will reveal that woundedness is ‘The quality or state of being wounded.’ That very simple, succinct definition leaves … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Creches and Crucifixes

Another great article found over on LetItStet.com:   Crucifixes can scare Lutherans. Even good Lutherans. The kinds of Lutherans who like to sing hymns with their families on Christmas Eve and who write checks each Sunday and who love their pastor … Continue reading

Great Stuff – Reformation of Suffering

Suffering. The many explanations are pretty much a pile of rubbish. People suffer on without consolation. The explanations more or less just pile on, making suffering worse. Think of Job’s comforters; and let’s not be too harsh on them. Do … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Four things Lutherans believe about the Law that are false … and true

Found over on Pr. Surburg’s blog:   In our study of Scripture we return to the same texts, yet we often do not find them to be same.  Naturally the text hasn’t changed.  Instead we have changed in our knowledge … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Engage the Culture? Don’t.

Do you engage the culture? Are you culturally relevant? If not, then how can you say that you believe in sharing the Gospel? Or didn’t you know that “lost people matter to God”?
I hear this a great deal, in the broader

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Redeemer Conference with Dr. John Stephenson

Found on the Lutheran Calendar — post your items here and put it on your blog’s sidebar to announce events to others.   The Good News: It is free! No registration. More Good News: Dr. John Stephenson, of Concordia Seminary … Continue reading

ACL / Luther Academy – Marriage, Sex, and Gender in the Lutheran Church Today

As found on the Lutheran Calendar here. Mark your calendars for this event!   The Association of Confessional Lutherans   and   The Luther Academy are in the process of planning the next Congress on the Lutheran Confessions ACL National … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Talking Sheep: The Role of the Laity in the Church

Found over on Bible Beer and Babies written by Vanessa Rasanen:   I’ve never been known for my tact. I rarely say the right thing, and even when I do I usually say it in the completely wrong way. Perhaps … Continue reading

Great Stuff — How I Became a… Church Growth Disciple

Found over on InternetMonk, written by Mike Bell:   First of all a confession. The title is really just an attention grabber, and a weak attempt to get Miguel to sputter coffee through his nose. Although a second confession would … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Livestream Broadcast of Hymn Festival in Honor of Richard Resch Tonight

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Indiana, is pleased to announce a special livestreaming event this evening from the Good Shepherd Institute Conference. “My Times Are in Your Hand: A Musical Festschrift in Honor of Kantor Richard C. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Forget The War On Christmas, The War On Advent Is Worse

A great post found by original BJS columnist Mollie Hemingway found over on TheFederalist.com excerpted below:   I just received an email asking me to “save the date” for a “Christmas” party to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3. “Hi … Continue reading

Great Stuff .. Why I stand with the Houston Five (COMMENTARY)

A post by LCMS 4th Vice President (and Houston Pastor) Rev. Dr. Scott Murray over on ReligionNews:   Excerpted … Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area … Continue reading

Great Stuff — TTMBO, ACELC, and the 44

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   When serving at my first parish, I was privileged to be a part of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans. In 2001, in response to certain events, the NICL produced and published … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Wilhelm Loehe on Child/Infant Communion

Found over on logia-online:   The following excerpt in translation is drawn from Wilhelm Loehe’s “Neuendettelsau Letters.” The letters were published in 1858 to explain and defend some of Loehe’s practices, chief among them the way he practiced confession in … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day

Found over on SacrementalMinions.com.   Be sure to add SM to your readings list; here are recent posts over there: Startups and Upstarts in Jesus’ Day Revitalization: Abiding as the Declining Church All Christians are Sacramental Minions God: The Only … Continue reading