What’s in a name?: Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans

(This is another of our regular posts from Confessional groups around the synod and beyond.) The name really says it all. Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans (NICL) is a group of pastors in the northern Illinois area (not only the Northern … Continue reading

Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home, Article #2

“Jesus is Lord” Our Lord said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:19) What part of that do we not understand? In regard to the whole topic at hand, when it comes to … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The quotes are selected and introduced by BJS Steering Committee member Ron Revels. The number in the … Continue reading

“Mighty Ignorant One” Please Read This

Someone with the handle “Mighty Ignorant One” wrote a comment last night or this morning and it got accidentally deleted. “Mighty Ignorant One” we apologize and ask that you resubmit your comment. You can email me at [email protected] if you … 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

The LCMS In Her Own Words – Leadership has Replaced Faithfulness

(from Pr. Rossow) In this column we will be passing on extended quotes from various LCMS communications from around the synod. The intention is to establish that the LCMS has moved away from its historic Lutheran and Confessional character. Here … Continue reading

A Journey Back to Confessional Lutheranism – From the CLCC

I’m a lay person who has been constantly being educated in what it truly means to be a confessional Lutheran. I love it! It’s been a slow learning, growing process over more than a decade now. I have always been … Continue reading

KFUO finances

Mollie here. So the July 2008 issue of Board Briefs indicates that the 2008/2009 budget for KFUO is $3,761,960. A reader notes that the 2007/2008 budget for KFUO was $3,690,792. Remember that David Strand keeps making the claim that Issues, … Continue reading

Two more Board items

Mollie here. One of the two most discouraging things to happen in Synod this year was the resignation in March of Pastor Edward Balfour from the board of directors. Balfour is this larger-than-life force of nature with a rather unlikely … Continue reading

Reading the Reporter

Mollie here. So I was reading my copy of the Reporter tonight and see that the quarterly newsletter from the LCMS Board of Directors is included in the July issue. A copy of the 2008/2009 Mission and Ministry Operating Budget … Continue reading

Johann Sebastian Bach

(from Mollie) Today we commemmorate Johann Sebastian Bach, the most wonderful composer of all time. Or, as the Aardvark put it last year: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers … 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

Good Question from Bruce B On Issues and BJS

(from Pastor Rossow) Because the relationship between BJS and Issues, Etc. is informal, based on mutual benefit, (BJS does not manage Issues and Issues does not manage BJS but each benefits from mutual support) questions often arise about the nature … Continue reading

A Day in Texas: Liturgy Solutions, the “Lutheran Cathedral,” Issues, Barbeque and Cigars

(from Pr. Rossow) Before I get to my day in Texas, I suggest you take a gander at a new blog site. A friend of BJS, Cantor Phil Magness is live blogging from the LCMS worship conference in Seward, Nebraska. … Continue reading

A Conversation with a Middleman by Rev. Todd Wilken 7/22/08

(Something LCMS Inc. doesn’t want you to know!) A short story: We were sitting in a district meeting with a mission executive from Synod. (Sounds boring already? It was. But stick with me.)   The mission exec. was scolding the … Continue reading

What is Accomplished with the Money Coming to Synod and the Districts? 7/22/08

(from the Texas Confessional Lutherans) Most of you, if not all of you, will be shocked how the offering dollar is used! The following information has been relayed to me from the Purple Palace in St. Louis.   FROM THE … Continue reading

Mission Creep(s) 7/22/08

(from Mollie) I can’t remember how large the six-figure salaries are that the bureaucrats in St. Louis make each year. Some certainly are worth more than others in terms of how much they help the church at large. Either way, … Continue reading

On Counting 7/22/08

(from Mollie) Richard John Neuhaus in First Things: A priest on Long Island tells me that, when he was newly ordained, he had the chance to visit with the legendary Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who was famed for, among other … 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

She’s a Party Animal!

Some of our comments are so good I have to make sure you all get a chance to read them. This one comes from Gayle in response to the “Bred Lutheran” column. “I, too, am bred Lutheran and in some … Continue reading

More Cartoon Fun and Commentary from Pastor Blazek 7/20/08

A couple of times a month we will be posting new cartoons from Pastor Blazek. He is a brilliant satirist and excellent draftsman. We encourage you to not only get a snicker or two from his work but spend time … Continue reading

The Ablaze Edsel Dealership

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Bred Lutheran

(Editor’s note: This is a new column that will introduce to us those who were not born Lutheran but have been bred so in the rich Gospel soil of such gifts as Issues, Etc. Look for a new post in … Continue reading

More on Screens

(from Pr. Preus) In a recent blog I made a comment about the use of projection screens during services which solicited no small amount of response. In a private conversation, one of the pastors in my district made the same … Continue reading

Lawsuits for everything

Check out this AP story: A man says he was so consumed by the spirit of God that he fell and hit his head while worshipping. Now he wants Lakewind Church to pay $2.5 million for medical bills, lost income, … Continue reading