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LadyLike: A Book Every Man Should Read
I probably shouldn’t comment since I haven’t read the book and I don’t plan on buying it. However, I find it interesting that Pastor Anderson used the word sardonic to describe the tone of ‘Lady Like’. I have listened to the episodes of Issues,etc. when Rev. Wilken interviewed the sisters. I detected an angry or bitter tone during the interviews. This is unfortunate. I’m glad Bethany wrote about her impressions of the book.

In …
    Diane at May 24 2015 07:47 pm

A Suggested Overture on the Transforming Churches Network
Thanks so much for this info. I will talk to my pastor about …
    Marilee Litwa at May 24 2015 07:09 pm

A Suggested Overture on the Transforming Churches Network
@Rev. Jakob Fjellander #2
Because districts like New England and eastern believe in their …
    Walter Troeger at May 24 2015 04:42 pm

A Suggested Overture on the Transforming Churches Network
Why not request that the TCN be removed from the list of …
    Rev. Jakob Fjellander at May 24 2015 02:03 pm

A Suggested Overture on the Transforming Churches Network
“And finally, be it RESOLVED that all TCN materials be thrown into the circular file.” OK, sarcasm button off. I’ll have more on TCN in a later post.

Thanks Scott, for keeping us cognizant of the evils of …
    Joe Strieter at May 24 2015 11:34 am

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
@Pastor Andrew Preus #1

Spot on, Pr. Preus. And to Scott’s following post, it would seem that we have already achieved a new Union in our ecclesiastical gathering– not of Calvinism, per se, though its voice is obviously heard throughout our Synod’s regions, but of Enthusiasm. We are a Synodical Union of confessional Lutherans and Enthusiasts, …
    Brad at May 24 2015 08:58 am

LadyLike: A Book Every Man Should Read
Elizabeth,

Hi, if you really want my thoughts, for what they’re worth, feel free to email me via …
    Bethany Kilcrease at May 23 2015 09:58 pm

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
The KP is run by 1st VP Herb …
    Rev. Richard A. Bolland at May 23 2015 09:56 pm

Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification
Just to be super clear though. Both Pastor Andrew and Reverend Jakob are 100% orthodox. All I said about heterodoxy in the doctrine of UOJ I do not retract. Nonetheless none of it, zero, applies to Pastor Andrew and Reverend Jakob. Let me tell you why, Pastor Jakob clearly said there are exegetical issues with the doctrine. And Pastor Andrew, he clearly from the get go in his blog article affirmed (and I missed until I re-read now), that UOJ …
    Bill at May 23 2015 09:26 pm

LadyLike: A Book Every Man Should Read
@Bethany Kilcrease #2

Dear Bethany,

Could you elaborate on the gender ideals of the 1850s-1950s and how these differ from the biblical ideals? Especially when it comes to women working there seems to be some misunderstanding nowadays of ancient practices, where women were part of the economy, making money for the house, even while …
    Elizabeth Peters at May 23 2015 08:19 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
@Athanasius #16

Maybe I’m missing it, but it sounds like you and Dr. Noland (and Chemnitz for that matter) are on the same page about this: namely, that a doctrine from the HL books merits reinforcement from the AL books, but a doctrine cannot be drawn from the AL books apart from the HL books.

And as far as I know, the AL …
    J. Dean at May 23 2015 08:09 pm

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
Exactly WHO is in charge of the …
    J. Dean at May 23 2015 07:57 pm

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
Friends, permit me to re-post my comment made on Rev. Winter’s blog:

Good morning Pr. Winter, Your article has put an exclamation point one of the problems with the Koinonia Project, and perhaps its main problem. There is a confusion respecting what constitutes Synodical fellowship: fides qua or fides quae. Is it the faith by which we believe or the faith in which we believe. According to the Preface to the AC that basis is clearly the fides …
    Rev. Richard A. Bolland at May 23 2015 07:39 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
@Martin R. Noland #15

Yes, in the article Preus uses Chemnitz’ practice over and against his explicit position regarding the matter. What I really wish he would have done would be to give a citation for the claim, however. I just surveyed the 142 occurrences of “James” in the Examen, for example, and could not find a single …
    Athanasius at May 23 2015 07:18 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
@Athanasius #13

Dear Mr. Athanasius,

Sorry for comment #10 – my smartphone got cut off and I couldn’t delete it.

Thanks for the online article from J.A.O. Preus. I quickly skimmed it and noted that he observes, pp. 15-16: Chemnitz, both in his Loci Theologici, his Examen, as well as in the Formula of Concord of which he was a …
    Martin R. Noland at May 23 2015 06:38 pm

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
Pastor Winter’s warning about the Koinonia Project reminds me of the cabinet order of 1834 by King Friedrich Wilhelm III instituting the union of the Reformed and Lutheran churches in Prussia. This may sound a little far-fetched, but the order sounds very irenic, and in this case, is something we must guard against:

The Union proposes and intends no giving up of confessions of the faith hitherto in place; neither is the authority which …
    Scott Diekmann at May 23 2015 03:47 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
Dr. Noland,

In your comment #4, you cite the 1973 Statement where it says: “6. That certain canonical materials have greater authority than other canonical materials because of their greater antiquity or because they are allegedly more “genuine” or “authentic.””

You then connect this to an “improper” application of the antilegomena / homolegoumena distinction.

Chemnitz is quite blunt in saying that the antilegomena cannot be …
    Athanasius at May 23 2015 02:38 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
Here is a nice article by J.A.O. Preus that also speaks to the topic where he acknowledges a meaningful distinction between the homolegoumena and the antilegomena as well in the early Lutherans, Luther and Chemnitz …
    Athanasius at May 23 2015 02:34 pm

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
Dr. Noland,

Chemnitz earlier refers to the works about which he is speaking, and it is the disputed books that Eusebius lists after the homolegoumena including James and Hebrews, for example. Here is a relevant quotation, but the whole section is worth reading:

“Thus Eusebius, Bk. 3, chs. 3 and 25, distinguishes three classes of writings: The first, those which are neither spurious nor doubtful, but ἀαμφιλέκτως …
    Athanasius at May 23 2015 02:32 pm

Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification
And what is so abhorrent about this doctrine is that it bypasses the means of grace completely. Universal declaration of righteousness of every sinner at Christ’s resurrection ? Where is this in the bible ? And then what ? After faith or baptism the sinner is pronounced righteous a second time ? Both Luther and Calvin denied it, we are pronounced righteous only once at the time we come to faith. Only once is the sinner pronounced …
    Bill at May 23 2015 11:41 am

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2
Thank you for this article. If we are going to make distinctions, we should consult how Lutherans have always explained the church and her fellowship. This is the distinction between invisible and visible unity, or the invisible and visible church. The invisible is hidden under the visible. The distinction made by the Koinonia project makes it sound like we can actually identify and see the first kind of unity. No, we can’t. We identify it …
    Pastor Andrew Preus at May 23 2015 11:26 am

Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification
Notice that I did not say I have to have faith in my own faith, but that I I have to have faith in the objective truth that faith alone justifies. So the gospel is tobelieve the article that justification is by faith and is not universal. So UOJ is the anti gospel because its object of faith is false, all are declared rightejous is at Calvary is false. It is a false gospel, and many that believe it will be condemned at judgment day. Some …
    Bill at May 23 2015 10:43 am

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
Pastor Noland,
I have a question about the antilegomena.
If these books are the inspired word of God, how can we put them in a lower rank than the other books? Luther seemed to do this. So seems to have Chemnitz. Were these books seen more like “sermons” of men rather than the inerrant, inspired word of God? …
    Dave Schumacher at May 23 2015 10:22 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Thirsty Bones
Thanks for this clear message,our only hope now and …
    Earleene Childers at May 23 2015 08:53 am

Kenya’s Oldest, Most Read Newspaper Reports on Bishop Obare’s Corruption Including Allegations Involving LCEF Loan, by Pr. Rossow
@Justus Ochieng Amayo #26

Surely the courts won’t help much to salvage this wonderful church that obare wants to throw to the dogs. Can you imagine there are those who have always wanted to intervene to mediate in the ELCK menace and obare has repelled …
    Truth corner at May 23 2015 07:14 am

Kenya’s Oldest, Most Read Newspaper Reports on Bishop Obare’s Corruption Including Allegations Involving LCEF Loan, by Pr. Rossow
We know so well that the courts will never solve the current problems. I t is as simple as him going home and leaving the church in peace. If the court cases are barring him from retiring, why is he holding elections (of recent being that of the church secretary) despite the court cases??????????????Obare is a sycophant and we will never trust him. He should retire and go home with dignity which is no longer guaranteed if things continue like …
    Justus Ochieng Amayo at May 23 2015 06:21 am

Kenya’s Oldest, Most Read Newspaper Reports on Bishop Obare’s Corruption Including Allegations Involving LCEF Loan, by Pr. Rossow
@Truth corner #23

Thank you, you have hit the nail on the head. Obare and his so called allies are mere pretenders in the …
    Justus Ochieng Amayo at May 23 2015 06:07 am

Kenya’s Oldest, Most Read Newspaper Reports on Bishop Obare’s Corruption Including Allegations Involving LCEF Loan, by Pr. Rossow
The other day obare put some pastors under church discipline for going to court.Things have dramatically changed and he now wants his accusers to pursue a court process.THE SAME COURT CASES HE SAYS bar him from leaving office(clever for him). how did John Michoro manage to leave office in spite of the court cases while obare cant? They shared everything including the court cases!why cant obare go the same way michoro went? The other important …
    Truth corner at May 23 2015 01:43 am

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)
Dear Mr. Athanasius,

I believe your quote from Chemnitz in comment refers to the distinction between canonical and apocryphal writings, which …
    Martin R. Noland at May 23 2015 12:20 am

Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification
Or it just occured to me a simpler way of putting it, and keeping the 4 components in the article of justification the traditional way without adding a fifth one. This way is way better because we can truly speak of unconditional promises of the gospel. In order to do that we need to define what the promises of the gospel are.

1) The grace of God.
2) The merit of Christ.
3) The promise of the Gospel (The promise of the gospel is that faith …
    Bill at May 22 2015 11:55 pm