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The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement
@Rev. Richard A. Bolland #10

A lack of faith is exactly what it is, Pr. Bolland, and a significant misunderstanding of what the church actually is. But then again, this is a horse long dead and flogged. Anyone who doesn’t understand yet that the LCMS is overwhelmingly compromised by Enthusiasts of nearly every stripe, either isn’t paying …
    Brad at Jul 24 2016 05:31 pm

The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement
Behind all the CGM strategies and methodologies is a deep-seeded lack of faith in the power of the Means of Grace to accomplish what God wants accomplished. They simply do not believe that the Gospel can work through His appointed means of grace…at least not efficiently to produce the “results” that men want to achieve. The Word and Sacraments must (in their view) be propped up by their gimmicks, catchy tunes, multi-media screens, etc. …
    Rev. Richard A. Bolland at Jul 24 2016 04:22 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
Surely the LCMS doesn’t want to be percieved as a Taliban-like organization.

I feel we are but swirls before your …
    Gregjgrose at Jul 23 2016 04:58 pm

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope
@Mark #2

Yep, I agree, Mark. I’ve also thought that (only a little tongue in cheek) our Lutheran ordination rite should be modified to include using a hot iron to brand the letters UAC on every new pastor’s left breast. I bet that would test a guy’s commitment to the Confessions fairly …
    Brad at Jul 23 2016 06:51 am

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
Also, Kurt, not sure if this is your angle, but just wanted to say:

The Gospel is what it is. It’s about the atonement and sacrifice that Jesus made for us out of His unfathomable love. It’s about changing our future from certain damnation to certain eternal life. If you are hoping to dress it up and make it fun or entertaining, you’re missing the point for a number of reasons. First of all, it takes the focus away from Christ and unto self. …
    Joseph Gerth at Jul 23 2016 06:41 am

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Kurt Poeppel #23

Others have touched on points I was going to make, so I’ll try to be brief. I think much of it comes down to a misunderstanding (or ignorance) of Law and Gospel. Would it be a stretch to say that most people don’t care much about the Gospel because they feel that they have no need of it? In other words, if I’m a pretty good …
    Joseph Gerth at Jul 23 2016 06:26 am

Book Review — Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry
I am near completing my read of this great book. It is a must read for every confessing, fundamental, orthodox, believer in the inerrancy and inspiration of Holy Scripture. A great rebuke and refutation of the modern, progressive, historic-criticism crowd who are willing to place their reason above the authority of God’s Word. A direct rebuke of those within the LCMS who claim orthodoxy, but deny it with their criticism of …
    Rev. Toby Byrd at Jul 22 2016 10:52 pm

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
Mark, I agree with you about how the professors influence the seminarians. You have isolated the heart of the problem of interpreting AC 7 as a good example of not interpreting the article first within its historical context and then applied today as our Lutheran continuity with the doctrine and worship of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Knowledge can and does puff up some …
    Robert Placer at Jul 22 2016 07:54 pm

Pastor, Can We Sing Patriotic Songs in Church?
When I enter those church doors, I understand I am to leave my nationality right there. I am free to pray for my country, to pray for wisdom of its leaders. I am free to pray for mercy for the inhabitants. I am free to thank God for his blessings He has so graciously given to our country, and the men and women that have served us. What the divine service should not do is pick songs that send a message that Jesus is an American. We should keep in …
    Tracy The Layman at Jul 22 2016 05:28 pm

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
@jwskud #45

Yeah, I’m sure we don’t know the half of …
    Mark at Jul 22 2016 05:05 pm

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope
Every church that fancies itself Lutheran should offer annually a study of the entire BOC. That’s how important it is. Every member should enroll often. Any church not wanting to study the confessions should not benefit from the cachet of the name, Lutheran. Sorry, but churches in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for example, are not Lutheran, so they only cause confusion by continuing to use the name.

Let us not, with our rich …
    Mark at Jul 22 2016 04:56 pm

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
@Mark #43

Hi Mark,
I watched a presentation by Pastor Will Weedon some years ago, wherein he was addressing a group of ordained pastors. He talked about visiting our seminaries to speak on the topic of the confessions. Before speaking about them, he’d give a surprise quiz on their contents. Supposedly …
    jwskud at Jul 22 2016 04:41 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@T-rav #28

It did, chief. Thank …
    J. Dean at Jul 22 2016 03:47 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Pastor Prentice #29

I think I get what you’re saying. …
    T-rav at Jul 22 2016 03:45 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@T-rav #27
Hello T-RaV,
hMMM, I think this rebellion is really intellectual ignorance. I had it for a time as a young person. I think you know what I mean.

I officially love being in the Sanctuary, in the Church, with Body and Blood on my mouth, etc.

I would say, rebellion is refusing to call God, God…oh, gotta go, hitting the …
    Pastor Prentice at Jul 22 2016 03:43 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@J. Dean #26

I suggest looking at the link in post #13. It may help a …
    T-rav at Jul 22 2016 03:33 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Pastor Prentice #25

I’m not sure I agree with your point number 3. You say rebellion is not the issue, but then you describe what I would call rebellion.

“Truly, God is everywhere, we can pray to Him anywhere.”

Is He everywhere for the forgiveness of sins? Is it not rebellious to refuse to come to the place where baptism …
    T-rav at Jul 22 2016 03:32 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Kurt Poeppel #23

By your logic Christ should have never been crucified. Either that, or you’re suggesting there was something wrong with his message, because Israel’s Sanhedrin sure didn’t want to hear it.

We are sinners and do not want to hear the truth that we need a Savior. We are tainted with original sin. We rebel and do not want to …
    J. Dean at Jul 22 2016 03:15 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Kurt Poeppel #23
Dear Kurt,
01) If a person needs an excuse, they will find one. Millions of excuses to be had.

02) Why are people avoiding Church? My take, “you ain’t gonna die”. At least for a while. Youth and invincibility do come into play.

03) I do not think rebelling is the issue. Truly, God is everywhere, we can pray …
    Pastor Prentice at Jul 22 2016 02:38 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Kurt Poeppel #23

What is your goal here?

You said in the other article that you have no interest in talking us out of our religion.

You have stated time and again that you believe the reason people don’t go to church is because of what we confessional Lutherans believe about sin and Jesus’ atonement.

Seriously, it’s not that we don’t …
    T-rav at Jul 22 2016 01:19 pm

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@J. Dean #22

I don’t think sports is needed as an excuse to avoid church. There are plenty of other good excuses, like “it’s too cold out” or “I have to do my taxes.” 😉

Why are people looking for excuses to avoid church in the first place? That is the deeper question. If the Gospel is such a powerful and wonderful life-changing message, …
    Kurt Poeppel at Jul 22 2016 12:19 pm

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
I hope no one thinks that I implied a solid theological education always turns out orthodox men. I only wish that were …
    LadyL at Jul 22 2016 12:05 pm

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope
It is interesting to note our contemporary situation’s similarity to that of Walther’s time. I wonder if or when the incredibly small remnant of actual American Lutherans who are left, will follow Walther’s lead in building that witness in a new synodical structure… then work to unite in orthodoxy the various other small synods who are in their own nascent phases of trying to do the same …
    Brad at Jul 22 2016 11:37 am

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
@Kurt Poeppel #21

I agree that we can go too far and turn into legalistic pietists on this issue. Sports in and of itself is not bad, not at all. But what’s being addressed is how it becomes a god in the lives of people, and particularly (as I see more and more) how people are willing to give up assembling in church for it.

I once read …
    J. Dean at Jul 22 2016 10:45 am

TWL: Closer than the Devil
Pastor Hull,

Thanks for the teaching. I look forward to more. I especially like that you let us know what Luther says about the text. You can even make your lessons longer if you want. ! 🙂

Blessings,
Ginny …
    Ginny Valleau at Jul 22 2016 10:28 am

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
@LadyL #40

I have no formal theological training but that doesn’t mean I’m heterodox; at least not anymore. Education, however, may not be the entire solution here. I think some pastors who have graduated from the Concordia system and who have been duly educated and who have vowed fidelity to the …
    Mark at Jul 22 2016 09:03 am

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
@LadyL #40

“The Synod should investigate the spiritual formation of seminarians at Concordia Seminary St. Louis. He should never have been ordained.”

Kao didn’t go through the “regular” seminary program (although how regular CSL’s “regular” seminary program is may be debated…by the …
    helen at Jul 22 2016 08:23 am

Why Go to Worship When You Can Go to Wrigley?
I don’t think the average American treats sports as a religion or “worships” sports. It’s just a nice escape from reality for a bit. A diversion. A hobby. Sure, there are some overzealous fans, but I don’t think they are the majority.

What’s wrong with sports? Sure, anything can become excessive, but overall it’s harmless. The Taliban famously banned things like soccer and kite flying. Surely the LCMS doesn’t want to be percieved as a …
    Kurt Poeppel at Jul 22 2016 08:15 am

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation
@LadyL #40

Thumbs up to you, LadyL! Those who have been touting the success of the convention have been conveniently ignoring problems like …
    Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) at Jul 22 2016 07:46 am

Book Review — Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry
I just ordered two copies – one for me – and one to share with my fellow congregation members. I heard this young man defend orthodox practices at the ACELC conference in Austin. While others were trying to be funny and entertaining, high church, or liberal, this church scholar searched for quotes from our confessions, our church fathers, and Scripture on his laptop to defend orthodoxy. He gained my utmost respect at this conference, and that of …
    LadyL at Jul 22 2016 07:40 am