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Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@helen #12

Maybe we will know that quantitative information as soon as the mind-reading helmet is properly …
    Carl Vehse at May 02 2016 05:42 pm

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@John Rixe #11

You, not me, described the paragraph as “so unusually interesting.”

I said, “These reports make interesting reading,” and quoted the first paragraph of the Texas District report.

And I used the phrase “interesting reading” in the sense of a “Where’s Waldo?” exercise in trying …
    Carl Vehse at May 02 2016 05:36 pm

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@John Rixe #11

@Carl Vehse #10

What were the “questions” that induced Texas District to “study its …
    helen at May 02 2016 05:31 pm

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@Carl Vehse #10

Again I’m kind of slow here.  What is your point wrt the Texas District? Why is the paragraph so unusually …
    John Rixe at May 02 2016 03:38 pm

Communion Every Sunday: Surprise, Surprise
@Jefferson M Arnold #49
Dear Jefferson,
If you were baptized, the Church does not re-baptize you. This is a heretical practice and is not consistent with the apostolic tradition and Biblical norm. No Lutheran Church would ever re-baptize, unless the first baptism was in error (non-trinitarian), or you simply cannot prove it, or doubted truly you …
    Pastor Prentice at May 02 2016 12:28 pm

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
The 2016 Convention Workbook also includes the triennial reports of all of the Synod’s Districts. These reports make interesting reading. For example, here’s the first paragraph of the Texas District report (p. 122): “The Texas District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has studied its viability since the last convention by reflecting on the questions …
    Carl Vehse at May 02 2016 11:11 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 6
Blessings to you Pastor this is what the church needs to proclaim till jesus comes …
    Deacon Dave Jewell at May 01 2016 10:30 pm

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Title IX of the United States Education Amendments of 1972 states (in part): “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” However, Title IX does provide for a specific exemption for religious schools. The Title IX religious exemption states: “Title IX …
    Carl Vehse at May 01 2016 07:30 pm

The Voice of the Church in the Public Square
What a beautiful testimony. As a fellow Lutheran I want to say
thank you for saying what had to be said. God bless …
    Gladys Pickering at May 01 2016 01:44 pm

Out of Africa – Corruption, Bishop Obare and the ELCK, by Pr. Rossow
I know our living God is watching Obare has enriched himself with funds ment for ELCK Projects and is busy identifying leaders who will protect his interest once out of office God is …
    Erick amayo at Apr 30 2016 11:47 pm

Really, Christians Should not Sing “Come Thou Fount”: A Reply to My Critics
Dear Rev. Preus: For a number of years, as I have hymns in church, I would suddenly be taken aback, because I felt there was something wrong with the words. I toyed with the idea of taking a hymnal and going through it to check out my suspicion. Your two posts on “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, 686 in the Lutheran Service Book, have now motivated me to do just that.
I have not completed the task. I have gone from 331 to 399, a …
    George A. Marquart at Apr 30 2016 07:00 pm

The Voice of the Church in the Public Square
*This* is what the 1st Amendment is all about. We may have to endure false prophets at the same podium from time to time, based on said 1st Amendment, to be sure.

Unlike what a certain former Lutheran Hour speaker, who “auditioned” for the position of chaplain of the U.S. Congress years ago seems to have thought, there is *nothing* in the Constitution that would prohibit such a faithful and *pointed* petition to the one true God, the Holy …
    Rev. David Mueller at Apr 30 2016 12:11 pm

Church Coffee Shops, Good Idea or Bad? by Pr. Rossow
Once we open up a business it takes about 10 seconds until the money changers bastardize the mission of the …
    Jerald Truesdell at Apr 29 2016 08:31 pm

Establishing the Family Altar
@Ombogo #21

There are a lot of things, but if you have Luther’s Catechism, I think he would say that is the best for daily devotion. He said he used it …
    helen at Apr 29 2016 05:45 pm

Church Coffee Shops, Good Idea or Bad? by Pr. Rossow
@helen #77

It’s the kiddies from years ago whose parents provided them their sippy cups and Cherrios in the back of the nave (aka the “kiddy pews”) that now, as “adults,” haven’t kicked the habit, thanks to Evian, SmartWater, Starbucks, and …
    Carl Vehse at Apr 29 2016 03:09 pm

Church Coffee Shops, Good Idea or Bad? by Pr. Rossow
@Patty #76

The Dr Pepper is no worse/better than the coffee. It’s the adults who are setting a bad example. How/when did we become a nation of toddlers…everyone with a bottle/drink cup in his/her hand ALL the …
    helen at Apr 29 2016 12:30 pm

Overture to Condemn the Conscription of Women
In the Missouri Synod’s 2016 Convention Workbook (pp. 354-356) there are four overtures dealing with using women in military combat:

5-29, To Condemn Conscription of Women
5-30, To Consider Ramifications of Conscription of Women into Military Service
5-31, To Condemn and Renounce Employment of Women in Military Combat
5-32, To Protect Consciences of Women …
    Carl Vehse at Apr 29 2016 09:00 am

Overture to Condemn the Conscription of Women
@Carl Vehse #51: [2013] Res. 2-12A sort-of-boldly “Resolved, That the CTCR study this issue and produce a statement that can be considered and acted upon by the Synod in its next convention.”
So far the CTCR has not released any such statement on this “issue”.

Because the CTCR does not post its …
    Carl Vehse at Apr 29 2016 08:57 am

Establishing the Family Altar
This is a very insightful advice for christian families! How I wish this materials could be availed by our church here …
    Ombogo at Apr 29 2016 01:49 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Rev. Robert Mayes #76
As for the parochial school, we have such a different social set-up with legal requirements from the state that not every pastor is able to meet (needs a B.S. Ed, teaching certificate, etc.). I would also suggest that our parochial schools are a LOT different today than they were in the 16th cent.

They are a lot …
    helen at Apr 28 2016 08:10 pm

Church Coffee Shops, Good Idea or Bad? by Pr. Rossow
We have a coffee shop in our church, it bothers me to see people bring their coffee in the sanctuary. More churches are becoming social clubs and have no respect for God we also had two teenagers bring their cans of dr pepper in the pew it ain’t …
    Patty at Apr 28 2016 08:00 pm

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Carl Vehse #74

@John Rixe #73
Yes, the problem is the people that break the rules and are not held accountable. Yes, the Overture is to right error in practice. But as you say, unless we stiffen up, rules and even good order practice …
    Pastor Prentice at Apr 28 2016 12:03 pm

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Russell Thurman #70

Hi Russell:

Good observation. I would humbly posit that in the context of the 16th century which did not have “Bible studies” like we do, that teaching most commonly was another reference to preaching. But perhaps it was more like the preaching that happened in catechetical services, where sermons on the Small …
    Rev. Robert Mayes at Apr 28 2016 11:36 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
“Activities
Vicars are to participate in or observe all facets of the parish ministry. They normally preach for regular services at least once a month, with evening services and chapel services for the day school or midweek school offering supplemental preaching experiences. They participate in evangelism programs and youth ministries, teach confirmation and Bible classes, visit the sick and shut-ins, assist in administration, conduct liturgies, …
    John Rixe at Apr 28 2016 11:35 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
This overture is in the 2016 Convention Workbook (p. 357) as 6-02 To No Longer Allow or Compel Vicars to Appear to Rightly Administer the Sacrament, submitted by Pilgrim, Kilgore, TX; Grace, Paris, TX; Immanuel, Terre Haute, IN.

Handling this overture will be Floor Committee 6: Seminaries:
C: James Baneck (ND);
DP: Vice chair: John Hill (WY);
VOM: Benjamin Ball …
    Carl Vehse at Apr 28 2016 11:25 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Pastor Prentice #71

Don’t you think, however, that the more we have complicated, hard and fast rules the more the rules will be ignored?

IMO we just have to rely on our dedicated pastors for good supervision and good judgement. I’m sure there are already at least some simple printed guidelines for vicarage …
    John Rixe at Apr 28 2016 11:20 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Russell Thurman #70
Dear Russell,
Now I toss this out, perhaps the “sitz im leben” (situation in place) for the Confessions. Back then (and history majors, chime in), perhaps the only teacher was the pastor(s) in reality. You don’t need a Bible Study, come to the Service and spend a few hours, an hour sermon, now that is teaching.
Sunday …
    Pastor Prentice at Apr 28 2016 11:04 am

Vicar Overture for 2016 Convention
@Russell Thurman #70
Dear Russell,
I say, yes, a vicar can teach, no different than you, but under the authority of the pastor and strict oversight.
Now this is where it can get interesting…the congregation by polity and our confessional views issues and truly is the calling agent (thru the Holy Spirit, yes), can that congregation call …
    Pastor Prentice at Apr 28 2016 10:57 am

Sleepless in Milwaukee
@Scott Diekmann #31

@Russell Thurman #30
Hello again,
And thinking about it, Deacon Graves is not a LCD (licensed lay deacon) in the terms we are currently using. He only can do the work for Faith, under my authority. Some may consider this a cross between …
    Pastor Prentice at Apr 28 2016 10:51 am

Sleepless in Milwaukee
Regarding the differing directions of the 50 overtures on the Licensed Lay Deacon (LLD), here is an excerpt from the President’s Report (p. 4): Note Bene!
• Both seminary faculties have passed resolutions in support of the task
force recommendations.
• The CTCR unanimously resolved to support the task force
recommendations.
• This proposal would affect about 225 men who are currently serving
as pastors. It would not affect those …
    Carl Vehse at Apr 28 2016 09:32 am