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Great Stuff — Great New Site — Floor Committee Weekend – Let Us Pray
I can’t think of any other website that doesn’t clearly identify the sponsors (individual or organization). …
    John Rixe at May 27 2016 05:14 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1
@jv verne #15

“I want a president with enough guts to give himself a pay cut…”

As a good many of the laity who pay those salaries have taken a financial “haircut” regularly since 2008 (and their savings are earning zilch), it would be nice if those at the top recognized those facts.

But I would like that on the governmental and …
    helen at May 27 2016 04:23 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1
@Pastor Adam Carl Salinas #14

I have to fill out a form every year to pay $0 on my loan. [And I feel abused about that!] After 25 years I’ll be home free, except for the IRS. (paraphrase)

To be “free” of the IRS as well, you need to save slightly more that $1000 a year. You probably spend more at Starbucks, or on something equally …
    helen at May 27 2016 04:02 pm

Great Stuff — Great New Site — Floor Committee Weekend – Let Us Pray
Who are the administrators of this website?  It seems to have a definite, specific agenda.  This is fine, but for transparency shouldn’t the administrators be clearly identified? …
    John Rixe at May 27 2016 04:01 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
@Scott Diekmann #14: “The Lutheran Church of Norway holds to a quia confession.”

Yes, but to what? The LCN website and the 2016 Convention Workbook both say the LCN quia confession is to only the Creeds, the AC and SC.

BTW, if you hear from Dr. Collver again ask him about these conflicting statements:

According to the LCMS webpage,     Carl Vehse at May 27 2016 12:50 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1
@Pastor Adam Carl Salinas #14

Dear Pastor Salinas,

Our district has benefited from a program funded by the Eli Lilly Foundation. The program is called the Ministerial Excellence Fund, or MEF. Recent news about it is here: http://in.lcms.org/ministerial-excellence-fund-updated

Your LC-MS district may have a similar program, so start with them …
    Martin R. Noland at May 27 2016 12:20 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
I contacted Dr. Collver. The Lutheran Church of Norway holds to a quia confession. I’ll post more on this within the next couple of …
    Scott Diekmann at May 27 2016 11:49 am

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS
The Overture 4-29 phrase, “Synodical Union,” refers to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Thus the word “members,” likely refers (according to the Synod’s Constitution, Art. V) to individuals and congregations who are members of the LCMS. Baptized and communicant members of a member congregation are not members of the Synod unless they qualify as individual …
    Carl Vehse at May 27 2016 10:22 am

In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments
Writing is also a good way for me to work through questions and ideas. If others can benefit from my mental exercises, so much the better.

We do benefit and enjoy your articles, Officer Klotz.  I would welcome an piece  sometime on how a Christian cop can keep on going in this hostile, disrespectful culture.  Why aren’t there more just giving …
    John Rixe at May 27 2016 10:18 am

In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments
@Alex Guggenheim #3

Don’t we decide then to accept the gift or at least decide not to reject the gift? I’ve had this explained to me a million times but still don’t understand it. :)

Romans 10:9
John 1:12

(The Gideons’ sinners prayer seems to me almost word for word from Romans …
    John Rixe at May 27 2016 09:06 am

Licensed Lay Whatchamacallit? Let Gottesdienst help you understand the issue.
In a section with the oxymoronic (per Tr.67) title of “Background (Laymen Serving in a Pastoral Role in the LCMS)” (p. 3), the Task Force Report refers to the Lord’s mandate for the pastoral office, as attested to in Scripture and the Confessions, as well as the understanding contained …
    Carl Vehse at May 27 2016 09:03 am

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS
@Carl Vehse #12

The term Members. Is the reference to member congregation, individual members? I would like to be able to read these things and understand the …
    MarkR at May 27 2016 08:12 am

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
As noted earlier, Den Lutherske Kirke i Norge (The Lutheran Church in Norway) consists of Messiaskirken (Christ Church) in Oslo, with a few satellite churches in other cities.

Satellite churches with no pastor are led by laypersons with the sermons from the pastor at Christ Church transmitted by …
    Carl Vehse at May 27 2016 07:23 am

In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments
I would be careful using the expression that it is God that does all the verbs. In the Greek we know that there is the active middle and passive voice and the passive voice is particularly important in the noting that the subject receives the action of the verb and does not do the action of the verb and in the active voice the subject performs explicitly the action of the verb.

This is critical to know because in Acts 16:31 where the …
    Alex Guggenheim at May 27 2016 07:16 am

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
@Jais H. Tinglund #10: And this phrasing does it is not at all in itself indicate a “quatenus” subscription – rather, depending on the actual practise of the LCN, it might just as well be an unreserved “quia” subscription to the Lutheran Confession

“Woulda, coulda, shoulda…” doesn’t count.

The Lutheran Church in Norway does …
    Carl Vehse at May 27 2016 07:15 am

Licensed Lay Whatchamacallit? Let Gottesdienst help you understand the issue.
Awesome. Well …
    walter troeger at May 27 2016 01:18 am

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
Dear BJS bloggers,
Don’t confuse the small LCN with the state church of Norway. The
latter is as liberal as they get; the former is a new church and is very conservative and confessional. The analogy with the small Danish free Lutheran church is correct.
Yours in Christ, Martin R. …
    Martin R. Noland at May 27 2016 12:12 am

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
@Carl Vehse #9

Well, as far as that goes, there is nothing new under the sun. This only means that the Lutheran Church of Norway in its statement of beliefs only refer to the same confessional documents as the Evangelical Lutheran Free Church in Denmark – a faithful and unreservedly Confessional Lutheran church body with which the LCMS …
    Jais H. Tinglund at May 26 2016 11:56 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1
Dear BJS bloggers,

I think it is important to note a couple of the comments here where they admit that folks criticized even the most conservative LCMS presidents we have had since the early 60s. Before that, Burgdorf chewed out Behnken frequently. So is the problem that LCMS is filled with cranky conservatives–or are they normal folks and there is a structural problem that has been around since the 1940s. I suggest you all go to the ACELC …
    Martin R. Noland at May 26 2016 11:01 pm

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS
I suspect there will be demands for a separate Hispanic District first; and such balkanization would be quickly …
    Carl Vehse at May 26 2016 09:04 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
The Lutheran Church in Norway website, and its English translation, substantiate the statement in Overture 5-01 (2016 Convention Workbook, p. 341): “As has been the practice among Scandinavian Lutherans, it subscribes to the three ecumenical creeds, the Small Catechism, …
    Carl Vehse at May 26 2016 08:58 pm

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS
@Pastor Prentice #18

The “non-geographical districts were formed on the basis of languages which few speak any more (or in the case of the English, which everyone speaks now). Perhaps we should have a “non geographical” German district?

As African and Asian congregations develop in some …
    helen at May 26 2016 08:56 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2
@Carl Vehse #2
“The Scandinavian practice of a partial quia (aka quatenus) subscription to a “Level of [A&P] Fellowship” has been accepted by the SP and the CTCR as equivalent to a full quia subscription to the Book of Concord of 1580, which is required for all rostered members of the Missouri Synod and for all communicant members of Missouri …
    Jais H. Tinglund at May 26 2016 06:30 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
@JV Verne …
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at May 26 2016 05:36 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
Oops, hit a nerve, did I. So, we all know who the next president will be. So what you are saying is that, early next year raises won’t be given at the purple palace? Sure they …
    JV Verne at May 26 2016 05:19 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
@Carl Vehse #1

wrt Question 8

I agree with Pr Maier

  Suffrage for Comfort Dogs!  Make America Great …
    John Rixe at May 26 2016 04:56 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
@JV Verne #3

JV Verne, I’d appreciate a more of a charitable response than that. If you want to characterize a candidate, say what you mean and back it up with evidence. Drive-by shootings don’t add anything to the …
    Scott Diekmann at May 26 2016 04:55 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
@JV Verne #3

J Verne – on notice. Any more like that and you will find yourself in moderation or …
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at May 26 2016 04:55 pm

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3
@JV Verne #3
Dear JV,
Why do you make fun of serious problems? Pastor Scheer, please handle this, you did in an earlier one against Alan. Is this not the …
    Pastor Prentice at May 26 2016 04:49 pm

Licensed Lay Whatchamacallit? Let Gottesdienst help you understand the issue.
A Reaction to Task Force 4-06A
On the 6th of May, 2016, the LCMS Office of the President sent a video via e-mail that supports the ordination of licensed lay deacons pursuant to Task Force 4-06A. The tenor of the video is that licensed deacons have been and are performing the duties of the Office of Public Ministry and therefore they ought to be ordained and given the title “pastor” for the sake of “certainty.” Not one of the …
    Wesley Tetsuji Kan at May 26 2016 04:48 pm