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The following are the latest 30 comments on Steadfast Lutherans.

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
Yes, relativism is always a great response. Dogs are good for me, not for you. Meanwhile I’ll disregard everything doctrinal spoken against comfort dogs and emotionalize doors opening and Jesus riding in on the backs of canines.

Answer the doctrinal arguments with doctrinal responses. That’s what Christians do. Our reasoning is governed by God’s Word, not the dictates of relativistic feel-goodery. You are spending 12,000 dollars of God’s …
    Elizabeth Peters at Mar 28 2017 10:34 pm

Children in Church
Thanks so much
real practical help for learning the litergy for kids to …
    Hazel Rogowski at Mar 28 2017 10:14 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@RevJimO #148

Great response. Thanks for chiming …
    Sean at Mar 27 2017 03:32 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
It seems to me, that the bottom line is: some of us embrace the idea of employing a Comfort Dog in our ministries, while others do not. Those of us, who do, aren’t going to spend a lot of time, in the future, trying to convince others of the merits of this ministry. We’ll just do it, and we’ll watch and see how Jesus opens doors – using a dog and its human handlers. To those of you, who don’t feel good about this ministry, you know your …
    RevJimO at Mar 27 2017 01:01 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
There is nary a thing new being said, and the repetition is getting quite boring and tedious

So true, but when a comment seems incomplete or not entirely accurate it’s good to respond for clarification putting the best construction on everything. …
    John Rixe at Mar 27 2017 07:54 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
I read the first 30 or so posts here, and decided I would e-mail Pr Rojas personally, thanking his for his clarification of matters, which is right there in his words, and about which Pr, Praue and one of his kin said it was well-done and spot-on – early on. I could see what was about to happen.

By my reckoning Sports Fans, we are a nearly 100 comments beyond saying anything useful. There is nary a thing new being said, and the repetition …
    jb at Mar 25 2017 10:26 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@John Rixe #139</

Dear John,
I am familiar with many of LCC's wonderful works of compassion and I commend them for it. I do not want to diminish that in any way. I am simply addressing the financial concerns raised here. Supporting the work of ministry can be financially challenging so I just thought that perhaps some of …
    LW at Mar 25 2017 10:13 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@John Rixe #143

Well then I guess it was oversight to include Mark as he also did not address disaster victims in that …
    T-rav at Mar 25 2017 05:44 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@T-rav #140

I don’t think Paul’s comment related to disaster victims but to just a friendly preschool visit at the teacher’s request. I may be …
    John Rixe at Mar 25 2017 03:24 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Rev. William Ringer #119

(Per Danny #118 – sorry)

Call me a nerd if you will, but to once again remind: in the LCMS there is no such term as “laypeople”. All males who are not clergy are “laymen”. Females are called women, since they’re ineligible for the clerical role.

It irks me to regularly hear and see “lay” applied to cover …
    Marc L at Mar 25 2017 01:51 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
John Rixe
What is not helpful is replacing the Gospel with dogs. What is not useful is the poor stewardship demonstrated by spending an outlandish amount of money for one dog. The amount of one dog could actually go to spreading the Gospel via supporting one missionary. No wonder the LCMS is declining in numbers when members of the LCMS replace the real ministry, Word and Sacrament, with the so called comfort dog “ministry”. As the author …
    GaiusKurios at Mar 25 2017 01:51 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@John Rixe #139

While I know that wasn’t addressed to me specifically, I will say, no I haven’t, but it sounds like Paul did have a negative report, so maybe Mark’s comment is helpful after …
    T-rav at Mar 25 2017 01:41 pm

Fun and Faith
@Rev. McCall #7

Good …
    Marsha at Mar 25 2017 01:13 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@GaiusKurios #138

@Mark #137

@LW #136

Not helpful.  Have you had any personal experience in the LCC …
    John Rixe at Mar 25 2017 01:07 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
LW
Great point. The synod needs to establish a SMP program (special ministry pooches) for all those small and remote locals which cannot afford a full time comfort dog or because there is a shortage of comfort dogs. I think at our local animal shelter you can get a pooch for like $90 (the cost of spaying). You could enroll them in the SMP program and viola! a newly minted comfort dog. No need to waste time and money , just establish a SMP …
    GaiusKurios at Mar 25 2017 10:32 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Paul #126

…not one word was spoken about Jesus, the Gospel, the Scriptures, etc. Not one word.

I guess the comfort cat got their …
    Mark at Mar 25 2017 09:15 am

“God Bearers” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
“The Spirit does not come through the Word, but the Spirit uses the Word as His Sword to accomplish His will.” George A. Marquart

These two propositions should not be set in opposition to each other. They entail each other. The reason the Word of God is the sword of the Spirit is because it is the Word of the Spirit. Where the Word is there is the Spirit. Jesus says that his words are spirit and life.

When you say that we receive the …
    Rolf Preus at Mar 24 2017 06:44 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
Regarding the cost of these pooches, isn’t there some kind of less expensive specific ministry training they could undergo in order to make them more affordable to LCC? Couldn’t the dogs take out loans to cover their training expenses and pay them back as they are able (perhaps the synod could establish a small salary guideline for them, and heaven forbid they go bankrupt and have to leave the ministry)? Couldn’t the dogs raise two or three …
    LW at Mar 24 2017 04:16 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Mark #130

5. Promote and nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of pastors and professional church workers.


    helen at Mar 24 2017 02:47 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Ellen Prohl #124

Thanks be to God for that.

I’ll thank God for “dog ministries”, the day after the SP and the DP’s have taken the placement of CRM’s seriously and the last one is serving again.

Meanwhile, anything I have to give will help support men and their …
    helen at Mar 24 2017 02:33 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Jim Heap #127

“Halle-on-the-Mississippi” LOL!

I “got” this one and enjoyed it.

The other “name calling”, not so much, Jim!
[But I see it disappeared …
    helen at Mar 24 2017 02:09 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Jim Heap #130

Just …
    T-rav at Mar 24 2017 01:41 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Jim Heap …
    John Rixe at Mar 24 2017 01:26 pm

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
From the LCMS website located at https://www.lcms.org/aboutus

Seven Mission Priorities
1. Plant, sustain, and revitalize Lutheran churches
2. Support and expand theological education
3. Perform human care in close proximity to Word and Sacrament ministries
4. Collaborate with the Synod’s members and partners to enhance mission effectiveness
5. Promote and nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of pastors and …
    Mark at Mar 24 2017 01:02 pm

“God Bearers” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
Pastor Preus: When I read these sentences from your sermon, I could not help but think they teach synergism:
“To hear God’s word and to keep it is to have God within us, even as God was within Mary.
But if we hear God’s word and keep it, God lives within us.
When we lay hold of God’s word, trust in it, put our confidence in it, God himself lives within us.
The Holy Spirit comes to us and lives within us. He comes to us by the word …
    George A. Marquart at Mar 24 2017 11:47 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Jim Heap #127

If that’s what they are calling Fort Wayne these …
    Rev. William Ringer at Mar 24 2017 11:47 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@Paul #126

Great point! PETSMART™ might as well have sent comfort/therapy dogs: They don’t preach Christ …
    PastorRojas+ at Mar 24 2017 11:39 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
And Spener’s demise in 1705 does not negate the possibility that you graduated from “Halle-on-the-Mississippi”, …
    Jim Heap at Mar 24 2017 10:27 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
Two days ago our preschool had a comfort dog with handlers visit them at the teacher’s request. Though the handlers had a bunch of kids and their parents present (most of whom are not members of our congregation), not one word was spoken about Jesus, the Gospel, the Scriptures, etc. Not one word. I love dogs. Nothing against dogs or dog lovers. But it is absolutely ridiculous how much money is being poured into this so-called ministry. The …
    Paul at Mar 24 2017 09:27 am

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God
@ Ellen Prohl #124

I am saddened, when we know from Scripture, it is the proclamation of the Gospel that comforts and saves, that we are placing dogs into the formula. Dogs can’t bark out the words of Christ. Scripture is powerful and efficacious. It is busy and active when spoken, preached, and read. Dogs have nothing to do with it.

When you say you weren’t present at these tragedies, but the dogs were, I can’t see how their presence …
    Ginny at Mar 24 2017 07:37 am