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God Made Them Male and Female
Great article, thank you. Here’s an article over at The Federalist, a post by Mollie Hemingway on …
    wineonthevines at Sep 02 2015 09:43 am

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
@Brad #7: “The first, and most painful action that must be taken, is to find out who is of the same mind and Confession.”

Coincidentally the first item on the Koinonia Project’s 2022 Agenda will be to call for a Blue Ribbon Task Force to find …
    Carl Vehse at Sep 02 2015 08:31 am

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
@The Rev. Larry A. Peters #5

Larry,

Fixing the process is necessary, but the division within the Synod seems, to my observation, why we continue to fail at doing so. To borrow an analogy, imagine trying to fix a process/system in your car (synod) that is running poorly, and you have a team of …
    Brad at Sep 02 2015 07:26 am

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
Regarding overtures that are likely to make it through the 2016 LCMS Convention Floor Committees, on August 30, 2015, Pres. Harrison said on Facebook: Starting to gear up for the next LCMS convention. Milwaukee 2016 here we come. We’ve made good on the resolutions from 2013. Two very significant items which I’m confident we will …
    Carl Vehse at Sep 01 2015 10:38 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
On August 19, 2015, at 12:27pm Tullian Tchividjian wrote on Facebook: “Whoever does not know God hidden in suffering does not know God at all.”

—Martin Luther A search with Google and Bing comes up empty for a specific reference from where that quote of Martin Luther comes. In some places it’s only given as a paraphrase. Does anyone know where …
    Carl Vehse at Sep 01 2015 10:19 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
I was a member of the PCA for many years and the PCA statement concerning his discpline, he ignored. Does he not believe in discpline for …
    Earleene Childers at Sep 01 2015 10:01 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
On August 7 at 4:39pm, Tullian Tchividjian wrote on Facebook: “What typically happens when a Christian leader falls is that they disappear and only reappear when they’re strong and shiny again. No one ever sees them in their broken and weakened condition. When we do this, we send the message that Christianity is only for good and strong and clean people. …
    Carl Vehse at Sep 01 2015 09:24 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
I would ask Tullian, “what does he mean that leaving the public eye would undermine the messsge of grace he preached”?? Does he think he is a better preacher by his adulterous act?
Tullian, you are confused and I would had hoped he would think about the shame he brought on the Body of Christ. It is so …
    Earleene Childers at Sep 01 2015 09:04 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
@Carl Vehse #30

“Tchividjian has remained active on social media since resigning. He told CT earlier this summer that leaving the public eye would undermine the message of grace he preached.”

A little time out for reflection wouldn’t hurt!
He’s undermined his “message of grace” already, …
    helen at Sep 01 2015 08:54 pm

Sanctified by Marriage and Family
@Dutch #2

I don’t think that Pastors (or men in general) are forbidden to read Katie Luther, are …
    helen at Sep 01 2015 08:48 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
From an August 22, 2015, article, “Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce“: “There was little public information available about the divorce filing. Under Florida law, one party must establish that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order for the union to be dissolved. Tullian and his wife, Kim, married in …
    Carl Vehse at Sep 01 2015 08:27 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
If you prefer the direct church link (scroll down until you find him) …
    Ryan at Sep 01 2015 07:24 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
@Ryan #27

FWIW: The name of that “church” is “Church Unstoppable” and it’s in the facebook category “Entertainment …
    Norm Fisher at Sep 01 2015 06:56 pm

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor
FYI about Tchividian (btw this is not THE Willow Creek). …
    Ryan at Sep 01 2015 06:46 pm

Communion Every Sunday: Surprise, Surprise
I realize the article was written 15 years ago when the New Reformation of American Lutheranism was still young. Perhaps many still need to reason it out in such fashion today.

But instead of running the numbers let us consider their sum and substance. “This cup IS the new testament in my blood.” That means that the Eucharist constitutes us and defines us as God’s redeemed people in Christ. It means that to partake of the Eucharist is to be …
    Rev. Dean Kavouras at Sep 01 2015 06:33 pm

Communion Every Sunday: Surprise, Surprise
@Tim Schenks #17 I dare not cast stones, but that is indicative of just how lost we are in the …
    Rev. Dean Kavouras at Sep 01 2015 06:26 pm

Sanctified by Marriage and Family
Wow,
I just saw a post on Katie Luther,….about Domestic Violence and Marriage,

why is it, that isn’t here at BJS, and copied for Pastors to …
    Dutch at Sep 01 2015 04:25 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
Quote: As to action to involuntarily remove Dr. Becker from the roster, “I do not want to initiate a process that looks to have only a 50-50 chance of success.”

While some may complain about this statement, Pres. Harrison is often painfully honest. Our church cannot abide continued processes over doctrinal oversight and supervision that either overlook or reject clear differences. Harrison is telling us the truth that we do not want to …
    The Rev. Larry A. Peters at Sep 01 2015 03:22 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 1
Quote: Apparently, it plays well in Michigan to mock Montana, and that is Life Together.

I did not take this as a mocking of Montana but the idea that the Synodical budget is bloated with money wasted on unimportant things and that the financial situation in the Synod’s national office is a matter of shifting money from one area to another. If that is what Montana suggested, it should be challenged. The Synod is not rolling in dough but …
    The Rev. Larry A. Peters at Sep 01 2015 03:14 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
@Dutch #1
I agree wholeheartedly. You will never have a clear COP majority vote to stand behind any resolutions like this. Just too many liberal …
    Tileman hesshusius at Sep 01 2015 01:57 pm

Great Stuff — “The New Antinomianism: Denying Thesis 18 of Law and Gospel” By Rev. Mark A. Preus
I like the way George Jones sums up the simul…

Nobody’s perfect, we’re just flesh and blood
One foot on the high road, one in the mud
There’s a mighty fine line between right and wrong
Don’t point your finger, don’t matter which side you’re on
The only thing different in sinners and saints
One is forgiven and the other one ain’t.

[youtube …
    Mac McCabe at Sep 01 2015 12:15 pm

I Need a Drink!
Thanks for a great article, Scott!
And for showing me your Duwamish …
    helen at Sep 01 2015 10:38 am

I Need a Drink!
Having walked along the Duwamish many times, I sympathize with your author. Thanks for sharing an excellent …
    Brad at Sep 01 2015 10:02 am

Communion Every Sunday: Surprise, Surprise
“Am I that bad of a sinner that I need to take communion every Sunday?”

That was the comment of one very well-intentioned yet very confused dear lady in my former parish. While offering the Sacrament every Sunday is a goal that I believe we must advance, it does us well to remember that it takes a lot of teaching, pastoral care, and patience to undo 200 years of …
    Matt Ruesch at Aug 31 2015 06:05 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 1
Dear Jason,

I understand your desire to categorize our district presidents (DPs) and districts, as found in your comments #14 and 23 above. But I think that most all of the DPs would be surprised by your categorization of them.

Dear BJS Bloggers,

I would think that any LCMS pastor, synodical officer, or DP who: 1) upholds the plenary authority and inneracy of the canonical Scriptures; 2) unconditionally subscribes to the Lutheran …
    Martin R. Noland at Aug 31 2015 04:27 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
@Brad #2

Since the 4th point (Whereas, the Rev. Paul Linnemann, Northwest District President has failed to suspend the Rev. Dr. Becker in accordance with Bylaw 2.14.4…) is no longer true, the resolution will probably not be pursued …
    John Rixe at Aug 31 2015 04:02 pm

Convention 2016: Electing delegates, by October 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Pastor Nolan,
Why, is it, so many, for so long have to live under & suffer for huge mistakes, that everyone, lauds, yet refuses to say, were a mistake?!

This isn’t Rome, we do not have infallible leaders, why do we not, admit err, in any of this?

These things, filter down to a pew, on so many levels. Why can we not rescind, if our very Foundations, say it be error?

Are we LCMS & WELS, still really Lutheran? This is unnerving, to …
    Dutch at Aug 31 2015 03:07 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
Honest question:

If District President Linnemann can point to how he followed all the appropriate processes, and ultimately Dr. Becker was in fact removed from the roster… how does this effort gain any particular traction at the Synod level? If he is not in any current clear violation of any specific Synod regulation, what existing grounds are there to expel him from the …
    Brad at Aug 31 2015 03:05 pm

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
So, basically, this is about knowledge, oversight, and discipline.

I know why, what was asked, was asked, but I have to say, unless we as a Synod, let alone District are willing to uphold this, with just plain old laity, for what is to be there, w/them….I can’t see this ever going …
    Dutch at Aug 31 2015 02:54 pm

Great Stuff — Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On
@John Rixe #10

On that hagiographic Schwärmer can all …
    Carl Vehse at Aug 31 2015 11:18 am