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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VI
“And thus He pledges a good conscience towards God for you, in your place.”

This appears to be drawn from 1 Peter 3:21, where the ESV translation says “an appeal to God for a good conscience” in reference to baptism.

Scripture refers to a good conscience as something we are called to have in the way we conduct ourselves toward each other. (1 Peter 3:16, 1 Tim 1:19, 1 Tim 1:5, Acts 23:1, Heb 13:18) The scenario that comes to mind is the …
    Carl H at May 28 2017 09:58 pm

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VI
From the Sermon: “God’s Word gives us the Spirit….”


Does everyone who hear the Word receive the Spirit?

Many heard the Word from Jesus’ own mouth, yet did not believe. Did they receive the Spirit?

If people hear (or read) the Word in a language they do not understand, do they receive the Spirit?

Isn’t it correct to say that without the Spirit, the Word cannot be understood? (1 Cor. 2:12, 14) “All teaching and …
    Carl H at May 28 2017 09:26 pm

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter VII
“We are weary because 6 days we have worked and our works cannot save us.”

From the Bible:

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians …
    Carl H at May 28 2017 07:55 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
Witty reply to a dumb point, Michael.

Sean. Re-read Pr. Weinkauf’s post. He told you to go see for yourself.

Then let this thread go. Go find a new …
    jb at May 28 2017 06:24 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
@Sean #78

I do but the Catholics stole it and placed it in the secret Vatican …
    Michael Baun at May 28 2017 05:28 pm

Pastor, Can We Sing Patriotic Songs in Church?
I hope everyone takes some time out of their “long weekend” to attend a civil or military ceremony on Memorial Day Monday in addition to church on Sunday. There is plenty of time this weekend for Christian worship and national remembrance without conflating the two. And plenty of time also for fun and …
    Matt Jamison at May 28 2017 02:19 pm

“Jesus Isn’t White”
Pastor Rojas doesn’t care for the Green Bay Packers? And to think, I’ve received communion from this man! If ever there was proof that Lutherans are not Donatists… 😉

Thank you for this article, Pastor. Worshiping with your congregation is a highlight of our summer vacations — not because it means we’re spending time with Minnie and Mickey, but because we are given an opportunity to receive Absolution and Holy Communion. That we are able …
    Don Stein at May 28 2017 09:58 am

Steadfast Regional Conference – Denver (Aurora), Colorado – July 21-22 (Fisk, Wolfmueller, Flamme, and Melius)
This dovetails beautify with the CCLE annual conference up in Cheyenne. I’m going to see about changing my …
    Jim Tallmon at May 27 2017 01:40 pm

“Jesus Isn’t White”
A very thoughtful and well-written article! It’s true, of course that Jesus would have looked like a typical Palestinian male, but because of some century-old U.S. court rulings in favor of Syrian-Americans, he would still be classed as a Caucasian in our current system. (The Obama White House initiated a change in for the 2020 census.) However, the article suffers somewhat because of what I have come to realize is a typical American concept …
    Jim S. at May 27 2017 09:53 am

Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard
He Was one person who actually earned an “honorary” …
    Richard Lewer at May 26 2017 09:03 pm

Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard
He held three earned masters degrees and an honorary doctorate from Concordia Seminary, St. …
    Mark at May 26 2017 03:18 pm

Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard
Rav. Dinda was a remarkable person. He came to Concordia, Austin, in 1952 and spent his entire career and retirement there. All his students were blessed to have him. Did he actually get a doctorate? I thought he was known for his versatility in getting Master’s in different …
    Richard Lewer at May 26 2017 02:42 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
@Rev. Weinkauf #77

Just curious, do you have a document to reference with numbers of congregations supporting the practices you mentioned broken out by the attending pastors’ …
    Sean at May 26 2017 02:39 pm

“The Joy of Zacchaeus” (Sermon on Luke 19:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Great thoughts from Pastor Henrickson. He drives home the point that no matter our sin- Jesus died for all.Jesus is looking for all of us- because we are all lost and Jesus “came to seek and to save the …
    John at May 26 2017 02:07 pm

Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard
It should be noted that these translations of Gerhard are the work of the sainted Rev. Dr. Richard J. Dinda, who was translated to the church triumphant Feb. 28 of this year. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!””Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with …
    Mark at May 26 2017 12:32 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
@Sean #71

Yes, I know poor CTSFW grads too. And some of the pastors I most admire came from CSL.

The pinnacle of the Seminary year is the Call Service and Vicarage Placement. Here’s an objective measure. Watch the Services this year from each Seminary. Think the Seminaries are on the same page? CSL was a sad travesty …
    Rev. Weinkauf at May 26 2017 11:07 am

“Jesus Isn’t White”
“Jesus isn’t white?” Jesus was Jewish. Have Jews changed color that much? In any case, the color is not important. The command to go to all the world was important. That included those barbarian Germans. Thank God for those early …
    Richard Lewer at May 26 2017 09:50 am

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
We have a Fort Wayne grad out here who does a contemporary and a blended service. I went to his church a couple times when I first moved here about two years ago. He was a nice pastor, but I just wasn’t a fan of his preaching style. He tended to do topical sermons pulling verses on a specific topic for his sermon. I’ve never been a big fan of that. Too much potential to use a verse to force a message in. Just not my …
    Jason at May 26 2017 08:34 am

“Jesus Isn’t White”
One thing people forget is how much the LCMS evangelizes in …
    Jason at May 26 2017 08:10 am

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
My family recently left a large LCMS congregation which had CoWo and liturgical Divine services, but with a pastor who believes in the inerrancy and infallibility of the Holy Scriptures, and who preached both Law and Gospel (at least at the Divine Service; the confession for CoWo was basically “Oops, I did it again!”). This church is tied to Willow Creek and Leadership Network (progenitor of Brian McLaren et al), and held studies using books by …
    Chuck Braun at May 26 2017 07:25 am

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
@Rev. Richard A. Bolland #73

I hear your concern. I would probably agree on some points and disagree on others. I’m fine with you voicing your concerns for the synod. What I take issue with is casting such a broad net. I have known fine pastors from both seminaries. I have also known some terrible pastors from both …
    Sean at May 26 2017 07:09 am

“Jesus Isn’t White”
@Otto Hottendorf #2

Now you’re admonishing those of us who prefer to dress up to go to …
    Timothy Schenks at May 26 2017 12:36 am

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?

Yes, I have been around a while and I am relating realities that I have personally witnessed. Our Synod is not walking together in doctrine and practice which, unfortunately, makes us a Christian sect rather than a manifestation of the Church. People don’t like that when you say it, but by every definition of Church and sect we are a sect. I only wish that it weren’t …
    Rev. Richard A. Bolland at May 25 2017 09:37 pm

“Jesus Isn’t White”
Well said Pastor, and you’re right this is that time of year. When folks say that we’re not missional, if they mean that we don’t dress up like Kirk Cameron and assault people with The Gospel on the streets of Santa Monica or in the Mall of America, well then I’d have to say they’re right. That’s not the way that Lutheran’s “do mission”; We do it through our Vocation as fathers, and co-workers and little league coaches. And so we witness The …
    Otto Hottendorf at May 25 2017 08:43 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
What’s happened to BJS?

We seem to have a bunch of morality sheriffs running around here, telling folks what is “right speak” and what is …
    jb at May 25 2017 07:51 pm

“Jesus Isn’t White”
Thank you for writing this, Pastor. There are far too many Lutheran who try to project American multicultural virtue-signaling onto …
    Matt Cochran at May 25 2017 07:49 pm

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?
@Rev. Richard A. Bolland #70

For the record I did not mean by the term alleged that you were not being truthful in what you were relating. I don’t buy for a minute that CSL doesn’t provide graduates who are confessional and believe in the historic liturgy. That was meant to reflect on the accuracy of the DP’s statement, …
    Sean at May 25 2017 07:40 pm

God Tirelessly Working for Humanity
I met Mark on a couple of occasions when he came to do workshops in Tucson and up in the mountains. His book on witnessing to Mormons was very helpful to me when I was a pastor in a Mormon-majority town. Thank you for your review of his latest book; I look forward to reading …
    Randy at May 25 2017 05:18 pm

Steadfast Regional Conference – Denver (Aurora), Colorado – July 21-22 (Fisk, Wolfmueller, Flamme, and Melius)
Looks to be a good conference and I wish I could attend. God’s blessings to all who …
    Mark at May 25 2017 02:27 pm

God Tirelessly Working for Humanity
Great review, Rod! Thanks for …
    Pastor Rojas+ at May 25 2017 02:18 pm