At Home in the House of Pfotenhauer: Building the Church the Right Way (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the last in a series of excerpts from the writings of the first five presidents of the Missouri Synod–Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper, and Pfotenhauer–all included in a very interesting book compiled and largely translated by Pastor Matthew Harrison, … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Pieper: Now is the Moment for “Ecumenical Lutheranism” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from writings of the first five presidents of our synod–Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper, and Pfotenhauer–all included in a book by Pastor Matt Harrison, “At Home in the House of My Fathers” … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Schwan: On Church Fellowship (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, May 29, is the 105th anniversary of the death in 1905 of Heinrich Schwan, the third president of the Missouri Synod. We honor his memory today by listening to his wise counsel. This is the third in a series … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Wyneken: Put Doctrine into Practice (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Happy 200th birthday, Friedrich Wyneken! Well, happy belated-by-a-day birthday, at least. It was 200 years ago yesterday that Wyneken was born, on May 13, 1810. Next to Walther, F. C. D. Wyneken is probably the most important figure in the … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Walther: No Power But the Word (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, May 7, is the Commemoration of C. F. W. Walther, Theologian–and really, the leading figure in the history of the Missouri Synod–who died on this date in 1887. It’s fitting on this day, therefore, to listen to some Walther! … Continue reading

“Fathers’ Day” in May with Pastor Weedon (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I received a note about an upcoming seminar in the St. Louis area and thought I’d pass it on. Pastor Weedon is a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, and his topic sounds interesting. CH What the Early Church Fathers Have to … Continue reading

My “bad”: How a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The political machine known as “Jesus First” is revving up into high gear and has begun sending newsletters to convention delegates. Their “Special Edition” Delegate Letter #1 (a pdf file) is a case study in how a desperate Jesus First … Continue reading

Jesus First on low nominations: We meant to do that! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m sure you’ve seen a TV show or movie where the character slips and falls awkwardly, and then, in an attempt to save face, gets up and says, “I meant to do that!” Well, that’s kind of what the political … Continue reading

More info on declinations, nominations, and nominees (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In our article, Nominations announced: Harrison tops ballot by wide margin, we reported and gave some analysis on the official notice of nominations for president and vice-presidents. Now, via a story in the Reporter Online, comes further information on the … Continue reading

Nominations announced: Harrison tops ballot by wide margin (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The names and numbers of nominations for Synod President were announced today, and the results are stunning. Matthew Harrison tops the ballot, and by a wide margin. The incumbent, Gerald Kieschnick, is second in nominations, his numbers far down from … Continue reading

“Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fifth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the third in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: Likely in Texas Rotation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Matt Harrison: Likely Rotation Member Update: Harrison appears to have earned a spot in the Texas rotation. . . . Recommendation: Harrison has enjoyed a very successful spring, and is expected to begin the year in Texas’ rotation as a … Continue reading

“What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the second in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith” in Bloomington, April 21-23 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confessing the Faith: In Light of the Lutheran Confessions” will be the theme for what looks to be an outstanding conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, Wednesday-Friday, April 21-23. Two sessions by Matt Harrison, and a speaker from Sweden! What more could … Continue reading

“Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel)

One of the nice aspects of the BJS Conference is how much fun we have outside of the main program. Getting to meet and visit with folks in the hallways and at the meals and the parties–it’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading … Continue reading

Nominating ballots have now arrived! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Late last week the Secretary of the Synod mailed out to each congregation the official nominating ballot for the offices of President, First Vice-President, and Other Vice-Presidents. That official ballot is one of the most important pieces of mail your … Continue reading

“Following in the Train of the Confessors” (Psalm 119:46), Reformation sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“Following in the Train of the Confessors”(Psalm 119:46) Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came. Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: At Home in Concordia, Missouri (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, was the main speaker for the West Missouri Pastors’ Conference. Although not serving in that half of the district, several of … Continue reading

Last Call for Convention Nominations! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This Saturday, October 10, is the deadline for submitting nominations for the  various  officers, boards, and commissions to be elected at the convention in Houston.   Can you give this important matter an hour or two of your time between … Continue reading

“Goin’ Back to Houston” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We had our circuit forum yesterday. I get to spend a week down in Habitat for Humidity again next July. GOIN’ BACK TO HOUSTON Tune: “Houston” Original Well, our forum time came around Everybody put me down Put a check … Continue reading

“Oh, Blest the Homosexual” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Before I get to the song, let me post my responses first. Pick the one that fits best: A. Yes, I know I’m a sinner too. B. Yes, I want homosexuals to repent and be saved. C. Yes, I’m well … Continue reading