Learning from Eli

Eli was derelict in his duties as high priest. He did not keep his sons in check. Working as priests under Eli’s supervision, his sons Hophni and Phinehas stole offerings from God, threatened worshippers with violence, and fornicated with women … Continue reading

Ministers of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Today we are going to talk about preachers.  The Bible has many names for them: pastors, teachers, preachers, elders, bishops, even angels.  Our text for today uses the word minister, which means servant.  What God requires of … Continue reading

The Historical Context for Lutheran Training and Formation of Pastors

With attention focused on the propriety of Licensed Lay Deacons conducting Word & Sacrament Ministry, some historical context is necessary to know why the LCMS trains and sends pastors the way it does. Presented below is an outline of an … Continue reading

Why You Should Think of Your Pastor as a Priest

In keeping with the theology of the Old Testament, some Christian churches (including many Lutheran ones)[i] have retained the custom of referring to clergy as “priests.” Now it is not my purpose to argue for a return to this terminology or … Continue reading

…But We Will Devote Ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

There’s a ton of confusion in the Church today surrounding the pastoral office. Do we really even need pastors? What is he supposed to do with his time? Is he supposed to be a leader, a counselor, a CEO, a visionary, … Continue reading

Divine Call materials abound… and some more hangouts happening?

As you saw today on BJS there were two excellent articles written concerning the Divine Call process and the Office of the Holy Ministry.  These two articles were enhanced by a Google Hangout hosted by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller with the … Continue reading

The Two Natures of the Divine Call

The Church stands or falls on the article of justification. Ask any Lutheran about justification and it won’t be long before you’re hearing about salvation by grace through faith. But follow that question up with, “And from whence does this … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – Seminary or Bust!

DISCLAIMER: As the author, I do not place any blame on the men who now serve in the preaching office who went through and alternate route instead of going to the seminary. It’s not your fault! On the front page … Continue reading