A Plea to LC-MS Pastors

Editor’s Note:  This article was prompted by this picture and the conversation taking place here. God forbids women to speak the lessons in church.  1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-38. Those who say that God doesn’t forbid women to … Continue reading

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

Book Review: Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor

TEN WAYS TO KILL A PASTOR By Reverend Christopher I. Thoma 102 pp. Grail Quest Books. Available from AdCrucem.com Rev. Chris Thoma’s book, Ten Ways to Kill a Pastor, contains a series of bleak sketches that chronicle unspeakable cruelty in … 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

Chemnitz on The Duties of the Pastor

Martin Chemnitz (1522-86) was one of the principle figures in the Lutheran Reformation. A good case could be made that he is the person most responsible for the defense and promotion of the true Orthodox Lutheran faith after Martin Luther. … Continue reading

Why We Don’t Create Pastors Willy-Nilly

This past Monday, Issues Etc host Pr. Todd Wilken interviewed Pr. Paul McCain of Concordia Publishing House on “The Smalcald Articles: Excommunication, Ordination, The Call and the Marriage of Priests”. There was a short segment of four minutes that focused on … Continue reading

Laodicea on the Mississippi – A Primer for those Late to the FiveTwo Controversy

This past September a church in a tony suburb of Houston hosted a small conference that ignited a prairie fire in the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod. Two months later the fallout continues from the “#Wiki14” event arranged by ecumenical … Continue reading

Your Pastor Is Not A CEO, A Shopkeeper Catering To Ill-defined Spiritual Needs, Or A Rancher

Under the impact of modernity there are significant pressures brought to bear on the pastoral office that would make the office something other than the teaching office of the church. Alistar MacIntyre has argued that modernity has produced a world … Continue reading

A Divine Call To What?

Several months ago I applied and obtained a job at Walmart. “But, Pastor Richard, I thought you were and are a pastor?” As many of you already know, I was in the colloquy process for quite some time. I applied … Continue reading

What Is A Pastor’s Wife To Do?

In a Facebook conversation the other day a person said, “Evangelicals are notorious for having impossibly high expectations for the pastor’s wife. Does the same happen in Lutheran circles? Is there a cure for this?” Indeed, there can be some … Continue reading

Some Quotes for Discussion of AC XIV

Here are some quotes when considering AC XIV: XIV Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called.     “…it is with those who are … Continue reading

Mercedes-Benzes, Premium Wine, And The Tools Of The Pastoral Ministry

Many people are unaware that before ministry I was a finance and economics major in college. In fact, during my senior year of college at Minot State University I was hired by American International Group (i.e., AIG). This new job … Continue reading

Pastors Are Not To Subject God’s People To “Their Laws and To The Works Ordained By Them,” But To God’s Word Alone

Pastors are called to be servants of the flock. The congregation elects pastors. The congregation calls pastors. The congregation ordains pastors. Since this is the case, it certainly sounds as if the pastor is accountable to the will of the … Continue reading