The Boring-Isn’t-Bad Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The gavel has sounded. The 2013 National LCMS Convention has come to a close. Some might call it “The Do-Nothing Convention.” Or “The Kick-the-Can-Down-the-Road Convention.” Or “The It-Isn’t-Time-Yet Convention.” Or “The Baptized-for-the-Next-Convention Convention.” But I think a better name might … Continue reading

Recapping the Resolutions: One Thing to Pool Them All (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Over the past week, I posted seven articles with my comments on the 116 proposed resolutions coming from the seven floor committees. There was a request to put those all together into one resource for more convenient use. Here it … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 7, Structure and Ecclesiastical Matters (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“I hold in my hand . . . the last envelope.” Audience cheers wildly. Carnac stares at audience. I now come to the last floor committee. But instead of cheering wildly, I want you to pay close attention. Because while … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 6, Administration and Finance (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

To the sixth of the seven floor committees, i.e., Administration and Finance. Most of the resolutions here look fairly innocuous. If you have any feedback, try to get it to the committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. For reference: Today’s … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 5, Seminary and University Education (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On to Committee 5. Feedback on proposed resolutions from any of the seven floor committees should be sent to the respective committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. (Note: My comment on 5-04 has been revised since original posting.) For reference: … Continue reading

Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down the Road? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

(This post follows up on my previous one, about Committee 4, as it deals in more depth with Resolution 4-06. This article appears in the July 2013 edition of The Lutheran Clarion, lutheranclarion.org. CH) Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 4, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We continue our journey through the seven floor committees. Committee chairmen would like to receive feedback by this Friday, if possible. Here again are documents that may come in handy for reference: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 4. THEOLOGY … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Life Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m doing more than one floor committee today, so that we can get through all seven by Friday, which is when the committee chairmen (listed on page 11 of Today’s Business) want feedback to be received. We continue, then, with … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, Mercy (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

At every convention, whether district or national, there are always a large number of what I call “mom and apple pie” resolutions. They usually go something like this: To Encourage Good Things RESOLUTION 9-999 WHEREAS, Our committee has to come … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Omnibus; Committee 1, Witness (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The National Convention of the LCMS will soon be here, July 20-25 in St. Louis. Conventions do two main types of business, elections and resolutions. (For elections, see Biographical Synopses & Statements of Nominees, as well as the recommendations of … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Today’s Business now online (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 The first issue of Today’s Business is now online. This is about a week earlier than I, for one, was expecting. The print edition will follow, being sent to convention attendees sometime within the next … Continue reading

Women in Combat: Overture for the 2013 Synodical Convention

The following overture concerning women in combat is already being considered by congregations in several districts (and hopefully more soon). I pass it on in the hopes that the pastors and congregations of the synod will consider it in prayer and … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 8, Structure and Governance, 8-27 through 8-34 and Conclusion (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In this entry, we complete our tour of the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. We now look at … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 8, Structure and Governance, 8-13 through 8-26 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We’re nearing the end of our look at the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. (Note that in my … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 8, Structure and Governance, 8-01 through 8-12 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We continue with the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. After our previous Introduction and Overview, we now begin … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 8, Structure and Governance, Introduction and Overview (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We have been looking at the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. Finally, we come to the resolutions proposed … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 7, Ecclesial Matters (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We continue our look at the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. Here are the resolutions proposed by Floor … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 6, Human Care (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We are looking at the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. These are the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 5, Seminary and University Education (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We continue with the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” These are the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee 5, Seminary and University Education: 5. SEMINARY AND UNIVERSITY EDUCATION 5-01: To Recruit and Retain … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 4, Administration and Finance (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We’re looking at the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” Here are the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee 4, Administration and Finance: 4. ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE 4-01: To Lead Districts and Synod in … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We’re moving through the eight floor committees with their 106 proposed resolutions in “Today’s Business.” Here are the resolutions being proposed by Floor Committee 3, Theology and Church Relations: 3. THEOLOGY AND CHURCH RELATIONS 3-01: To Commend ILC and Task … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, District and Congregational Services (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In this series of articles, I am looking at the 106 proposed resolutions put forward by the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” This column considers the resolutions proposed by Floor Committee 2, on District and Congregational Services: … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 1, Missions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Believe it or not, there will be more business to conduct in Houston than electing a new president and dealing with restructuring proposals. Other elections and other resolutions are on the agenda, as well. So in this series of articles, … Continue reading