Great Stuff Found on the Web — Stand Firm Index of BRTFSSG Articles

Scott Diekmann over on his blog Stand-Firm started a List of Articles on the BRTFSSG back in February. He has updated this list twice now, and Version 3 was recently released.

I’ve always been concerned that there are a great number of articles talking about different aspects of what is happening in the LCMS, but no way to find them. This is one problem of any blog — BJS definitely included. We always look for ways to make it easier to locate articles that were written on the site for new users or for people who remember the article and want to read it again or forward it to their friends. I’m always looking for ways to make this easier.

Scott is doing an invaluable service to gather a link to many of these articles in one place. I’ve copied his post below; head on over to Stand Firm for more great articles!

 


 

BRTFSSGHere is a list of some of the best articles on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance recommendations and convention info. I’ll update and republish the list as time goes on.

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 5-25
Pushing Restructuring Through

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 5-24
Synod boards and commissions in a fight for their existence

Pastor Tim Rossow, 5-17
Blunt Opposition to a Key Blue Ribbon Proposal Comes from a Surprising Source

Dr. Al Collver, 5-15
Report of Special Committee re Art VII, 1944

Pastor Klemet Preus, 5-6
Why President Kieschnick’s Numbers are Down

Jim Pierce, 5-3
Revisiting a Point in the BRTFSSG

Pastor Charles Henrickson, 4-30
My “bad”: How a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect

Pastor Klemet Preus, 4-30
Why President Kieschnick showed poorly: Part III

Pastor Charles Henrickson, 4-29
Jesus First on low nominations: We meant to do that!

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 4-26
Here’s the “confidential” report

Scott Diekmann, 4-26
You Didn’t See Any of These in the BRTFSSG Recommendations

Pastor Klemet Preus, 4-26
What do the nominations numbers mean? Part II

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 4-24
“Not a consolidation of power”?

Pastor Charles Henrickson, 4-24
Kieschnick: Low Nominations Mean High Satisfaction

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 4-23
If you had half a million dollars, what would you do with it?

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 4-23
Major unrest regarding Blue Ribbon Task Force proposals

Pastor Klemet Preus, 4-19
What do the nominations numbers mean? Part I

Pastor Charles Henrickson, 4-7
Nominations announced: Harrison tops ballot by wide margin

Pastor Tim Rossow, 3-26
Supporter of President Kieschnick says Some are Intimidated by Blue Ribbon Proposals

Dr. Martin Noland, 3-22
The Blue Ribbon Plan #18 and the Spoils System

Pastor Lincoln Winter, 3-16
Forest Boar Task Force on Synod Scructure and Gonvernance (FBTFSSG)

Pastor Tim Rossow, 3-1
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 10 – Recommendation #7: To What Extent does your Congregation Actually Need and Use District and Synod?

The Lutheran Clarion, Feb 2010
Top Down Work on a Bottom Up Denomination: A Look at the Final Report of The Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance

The Lutheran Clarion, Jan 2010
President Keischnick’s Task Force Recommendation: Power to the President

Issues, Etc.
PDF transcripts of Dr. Ken Schurb discussing the BRTFSSG Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

Issues, Etc.
Questions for President Kieschnick’s Task Force PDF

Pastor Tim Rossow, 2-1
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 9 – Recommendation #6: Proof of the Great Deception by the Blue Ribbon Committee

Brian Yamabe, 2-1
LCMS Regional Gathering – Part 2

Brian Yamabe, 2-1
LCMS Regional Gathering – Part 1

Scott Diekmann, 1-26
Dr. Kuhn Sets the Record Straight on the BRTFSSG Final Report

Cross-Focused Leadership for Missouri, 1-2
An Alternate Plan for LCMS National Offices

Cross-Focused Leadership for Missouri, 12-31
An Alternate Plan for Electoral Circuits

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-23
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 8 – Recommendation #5: The Liberal Bias of the Task Force – Pitting Laity against the Clergy

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-22
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 7 – Recommendation #4: Why Go to the District to get Lousy Programs when the Synod is Capable Enough of Turning out Lousy Programs?

Glen Piper, 12-19
Gathering the Force in Dearborn (2 of 2)

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-17
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 6 – Recommendation #3: The Task Force Claims that it is Crucial for the Synod to Restore the Effectiveness of Circuits – Do the Proposals do That?

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-13
As We Predicted, the Bully Pulpit at the Regional Gatherings is a Slippery Slope

Glen Piper, 12-13
Gathering the Force in Dearborn (1 of 2)

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-11
Eight Questions for Delegates to ask Concerning President Kieshcnick’s Claim that the BRTFSG is necessary for the Financial Well-being of Synod

Scott Diekmann, 12-7
Bursting the BRTFSSG, Part 5: Is This What “Mission” Sounds Like?

Glen Piper, 12-5
Initial Restructuring Thoughts

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-3
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 5 – Recommendation #2: The Proposals do not Clarify the Congregational Principle

Pastor Tim Rossow, 12-3
Delegates Beware Sweet Bullying from the Pulpit – Blue Ribbon Task Force Regional Gatherings Start this Week

Scott Diekmann, 11-30
Bursting the BRTFSSG, Part 4: Shifting the Paradigm

Pastor Tim Rossow, 11-27
Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 4 – Recommendation #1: the Constitutional Amendments to the Preamble and Articles II, III, VI and VII

Pastor Tim Rossow, 11-25
Comprehensive Analysis of the Blue Ribbon Proposals on Structure & Governance, Proposal 1 – Manipulation and Deception by the Task Force

Scott Diekmann, 11-23
Bursting the BRTFSSG, Part 3: Excising Uniformity

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, 11-22
Synod Renewal – Through Mission and Structure? (Note Dr. Noland’s comment)

Scott Diekmann, 11-16
Bursting the BRTFSSG, Part 2: Conscience-Bound

Pastor Klemet Preus, 11-10
Let’s not tinker with Article II, More thoughts on the BRTSFG

Scott Diekmann, 11-9
Bursting the BRTFSSG, Part 1

Pastor Tim Rossow, 11-6
Pastor as CEO and now LCMS President as CEO; BRTFSG Org Chart for Synod Unveiled

Pastor Jonathan Fisk, 11-3
Based on What

Pastor Tim Rossow, 11-2
Blue Ribbon Task Force Gets Walther all Wrong in their Report, They Misunderstand His Teaching on Salvation

Pastor Tim Rossow, 10-29
409,703 Clams, Bucks, Smackers, Dead Presidents and/or Cold Hard Cash Spent On Consultants by the Synod for Structure Proposals

Dr. Martin Noland, 10-29
Part IV of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights – Contemporary Challenges to Laymen’s Rights in the LCMS: The Blue Ribbon Proposal

Pastor Klemet Preus, 10-28
Let’s Not Tinker with Article II of the Constitution

Pastor Tim Rossow, 10-28
A New and Disturbing Revelation from the BRTFSG: Religion and Cultural Pluralist Consultant is the Guiding Force Behind the Blue Ribbon Proposals

Brian Yamabe, 10-28
Gross Misuse of Statistics

Pastor Tom Chryst, 10-27
Task Force Proposals: Part 2

Pastor Tom Chryst, 10-27
Observations on the Task Force Proposals, Part 1: “Exclusive”

Pastor Tim Rossow, 10-26
Final Blue Ribbon Proposals Published – One Sample of the Control Proposed and the Manipulation of Ideas Used to Support It

Dr. Martin Noland, 3-17
The Secret History of the Blue Ribbon Plan

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

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