Texas Confessional Lutheran Free Conference XXI, Sept 10-11 2010

TEXAS CONFESSIONAL LUTHERAN FREE CONFERENCE XXI
Friday & Saturday, September 10-11, 2010
Grace Lutheran Church
1212 W. Jefferson Street
Brenham, Texas

Theme: “A Review of the 2010 LCMS Convention”

The conference was held and video and reports are in from it; below is a sampling. The conference website is found here.

The various topics were held by Rev. Richard Bolland, Rev. Leif Hasskarl, Rev. Paul Kaiser, and Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr., with a panel discussion at the end.

Video recordings of Pastor Bolland’s presentations are below, as well as the panel discussion. Other video will be available within the next few weeks on the TCL website. Thanks to Mark Young for recording the video and preparing it for publishing it on the web.

Pastor Bolland’s presentation (PDF) is available here

Here is a list of topics that were covered in the panel presentation:

  • Koinonia project
  • We are in the ‘church militant’ – importance of lay and clergy being involved
  • COP support of SP, historically and now
  • Need to get confessional DPs into office
  • Support for Harrison among BOD and praesidium
  • Reclaiming Missouri is a process, not an event. The events in Houston this year are a good start on that process.
  • Importance of speaking up and being politically and theologically engaged
  • Stewardship and missions
  • Synod’s financial health
  • Doctrine vs. practice
  • Communion practice (Open communion is out of hand. DP supervision.)
  • What passes for Lutheranism in our synod
  • Order of Creation
  • Women’s ordination and suffrage and roles in church
  • Voter’s meetings
  • Authority, Inerrancy, Inspiration of Scripture
  • Doctrinal divisions / fellowship issues
  • Use of doctrine of predestination when thinking about evangelism (number of elect is static).
  • Theology of cross vs. glory
  • Cooperation / relationship with ELCA (and WELS and ELS)
  • Division in synod demonstrated by close votes at convention
  • Constitutional amendment business coming before congregations

Comments on the conference from Texas Confessional Lutheran President Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr.:

I very strongly encourage all those on the list to read the entire presentation of the Reverend Richard A. Bolland (Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO) at the Texas Confessional Lutherans Free Conference XXI on Friday-Saturday, September 10-11, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham, Texas. I assure you that you will not be disappointed!

His assigned topic: “The 2010 Synodical Convention: What Does This Mean for the Present and the Future?” He presented a wonderful paper, a paper that should be read and considered throughout the entire synod.

  • What does the 2010 convention mean for the present?

    Pastor Bolland offers 3 “Inescapable Conclusions”

    1. Under President Harrison’s leadership we must become a Synod dedicated to resolving our differences in doctrine and practice on the basis of God’s Word only.
    2. If the Koinonia Project is actually going to resolve our divergent positions on doctrine and practice on the basis of God’s Word only, then the final result of these efforts must be a righteous division of our Synod by those who will not agree to the resolution regardless fo who that party is.
    3. President Harrison’s election means that our Synod has this one, last and likely final chance to retain her orthodox Lutheran character if we have the will to do what is necessary to retain it.
  • What does the 2010 convention mean for the future?

    “First, let us speak theologically”

    Second, let us speak politically.

I firmly hope that all will make every effort to read Pastor Bolland’s entire paper. It was well prepared with very accurate supporting documentation.

It was indeed a strange coincidence that Rev. Harrison was installed as Synod’s 13th President the same morning that Pastor Bolland presented his paper! We were able to witness the joyous ceremony on a large screen during the Free Conference.

Pastor Bolland is no stranger to our Texas Confessional Lutherans Free Conferences. He and Rev. Daniel Preus were the speakers at our annual Free Conference in 2005. The theme: “Contending for the Faith Once Delivered to the Saints.”

 


 

Rev. Richard Bolland – The 2010 Synodical Convention: What Does This Mean for the Present and the Future? – Part 1

 

Rev. Richard Bolland – The 2010 Synodical Convention: What Does This Mean for the Present and the Future? – Part 2 and Q&A

 

Panel Discussion with Rev. Richard Bolland, Rev. Leif Hasskarl, Rev. Paul Kaiser, and Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr.

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.


Comments

Texas Confessional Lutheran Free Conference XXI, Sept 10-11 2010 — 10 Comments

  1. A couple of points regarding Rev. Bolland’s presentation, “THE 2010 SYNODICAL CONVENTION: What Does This Mean For the Present and the Future?“:

    1. In discussing the opportunities that the elections of President Harrision and other synodical officials now provide, and the process of correcting various doctrinal errors in the “Church Militant”, there is no mention of either “suspending” or “suspension of” individual or congregational members of the Synod, including district presidents who refuse to properly carry out their duties. Without a public commitment and determination to use constitutional tools, including suspension and removal of willfully heterodox members, the “INESCAPABLE CONCLUSIONS” is more like the “pipe dreams” mentioned in the paper.

    2.

    INESCAPABLE CONCLUSION # 2. If the Koinonia Project is actually going to resolve our divergent positions on doctrine and practice on the basis of God’s Word only, then the final result of these efforts must be a righteous division of our Synod by those who will not agree to the resolution regardless of who that party is.

    In the “righteous division of our Synod”, those individuals and congregations who, despite ecclesiastical supervision actions, remain willfully unrepentant of their heterodoxies in doctrine and practice and who are removed from synodical membership are to get nothing that belongs to the Synod. Zero! Zip! Zilch!

  2. a pli us1st’er told me i “could just leave” after 2001

    i didn’t…….and i don’t suppose he will now

  3. Regarding the first topic in the list covered in the panel presentation:

    In any meaningful efforts conducted under President Harrison’s Kiononia Project, I would expect see the prominent use and public recognition of many of the following pastors: the Rev. Joel Baseley, the Rev. Charles Froh, the Rev. Walter Otten, the Rev. Joel Brondos, the Rev. Brent Kuhlman, the Rev. Todd Peperkorn, the Rev. James Bauer, the Rev. John Berg, the Rev. Dennis Brech, the Rev. Daniel Bremer, the Rev. Clark Brown, the Rev. Eric Christiansen, the Rev. James Dahkle, the Rev. Gene Holtorf, the Rev. Donald Hunter, the Rev. Dean Kavouras, the Rev. Michael McCoy, Rev. Robert Wurst, the Rev. Richard Bolland, and the Rev. Wallace Schulz.

  4. All in all Rev. Bolland’s presentation was phenomenal. ACELC is looking very interesting and important and is not in conflict with the Koinonia Project, but complementary.

    While there are many gems and quote-worthy portions of his presentation, I think that, with Reformation Day almost upon us, the segment around 46:45 in Part 2 of the presentation is apropos:

    Part 2, 46:45 Rev. Bolland: “What I am proposing is nothing short of a complete, Confessional reformation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in order for her to reclaim her former faithfulness to the pure doctrine of Christ’s Gospel and the former authoritative voice that was listened to and respected throughout the world.”

    And, this was a quite powerful ending to the presentation. I wish I had panned the audience for this as well. Wow!

    Part 2, 49:15 Rev. Bolland: “Today, in this place let us recapture this great hymn for the cause of our troubled Synod. That it’s singing might spur us on to speak, not for the errors of the Seminex controversy of the 70’s, but for the reformation of our Synod to its faithfulness. In 1973 the faithful sat while others stood and sung. Now I ask that the faithful stand and once again give voice to this great song of the Church. Please join me: THE CHURCH’S ONE FOUNDATION”

  5. I’ve added an intro to the conference from Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr., president of Texas Confessional Lutherans. Please re-read the post if you have already done so, so you won’t miss his introduction.

  6. Friends,

    My first reaction to my own presentation on video (a very strange thing for the person having given the presentation to see), is that I am amazed that my bald spot has gotten as large as it has! Yikes! Dick Bolland

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