Letter from Pastor Pless after the ULC Closing Service

The video shows Pastor Kind, after the closing service for the ULC chapel, reading a portion of the letter from Pastor Pless. The entire letter is reproduced below.

In part: “…’The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever’ (Isaiah 40:8). That is God’s promise for you and this congregation. To recall the hymn, ‘crumbled have spires in every land’ but the church of Jesus Christ is indestructible. Your destiny as individual Christians and as a congregation is tied to the destiny of the Word of the Lord which endures forever. That is good news, Gospel, indeed for Christ’s little flock whose life is hidden under cross and suffering….”

Thank you, Pastor Pless, for your words of comfort to the saints at ULC.



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.


Letter from Pastor Pless after the ULC Closing Service — 9 Comments

  1. J. A. O. Preus (1920-94)…

    “As we gird for action in the years that lie ahead, we must maintain our doctrinal purity in an unstable world. We need to assert once more that in the unique Word of God—the authoritative, inspired, inerrant Word—we can give to men the stability which they want and need.”

    “Biographical Summaries and Statements of Nominees for Synodical President”
    New Orleans ’73/Issues

  2. I don’t know about anyone else, but perhaps “LCMS Quotes” could consider quoting somebody other than Robert Preus. Great as he was, he was not an Oracle of Delphi. We can hear from others, ok?

  3. @Rev. Paul T. McCain #2
    William F. Beck (1904–1966)…

    “So if you think you can stand, be careful you don’t fall.”

    I Corinthians 10:12
    The New Testament in the Language of Today
    Concordia Publishing House, 1963

  4. J.A.O. Preus Jr. and his brother Robert had dramatic careers. A seminary professor they had at the ELC seminary before they left the ELC for the ELS is reported to have referred to them as a “theological goon squad” for the way in which they contended with him in class over the liberalism in the ELC. Once in the ELS, they worked hard to persuade the ELS to break fellowship with the LCMS because of the LCMS’ heterodoxy, and the ELS voted to break fellowship with the LCMS in 1955, six years before the WELS did. Then, within a few years, both “Jack” and Robert left the ELS for the “heterodox” LCMS, “Jack” to teach at CTS Springfield and Robert at CSL. The rest of the story, of course, is history: “Jack” rose to being first president of CTS Springfield, and then president of the LCMS, Robert rose to becoming president of CTS Springfield/Fort Wayne. I’m not sure how they might have differed over “Jack’s” revelation to the synod before the 1981 synodical convention, when CTSFW Prof. WAM Maier, Jr. was a leading “conservative” candidate for LCMS president to replace the outgoing “Jack” Preus, that Prof. Maier taught what “Jack” labeled as a false doctrine of objective justification. CTSFW Prof. Harold Buls certainly agreed with “Jack” about Maier’s teachings; in a letter he sent out to pastors prior to the 1981 convention he reported that he told CTSFW President Robert Preus on the way to a faculty meeting that he (Buls) was planning to formally charge Prof. Maier with heresy, and that he deeply regretted that he allowed Dr. Preus to talk him out of doing so. At the 1981 synodical convention, “Jack’s” own preferred candidate, Dr. Ralph Bohlmann, was elected president of the synod in place of Prof. Maier. Several years later, when I was an LCMS pastor in SW Missouri and had the opportunity to visit the former synodical president in his first retirement home in Fayetteville, AR, when I told him about the published Notes which I had from Prof. Maier’s celebrated Romans class at CTSFW, he asked to borrow them from me. Of course, Dr. Robert Preus’ career at CTSFW came to an unfortunate end when he apparently had differences with synod President Bohlmann and was removed from office, before the results of a lawsuit returned him to the seminary presidency prior to his retirement.

    Two very gifted men, with an enormous influence upon the history of the LCMS, perhaps the first such brothers to be in such positions of authority in the LCMS since the Pieper brothers Franz and Reinhold, both earlier presidents of the LCMS seminaries, besides Franz also being synodical president until he apparently had a nervous breakdown trying to teach at CSL and be president of the synod at the same time. Then, of course, there were the “WELS Pieper brothers,” August teaching at the WELS seminary and Anton a pastor in the WELS. Another very gifted family.

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