Warm up at the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference

The Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference is right around the corner on January 19, the day before Concordia Theological Seminary’s Symposia begin in Fort Wayne. Come hear an all-star group of speakers in a relatively small venue, the theme of which is Thy Word Is Truth. The speakers and their topics include:

  • Dr. Cameron A. MacKenzie – Controversy over Translating the Bible – from Jerome to the Present
  • Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha – Manuscripts and Misquoting, Inspiration and Apologetics
  • Dr. Peter J. Scaer – A Hermeneutics of Meaning: Created to be in Conversation with God
  • Dr. Martin Noland – The Brief Statement of 1932 as a Defense of the Plenary Authority of Scripture Against the Modern Theory of Development of Doctrine
  • Vicar Dr. Christian Preus – The Clarity of Scripture and the Gospel in Philip Melanchthon’s Loci Communes 1521
  • Dr. Brian S. Saunders – Visitation; Contact and Control

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 10.25.09 PMThere will also be a Bible study led by Rev. Dr. Roland Ziegler, an opening devotion led by Rev. Dr. William Weinrich, plus a couple of bonus speakers during the catered lunch. There is a question and answer session following each speaker, as well as a panel discussion at the end of the day.

Grab your copy of Vicar Dr. Preus’s recent translation Commonplaces: Loci Communes 1521 and turn it into an autographed copy, and save up your questions for Rev. Dr. Kloha, whose messy-uninspired-but-authoritative-because-it-contains-the-Gospel plastic text presentation in Germany certainly raised eyebrows among LCA Board members. (Read Dr. Kloha’s similar 2010 paper here.)

For more information on the conference and to register, visit The Lutheran Concerns Association on the web here, or download the latest issue of The Lutheran Clarion here.
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About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.


Warm up at the Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference — 13 Comments

  1. This sounds really neat– hopefully there will be some thing published afterward, for those of us unable to attend.

  2. @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #2
    What is LCA?

    Lutheran Concerns Association (or at least the people belonging, under one name or another) has been around quite a long time before ACELC. I believe some one discussed LCA, Affirm, their publication “The Clarion”, etc., under the topic about the Reporter.

    [As a matter of curiosity, and not meaning to be rude!,
    what did you do in LCMS before you did Delto?]

  3. Scott, I hope you will report back here, whether or not anyone else does!
    I would like to hear Dr. MacKenzie’s paper in particular. (I have heard Dr. MacKenzie at another time.)

    But conferences are out of my reach, for all sorts of reasons.
    I am thankful for the computer to keep me somewhat in touch!

  4. @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #2

    Dear Pastor Prentice,

    How many confessional groups are there in the LCMS? Oh . . . myriads upon myriads 🙂

    Seriously, anywhere in our synod that there are two or more faithful pastors in the same circuit, who know each other to be faithful, and who rely on each other for counsel and encouragement, you have a “confessional LCMS group.”

    The LCMS is officially a confessional synod, and always has been. Those of us who agree with the LCMS constitution and its confessional articles are the “genuine article.” Those who are rostered members of the synod but demur privately or publicly are not the genuine article.

    Beyond the local circuit level, there are regional/district groups and national groups.

    These groups generally are devoted to defending and promoting the LCMS constitution, its confessional articles, and the eccesial practice indicated therein. Texas Confessional Lutherans, Minnesota Confessional Lutherans, and Nebraska Lutherans for Confessional Study are just some example of the regional groups. Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission also hosts regional conferences around the country.

    At the national level, you have two sorts of activities: 1) publications; 2) conferences.

    National Publications currently include:

    1) Christian News, edited by Herman Otten (an independent Lutheran pastor, but agrees with our theology, and was raised in and trained in the LCMS).
    2) Affirm, edited by Christian Morales
    3) Lutheran Clarion, edited by Walter Dissen
    4) Brothers of John the Steadfast website, edited by Tim Rossow, Joshua Scheer, and Norm Fisher (webmaster)

    National Conferences currently include:

    1) Congress on the Lutheran Confessions, hosted by Association of Confessional Lutherans and the Luther Academy in Minneapolis the second week after Easter
    2) Lutheran Concerns Association Annual Conference, hosted by LCA in Fort Wayne, prior to the CTS Symposia
    3) Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference, hosted by Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL in later February
    4) ACELC Conference, hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO in early February

    I apologize in advance if I am forgetting any national conference or publication targeted toward the LCMS.

    One other group deserves mention, which I have been involved with. That is the Luther Academy, whose conferences and publications are targeted to a wider audience than the LCMS, i.e., to the LCMS, WELS, ELS, LCC, and their partner churches overseas. The theology and ecclesial practice in this group is conservative and confessional Lutheran, with a strict quia subscription to the 1580 Book of Concord being the foundation for its work. The approach is that of a “free conference” with no church fellowship stated or implied.

    Luther Academy publications include quarterly journal LOGIA (edited by Aaron Moldenhauer, et.al.), LOGIA Online (edited by Roy Askins), Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics, and other books. Conferences in the USA are presently only the Congress on the Lutheran Confessions, although conferences are also sponsored overseas for the benefit of national pastors there.

    There are a number of independent book publishers, like Lutheran Legacy; and hundreds of blogs.

    I hope this helps a bit.

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  5. @helen #3
    Dear Helen, I will tell you.
    I have three wonderful children, married to Patricia for 33 years. I was, and still am a senior software analyst for a company, the systems guru. I was in the Church, various positions. When I was the President of the congregation, perhaps I was the only one standing when all others stepped back, I was called upon.
    With that said, the Church was already deep in some problems with the existing pastor, and I became stuck in the middle.
    FIX IT was the cry, all sides. I was actually going to leave the CHurch, but a fellow pastor I confided in said, “Nope, you have a duty to the congregation, you must stay and handle it. I will pray for and with you.”
    Long story short, the pastor was removed for cause, we can chat more someday. I was castigated in the circles of the ministry. Yet, as time passes, more know of the situation, some things I will keep to the grave, but that is that.
    During the situation, I looked to God and said, “if only I was in the ministry, I know I could do a better job than many of the men I ran across.”
    Well, God heard my cry and basically said, “Come on.” That is another day’s conversation.
    DELTO was an option to a small congregation, the man who made me stick around came back as emeritus vacancy pastor while I was in studies. I, and I say this rightly, toiled under the tutalege of this pastor, a good confessional shepherd. When I was ordained, he tossed me the “keys” and went away, as all pastors should when the new man comes on board.
    Now you know.
    I was doing just fine until God “messed life up” and brought me on board to His team.
    But what joys there are, and what lows too.
    That is being a pastor. As some joked in DELTO, sort of a Titus thing.

  6. @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #6

    Thank you for telling us! I can see that you didn’t have time to read various publications and blogs!

    For myself, I just assumed LCMS was all like my first congregation. The Orthodox Presbyterians, who had been displaced from their national Presbyterian church (and the biggest congregation in town) for the sake of their faith, warned me that it was going to happen to Missouri, long before I began to read “church literature”. They were right, of course.

    We were transferred to Houston, “Seminex” occurred a short while later and I began to pay attention. My son announced his intention of studying for seminary and chose his college for Greek and Hebrew. So I had another reason. And here we are…..

  7. The LCA conference is a great way to begin Symposia week. You’ll get to meet some of the real pioneers in the LCMS confessional movement. Rubbing elbows with Walter Dissen is worth the price of admission.

  8. Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. :What is LCA? I thought ACELC was the confessional – LCMS group? How many groups are there?????

    Prepare to be mind-boggled. Pr. Bolland of ACELC used to be the Editor of LCA’s Lutheran Clarion.

    ACELC is an organization of confessional Lutheran congregations, pastors, and laymen in the LCMS brotherly admonishing LCMS pastors and congregations of error. LCA is an organization dedicated to confessional faithfulness in the LCMS. I’ve been a member of both. Duplication of efforts–maybe.

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