My Salute to the Passing Generation of LCMS Leadership, by Martin R. Noland

In the “Brothers of John the Steadfast” article, “Nomination Numbers: What Does This Mean” (see https://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=9889 April 12, 2010), I opined that the nomination results for the President of the Synod indicated the “passing of a generation of Lutheran pastors … Continue reading

“Christianity Today” on Denominations, “Church Growth Movement,” and Confessions, by Pastor Martin Noland

The June 2010 issue of “Christianity Today” (Vol. 54 #6, pp. 24-29) has an excellent article on denominational loyalty and the continued relevance of denominations in America. It is worth reading the whole article, and is presently not available online. … Continue reading

“We all have a vested interest in this case” – Clarity on the Oakland Situation from the Rev. Dr. Martin Noland

Yesterday we posted some news and commentary from Reclaim News on the intriguing situation with a congregation out in Oakland, California. The district is fighting to take the property away from the congregation. It is a story with as many … Continue reading

CENTRALIZED CONTROL IN THE OBAMA HEALTH PLAN AND THE KIESCHNICK STRUCTURE PLAN, by Pr. Martin Noland

In a recent post on the blog “Brother’s of John the Steadfast,” the Rev. Dr. Tim Rossow comments on the eerie similiarity between President Obama’s health care plan and President Kieschnick’s synodical structure plan: Both are about Centralized Control – … Continue reading

Adiaphora, The Formula of Concord, Jesus First, and Control in the BRTFSG Proposals, by Pr. Martin Noland

Editor’s Note: Martin Noland posted a wide-ranging  masterpiece of a comment on the Wendt commentary on the  Forke-Worship Theses story. The title above was provided by the editor. Thank you, President Forke, for your contribution to this discussion; and thank … Continue reading

Part V of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights — Contemporary Challenges to Laymen’s Rights in the LCMS: The Blue Ribbon Proposal

(Editor’s Note: for an introduction to this essay and for Part I  click here. For Part II click here  and for Part III cilck here  for Part IV click here. This part of the paper completes the section on  “Contemporary … Continue reading

Part IV of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights — Contemporary Challenges to Laymen’s Rights in the LCMS: The Blue Ribbon Proposal

(Editor’s Note: for an introduction to this essay and for Part I  click here. For Part II click here  and for Part III cilck here.) IV. Contemporary Challenges to Laymen’s Rights in the Missouri Synod – The Blue Ribbon Proposal … Continue reading

Part III of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights ““ The Development of Laymen’s Rights in the Lutheran Church

(Editor’s Note: for an introduction to this essay and for Part I  click here. For Part II click here.) I am surprised that so few church historians have commented on the role of laymen in the reform and later establishment … Continue reading

Part II of Martin Noland’s Essay on Laymens’ Rights – The Pre Reformation History of the Matter

(Editor’s Note: for an introduction to this essay and for Part I  click here.) Before we look at contemporary challenges to laymen’s rights in Lutheran congregations, I would like to take you on a historical tour of the idea.   … Continue reading

Laymen’s Rights in Lutheran Congregations: Origins, Developments, and Contemporary Challenges, by Martin Noland

Church historian and regular contributor to BJS Pastor Martin Noland has written a timely review of the significance of laymen’s rights in the church. His point is to place into a helpful historical context the current challenges to congregational autonomy … Continue reading