Left and Right, Old and Young

The continuum of left versus right in American politics is often an oversimplification and obfuscation, as the battle lines shift from issue to issue and from decade to decade. To know American politics requires the ability to quantify a platform … Continue reading

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi — The Data Speaks For & To the LCMS

The phrase lex orandi, lex credendi is a compact way of saying that what you practice becomes what you teach. “Orthodoxy is… the right doctrine and the right praise of God (1)”. Or, in the words of the sainted Klemet … Continue reading

Charm, Politics, Waiting Games, and the Vanishing Gospel

[NOTE: This article was written before the recent announcement by Dr. Mathew L. Becker that his ecclesiastical supervisor, the District President of the Northwest District of the LCMS, had initiated procedures to expel him from synod following a charge by Rev. … Continue reading

Just the Facts, Ma’am: LCMS “FOIA” Request Denied

The following information is provided as a service to BJS readers. FACT: On December 29, 2014 I sent the following request to the LCMS via email: “I am seeking a list of all recognized Satellite Worship Sites within the LCMS. … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor: A Tale of Two Synods

Subscribers to the magazine Lutheran Witness, the official magazine of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, are no doubt aware of recent improvements to that periodical. From clean and sharp graphics to new authors, Lutheran Witness has been putting out … Continue reading

President Kieschnick’s Stimulus Package, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

The news is filled these days with stories about President Obama’s “Stimulus Package.” The funny thing is, he’s not the only president pushing one. Right here in the Missouri Synod, President Kieschnick has a “Stimulus Package” of his own that … Continue reading