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New Facebook Bible Reading Group

New Facebook Bible Reading Group

Since it fits well within BJS’ goal of improving laity reading the Book of Concord as well as the Bible, I found this published on facebook today and wanted to call it to the attention of our readers. This is a group that started today. Head on over to the group: Rightly Divided: Daily Bible Meditation on facebook and join in the reading/discussion!   Here’s the invite to join posted by Pastors Wolfmueller and Flamme: Pastor Brian Flamme and I are cooking up a group for daily Bible meditation. Starting this Sunday we will suggest three chapters of the Bible to read, and provide a few notes to encourage hearing, reading, marking, learning, and inwardly digesting the text. It is . . . Read All

Sermon for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

                                                                                    Trinity 11                                                                                     Gen 4:1-15                                                                                     8/31/14             My brother Matthew and I couldn’t be more the same … or more different.  When it comes to the foundational things in life that really matter, my brother and I are exactly the same.  We both seek to place Jesus Christ at the center of our personal life, and also that of our family.  We are both committed to being Lutheran because we believe that what . . . Read All
When all else is gone, attention focuses on the Pastor. . .

When all else is gone, attention focuses on the Pastor. . .

Strangely enough, those who are uncomfortable with ritual and ceremony, even those who believe in the salutary use of the liturgy, are often suspicious of ritual and ceremony because they think it draws too much attention to the Pastor.  They believe in a liturgical minimalism as an antidote to what they find to be too much of the spotlight upon the Pastor and his actions as president of the Eucharistic assembly.  They tend to think too much is made of art and beauty as well.  There is nothing wrong with them, per se, but there is no real need for these either. The problem with removing statues is that the Pastor becomes the only statue left.  Remove the art, stained. . . Read All
Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus…

The 11th Sunday after Trinity

Today’s Reading: Luke 18:9-14 Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 16:29-17:24; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” And he sa…
Fluff without much real stuff. . .

Fluff without much real stuff. . .

It has begun.  The first ordination of a woman as a priest of the Episcopal Church is being recalled with some creative memories.  The fact that the first women ordained were ordained illicitly, without sanction from the ECUSA, and were, in fact, an act not of prophecy but of rebellion has been conveniently overlooked.  The so-called evidence of women serving in the early church is conveniently vague and without serious review as to the circumstance or instance.  The reference to Orthodox ordinations of deacons is likewise non-specific. The reference to “civil rights” is dismissed as an unfair criticism yet the theological justification for the ordination of women is not even mentioned.  Again, God’s call must trump Scripture, tradition, and all. . . Read All
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