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A couple of years ago, while proofreading, I ran across this little story about Wyneken, the second president of the Synod, and it made my heart a little happy: “When the settlers, who had already gotten to know him, saw him approaching from afar, they greeted him joyfully, congregated about him, and listened desirously to his comprehensible, heartfelt, lively sermon. Time permitting, several hours were also dedicated to conversation. He knew how to talk brilliantly, to old and young, men and women, about cows and pigs, about corn and potatoes, and yet always knew how to spice up his language. He associated with the people in the most simple and jovial manner, however, always remaining the pastor.” That kind of . . . Read All
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ST. LOUIS, September 5, 2013—The Rev. Ross E. Johnson has accepted a call to serve as director of LCMS Disaster Response, the disaster response and human care ministry of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), effective Sept. 3. (Read more…)
I’m going to break up my 5 part series on Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Arminianism with this posting. I was reading through the lectionary readings from Sunday (3 year, C) and as I was reading through Hebrews 13, this verse jumped out at me:Hebrews 13:9…
It’s so tempting to believe that all of this suffering is a sign of God’s disfavor. It’s hard not to think that God must be angry or displeased with us in some way. Why else would He allow our wombs to stay closed when He, with His very own Word, can call light into existence, heal the blind, raise Lazarus from the dead, and speak Christ into Mary’s virgin womb? But we know that suffering in this life is not a sign of God’s displeasure with us, His beloved children. How do we know this to be true? Because Jesus suffered more than any of us, and God said of Him, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am . . . Read All
Oswald Bayer, emeritus professor of theology at the University of Tübingen, is a widely-respected thinker who engages with contemporary thought on a very sophisticated level. As we’ve blogged, he is sometimes associated with the Radical Orthodox movement and he is considered a rather cutting-edged theologian. But his emphasis is the Gospel and the Word of [Read More…] . . . Read All
Pastor Ted Giese of Mount Olive Lutheran-Regina, Saskatchewan “Blue Jasmine” by Ted Giese “Christianity and the Movies” Pr. Giese’s Online Class through Concordia Lutheran Seminary
“After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread. . . Read All
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In his 1934 book, The Kingdom of God in America, H. Richard Niebuhr depicted the creed of liberal Protestant theology, which was called “modernism” in those days, in these famous words: “A God without wrath brought man without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” Niebuhr was no fundamentalist, but he knew what he was talking about. So did Dietrich Bonhoeffer when he named the kind of mainline religion he encountered in 1930s America: Protestantismus ohne Reformation, “Protestantism without the Reformation.” With these words, Timothy George points us to a hymn rejected by the Presbyterian Church . . . Read AllUSA’s rejection of a hymn text not because it is poor poetry (that
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“Unum praedica, sapientiam crucis!” That is the answer (in a sermon-fragment of 1515; WA 1, 52) which Luther gives to the vital question of the ministry of all ages: “What shall I preach?” The wisdom of the cross, the word of the cross, a great stumbling block to the world, is the proper content of Christian preaching, is the Gospel itself.
When people have confided in me that they think their prayers are inadequate, I often suggest a good prayer book. This is not a crutch, I tell them, but a tool. They are good prayers not only in themselves, but they can provide a framework for our own prayers. When we are praying these written or memorized prayers, we often can’t help but think of other needs as well, and that becomes part of our prayer, spoken or not.
In short, let everyone “test,” that is, be diligently concerned that his ministry be faithful; for this above all is required in ministers of the Word (1 Cor. 4:2). It is as though [Paul] were saying: “Let everyone strive to achieve this, that he preach the Word purely and faithfully; and let him consider nothing except the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Then his work will be good in a faithful and solid way, and in his conscience he will have his boast, the sort of boast that can say with confidence: ‘This doctrine and my ministry are pleasing to God.’ That is truly a great and excellent boast.” Luther’s Works, Volume 27, Page . . . Read All
It is characteristic of those who are infected with κενοδοξία (vainglory) that they do not care at all whether their “work,” that is, their ministry, is pure or not; all they are interested in is acquiring the applause of the crowd. Thus when the false apostles saw that Paul had preached the Gospel to the Galatians purely and that they could not do any better, they began to slander what he had set forth so correctly and faithfully, and to elevate their doctrine above Paul’s doctrine. In this way they curried the favor of the Galatians and made Paul repugnant to them. Thus those who are κενόδοξοι (vainglorious) combine these three faults: first, they are exceedingly vainglorious; secondly, they are . . . Read All
For the Gospel was not given that we might seek our own praise and glory through it or that the common people might acclaim us, its ministers, on account of it. But it was given that through it the blessing and glory of Christ might be illumined, that …
ST. LOUIS, September 5, 2013—Assembling from across the county, 49 ministry leaders representing The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and its partners gathered in St. Louis Aug. 1-3 for the “Future Search Conference” to evaluate and plan for the church’s future national youth gatherings. (Read more…)
“Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child” by Cheryl Swope — Part 1.
Topics of Discussion: (1) Ruminations with Wes Reimnitz. (2) How do you respond to an atheist who doesn’t believe in the resurrection? (3) Women’s rules from last century. (4) Email: Presbyterian pastor on Joshua’s comments. (5) Callers: What can’t a woman go to a barbershop?; Should you charge admission for a worship service?
I watched the hearings in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Many of the questions posed sounded eerily those types of questions posed during the World Wars, and perhaps can be summed as this: Why should America be involved? The question is a fair one, given the Iraqi debacle and the “evidence” for the “yellow-cake” that proved to be non-existent. We were told Saddam Hussein too had chemical and biological weapons, only to find our intelligence was wrong. We’ve also found in recent weeks that the NSA has made a habit of gathering information on Americans that the IRS has targeted certain non-profits for closer scrutiny than others, and that red lines really don’t mean what we thought . . . Read All
+ Pentecost 15, Sept 1, 2013 + Redeemer Lutheran, HB Series C, Proper 17: Proverbs 25:2-10; Hebrews 13:1-17; Luke 14:1-14 In the Name of + Jesus. Amen. Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Everything Jesus says and does revolves around these words. Jesus’ words are a stern warning and a gracious, abundant promise. For the Pharisees and the Pharisee in us – these words are a death sentence. But for the sinner in each of us, humbled by the Law, these words are comforting. Christ exalts us in His humility. In Jesus’ words we see our lives in Baptism, we come to the Table acknowledging before God that we’re . . . Read All
Mental Illnesses: PTSD and Gender Identity Disorder with guest Dr. Rick Marrs
English District Pastor Michael Morehouse from Catalina Lutheran Church in Tucson, Ariz. has one of the photo entries! From October 1-12, come back once a day to vote. On Oct. 13 (Pastor Appreciation Day), we will announce the winners! We are awarding funds for congregations who have pastors with a servant’s heart. Multiple entries per congregation are accepted. Don’t forget to invite your family, friends and congregation members to vote as well! One vote per person per day. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151607791667484&set=a.12344146… THE PRIZE The winning photos are determined by the number of votes cast for the submitted photo. Prizes will be awarded as follows: 1st Place: $250 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100
CANADA – Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada (LWMLC) is gearing up for its annual LWMLC Sunday. The event, to be held October 6 (or another Sunday if preferred by congregations) has as its theme this year “Lutheran Women of the Word.” The event is also doubling as an opportunity for congregations to celebrate LWMLC’s 20th anniversary, thanking God for the work He has accomplished through the organization over the past two decades. “It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago LWML–Canada became an autonomous Canadian Lutheran women’s group,” writes LWMLC’s Vice President …
The title of this post is taken from one of Tertullian’s works ‘On Baptism’ and while the context would seem to indicate that he is an adversary, it is quite contrary to the debate in question. The necessity of engaging Tertullian is because he is the greatest voice for delaying baptism of infants. The problem is that while many Baptists will attempt to herald Tertullian as one of their own, they never take into account the whole of his theology which was rooted in an apostolic, catholic and scriptural understanding of baptism, albeit slightly jaded regarding where baptism is applied. Another troubling issue in appealing to Tertullian is that in his later years he became a Montanist, and some Baptists . . . Read All
Today we remember and give thanks for Zechariah and Elizabeth. Zachariah and Elizabeth were “righteous before God, living blamelessly according to all the commandments and regulations of the Lord” (Lk 1:6). Zechariah, a priest in the Jerusalem temple, was greeted by the angel Gabriel who announced that Zechariah and Elizabeth would become parents of a son. Initially Zechariah did not believe Gabriel’s announcement because of their old age. For his disbelieve, Zechariah became unable to speak. . . . Read All
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Romans 5:12-19 — “Death in Adam, Life in Christ” — Rev. Curtis Deterding of Trinity Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.