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Overture to Memorialize the Commission on Theology and Church Relations to Draft Doctrinal Statements

Here is a suggested overture that your district pastor’s conference can pass and submit to the CTCR well before the 2016 convention. To make it easier for you, we have included a DOC file here that you can customize for your district. You can read the bylaws listed below here: 2013 LCMS Handbook_January_12_2015_v2. Overtures have more impact if they come in from all over the country. Please consider submitting either this or one like it from your area. Also, if you have overtures that you are working on, please submit them to us so we can publicize them. As in past years we will be providing a list of recommended overtures.   Overture to Memorialize the Commission on Theology . . . Read All
No Pietist Allowed Parties – Making a List of Favorite International Beers, by Pr. Rossow

No Pietist Allowed Parties – Making a List of Favorite International Beers, by Pr. Rossow

In honor of Rev. James May, the Director of Lutherans in Africa (LIA) coming to the BJS conference this year, at one of our “No Pietists Allowed” parties we will be serving international beers. When I was over in Africa last month I discovered a great lager from Kenya called Tusker. At the end of a long day of teaching the Gospel to eager Africans, a cold Tusker was just the thing for this pilsner kind of guy. So we need your help. Let us know what your favorite international beer is and we will try to get some for the party. We will be shopping at Binny’s Liquor Store (Naperville or Plainfield store) so if they have your favorite . . . Read All


You know it’s a favorite theme of mine, and tops among first article gifts for which I give thanks to our kind Creator. Cindi and I have been through a pile of different phases and learning when it comes to the eats. We both lost weight with Atkins and…
Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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

A case for God?

So many Christians have surrendered the idea of a creation that in any way resembles the Genesis story that it seems foolishness to contend for God at all.  Our children are taught from early on that creation was merely a set of accidents that could likely have happened or still happen elsewhere and that evolution is the only reasonable explanation for what is.  Even Pope Francis appears to have consigned God to merely a prime mover in a movement that more or less conforms to the usual parameters of evolutionary theory. So it was with interest I read an article one of my members slipped into my church mailbox.  Writing in the December 26, 2014, edition of The Wall Street. . . Read All
Before fishers, fish. . .

Before fishers, fish. . .

Sermon for Epiphany 3B, preached on Sunday, January 25, 2015.     How easy it is to jump to the call to be fishers of men – too easy – to begin with the fishing and forget that we were fish before we were fishers of men.  Before we were set apart for the work of the kingdom, we were the work of the kingdom.  We often assume that fishing for men is a matter of strategy, planning, and expertise.  We forget we were caught up on the net of Christ’s Word and Sacraments.  We were the sought out of the Lord who made us His own before we were ever called to seek others out with His Word.  To forget. . . Read All

Saturday of Transfiguration

Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 10:1-11:3; 2 Timothy 3:1-17 How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:1-2 from the Introit for Se…

God Shows Grace

11 And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were carried away to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them. (Acts 19:11-12 (ESV) Miracles and miracles. We don’t see things like this happening today. I think too often we want to dismiss things such as this. But the generation brought out of Egypt were given to see many miracles and great deeds. Even then many  of them disbelieved. The generations that followed were not given to see the same things. But they would remember the deeds of old, and were not so quick to dishonor their fathers, . . . Read All
Eastlake's Blasphemous Betrayal

Eastlake’s Blasphemous Betrayal

Your browser does not support the HTML 5 audio tag. Click Here to Download this episode Program segments: • Heidi Baker on Matt Sorger’s Program • Email • Eastlake’s Blasphemous Betrayal • Two Sermons by Chris Rosebrough and Jeremy Rhode…
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