Archive for Steadfast Lutherans

On Namecalling

iStock-Unfinished-Business-2Part of the art of rhetoric is knowing what one can defensibly and logically say and knowing what one ought to say. Rev. Joshua Scheer, Associate Editor for the Brothers of John the Steadfast, asked me to come up with a brief set of guidelines when it comes to the art [!] of namecalling, and so here are some ideas to keep in mind when contemplating what sort of rhetoric you might want to use when engaging theological opponents.  “Namecalling” here will simply refer to the rhetorical device of using a name to describe one’s intellectual opponent, without regard to whether it constitutes proper rhetoric or bombast, bluster, obfuscation, sophistry, or something else. I must say at the outset that . . . Read All

A Reminder on the BJS Comment Policy

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As we work out the kinks of the new site (thank you Norm), I write this to remind you of our comment policy.  The system used for moderation in the previous site has not been working properly, so bear with us and behave as Christian brothers and sisters.

Rules for comments on this site:

Engage the contents and substance of the post. Rabbit trails and side issues do not help the discussion of the topics.  Our authors work hard to write these articles and it is a disservice to them to distract from the topic at hand.  If you have a topic you think is important to have an article or discussion on, we invite you to submit

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Comfort for Those Tending to the Lord’s Littlest Sheep, Part 1

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Another post on our sister site, KatieLutherSisters.org:

 

Part I: The Why of Taking our Children to Church Full of frustration and embarrassment I am driving away. Away from the staring faces, away from the haughty looks, away from the very place I should love to be. I … Continue reading

 

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Statement to the Northwest District from President Linnemann, by Pr. Rossow

We found this over on the NOW district website under resources titled “Statement to the NOW District from President Linnemann” (PDF found here).

It is a sad appeal to democracy and psychology rather than Holy Scripture. President Linnemann prays for guidance from the Holy Spirit while at the same time ignoring the clear word of the Holy Spirit in Scripture against the false teaching of Rev. Matthew Becker. But then again, this probably isn’t even about Matthew Becker since he is not even identified in the letter. My bad.

Where is the discipline of the false teacher? Why does the Council of Presidents (COP) allow the false teacher to roam free in our midst? Why does the COP . . . Read All

Diamonds in the Rough: Digging for Homiletical Gems in an Anglican Mine

Sermon on the Mount iconI recently finished The Foolishness of Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel against the Wisdom of the World by the late Episcopal priest, Robert Farrar Capon. As you might expect from an Episcopalian, his theology is not perfect. Particularly troubling is his overreaction against creedal Christianity in the chapter “Grim Pills” (see especially pages 37-38). While Capon is right to point out the dangers of rationalism (a danger to which creedal Christianity is definitely prone), he ends up throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Consider the following:

The Reformation may have had the grace to spot the uselessness of the cultic aspect of medieval religion, but it fell flat on its face when it came to the dangers of creed. In

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Light from Light — Pictures from the 2015 BJS Conference

Thanks to BJS reader Rick Techlin for posting this pictoral review of the BJS conference on his blog, Light from Light:

 

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The Brothers Of John the Steadfast held their annual conference in Naperville, Illinois on February 20 & 21, 2015 A.D.  It was an excellent conference with a lot of insightful presentations, good food, entertainment, and enjoyable fellowship.

The Brothers of John the Steadfast is a group of mostly LCMS (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) laymen and pastors dedicated to promoting Confessional Lutheranism.

The conference was held at Bethany Lutheran Church and School.

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The theme of the 2015 conference was, “When Heterodoxy Hits Home.”

All the pictures in this post are from that conference.

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The first session was with . . . Read All

5 Things That Do Not Offer Salvation

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Another post on our sister site, KatieLutherSisters.org:

 

Spend much time at all among Lutherans and you’re likely to eventually hear the phrase “proper distinction of Law and Gospel”. This is something we cherish — the preaching of God’s Law equally balanced with the soothing words of His … Continue reading

 

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Best Practices for “Ministry”? Report from Rev. Brian Flamme

photo (5)The “Best Practices for Ministry” description is brief on the convention website. “A FREE conference encouraging pastors, church workers and lay people as we reach out with the Gospel of Christ.  For those who love: the local church, the unchurched, the LCMS.” They also say that they’re “Bible-Based, Gospel-Centered, Mission-Driven, & Future-Oriented.”

That sums up the official information. It’s no secret, however, that this has become a popular destination for members of the Missouri Synod who are “missionally” minded. Why not? The well-organized conference is teeming with professional speakers at every turn, helpful volunteers, and delicious cookies.

But this place isn’t about the externals. Spiritual things are happening. Here a deeper understanding of “ministry” is cultivated and reinforced. It . . . Read All

Video Presentations from BJS 2015 Conference

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We are pleased to announce the videos are now available from the recent Brothers of John the Steadfast 2015 Conference held at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL on Feb 20-21st. Thanks to Peter Slayton for helping getting these recordings ready and published.

To view them on youtube click here to view all 7 videos.

To listen to the audio presentations, click here (it may be easier to listen to these files if you have a slow internet connection)

The videos are listed below in order; the conference schedule can be found here.

Session 1: Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, “The Obligation and Temptation of Dealing with False Teaching”
 

 

Session 2: Pr. Clint Poppe, “The Barking Dog Approach”
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Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Walk this Way

Lent II — March 1, 2015
Sermon Text — Mark 8:27-38
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Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 8th chapter.

Beloved in the Lord,

 

Satan Again!

Steadfast Sermons GraphicIt seems that no matter where Jesus goes in the gospel of Mark there is the Devil or one of his henchman tempting, taunting, and terrorizing.  Jesus meets him in the wilderness among the wild beasts and defeats him.  Jesus runs into him in the synagogue and casts him out.  Jesus encounters him in the tombs and sets the man . . . Read All

Sisters of Katie Luther — Book Of Concord, Sunday Edition!

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Continuing from yesterday, we have more awesomeness from the Confessions. Article XV (VIII): Of Human Traditions in the Church. 13] However, what need is there of a long discussion? No tradition was instituted by the holy Fathers with the design … Continue reading

 

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Great Stuff — Faith, Family and the Catechism

Here is an article by Bart Day found over on blogs.lcms.org:

 

1346000_72058318-300x238In the midst of all the busyness of life–running kids to soccer practice, making supper, getting to confirmation, buying groceries–we run the risk of losing our firm grounding as families if we forget about what binds us together as a family under God: not the blood of kin, but the waters of Holy Baptism.

In a society where families crumble at a rapid rate, where traditional Christian family values are increasingly less popular and frequently under direct attack, it is all the more important to remind ourselves that we are only as strong as the faith that unites us. The world simply cannot grasp the great benefits . . . Read All

Quick question for our Readers

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Quick question to our readers — after installing the new face to our website, we seem to notice that there aren’t as many comments on our articles as there have been in the past.

Could you either comment here, or to me directly, for any reasons that you might observe for the seemingly lack of comments on recent posts?

Do you not like the blue and black (v.s. white and gold) face of the site?

Are you frustrated by the lack of a “reply” button (GOOD NEWS — that button has now returned!!)

Do you simply agree with everything we’ve said, so you have nothing more to . . . Read All

Sisters of Katie Luther — Book of Concord for Saturday

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if you’re like me, you just don’t have enough time spent reading our Confessions. It’s OK- we’re here for you. What better time than the present to read some great theology? Saturdays and Sundays at SKL we’re going to post … Continue reading

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To Encourage Congregations to Coordinate Mission Efforts

Submitted by Pastor Toby Byrd — Below is a resolution (or one very similar) that has been submitted to the resolution committee of the Texas District by multiple congregations:

SUBJECT: TO ENCOURAGE CONGREGATIONS TO COORDINATE MISSION EFFORTS

WHEREAS, Resolution 01-03-12, 59th Convention of the Texas District (Lubbock, Texas), encouraged congregations, circuits, and other local and regional partnerships to work with each other to establish new Word and Sacrament ministries in the Texas District; and

WHEREAS, the whole basis of Synod is congregations and pastors walking together; and

WHEREAS, a failure to give notice to, cooperate with, and receive the approval of other LCMS congregations in the immediate area of a proposed new mission start by one or . . . Read All

Great Stuff — International Mission Priorities and Strategic Plan

Found over on WBLTblog.org:

 

A Portion of the International Mission Budget According to the Six Priorities

A Portion of the International Mission Budget According to the Six Priorities

At the LCMS International Center, we are engaged in the budgeting process for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2015. At times, people wonder how budgeting priorities are decided (in fact the Synod Board of Directors recently asked this question of me), in particular for the Synod’s work in International Mission. Since January 2014, the Office of International Mission has been guided by a strategic plan which is based around the six mission priorities adopted by the Synod in the 2013 convention (2013 Res. 3-06A — “To Adopt Mission and Ministry Emphases for the 2013-2016 Triennium”). These mission priorities . . . Read All

LCA Issues Open Letter to LCMS Officials to Oppose False Teaching or Resign

The Lutheran Concerns Association has issued an “Open Letter to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod,” in its newsletter, The Lutheran Clarion, vol. 7, no. 4, March 2015, available online here (page 3).

The Open Letter quotes the statement of Synodical President Matthew C. Harrison on January 26, 2015 concerning the failure of the Northwest District to discipline Dr. Matthew Becker for false teaching. In his statement, titled “Regarding a recent decision of a panel not to proceed with charges regarding a public false teacher in the LCMS,” President Harrison had written:Martin Luther, Denkmal, Marktplatz, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

When a public teacher on the roster of Synod can without consequence publicly advocate the ordination of women (even participate vested in the installation of an ELCA clergy person),

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Sermon — Pr. Rolf Preus — Our Victory over the Devil

Sermon Text: Matt 4:1-11
February 22, 2015 — Lent 1

 

The temptation of Christ is one of the most wonderful events in all of human history. In the cosmic battle between God and the devil, this event displays God’s victory. The cunning of the father of lies is no match for the power of God’s word. But Jesus does more than show us how to do battle against the devil. He fights for us and wins for us the victory of humanity against the powers of darkness.

To understand the wonder of this event we need to know who Christ is. It is obvious that he is a man. Look at him. He is hungry. He is thirsty. His . . . Read All

Sisters of Katie Luther — For Tired Mothers of Small Children

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When my first baby was new and small and I was deep in sleep deprivation there was a piece of advice that made me cringe every time I heard it. I could almost feel it coming based on the sweet … Continue reading

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Audio presentations from BJS 2015 Conference

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While we are waiting for the videos to be prepared, we thought it might be a good idea to release the audio of the various presentations at the Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference held in Naperville, IL on February 20-21, 2015.

Be sure to check back later when the video presentations will be available.

Session 1: Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, “The Obligation and Temptation of Dealing with False Teaching”

 

Session 2: Pr. Clint Poppe, “The Barking Dog Approach”

 

Vespers Sermon: Pr. Chris Hull, “Confessing in confidence”

 

Session 3: Pr. Larry Beane, “Doctrine And/Or Practice?”

 

Session 4: Pr. Hans Fiene, “The Use of Snark in Lutheran Confession”

 

Divine Service Sermon, Pr. . . . Read All

“A Tale of Two Trees” (Sermon on Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Tale of Two Trees” (Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17; 3:1-24)

This is “A Tale of Two Trees.” Oh, there were a whole bunch of other trees besides, lots of them, but this story will focus on just two.

Our story begins back in the garden, the garden of Eden, that is. There the Lord God had formed the man from the dust of the earth, and he gave the man the authority and the responsibility to take care of it. The Lord was very generous toward the man, withholding nothing, providing him with everything he needed, in abundance. There were lots and lots of trees in this garden, all sorts of trees that were nice to look at and good for . . . Read All

To Support Existing Inner City and Rural Congregations as a Primary Focus of Mission Work

To the 58th Convention of The Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
March 6 – 7, 2015
OVERTURE: 1-06

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To Support Existing Inner City and Rural Congregations as a Primary Focus of Mission Work

WHEREAS, many smaller inner city and rural congregations face great challenges,yet continue faithfully to serve where they are planted;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the District include, as a primary focus of the District’s mission work, support for Word and Sacrament ministry at existing smaller congregations that serve rural, inner city and other under-served mission fields; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that fraternal consultation be made, and approval of the local circuit forum obtained, prior to initiating any new . . . Read All

Sermon – Pr David Preus – Installation for Pr Rolf Preus

Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, MT
St. John Lutheran Church, Fairview, MT
1 Timothy 4
February 15, 2015

 

“We are beggars. This is true.” These were the last written words of Martin Luther before he died in his hometown of Eisleben on January 23, 1546. This is true. We are beggars. To say that we are beggars is to confess two things: it is first to say that we have nothing. We need what God has to give to us. And, second, it means that we will take whatever it is he has to give because, after all, beggars can’t be choosers. We are more than beggars. We are spiritually blind, deaf, dumb, and crippled beggars, perfectly powerless . . . Read All

Loot for Leaven – FiveTwo’s Inglorious Propagation

yeast MasterQuestion: What does $304,454 buy you these days? In one particular case, that amount facilitated 365 days worth of heterodox leaven.

It’s a fact that tax exempt organizations file tax documents that are open to public inspection. Therefore, open source inquiries can easily yield various financials associated with LCMS organizations. Such is the case for the FiveTwo Network in Katy, TX. A simple search yielded FiveTwo’s IRS Form 990 from 2013. Through contributions, grants, and revenue streams the FiveTwo Network grossed $304,454 in 2013. Additionally, FiveTwo’s expenditures for the same year were $280,544. Here’s a snapshot of the financials:

Revenue:
$139,549 from contributions and grants
$164,405 from Program Service Revenue
$85,154 from Wiki Conference Registration
$78,900 from Wiki Conference
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Sisters of Katie Luther — Special Needs Parenting

#ds37 - Mom and BabyAnother post on our sister site, KatieLutherSisters.org:

One of the most difficult tasks of parenting any child is discipline. This difficulty is magnified when parenting a child with special needs. How do you strike the proper balance between correction and mercy, especially with a child who may … Continue reading

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Every Life is Worth Celebrating

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Shock. Disbelief. Denial. Anger. Shame. Worry. Loneliness. These may be common feelings at the news of an unplanned pregnancy, especially one that comes from less than ideal circumstances. For the pregnant woman who finds herself unmarried, in the middle of … Continue reading

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