Closed versus Close

I recently listened to an excellent presentation by a brother in the ministry on this topic.  He gave it to his circuit.  He went over the history of these two words and how they jumped from the Baptist to the Lutherans and how they once were considered synonymous now they are not.  Close is used to save the conscience of the pastor practicing open Communion to the delight of his flesh and the satisfaction of his unfaithful people. Continue reading

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You Could Learn a Lot from a Dummy

This post takes its title from the 1980s’ U.S. Department of Transportation ad campaign to get people to wear seatbelts.  They showed you a crash using test dummies and then this tag line.  In the 1990s Big Brother gave up making nice and revealed the iron fist behind the velvet glove.  “Click it or ticket.” Put it on or pay up.  It’s ironic, perhaps moronic, that I sitting in a 4,000 pound automobile surrounded by metal and air bags must wear a seatbelt but the guy on the less than 1,000 pound motorcycle surrounded only by air doesn’t have to wear a helmet. You think I’ve digressed, but it’s not nearly as far as you think. This post is about learning from dummies.

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The Big Purple Dinosaur Promise

I was sent the following by a brother pastor. It was used at the Call service at St. Louis. He thinks it was driven by the candidates not the faculty. If so they’re probably not ready for their first Calls. Continue reading

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It’s the Opposite of the Wizard of Oz

The ears of the people are often holier than the lips of the priests said either St. Hilary or St. Bernadine or both, but just as often are their lips smarter. It started with an incomplete digression of mine concerning veiling Communion elements and crosses and how the veil functions differently in each case. Continue reading

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Much Ado about Something

I referenced in an earlier blog post Dr. Dale Meyer’s article “Pedagogy for a Politicized Church” in the Winter 2014 Concordia Journal, pp. 6-13.  He references there a report to the 2010 convention that said the task force involved repeatedly “heard that the problem of disharmony is the LCMS is primarily a clergy problem” (6), and I believe it. Continue reading

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How Crazy is That?

Seth McFarland of “Family Guy” fame, or infamy to some, either portrayed in an episode or said in a presentation, monologue, or routine something along these lines: A bunch of people sit in front of one guy while he yells at them for 30 or so minutes and then they sing hymns to an invisible deity.  How crazy is that?  He’s right. Continue reading

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A Brief Statement about the Brief Statement

Had not the Brief Statement been adopted by the LCMS in 1932 there would not have been the Statement of the Forty-Four in 1945.  Yet though confessionals bang the Brief Statement gong loudly and even LCMS, Inc. will appeal to it when convenient, in brief, you are allowed to contradict it. Continue reading

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Everyone a Missionary

We tried “everyone a minister” then it was “everyone an evangelist” now it’s “everyone a missionary.”  Sheesh, soon they’ll be no one in the pews to receive the gifts. Soon there’ll be no mothers and fathers raising kids.  Soon will have a synod filled with Salvation Mays. That was the nickname given to the mother of baseball great Ted. She was said to be so dedicated to saving souls in the Salvation Army that she neglected her vocation of mother to the extreme (The Kid, 31ff). Continue reading

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Scratch a Fund Raiser and You’ll Smell a Pietist

That’s probably too strident, stringent, harsh even.  But you Waltherians can blame Walther for getting me to think along such clamorous lines.  He says in Law and Gospel that there are only two groups that humanity can be separated into regenerate and unregenerate.  It was Pietism that gave us so many different classes that nobody was able to tell to which class he belonged (356). Besides I said scratch a fund raiser and you’ll smell not find a pietist. Not every time you smell something do you find it. Continue reading

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Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine

Dr. Dale Meyer, current president of Concordia Seminary, relates that one of Dr. Dean Wenthe’s favorite stories was of a cab ride he shared with the president of another denomination’s seminary. Wenthe asked what the hottest debate was on his campus, and he answered “whether or not Jesus Christ was/is divine” (“Pedagogy for a Politicized Church,” Concordia Journal, Winter 2014, 6).  Continue reading

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