Shepherding Through the Contradictions

So I’m working on a bible study for the Circuit Winkel Bible Study Series.  My topic is “Shepherding Through the Contradictions.”  As I am thinking through this project, I would love some input. What are the contradictions that a pastor faces every day? What are the contradictions his people face every day?  How are they […]

You don’t need to have children to have a marriage…

This post by my cyberfriend Pastor Hans Fiene encapsulates so much of my own thinking on missions, outreach, and the place of buildings and such, I thought that I had actually written it in my sleep and morphed it into his brain.  Okay, that’s a really weird sentence, but you get the idea. Districts are cutting […]

Why the LCMS can’t exercise church discipline

(Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part Three) So let’s get to the point.  I am going to make a couple presumptions here from my reading of the ACELC, its documents and stated goals.  If I have misunderstood or misrepresented those goals, I will gladly receive correction. As I read the stated intents of […]

Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part Two

In my last post on the topic, I posited that the multiplication of statements has not historically been helpful in the Missouri.  I would be delighted to be corrected, but I am hard pressed to find one example in our LCMS history that would point to an external group (which I will explain in a […]

Why groups like the ACELC aren’t helpful: Part One

I do not believe that groups like the ACELC are helpful to the cause of faithful Lutheranism in our midst. While this is not an exhaustive examination, it is a start of my thoughts on the process.  I would welcome your thoughts and insights along the way. The Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (ACELC) […]