Posts tagged “Issues Etc.

Issues, Etc. Sermon Review

Posted on August 1st, 2012

I am humbled that Issues, Etc. chose my sermon for their weekly Sermon Review. I often think about the sermon diagnostic that Pr Wilken uses, but generally feel that my own sermons don’t fully measure up. It’s a good reason for me to keep listening to Issues, Etc., and I hope you will too (and support them – they need and deserve it)!

Top Posts: March, 2012, and first quarter, 2012

Posted on April 1st, 2012

These were the most popular posts in March, 2012: Grandfathering the First Amendment Is it okay to take anti-depressants? Ideals in Lutheran worship Resource documents on the HHS mandate violating religious liberty in America Logos is painful These were the most popular posts in the first quarter (January through March) of 2012: Christmas Eve iPad Worship at LCMS Church “Look! My sins are gone!”  [Blog of the Week, Issues, Etc., February 24, 2012] Grandfathering the First Amendment Transfiguration sermon Is it okay to take anti-depressants? Other notable posts: God refuses to be known except by the cross  [Blog of the Week, Issues Etc., March 30, 2012]

The dark underbelly of the Hosanna-Tabor v EEOC case

Posted on January 17th, 2012

Among Christians in general, and LCMS insiders in particular, there has been great rejoicing over the Hosanna-Tabor v EEOC case. While glad for a clear victory for religious liberty, and the right of churches to choose their ministers, the outcome bothered me for a variety of reasons. I hadn’t shared that dismay too widely, but was delighted to hear Todd Wilken on the Issues, Etc. radio program voice his concerns with his usual concision and passion. A summary: The case demonstrates deep problems in the LCMS dispute resolution process It weakens the status of church employees in the LCMS The church shows an inability to admit any fault, instead hiding behind lawyers and the courts The church shows it is inclined not to care…

Mission misstatements

Posted on December 3rd, 2011

I always enjoy the Issues, Etc. blog of the week episode – Jeff and Todd often highlight great stuff I missed. One of the selections this week is a brief look at how some LCMS churches are being guided in crafting mission statements. (McCain also posted a funny bit on mission statements here.) Looking at the diagram, the first thing is to establish a mandate: “a statement that describes what the church is ultimately supposed to be doing.” Question: Are we first to be doing, or is the church the bride of Christ gathered through HIS doing? But what really grabbed me reading this was the scandalous thought: A Lutheran church that needs a mission statement has already lost its way. That is because,…

The Parable of the Great Supper

Posted on July 1st, 2011

I was a guest on Issues, Etc.‘s Pastors Roundtable yesterday discussing the Trinity II gospel, Luke 14:15-24. You can listen to it here; or go to the show’s archives and look under June 30.

The crafts and assaults of the devil

Posted on April 21st, 2011

It seems as though Lent is a season of intensified assault by the devil against the Church and her pastors and people. I have experienced increased spiritual difficulties during this season, and I know many of my brethren report the same. It would be easy to chalk our troubles up to stress, grumbling parishioners, expectations we pastors put on ourselves for the season, or the coincidence of other family, physical, or emotional difficulties combined with the church’s busiest season. But I do not think that’s it. Other times of the year are busy. Troubles and heartache don’t follow a calendar. But Lent is different, and I am coming to suspect that as the church reads for the first three weeks of Lent about the…

March for Life 2011

Posted on January 25th, 2011

The 2011 March for Life was yesterday, preceded by the annual service at Immanuel with the Lutherans for Life group. You can listen to Dr. Lamb’s sermon here. I’ll post pictures later when I get back to my home computer, but here’s a brief little report I gave on Issues, Etc. yesterday afternoon:  2011 March for Life Report (Source: Issues, Etc. listen on-demand archives). Lutherans come from all over the country, but every year there are a couple of pastors in northern Virginia who faithfully come and bring members of their congregations: Pastor Jim Knill of Concordia, Triangle, and Pastor Bob Koehler of Fredericksburg. Kudos to them for their faithful witness. Issues, Etc. doesn’t simply give lip-service to the pro-life movement – they are…

Tis what season?

Posted on December 11th, 2010

There’s a good interview over at Issues, Etc. with Terry Mattingly of GetReligion on media coverage of “The Holidays.” He made some great points about how the American church ethos, dominantly protestant, has entirely given away the church’s calendar. In protesting Christ being taken out of Christmas throughout December, they have already ceded the timing of Christmas to the soulless engine of industry. I listened and said “Yes, yes, yes!” to the program … while on the way home from a Christmas party tonight. (It was a fun time, although certain concerns weighing on my mind doubtless made me a poor conversationalist.) I don’t fault anyone in particular, nor would I want anyone to feel bad or guilty. There’s really nothing that can be…

LCMS approves major restructuring; president’s power expands

Posted on July 13th, 2010

The centerpiece of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synodical Structure and Governance, the consolidation of the entire synodical structure into two program boards that report to the president, passed on Monday. You can listen to a report from the convention site by parishioner Mollie Ziegler Hemingway by clicking here.