Posts tagged “Missouri Synod

Sermo Dei: IC Chapel Service

Posted on September 19th, 2016

Matthew 6:24-34 LCMS International Center Chapel Matins, September 9, 2016 In the beginning, “What shall we eat?” was a question answered by God: “All these trees are food for you.” “What shall we wear?” was a question unconsidered. For the man and his wife were naked and without shame. They had nothing to hide, from each other or God; no impure thought or desire entered their minds. Clothes protect us from cold and frost, sun and wind, the teeth and venom of insects and animals. But our first parents had no need for such protection. They played as children, without care, without anxiety. Then they set aside the Word of God, and the questions, “What shall we eat?” and “What shall we drink?” and…

LCMS Convention Sermon: “Saints and Faithful Brothers”

Posted on July 11th, 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, gave thanks, and gave it to the disciples. And the disciples argued. How quickly we can go from the Lord’s Table to the devil’s business! St. Luke tells us that they received Christ’s blood, then immediately quarreled   about “which of them should be considered the greatest” (Lk 22.24). These men were brothers twice. Sons of our first father Adam, they were now by His Supper blood-brothers with Jesus. Yet they fought. The history of the world is the history of feuding brothers: Cain and Abel; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and the eleven. “But not so among you,” says the Lord Jesus. His Father is our Father; He is our brother,…

Sermo Dei: Sexagesima 2016

Posted on March 4th, 2016

“Allahu Akbar!” the Taliban insurgents cried. Combat Outpost Keating, in northeastern Afghanistan, was under heavy fire. It was before dawn on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. The enemy was inside the wire, and air support would not arrive for hours. Sergeant John Francis reported, “The gates of hell just opened up on us.” Taking fire from a sniper, Sergeant Jonathan Hill tried to fire back. He missed high. Then he missed low. His friend, Sergeant Francis, barked at him through cracked ribs the same words Hill would say as a drill sergeant: “Practice your … fundamentals!” He went through his routine, and when the next opportunity came, he did not miss. (Adapted from The Outpost, by Jake Tapper)   Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 8:4-15) is…

Confessing the King

Posted on September 10th, 2015

LCMS Conference on the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, Washington, D.C. Sermon at Vespers, September 9, 2015 Psalm 110; John 18-19 This town draws dreams of greatness. People are impressed by money and power. They appeal to us as well. That’s part of what draws us to a conference like this. But the things God delights in are not the things of human power. “His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.” (Psa 147:10–11 ESV) Holy Scripture consistently finds greatness not in the appearance of grandeur, the size of an army, or the wealth of a…

Exterminating ourselves

Posted on May 9th, 2014

In a discussion related to the LCMS group OWN (Ordain Women Now), LCMS pastor Matthew Becker calls for the full embracing of “modern western egalitarianism.” Peter Speckhard (who I think is also an LCMS pastor) is spot-on in his reply: Churches that embrace Western egalitarianism for the sake of the Gospel have typically not served the Gospel well, either in terms of evangelism to America or in term of bringing a Christian witness to the social problems of the day. Western egalitarianism is busy exterminating itself with pills and abortions, and churches that seek to blend in with it will have to keep shrinking to find cover. Read Jonathan Last’s What To Expect When No One’s Expecting, and you will find statistical confirmation of this. Church leaders…

Roots and Orthodoxy

Posted on April 11th, 2014

In Washington, D.C., a new church held its first service on March 30. Called Roots DC, they meet in a bar and appear, from their website, very post-modern. Among other things, they present themselves as a church for those who are “looking for a way of life instead of a system of doctrine.” That’s nothing new on the American church scene. On April 4, a former Missouri Synod clergyman, Joshua Genig, wrote about his departure to Eastern Orthodoxy, after just a few years of service as a pastor. Genig has a reason for not wanting to discuss his conversion with detractors: “I have embraced a way of life, not a set of dogmatic presuppositions.” Thus you have a modern convert to an Eastern church, and…

Lutherans for Life statement on Thrivent

Posted on February 11th, 2014

Thrivent’s recent “values neutral” policy continues to draw heavy criticism from the Lutheran community, and has brought shame upon the Lutheran name in the broader Christian community and among pro-life groups. Lutherans for Life has recently issued a statement. It is not yet posted on their website, but I received a copy today along with permission to post it here. Please spread the word. Because human life is created in the image of God as proclaimed throughout scripture (Genesis 1:26-27, 9:6; Psalm 8:5, Colossians 3:10), and because every human being is someone for whom Christ died to restore the image of God, the sanctity of human life is a basic Lutheran/Christian value. Martin Luther strongly condemned abortion: “Those who have no regard for pregnant women and who do not…

LCMS Responds to Thrivent

Posted on January 15th, 2014

The Missouri Synod has issued a statement in response to the troubling revelation that Thrivent has been directly supporting Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, and NARAL, a powerful arm of the pro-abortion lobby. The most disconcerting paragraph puts in juxtaposition the suspension of all funds that help women in crisis while funding directly the murder of the most vulnerable humans in our society: Today’s news indicates that Thrivent not only has suspended funding for pro-life, nonprofit organizations serving women and children in need but now also directly supports organizations providing abortion services and pro-abortion advocacy. You should read the entire statement, found here. Thank God for the faithful witness of Pastor Schuermann, along with Maggie Karner and President Harrison.

Sermo Dei: The Annunciation of Our Lord

Posted on April 10th, 2013

Delivered at the LCMS Evening Prayer service at the Lutheran Service Association conference in Washington, D.C., April 10. The theme of the conference was Service Speaks.   Dear Christian friends, your theme for this conference is Service Speaks. It’s a good one – so long as we get the order right. In the beginning, God speaks. He speaks creation into being: “Let there be light”; “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters”; “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together”; and on and on. God speaks. And the entire purpose of His speaking was love. God created the world from nothing in order to bestow His gifts, His love, His life upon the man. The entire world was given…