Pr. James Moshier steps “into the ring” to discuss his homily delivered at the 2015 Spring Pastors Conference in Kearney, Nebraska. When the risen Lord Jesus works a great catch of fish and when He instructs Peter to feed His lambs (John 21:1-17), we also receive Jesus’ admonition to pastors to feed the flock through faithful, lifelong catechesis. It might even include something called “liturgical trivia.”
What happens when the average LCMS pew-dweller, who has a superficial grasp of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, sees some careless “cooperation in externals” by LCMS entities? “Confusion,” says elder Tim Wood. How does our “cooperation in externals” undermine our seeking oneness in doctrine and faith?
Read Tim Wood’s article, “What Does the LCMS Reap by Sowing Confusion Among its Members?”
Read Tim Wood’s article, “Inviting Tullian Tchividjian Gave the Wrong Impression.”
In part 8 of our series on “The Three Outposts” (three estates), Pr. Joe Abrahamson gives us the Scriptural teaching on God’s gift of, yes, government. How can government be more than a “necessary evil,” as Thomas Paine said? Is government really a gift from God? (The tax-man too? Seriously?) Why is government necessary, and how do Christians live under a sinful, wicked government?
Read Pr. Abrahamson’s Bible study, “The Three Outposts, Your Mission, part 5: The State.”
Pr. Charlie Henrickson joins us to give a tribute to the late Rev. Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn (1937-2015), a respected professor, churchman, and father in the faith. We also get to hear the homily, by Pr. Scott Bruzek, delivered at Dr. Feuerhahn’s “Service of Praise and Thanksgiving” held at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, on March 17, 2015 (audio courtesy of Concordia Seminary).
Read Pr. Henrickson’s post, The Funeral of Dr. Ronald Feuerhahn.
Pr. Larry Beane joins us by way of his 2015 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference presentation, “Doctrine And/Or Practice?” What is the relationship between what we confess in our doctrine (checklists, anyone?) and what we do in our practice (anything goes? seriously?)? Pr. Beane gives some helpful points and illustrations for why and how doctrine and practice go together like hand in glove.
Watch Pr. Larry Beane’s full conference presentation, “Doctrine and/or Practice,” complete with Q & A at the end.
Check out Pr. Beane’s blog: “Father Hollywood”
Pr. Chris Hull joins us to discuss what happens when we try to add things, especially ourselves, to God’s grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. We also discuss his homily at the recent Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference … and Polycarp … and how to confess the faith in the midst of false teaching … and ….
We also highlight the “Around the Word” Bible Studies.
Listen to Pr. Chris Hull’s conference homily here.
Pr. Brian Flamme joins us to discuss his report on the recent “Best Practices for Ministry” conference that he attended. Who attended the conference? What are the “best practices” for “ministry”? How do such “best practices” for ministry line up with what our Lord Jesus Christ gives us in His Word and Sacraments?
Read Pr. Flamme’s report on the “Best Practices” conference here.