Tag Archives: Missions

Confusion Among Lutherans

Tim WoodWhat 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.”

“Best Practices for Ministry” Conference

Brian FlammePr. 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.

The Three Outposts, part 3

AbrahamsonWe resume our series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson on his Bible study titled “The Three Outposts: Your Mission.” Here we continue looking at the three estates – home, church, and state – in the Old Testament, especially during time of the united kingdom of Israel, the divided kingdom, and then the Babylonian captivity.

Read Pr. Abrahamson’s Bible Study: “The Three Outposts, Your MIssion: Study 2”

Madison Avenue Ecclesiology

In this segment, Mr. Tim Wood, a convert from Baptist fundamentalism after a confrontation with God’s Law and Gospel, joins us to discuss is article, “Church Growth: Deliberately Misdiagnosing the Problem?” Why do some churches leave behind faithful Law-Gospel preaching and turn instead to Madison Avenue techniques? Are they still practicing Christianity?

Read Tim Wood’s article, “Church Growth: Deliberately Misdiagnosing the Problem?”

The Three Outposts, part 2

AbrahamsonPr. Joe Abrahamson continues discussing his Bible study on the three estates titled “The Three Outposts: Your Mission.” In this installment, we continue clarifying the three estates (“outposts”) and then see how all three estates are taught in the Old Testament beginning in the earliest chapters of Genesis.

Read part 2 of Pr. Abrahamson’s Bible study.

Market-Style Evangelism

Andrew PreusIs Christian evangelism just a matter of “selling a product” called the Gospel of Jesus Christ? How might that approach to the Church’s mission be “enthusiasm”? (Uh, what’s that?) Pr. Andrew Preus discusses his article, “Market-Style Evangelism,” and how it’s better to be limited by the ways that God gives in His Word.

Read Pr. Preus’ article, “Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm.”

“Voluntourism” and the Church

Joshua GaleDo short-term mission trips really help the Church in foreign lands, or are they more like vacations that do little to serve the mission field? Can short-term mission trips really support the longer term work of more permanent missionaries? Pr. Joshua Gale weighs in and discusses his article “Voluntourism and the Church.”

Read Pr. Gale’s article “Voluntourism and the Church.”