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  • "Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief" (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13)

    07/07/2012 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13)What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That was amazing. Was it the convoluted reasoning behind how a federal mandate can be considered a “tax”? That strained credulity. Or maybe it was something positive. A double rainbow can be an amazing sight. Well, frankly, at this point, rain--any rain would be astonishing! But if you want to know something that is truly amazing, there are three astonishing things we...
  • Twelve Step recovery from the ELCA

    07/01/2012 10:06:22 AM PDT · by lightman · 15 replies
    ALPB Frrum ^ | 1 July AD 2012 | Chalres Austin
    Or how about 12 steps for ELCA dissenters? (With some apologies to my friends who are in recovery, knowing they will not take offense.) 1. We admitted that we were powerless over ELCA Assemblies and our churches had become unmanageable. 2. We came to believe that a power outside the ELCA could restore us to orthodoxy. 3. We made a decision to turn our lives over to the care of this power as we understood it, whether it be NALC or LCMC. 4. We made a searching and fearless inventory of our constitutions, looking for escape clauses. 5. We admitted...
  • "It's a Gift!" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15)

    06/30/2012 6:27:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | July 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “It’s a Gift!” (2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15)There was a lot of talk this past week about how the federal government can force you to buy a product that maybe you don’t want to buy, and they do that by extracting money from you if you don’t comply. But what do we call that? Is it a “mandate”? Is it a “penalty”? Is it a “fine”? No, the Supreme Court ruled, it’s a “tax.” Well, whether you call it a mandate, a penalty, a fine, or a tax, it still is a matter of compulsion and coercion and force. That’s how...
  • Missouri Synod Lutheran Statement in Response to Obamacare Ruling

    06/28/2012 4:29:26 PM PDT · by T Baden · 14 replies
    LCMS President Issues Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Legislation ST. LOUIS, June 28, 2012—In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling today to largely let stand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued the following statement: “In light of today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), we remain opposed to the controversial birth control mandate, which is one of the requirements included in the law. “The Court’s...
  • Everlasting Extras: Gay "Marriage"

    06/25/2012 5:25:47 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Worldview Everlasting ^ | 5-10-2011 | Jonathan Fisk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGhjr5sX_Cw
  • "St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun" (Sermon, The Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Luke 1:57-80)

    06/22/2012 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 24, 2102 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80)Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! “What?” you say, “What did he say?” I said, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! You heard me right. If we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25, then six months before that, which is today, we should celebrate the birth of his predecessor, his forerunner, St. John the Baptist. So, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! Six months out from Christmas. But Christmas is December 25, and today is only June 24, not the 25th. How come we’re celebrating on this day? Well, it’s just a little quirk in the calendar. In the old Roman...
  • "Open Letter on Religious Freedom" (Religious leaders protest HHS mandate)

    06/21/2012 5:27:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    lcms.org ^ | June 21, 2012 | 25 religious leaders, plus cover letter by LCMS President Harrison
    FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGION:Putting Beliefs into PracticeAn Open Letter from Religious Leaders in the United States to All Americans Dear Friends, Religious institutions are established because of religious beliefs and convictions. Such institutions include not only churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship, but also schools and colleges, shelters and community kitchens, adoption agencies and hospitals, organizations that provide care and services during natural disasters, and countless other organizations that exist to put specific religious beliefs into practice. Many such organizations have provided services and care to both members and non-members of their religious communities since before the Revolutionary...
  • Lutherans Concerned/North America Becomes ReconcilingWorks

    06/21/2012 4:47:41 AM PDT · by lightman · 14 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 12 June AD 2012 | Emily Eastwood
    Lutherans Concerned/North America Becomes ReconcilingWorks It's a new day and we have a new name!! For decades we've worked among Lutherans for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the life of the church. In 2009, a major milestone was achieved when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to allow ministers in lifelong, same-gender relationships to serve in the church. In 2011, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada established policies that permit the legal marriage or blessing of same-gender couples and that sexual orientation is not an impediment to ordination. But, the work for...
  • Lutheran Missouri Synod's Minnesota southern district supports marriage amendment

    06/19/2012 8:58:04 AM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies
    The Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod voted at its convention in St. Paul late last week to support the state's proposed marriage amendment. The district includes 245 congregations in the Twin Cities and southern half of Minnesota. Clergy and lay representatives approved a resolution affirming marriage as the union of a man and woman and were encouraged to support the proposed amendment on Nov. 6 that would add that definition to the state's constitution, according to a news release from church officials. The Minnesota North District approved a similar resolution in April. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is...
  • "From Earthly Tent to Heavenly Home" (Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:10)

    06/16/2012 8:57:49 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “From Earthly Tent to Heavenly Home” (2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:10)What happens to us Christians when we die? And what will happen to us after that? And how will all that be different from what we’re experiencing now? These are questions that St. Paul gets at in our text for today, where I’ve combined last week’s Epistle reading from 2 Corinthians chapter 4 and this week’s reading from chapter 5. Since this pertains to all of us, as well as to our loved ones who die in the Lord, it’s good that we listen to what God’s word has to...
  • Protestant church in Germany completely split by homosexuality

    06/16/2012 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15 June 2012 | Cathcon
    The controversy in Saxony on homosexual partnerships in the rectory escalates. The Protestant Lutheran Church of Saxony has suspended the evangelist and songwriter Lutz Scheufler (Waldenburg) on 13 June from office. This was confirmed by the spokesman of the Church, Matthias Oelke (Dresden) at the request of the Evangelical News Agency, idea. Scheufler had declared together with seven other members of the evangelism team of Saxony that they no longer recognised the spiritual direction of the Church of Saxony governing bodies. Moreover, he called for the convocation of a Confessional Synod.
  • The Episcopal Church and Anglican Church in North America Vie for Ecumenical Partners

    06/13/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    VirtueOmline ^ | 6/12/12 | David W. Virtue in Ridgecrest, NC
    The Episcopal Church (TEC) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) are vying for ecumenical partners as each jockeys for recognition by the wider Christian community. TEC recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Episcopal-Lutheran Concordat wherein the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) entered into full Communion. While this was initially met with much enthusiasm and idealism in the hope that the two denominations would usher in a new era of inter-denominational cooperation, the occasion went mostly unnoticed. In February of this year, the Northern and Southern Provinces of the Moravian Church in...
  • "Plundering the Strong Man's House" (Sermon on Mark 3:20-35)

    06/09/2012 3:29:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 10, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Plundering the Strong Man’s House” (Mark 3:20-35)Do you know you have an enemy that’s out to get you? No, I’m not talking about the IRS, or the mortgage company, or your ex-wife, or your next-door neighbor who plays the stereo too loud and whose dog gets in your garden. They may be enemies of a lesser sort, but that’s not who I’m talking about. The enemy to whom I refer is none other than Satan. That’s right. Satan. The devil. The “old evil foe” who “now means deadly woe.” He is your arch-enemy, and he’s out to get you. He...
  • Denmark forces churches to perform same-sex ‘marriages’

    06/07/2012 3:18:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 7, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON
    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, June 7, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) –  The nation of Denmark has voted to force churches in the established Evangelical Lutheran Church to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies inside their sanctuaries, although one-third of all the denomination’s priests say they will not participate in such rituals. Danish parliament voted by an overwhelming 85-24 margin to compel churches to carry out unions for same-sex couples that are identical to heterosexual marriage celebrations. The law takes effect June 15. Since 1997, homosexuals have been able to get “married” in a blessing ceremony after the normal church service. Under the new law, priests may...
  • "Born of Water and the Spirit" (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, on John 3:1-17)

    06/02/2012 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | June 3, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Born of Water and the Spirit” (John 3:1-17)Do you know what day your birthday is? I do. My birthday is September 10. “What?” you say. “Pastor, I thought your birthday was in March.” Oh, you mean that birthday! Yeah, that birthday was March 7. But my other birthday, my re-birthday, was on September 10 of the same year. That was the day I was baptized. The first birthday was my birth according to the flesh. The second birthday, the day of my baptism, was my rebirth according to the Spirit. And, like me, what you really need is that baptismal...
  • "Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life" (Sermon for the Day of Pentecost)

    05/26/2012 8:24:57 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 27, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Spirit, Breath, Wind: The Lord and Giver of Life” (Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15; Acts 2:1-21)Today is the Day of Pentecost, a day when we call special attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. That is what I would like to do now, using as our theme a phrase we just spoke in the Nicene Creed, where we called the Holy Spirit “The Lord and Giver of Life.” Life--this is what the Holy Spirit is all about, giving us life. The Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, gives life to dead people. The Holy Spirit...
  • "Sanctified in the Word of Truth" (Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, on John 17 and 1 John 5)

    05/19/2012 7:54:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 20, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Sanctified in the Word of Truth” (John 17:11b-19; 1 John 5:9-15)In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus prays for his disciples--he prays for all believers, he prays for his church--he prays for us, here in this time between his ascension and his return. And one of the things Jesus prays for us is this, where he says to the Father: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” “Sanctified in the Word of Truth.” Let’s find out what that means for us now. The prayer that Jesus prays in John 17 is often called his “High Priestly Prayer.” Jesus is coming...
  • "What to Preach and Where to Reach" (Sermon for the Ascension of Our Lord, on Luke 24 and Acts 1)

    05/17/2012 9:02:42 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What to Preach and Where to Reach” (Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-11)Today is Ascension Day, that glorious day when our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, where he now sits at the right hand of the Father and from where he will come again on the last day. Ascension Day, which occurred forty days after Easter and thus on a Thursday, which is why we always have service on this day of the week at this time of the year. The Ascension of Our Lord is a major festival in the church year, because it marks such a momentous event. Forty...
  • "A Place for Jim" (Funeral sermon on John 14:1-6)

    05/17/2012 12:16:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 17, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “A Place for Jim” (John 14:1-6)When someone we love leaves us, it can be very painful for us. Our heart aches. That person we know and love is no longer with us, and we miss him. That’s what we’re experiencing now with our brother Jim. We miss him now, and we will continue to miss him. Husband, father, friend, fellow church member--Jim Stewart was someone we got to know, and we liked him, and now he won’t be around anymore to share our company. That hurts, and understandably so. Even when we had months to get ready for this week--we...
  • "All You Need Is Love" (Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, on 1 John 5:1-8 and John 15:9-17)

    05/12/2012 11:44:46 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 13, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “All You Need Is Love” (1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-17)“All you need is love. Love is all you need.” No, I’m not quoting John the Beatle. I’m quoting John the Apostle, or at least I’m paraphrasing him. Yes, John--that John, St. John--talked about love a lot. And he’s doing it again today, both in the Epistle reading from 1 John and in the Gospel of John. Basically, John is saying today, “All You Need Is Love.” Listen first to John’s first epistle: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the...
  • "Abiding in the Vine" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, on John 15:1-8)

    05/05/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | May 6, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Abiding in the Vine” (John 15:1-8)In the Gospel reading for today from John 15, Jesus tells us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Abide in me, and you will bear much fruit. Do not abide in me, and you will not bear fruit. Then you will be like a dead branch that is thrown into the fire and burned.” Obviously, then, it becomes vitally important that we give our attention to this matter of “Abiding in the Vine.” So let’s do that now. Abiding in the vine. It’s the vital Jesus connection. And as we look at our...
  • "In the Green Pastures of the Twenty-third Psalm" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter)

    04/28/2012 5:11:16 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “In the Green Pastures of the Twenty-third Psalm” (Psalm 23)Today is what is known in the church as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday during the Easter season, the Gospel Reading comes from John 10, where several times Jesus calls himself the “good shepherd” of the sheep. And, every year, the psalm appointed for this day is Psalm 23, perhaps the most famous and well-loved of all the psalms, the one that begins, “The LORD is my shepherd.” The danger with such a familiar and well-loved passage is that it can become for us just so much “white...
  • ELCA Synod Calls LCMC Schismatic

    04/28/2012 11:15:55 AM PDT · by rhema · 16 replies
    ELCA Today ^ | 04/27/2012 | Dan Skogen
    The ELCA's Southeastern Iowa Synod issued a statement in their weekly newsletter concerning the Southeastern Iowa Synod Council's removal of St. Mark's Lutheran church (Marion, IA) from the roster of ELCA congregations. Within the statement it says, "The congregation is being served by a pastor of LCMC, a church body considered to promote separation (schismatic) from the ELCA (see HERE ) This is interesting to me because firstly they openly claim that the LCMC promotes separation from the ELCA. What are the facts that support this allegation? The fact of the matter is that this congregation, which the synod took...
  • "Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed" (Sermon for Third Sunday of Easter; Luke 24:36-49)

    04/21/2012 5:56:51 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 22, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Thus It Is Written, Fulfilled, and Proclaimed” (Luke 24:36-49)Do you want to know what the Bible is all about? Do you want to know what Jesus came to do? Do you want to know what the church’s preaching should emphasize? If so, then I’ve got good news for you. The answers to all three of these questions are given in today’s Gospel reading from Luke 24, specifically, in these verses: “Then Jesus said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses...
  • "Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together" (Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter, on Acts 4:32-35)

    04/15/2012 4:41:25 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 15, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Acts 4:32-35)As many of you may know, for the last couple of years our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been organizing its work under the banner of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” You can see the symbol that is being used for this emphasis on your bulletin insert, encircled by those three terms. But this is more than a slogan in a marketing campaign. No, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” really describes what the church does, whether on the national and international levels, as our synod operates, or on the local level, as, for instance, here at...
  • "I Will Give You the Crown of Life" (Sermon for Easter Day, on Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11)

    04/07/2012 3:13:08 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 8, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11)Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) What a joyful day this is, this Easter Day, the greatest day of the year! For today we celebrate, with all the faithful and with all the company of heaven, the great victory Christ won for us when he arose from the dead, victorious over sin and death and hell, opening up for us righteousness and life and the kingdom of heaven. Easter Sunday is the proof of the victory Christ won for us on Good Friday, when he died on...
  • "Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?" (Sermon for Palm Sunday, on 1 Cor. 1:18-25)

    03/31/2012 5:28:39 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 9 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | April 1, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” “On the foal of a donkey”: I thought about that phrase, and then I thought about the fact that this is April 1, and so I considered doing a sermon on “April Foal’s Day” . . . and then I decided against it. But this is April Fools’ Day,...
  • Message on Racial Justice in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death

    03/27/2012 4:03:10 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ^ | 26 March AD 2012 | Mark S. Hanson
    Message on Racial Justice in the wake of Trayvon Martin's death from Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson In the wake of Trayvon Martin's tragic death, I call upon members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to join in public lament and to ask searching questions as we renew our commitment to act courageously and to work tirelessly for racial justice. With all who mourn Trayvon's death we cry, "Lord, have mercy." For all who suffer the wounds that racism and violence infect we pray, "Christ, have mercy." For our turning God's gift of diversity into cause for distrust and...
  • "What's So 'Great' about Jesus?" (Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, on Mark 10:35-45)

    03/24/2012 12:57:40 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 25, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “What’s So ‘Great’ about Jesus?” (Mark 10:35-45)Today is March 25, which means it is exactly nine months before December 25. And being nine months before Christmas, March 25 is the day when the Annunciation of Our Lord--that occasion when the angel Gabriel came to the virgin Mary and told her she would conceive and give birth to a son--this is the day when the Annunciation normally would be observed. But since this year March 25 falls on a Sunday, in the season of Lent, the readings for this Sunday take precedence. But I do think that the words spoken by...
  • St. Olaf College and the "Condom Olympics"

    03/23/2012 8:43:28 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 3/23/12 | Dan Skogen
    We really need to start a series called, “Are ELCA colleges Christian?” I say that because it seems to me, more and more, worldly values and morals are taking precedent within ELCA colleges. St. Olaf College is affiliated with the ELCA. On St. Olaf's official website we learn of an event called the “Wellness Olympics” and are told this, “Back by popular demand, the Wellness Center is hosting a team-based competition that tests students’ knowledge of sexual health, reproductive anatomy, and STI statistics. It all culminates in an intense relay race to properly put on a condom while wearing ‘beer...
  • "O Death, Where Is Your Victory?" (Funeral sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:51-57)

    03/19/2012 3:10:10 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 19, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O Death, Where Is Your Victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)“‘O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is our text. On the ancient Roman calendar, the approximate middle day of a month was called the “Ides” of that month. And so, for March, it was the 15th that was called the Ides of March. And it became a famous date. According to the historian Plutarch, Julius Caesar...
  • "Unpacking the Nutshell" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, on John 3:14-21)

    03/18/2012 12:41:56 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 18, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Unpacking the Nutshell” (John 3:14-21)“John 3:16”: You’ll see that reference--just that reference, by itself, no other words with it--you’ll see “John 3:16” showing up in all sorts of places. You might see a guy with a rainbow wig at a sporting event, holding up a sign that says on it, simply, “John 3:16.” You might see quarterback Tim Tebow with “John 3:16” written on his eye black. They figure that just the reference is enough to get their message across, since the verse, John 3:16, is so well known. You all know it. You probably learned it by memory when...
  • "The Suffering Christ and His Suffering Christians" (Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent)

    03/04/2012 11:41:42 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 12 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | March 4, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Suffering Christ and His Suffering Christians” (Mark 8:27-38; Romans 5:1-11)Last Sunday we heard the story of “The Binding of Isaac,” that incident in which Father Abraham was directed, by God, to take his son Isaac and bind him and lay him on a pile of wood, on an altar, and there slay him with a knife, set the wood on fire, and so sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering unto the Lord. At the last moment, though, the Lord intervened and told Abraham not to sacrifice his son. Instead, Abraham looked behind him and saw a ram caught in...
  • The Coming Persecution (a priest's projection on what is to come if Obama re-elected)

    03/03/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 2, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    So much talk amongst right wing Catholics of the erosion of religious liberty, the collapse of all things and the coming persecution. Talk of government detention centers and priests being shot like Bl. Miguel Pro. I don't think they get it. That's not what it will be like. America is different. We're into image big time. We thought the Soviets were into brainwashing and propaganda. We put them in the shade. America is all about healthy, lusty, good looking guys and gals who are clean cut, successful and smiling. We're into the good life. We're into being good and...
  • Set the Captives Free: Why (and How) Abortion Should Be Talked About in Church

    02/29/2012 6:52:43 AM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    He Leapt ^ | 2/25/12
    "Kristen decided to share her secret with someone she trusted, a youth pastor. He told her something that forever changed her life and the life of her baby. 'Abortion is not an option,' he said. 'Two wrongs don’t make a right.' The kind pastor suggested that adoption would be a more loving option. 'His words reminded me that this was a baby we were talking about.'" --Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com, February 20, 2012 Not all Christian pastors would have spoken these words to Kristen, and not all Christian denominations teach their clergy to counsel in this way. I know this, tragically,...
  • "The LORD Will Provide" (Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent, on Genesis 22:1-18)

    02/25/2012 7:54:03 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 26, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The LORD Will Provide” (Genesis 22:1-18)Our text today is the Old Testament Reading, from Genesis 22, the account of “The Binding of Isaac,” as it is often called. The binding of Isaac, upon an altar, by his father Abraham, at the direction of the Lord God, for the purpose of offering up Isaac as a sacrifice. God tested Abraham, to the limit, in this ordeal. God tested Abraham to see if he would believe that God would really keep his promise that Isaac would be his heir, the son of promise. And, by God’s grace and strength, Abraham passed the...
  • Christians Tailor Lent Outside Catholic Traditions

    02/22/2012 3:08:12 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 22, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    The season of Lent begins not only for millions of Catholics by having placed a sign of the cross on their foreheads with ash on Wednesday, but with many Christians in and outside of denominations vowing to mark the season with acts of faith.Though Lent is often seen as part of the Catholic tradition of fasting for 40 days (calculated sometimes to exclude the weekends in the days leading to Easter), many Christians view this time as serving as a reminder to the importance of getting closer to God.Christine Smith, founder of the online site Womens Bible Cafe, wrote on...
  • Lutheran leader sides with Catholics on contraceptives issue in fiery testimony

    02/20/2012 11:28:15 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2012 | TIM TOWNSEND
    On Thursday afternoon [Feb 16] in Washington, the Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, told a panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives that the St. Louis-based denomination "stand(s) with our friends in the Catholic Church" in opposition to a recent government ruling on contraception. The Missouri Synod has not traditionally embraced the notion of pluralism, at least when it comes to what the church calls "altar and pulpit fellowship." But in an interview Friday, Harrison, who lives in Ballwin with his family, made it clear that the Missouri Synod has "large consensus with the...
  • "The White Clothes of Jesus" (Sermon for the Transfiguration of Our Lord, on Mark 9:2-9)

    02/18/2012 6:48:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 1+ views
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 19, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The White Clothes of Jesus” (Mark 9:2-9)Today on this last Sunday in the Epiphany season the church celebrates a great, pivotal event in the life and ministry of Jesus, namely, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Jesus goes up on a high mountain, taking along with him his inner circle of disciples, Peter, James, and John. There he is transfigured before them, that is, his appearance changes, and his clothes become dazzling white. Two great figures from the Old Testament, Moses and Elijah, appear with Jesus and talk with him. The disciples don’t know what to make of all of this....
  • A Prophecy for the Church in America [Ecumenical]

    02/18/2012 1:08:39 PM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | February 17, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    A prophet is not necessarily someone who has a supernatural vision of the future. He may simply be a person who can see certain trends in the present, understand the underlying issues and therefore attempt to predict how things may go in the future. Here are some trends I see in the American Church and how I see the future developing. The first thing is the disintegration of denominationalism. It used to be that the different Protestant groups were distinct in their theology and their style of worship. There were boundaries. You pretty much knew what to expect in a...
  • Lutherans May Voice Opposition To Marriage Amendment { ELCA }

    02/17/2012 9:45:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 57 replies
    Lutherans in Minnesota plan to officially voice their opposition to the proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. Close to 1,000 Lutheran representatives will vote on the issue on Friday at the annual assembly. The resolution says the amendment would prevent one group of committed couples and families from having the same rights and protections afforded to all others. In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America assembly in Minneapolis passed a policy that moved toward a more accepting response to same-gender relationships. The assembly also passed resolutions that allowed for congregations to support leaders within the ELCA...
  • (LCMS President) Harrison Speaks Before House Committee

    02/16/2012 12:25:31 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 22 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 16, 2012
    Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’ST. LOUIS—February 16, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, was one of several witnesses to give testimony today during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Following are Harrison’s comments to the committee: “Mr. Chairman, it’s a pleasure to be here. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a body of some 6,200 congregations and 2.3 million members across the...
  • (LCMS President) Harrison to speak before House committee

    02/15/2012 6:46:57 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 29 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 15, 2012 | Adriane Dorr
    LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison will take part in a Capitol Hill hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in Washington, D. C., on Thursday, Feb. 16. The hearing will focus on the issues of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in relation to the Obama administration's recent health-care ruling regarding contraceptives. The panel also will include Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Jewish leaders. The Rev. John T. Pless, who teaches theological ethics and is an assistant professor of Pastoral Ministry and missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Ann Stillman, vice-president and general...
  • Law and Gospel and Golawspel

    02/15/2012 9:48:58 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Journey to Luther ^ | 2-5-11 | Morris Priddy
    One of the distinctions of Reformation and Lutheran Christian preaching that I have found life changing is the proper distinction of Law and Gospel. I don't have enough time or space here to do this proper justice, but this distinction has truly changed my view of life and given me hope rather than dread in my Christian life. The core of this doctrine is that God's Law (summarized in the Ten Commandments and expanded upon by Jesus) reveals our sin, it shows how we are desperately sinful people incapable of delivering ourselves through our own efforts at morality. A lot...
  • LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation'

    02/14/2012 11:56:13 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 23 replies
    lcms.org ^ | February 14, 2012 | The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison
    LCMS reacts to contraceptive mandate 'accommodation' Missouri Synod president says church remains ‘deeply concerned’ about health plan mandate despite White House statement ST. LOUIS—February 14, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, issued a statement today in response to President Obama’s health plan “accommodation” for religious groups, which was announced last week: “In response to President Obama’s announcement Friday concerning an ‘accommodation’ to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control (even those that can kill the unborn), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) remains deeply concerned. We strongly object to...
  • The ELCA, Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood

    02/13/2012 2:52:44 PM PST · by Enought · 13 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 1/23/2012 | Dan Skogen
    As the saying goes, “Show me your friends, and I’ll tell you who you are.” Who are the bedfellows of the ELCA? In a past blog, Exposing the ELCA revealed the close ties and similar ideologies the ELCA has with the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Now we find that the ELCA is also very close with an organization called the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
  • "The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?" (Sermon on 2 Kings 5:1-14)

    02/11/2012 11:06:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | February 12, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Cleansing of Naaman: How Can Water Do Such Great Things?” (2 Kings 5:1-14)Our text is the Old Testament Reading for today, the story of the cleansing of Naaman. Short version: Naaman was a man who had leprosy. He was told, “Wash, and be clean.” And, after some objections, Naaman did wash, and he did become clean. But there’s more here than meets the eye, as we will see. For one thing, this story raises the question: How could simply washing in a river--and a pretty unimpressive river, at that--how could that cleanse a man of leprosy? And what does...
  • Lutherans join chorus of voices slamming HHS contraceptive mandate

    KIRKWOOD, Missouri, February 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The President of the Missouri Lutheran Synod added his voice to the growing chorus of religious leaders from across denominational lines who are objecting to the HHS mandate requiring employers to cover sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their healthcare plans. “The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take the lives of unborn children, who are persons in the sight of God from the time of conception,” wrote Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, in a statement issued February 3rd. “Increasingly we are suffering overzealous...
  • ELCA Pastor’s Re-naming Rite for a Transgender Church Member

    02/09/2012 12:55:46 PM PST · by Enought · 8 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 2/8/2012 | Dan Skogen
    The ELCA leadership loves ELCA Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. She is the face and voice of today’s ELCA. Bolz-Weber pastors a church whose website states it is “queer inclusive,” “social justice oriented” and “irreverent."
  • Top ELCA Leader Shows Pictures of Jesus as a Female

    02/06/2012 2:18:07 PM PST · by Enought · 16 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 12/09/2011 | Dan Skogen
    I just came across a recap of the happenings at the now famous ELCA and worshippers of Isis conference, officially called “The 5th Annual Faith and Feminism – Womanist – Mujerista Conference,” that was held at the ELCA’s Ebenezer Lutheran church (herchurch) in San Francisco. . .