Category Archives: LCMS Observations

Who do you want for a pastor?

Recently, my wife and I have been hooked on a BBC drama called Father Brown which ran for several years, and is now on Netflix.  The series is based off of short stories of the same name by GK Chesterton.  … Continue reading

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A word to the Shepherds

Circuit 13 & 15 Joint Winkel – St. John 10:1-10 In my fourth year of seminary, Dr. Warneck, gave us his infamous handout the first day of his Pastoral Theology class, which probably totaled half a ream of paper; nearly … Continue reading

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Just do it

First Lutheran Church  Plainville, Kansas Peace Lutheran Church   Natoma, Kansas May, 2017 At any given time, I have a variety of writing projects that I am working on.  Some of these have deadlines that have to be met; others have … Continue reading

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Why we hate Call Day sermons

This week is the annual high feast day in the LCMS; it is the day the St. Louis and the Fort Wayne seminaries get lots of attention and lots of praise for presenting to the Church at large students that … Continue reading

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I do vs. I will

It is amazing sometimes how television and fantasy distort our view of reality.  Because we have seen it so many times acted out, most people think that there are things in the traditional wedding rite, that when you go to … Continue reading

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A march and a movie

Friday was the annual March for Life, and throughout much of the morning, I followed a couple of different feeds reporting from the March, particularly the LCMS feed.  At lunch time, I was able to watch some of the speeches … Continue reading

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A hidden gem for pastors

When I was a student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, classes shut down for two days every September for the annual Symposium.  All three years that I was on campus, I was amazed at how many people were there, especially … Continue reading

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