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Your Turn / Re:
« on: March 21, 2023, 08:24:03 AM »
Actually 1517 had its genesis around Rod Rosenbladt and John Warwick Montgomery. Their HERE WE STILL STAND Conference held each October in San Diego always has sell out attendance. The conference has featured Jim Nestingen, Steve Paulson, Chad Bird and others. 1517 Publishing is producing some great books including Bror Erickson's translation of Bo Giertz. JTP+

Your Turn / Re: I Need Some Catechism Help
« on: January 23, 2023, 05:06:49 PM »
I hope that ALPB people will read the Annotated Large Catechism and arrive at their own conclusions as to its orthodoxy and usefulness. The ecclesiastical vigilante has made the groundless charge that an article on hatred (5th Commandment) that condemns racism is importing CRT into the Missouri Synod. Some are upset that we have a few writers from churches not in fellowship with the LCMS (WELS, NALC, ELCA, and Australia). The names of good people are being slandered by self-appointed watch dogs. Biggest lie being circulated is that the book did not go through doctrinal review. As a matter of fact it passed through three separate doctrinal review processes: (1) the whole CTCR: (2) the President's Office; and (3) the standard doctrinal  review process.

I'm hoping that this book of over 700 pages with annotations by Robert Kolb, Charles Arand, Jacob Corzine, John Kleinig, Mark Mattes, Roland Ziegler, and myself and over 70 excursive essays will be reviewed in the FORUM LETTER. I'm not going to make any more comments here on the project. It was an honor to work on it with Larry Vogel these last three years. Get a copy. Read it and see for yourself what it promotes and doesn't promote. JTP+

Your Turn / Re: Dr. James Nestingen, RIP
« on: January 02, 2023, 10:13:12 AM »
Jim Nestingen was a wonderful friend. Our friendship goes back to 1984 and we collaborated on many projects together. Most recently he contributed an article on "The Theology of the Cross in the Lord's Prayer" in LUTHER"S LARGE CATECHISM WITH ANNOTATIONS AND CONTEMPORARY APPLICATION which is scheduled for release from CPH next month. I was a special privilege to serve with Jim on the NALC/LCMS/LCC Dialogue since 2011. We were co-editors along with Al Collver of THE NECESSARY DISTINCTION, a collection of essays on law and gospel which grew out of the dialogue. His presence will be sorely missed but I'm grateful for the Lord's bountiful gifts to and through Jim will remain. JTP+

Your Turn / Confessionalism Seminar at Concordia Chicago
« on: December 13, 2022, 06:19:17 PM »
This upcoming seminar at Concordia University Chicago might be of interest to some of you:

Your Turn / Re: Higher Things: Beyond All Doubt Conference
« on: August 29, 2022, 10:36:40 AM »
I preached and taught a "breakout session" at the Higher Things conference in Montana last month. I was impressed at the ability of the planners to offer solid Lutheran theology in a way that engaged the youth. I heartily recommend Higher Things.

Your Turn / ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Columbus
« on: August 08, 2022, 05:27:11 PM »
Is anyone from ALPB covering the churchwide assembly in Columbus this week? JTP+

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2022, 09:57:10 AM »
From the Federalist:

I've heard that the CUW theology department is asking the President of Synod, the SWD president, and the President of the CUS to make a formal visit.

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: February 23, 2022, 09:17:46 AM »
Sometimes boards lead institutions other times institutions lead boards :)

Your Turn / Re: Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: February 22, 2022, 05:47:14 PM »
Dr. Greg Schulz is a fine scholar (PhD in Philosophy from Marquette) with deep pastoral sensitivities (see his book THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING: A FATHER'S HOPE written in light of the loss of two of his children to a rare disease).  His essay in ONE LORD, TWO HANDS  makes a positive use of Bonhoeffer. He provided us with a chapter on lament for PROMISING FAITH FOR A RUPTURED AGE: AN ENGLISH-SPEAKING APPRECIATION OF OSWALD Bayer. He is a frequent speaker for DOXOLOGY and has served as an adjunct professor in the PhD in Missiology and DMin programs here at CTSFW.

His suspension without due process from the faculty of CU-Wisconsin raises troublesome questions about academic freedom at CU-W to say nothing of the integrity as a university of the church. JTP+

Your Turn / Prayer service for Concordia University-Wisconsin
« on: February 22, 2022, 03:38:38 PM »
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ of the South Wisconsin District, members of the CUWAA community, Pastors, Commissioned Ministers, and concerned members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod:


Lord, have mercy upon us! Christ, have mercy upon us! Lord, have mercy upon us! I write to you out of concern for the Confessional faithfulness of Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. At times of great unrest in the Church, we are all called to repentance and to invoke the Lord’s help that we might be preserved in faithfulness to Christ and in fervent love for one another. Events of recent months revolving around the Presidential search at CUWAA and brought into the public arena with the suspension of Dr. Gregory Schulz from CUW, has driven many of us to our knees to cry out to our Lord for His deliverance and for the preservation of our beloved Concordia.


Ultimately, the issue is not about a single individual, but about being faithful to Christ and the Word of God. We turn to Christ and God’s Word as we seek to preserve and strengthen the confessional integrity and faithfulness of His university, and to be a faithful witness to world enslaved in the darkness and false hopes of anti-Christian dogma.


Peace Lutheran Church, Sussex, Wisconsin is inviting you to attend “A Service of Prayer and Preaching for Confessional Faithfulness: A Call to Repentance, Supplication, and Intercession for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor, at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 26, 2022.


A Service of Prayer and Preaching for Confessional Faithfulness

A Call to Repentance, Supplication, and Intercession

for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor

11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022


Every member of the Concordia Community, as well as every member of the Church-at-large is welcome to attend this service. For those unable to attend, the service will be live streamed at:


Please forward this invitation far and wide for the sake of our Church body and Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor.


Sincerely in Christ,


Rev. Peter C. Bender​

Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church

Director, Concordia Catechetical Academy

President, Peace Lutheran Academy

262-246-3200 ext. 724


Your Turn / Re: Neglect, mental health, and resignation
« on: January 22, 2022, 06:37:18 PM »
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ give you rest, peace, and strength. Psalm 46 is my prayer for you. God bless.

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