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Your Turn / LCMS at 177
April 29, 2024, 12:20:27 PM
The following is from Rev. Dr. Gerry Kieschnick, President Emeritus of the LCMS.  He served from 2001-2010.  The birthday of the LCMS was April 26, 1847, and this is a nice reflection.  Happy birthday LCMS!  Jeremy

"Tomorrow is the 177th anniversary of the establishment of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). The original name, auf Deutsch, was Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Synode von Missouri, Ohio und andern Staaten.

Several years later, that name was changed to English: The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States and subsequently to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Though its official name contains only one geographic state (Missouri), the LCMS is a national church body with many international mission efforts and relationships. Some feel the name needs yet another revision to reflect its national and/or international character. I agree.

The LCMS traces its origins back to the 19th century in America. It emerged from a wave of German immigration, with settlers seeking religious freedom. Some of them may also have been hoping for a better standard of living in America. Imagine that.

On April 26, 1847, the LCMS was formally organized in Chicago by 12 pastors representing 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Member congregations now come from all 50 states and two Canadian provinces.

The original goal was to maintain traditional Lutheran teachings and practices. Over the years, the LCMS has been dedicated to upholding the authority of the Bible, the Lutheran Confessions, and traditional worship practices, with some variation in the latter in numerous congregations.

The LCMS was a pioneer in media communications, initiating television's This Is the Life (1952-1988) and radio's The Lutheran Hour, which began in 1930 and is still on the air today.

The LCMS has also been involved in various social and educational initiatives, including the establishment of what at one time numbered 10 colleges and universities in the Concordia University System (three have recently closed and one has left the system) and two Concordia Seminaries.

The LCMS has experienced periods of growth, internal conflict, and theological debates. Though it remains one of the largest Lutheran denominations in the United States, the LCMS, along with other mainline denominations, is experiencing significant numerical decline.

From my perspective, the LCMS Mission Statement captures eloquently and succinctly the reason for its existence: "In grateful response to God's grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ, by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world."
Your Turn / ELCA support ministries
December 19, 2023, 07:48:30 PM
What sort of clergy support ministries are there in the ELCA? My wife knows of a family that needs lots of help with some things that are well beyond their means. This family includes a clergy member in the ELCA. Would they call their local synod?

Appreciate any help in pointing us in the right direction. Thanks

Your Turn / Dr. James Nestingen, RIP
January 01, 2023, 07:13:33 AM
Hello all,

Dr. James Nestingen fell asleep in Jesus Saturday, Dec. 31st, 2022. I know he was close friends with Dr. John Pless who sometimes posts here. I pray for comfort in the certain resurrection of the dead for all who mourn.

Rest eternal, grant him, O Lord.

Your Turn / Requiescat in pace J.A.O Preus III
August 05, 2022, 03:49:06 PM
Just saw notice from a friend connected to Concordia Irvine that Jack Preus III fell asleep in Jesus on Aug. 4th. Starting in 1998 he was president at Concordia Irvine.

I had him for Systematics III at St. Louis. He was one of the finest profs I had. He was good in the classroom, even better in the snack bar. Our class ended at 2:50. He would frequently say, "I'm going to the snack bar to get a pop. If any of you want to come, we can keep talking." If I wasn't working, I'd join the conversation. Sometimes it was more systematics, sometimes it was parish life, and sometimes it was just life. He was a fine man.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Yes, says the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors and all their works shall follow after them.

Your Turn / Neglect, mental health, and resignation
January 21, 2022, 06:46:28 PM
Hello friends. I thought I would share some news and maybe spark some conversation, since this is a forum after all.

On Thursday Jan. 20th I resigned my call as pastor at Holy Trinity, Grandview MO. I did this because I have not been a good husband or father, and with that aspect of my life suffering, and that aspect spilling over to my pastoral vocation, something had to give.

After ignoring, neglecting, working halfheartedly at it, or just hoping it would magically disappear, I am also beginning intensive outpatient treatment to deal with depression and anxiety. I have not been well for a couple of years, and my wife continues to struggle with an eating disorder.

Either I was unable to see or was unwilling to deal with it, but now there isn't a choice.

I also think there is some burnout going on. Some things I very easily care about and get excited for, and some things I don't. It may not be to the extent of Joe Theisman or Alex Smith, but I think I broke my giveadamn and have been hobbling along. The Lord expects more; the church deserves better.

I know I am not alone. I know other pastors struggle with this.

I think I built on sand, rather than on rock. I put more emphasis on my identity as pastor, husband, father, etc, and those identities change. I'm not the same man my wife married, she's not the same woman. Our children have changed. What's the solid ground? My identity in Christ.

Over the years I have had difficulty processing pastoral grief. If I viewed myself as a Christian first, and kept my identity there, maybe I would not be at this position right now?

Thanks for reading.  Jeremy
Your Turn / Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire
June 14, 2021, 09:56:40 PM
Hello friends. Yesterday we sang "Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid". It's a wonderful hymn. It includes the words of the title of this thread. What do they mean?

I think I get the thrice holy fire- burning bush, coal taken from the altar in heaven that purifies Isaiah, and Pentecost. But I don't think I know the thrice holy fount. Any guesses or answers?

Thanks. Jeremy
Your Turn / Lutheran ethnic origins
November 26, 2020, 11:11:50 AM
Hello friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

A church member has asked about the ethnic origins of Lutherans in America. I believe I have a cursory understanding of it. But I have some blank spaces to fill in. Thought I would ask you. And this is all "generally" or "mostly".

LCA - Swedish
ALC - Norwegian
ELS - "Little Norwegians"
LCMS - German
Suomi- Finnish

What about the ULCA? Augustana? Buffalo Synod? Others

Just a curiosity. Thanks for any answers or corrections.

Your Turn / Who said it?
June 02, 2020, 06:57:30 PM
Who said the following..."The Gospel assumed is the Gospel denied." Robert Preus? Any help? Thanks.

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