One of the things that I like about the Gottesdienst Crowd is that we are not advocates for the liturgy because of personal taste or effete sensibilities, or an intellectual devotion to historical marginalia. Pastors and laypeople involved in the life of the church understand that as the blood of Christ is the lifeblood of the Church, Sunday morning Divine Services are the vessels that carry the blood of the Lamb to us. Hence our name Gottesdienst.Read More
One of the candidates for synod president released his four-point campaign platform. One of his planks is that we need to “Improve Law Gospel Preaching.”Read More
I have never been a synod delegate before. I should have known that I would be targeted by mail and email by ecclesiastical lobbying.Read More
Sobering news out of the Great White North.
Being a little more European than we are, and lacking a Bible Belt, the National Trust for Canada is reporting that a third of the churches in Canada will likely close within a decade.
A pastor of an LCMS congregation recently made a big production out of his congregation’s name change. They had previously excised the name “Lutheran”, but had retained the rest of the congregation’s original name after one of our Blessed Lord’s apostles. But now, in response to the disapproval of unbelievers, and based on focus groups and research, the pastor pushed for the congregation to adopt a completely non-traditional name that was actually the same as the brand name of an SUV. It has generated some humorous responses in the world of Lutheran social media and blogs.Read More
I'm not a fan of our polity. I agree with the fathers of the Lutheran confessions that the church would be best served by sticking to the traditional polity of the church.Read More
We have our work cut out for us at Gottesdienst.Read More
In a private discussion group for pastors, an LCMS pastor made the following statement:
"Our role as pastor is not to do the work of the ministry but to equip the saints for the work of the ministry Eph 4:11-12"
Think about that.
"Our role as pastor is not to do the work of the ministry" - because Ephesians 4.Read More