After my last blog post, one of the comments made the point that many followers of Forde may be (not are) accused of antinomianism and if I would explore this in a future blog. For those that do not know, antinomianism is the feeling that salvation is by predestination only and therefore one who follows Christ does not have to follow the law. The opposite of this is “legalism” which means that we have to earn salvation through our works in the law. Luther (and Forde for that matter) were… Continue
Added by Pastor Justin Johnson on September 30, 2009 at 12:56pm —
Teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines. Both males and
females are victims, but boys and girls are abusive in different ways:
•Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch, or kick;
•Boys injure girls more severely and frequently;
•Some teen victims experience violence occasionally;
•Others are abused more often...sometimes daily.
A comparison of Intimate Partner Violence rates between teens… Continue
Added by Bobbie Steinhauer on September 29, 2009 at 11:47am —
It was an odd week for me last week. It started with a New and Young (I fall into the later, not so new) clergy retreat where we talked about the struggle with ministry and complaints, moving into a retreat with Bishop Hanson about the Assembly and preaching in the current post-modern climate, then back into church where I followed Twitters and blogs about congregations who are upset thinking and are thinking about leaving, all the while reading two fantastic books- “Where God Meets Man” by… Continue
Added by Pastor Justin Johnson on September 28, 2009 at 1:30pm —
Sharing my story and experiences of depression was a decision that I thought was more a necessity than a choice. I do want to explain a few things about my blogging. My blog is a memoir. It is not an autobiography, I am not fact checking and I am relying only on my own recollections of events. I also will change a bit about individuals to make them less recognizable – unless I am writing with their permission. I also have been living with depression for a long time and have been to the depths… Continue
Added by Bobbie Steinhauer on September 27, 2009 at 10:37pm —
I get 2 online daily devotionals plus I have a yearly daily devotional from guidepost. I get something nearly everyday from each but somedays one touchs me more then others,,, today Guidepost did that for me !!! A devotional from Mary Lou Carney really hit home and I felt I needed to share it !!
I had been out of town for several days ,so it had been a while since I'd seen my three year old grandson Drake . Now he and I were setting at my kitchen table late in the afternoon… Continue
Added by bruce metcalf on September 27, 2009 at 8:35pm —
What shows forth Christ?
and The plain meaning of the text.
Last week I looked at Mark 9:30-37
and talked a little about a Bible study I was a part of. The disciples had been arguing about "Who was the greatest!" and in response Jesus took at child in his arms saying, "Whoever welcome one of these… Continue
Added by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke on September 27, 2009 at 9:00am —
I am reading "The End of Words: The Language of Reconciliation in A Culture of Violence by Richard Lischer, when I came across this image. It is a little long, but I thought was incredible:
"Every preacher's Bible has seen better days. The leather that was supposed to last a lifetime is seriously cracked and worn; the spine has been thoughtlessly flexed at too many graves and garden weddings. Its delicate pages have been folded down and creased for future reference- a proverb one had… Continue
Added by Pastor Justin Johnson on September 24, 2009 at 2:38pm —
I am returning to the Book of Faith website after a time a way. I felt in true PJ fashion, I should return with a bang.
I recently read James Nestingen's comments on the Word Alone web site and I am requesting a stop on the selling/purchase of his books. For those who don't know, James Nestingen is a retired professor of history from Luther seminary, but also a writer who has some books and videos under Augsburg Fortress. In a recent… Continue
Added by Pastor Justin Johnson on September 24, 2009 at 11:47am —
Peter Mayer has written a great song called "blueprints." I've posted the words here for you.
Listen to a sample of it at
There are lots of similarities between this song and BOF.
Peter Mayer /Jim Mayer
There is a wind that moves all around us
Making the sound of a song if you listen
And yet we wander over the world
For a place to belong to replace what we’re missing
We bring our… Continue
Added by Pastor Ronald T. Glusenkamp on September 23, 2009 at 3:13pm —
Once I described the experience of depression as swimming through tar in a tunnel. There is no easy way out – only through. Somewhere at the end of tunnel, I can almost visualize the light, but I can’t always see it. Some days I want to stop swimming and allow the hot tar to fill my lungs and take me under. And then in the distance I can hear the people that I love and I know that I must keep going. The light is there, I can almost make it out. This is the best metaphor that I could come up… Continue
Added by Bobbie Steinhauer on September 21, 2009 at 11:43am —
The ELCA “Book of Faith
” initiative offers us five historic, Lutheran, Scriptural interpretation principles to guide our Biblical reading. I talked a little about the first one two weeks ago, that was “Law and Gospel.”
A second principle is “What shows forth Christ.”
The past two days I’ve been meeting with the deans of the Oregon Synod. We took some time to study… Continue
Added by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke on September 20, 2009 at 10:30pm —
On Saturday I was given the opportunity to ride in the bucket of a ladder truck. You've heard me speak of the beauty of our location. I got some great pictures from a different perspective to give you an idea of our church building's location. We're experiencing some unusually warm days for September in Minnesota and we're enjoying every minute. Enjoy!…
Added by Rev. Gregory Isaacson on September 20, 2009 at 3:00pm —
Kristal's grandmother is in the hospital & not doing well. Please add her family to your prayers, thank you.
Added by James A Odden on September 16, 2009 at 10:18pm —
Are you looking for some very basic and good advice about inviting people to a deeper relationship with Jesus? If so, you want to check out http://www.backtochurch.co.uk/
there are all sorts of items available which give advice and inspiration.
Added by Pastor Ronald T. Glusenkamp on September 16, 2009 at 12:04pm —
The Rev. Nicholas Holtam has an amazing sermon from the past Sunday, entitled
One Jesus, four Gospels, twelve disciples, sixty six books of the Bible - the guarantee of pluralism
I commend it to you.
Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Added by Pastor Ronald T. Glusenkamp on September 16, 2009 at 9:59am —
Special Book of Faith bookmarks were distributed at Synod Assemblies. At Augsburg Fortress, we have received many requests for these, and while we do not currently have plans to reprint them, and we have distributed all our extras, you are more than welcome to make your own! You may download the PDF file here
Added by Book of Faith Social Network on September 15, 2009 at 4:20pm —
What does this mean?
I said last week that I'd do a little series on "historic, Lutheran, Scriptural interpretation principles," but I got side tracked this week. I preached Sunday on James 3, "The tongue is a fire ..."
With some recent experience on being misquoted or maligned this seemed like an interesting text.
Martin Luther in the Large Catechism
has a lot to say about the use of our tongue.… Continue
Added by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke on September 14, 2009 at 4:24pm —
WOW! That's what I was saying to myself as I heard the words to a new rally day song written
by Book of Faith-er Brenda L.Greenwald (you can send her a note, she's duly signed up).
any way, to the tune of LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING, (which she did) Brenda
"rocked" the house.
Pastor Ron Glusenkamp
Added by Pastor Ronald T. Glusenkamp on September 13, 2009 at 1:36pm —
Can just anybody interpret the Bible?
This is an interesting question! Certainly most anybody and everybody does
interpret the Bible. Some do a really bad job of it. Some may do a really good job of it, but you might not like what they conclude. So who’s right? How do you know?
The ELCA “Book of Faith
” initiative is designed, in part, to get… Continue
Added by Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke on September 13, 2009 at 9:30am —
Bound was the word that kept coming to me. I didn’t have another descriptor for my feelings recently. I have felt bound in a physical sense to Jesus. I have never been someone who loudly proclaims my allegiance to Christianity; mostly because those who do that tend to not practice Jesus teaching in a way that I am comfortable with. I am not someone who tends to wear crosses around my neck to signify that I am a follower of Christ. I also don’t own any Jesus tee shirts. In my life I have been… Continue
Added by Bobbie Steinhauer on September 12, 2009 at 7:30am —