The Church is Christ’s Mission to Society

By David H. Benke January 12, 2004   1965 LCMS Resolution 1-01D: WHEREAS, Jesus Christ is Lord of all the world and in every area of life; and WHEREAS, The Christian recognizes no area of life that may be termed “secular” in the sense that it is removed from the lordship of Jesus Christ, though…
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Bombin’ Down the Avenue

By David Benke As a lad in Old Milwaukee, when drivers’ licenses were available at the tender age of sixteen, the only place to be and the only thing to do on a summer Saturday night was “bombin’ down the Avenue.” Wisconsin Avenue, that is. Slow driving down the straight wide center of the city….
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The Same Yesterday, Today, and Forever

By David Stein Kierkegaard wrote years ago: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” To that end permit me to return [some] to the past, stand beside the present and pray with hope about God’s future for the church catholic and apostolic. It’s always easiest to go backwards, to dredge…
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The Naked Truth

By David Stein “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there” (Job 1:21). The truth is “male and female were created in the image of God,” and God blessed them. And everything God made was very good. Three thousand years later the ancestral shepherd boy laments: “You have searched me…
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Lutheran Education Is Catechistic

By David Stein “The deplorable, miserable conditions which I recently observed when visiting the parishes have constrained and pressed me to put this catechism of Christian doctrine into this brief, plain and simple form. How pitiable, so help me God, were the things I saw: the common man, especially in the villages, knows practically nothing…
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Purity

By David Domsch Purity is such an appealing idea.  We all want our food, our medicine, and yes our church’s doctrine to be pure – to contain only that which is supposed to be there and be void of all contamination. Despite its appeal, however, purity is very dangerous idea because the word implies an absolute…
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Offence

By David Domsch 1 a obsolete : an act of stumbling b archaic : a cause or occasion of sin : stumbling block 2 something that outrages the moral or physical senses.   (Merriam-Webster.com) In recent weeks the President of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod tried to prevent a recurrence of the conflict that emerged when charges were brought against Rev. David Benke because of his participation in…
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Fear III

By David Domsch Last fall an initial article lamented the fear that seems to drive far too much in the LCMS.   A young pastor questioned how I could continue in the LCMS under the situation described.   That led to a second article in the spring of 2012. Although I had hoped to establish an ongoing dialog…
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