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Didymus20X6 commented on Dr. Robert Shreckhise's blog post Numbers Don't Lie--Or Do They?
"I'm always amused when someone asks the question, "How many do you worship on Sunday?" I usually respond, "One in Three.""
Aug 31, 2010
Rik Eischen commented on Dr. Robert Shreckhise's blog post Numbers Don't Lie--Or Do They?
"Thank you, Dr. Shreckhise, for drawing attention to this major problem in our churches today: "I believe this perversion of the church has happened in our country because we have adopted political/business models for the church. In so doing we…"
Aug 31, 2010
James Robertson commented on Dr. Robert Shreckhise's blog post Numbers Don't Lie--Or Do They?
"There be only one number that counts: Deuteronomy 6:4"
Aug 31, 2010
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Numbers Don't Lie--Or Do They?

The political season is all revved up. Ads, phone calls, and junk mail are taking up time, space, and attention. I am so tired of it all--the half truths, innuendoes, and political posturing. The news media spends much of its valuable time covering this rat race. The other big story is the economy. Are we doing better? Are we doing worse? What is the outlook for the next year? Power and money, numbers and manipulation. Everything focused on changing some number, some count, some indicator. Its…See More
Aug 31, 2010

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Gal. 2:19-20 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. [ESV]
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Dr. Robert Shreckhise's Blog

Numbers Don't Lie--Or Do They?

The political season is all revved up. Ads, phone calls, and junk mail are taking up time, space, and attention. I am so tired of it all--the half truths, innuendoes, and political posturing. The news media spends much of its valuable time covering this rat race. The other big story is the economy. Are we doing better? Are we doing worse? What is the outlook for the next year? Power and money, numbers and manipulation. Everything focused on changing some number, some count, some indicator. Its… Continue

Posted on August 31, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

A Skunk at the Garden Party

Positive news from the LCMS Synodical Convention—Matt Harrison has been elected as the new President of the synod. This change at the top is a reason to rejoice, not because of political power issues, but because President Elect Harrison has exhibited a firm commitment to the Holy Scriptures and to the Lutheran Confessions, has sounded a needed note of repentance, and emphasizes the Gospel message proclaimed through Word and Sacraments, which is illustrated in acts of mercy to our neighbor. God… Continue

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 8:44am — 6 Comments

Difficult Questions?

If you are a political junky like me you know that the phrase, "That's a difficult question," is often used by politicians when they are asked questions on a hot button issue. The purpose of the phrase is multifaceted. This statement makes the person look to be thoughtful, intelligent, and informed. The statement gives the person a moment to collect thoughts without looking like he is unsure how to answer. The statement may signal that the person answering is aware that the hearers may not like… Continue

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 10:08am — 3 Comments

Are we becoming a three ring circus? The Abuse of the Call in Missouri.

The Augsburg Confession teaches: "Concerning church government it is taught that no one should publicly teach, preach, or administer the sacraments without a proper [public] call." [Augsburg Confession, Articles of Faith, XIV. Concerning Church Government] (Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P. (2000). The Book of Concord : The confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.] Note that this article is undisputed. It is the norm accepted by the whole… Continue

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

The Citadel (a cautionary tale)

The smoke and dust rose in an ever increasing pillar. Our beloved city was gone. In a moment of time it was no more. We stood together, in a small cluster, on the hillside, weeping and singing our laments. "Oh, Citadel, fairest of cities, beautiful sanctuary, our home in this new land. Gone! Gone! Nothing remains. Gone!"



We had come to the new land years ago. We were seeking a sanctuary, a place of freedom, a place to worship God in Spirit and truth. The road was long and difficult.… Continue

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

"Against stupidity the gods themselves struggle to no avail."

"Invincible stupidity"—What a great summarization of the shenanigans at LCMS, Inc. in regard to the entire Issues, Etc. debacle. In a recent broadcast Todd and Jeff briefly mentioned the ongoing silliness perpetuated by the Purple Vatican as they try to silence the voice of Confessional Lutherans within the LCMS. After Issues, Etc. (hereafter simply IE) was cancelled, the Purple Vatican (hereafter PV—Purple Vatican) probably thought that IE would simply wither away. The explosion of… Continue

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 10:06am — 14 Comments

Flip Wilson for Synod President

I know you think this is a crazy idea—Flip Wilson, the comedian, who passed away ten years ago for Synod President? Are you kidding? Well, yes I am, in part. Some of you may not even know who Flip Wilson was. Flip Wilson portrayed humorous characters. The most famous was perhaps Geraldine the flirty black woman, "What you see is what you get!" Fewer people outside of Flip's fans will remember that he also portrayed Reverend Leroy, a smooth talking con–artist, "The devil made me say… Continue

Posted on December 6, 2008 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Frog Soup

Thanksgiving is fast upon us. About seventy-two hours from now the smell of turkey, dressing, dinner rolls, and pumpkin pie will begin to fill homes all over America. Thanksgiving is a peculiarly American holiday. It is not technically part of the traditional church calendar, but most churches have a service of thanksgiving of some sort. It is one of the many ways that the church has accommodated itself to the culture of our nation. And rightly so in this instance. There is nothing wrong with… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

The Truth About Barak Obama (Part Two of Two, continued)

The following article was written by a Baptist pastor in New Jersey. As an African–American he says some very sobering things about abortion and moral issues in the Black Community that all citizens and all Christians in the USA should take to heart. I am providing the text of this article in full (in two installments) because of its importance at this time.



"The Complete Story on Barak Obama"

by Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.



African Americans make up 12% of… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 10:30pm — 30 Comments

The Truth About Barak Obama (Part One of Two Parts)

The following article was written by a Baptist pastor in New Jersey. As an African–American he says some very sobering things about abortion and moral issues in the Black Community that all citizens and all Christians in the USA should take to heart. I am providing the text of this article in full (in two installments) because of its importance at this time.



"The Complete Story on Barak Obama"

by Rev. Clenard H. Childress Jr.



The Democratic Party has for years… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 2:23pm

Comment Wall (18 comments)

At 2:53pm on May 19, 2008, John M Smith said…
Dr Shreckhise,

I totally subscribe to Ronald Reagan's motto of "Trust but Verify." As you know, I am a member of the ELCA, and it looks like all the ELCA wants to do is become the largest church in the world and all you have to do to belong is believe that Jesus walked this earth and read the Bible every now and then because, after all it talks about love a lot. I always give people and organizations the benefit of doubt at first, but I am always wary. Sometimes there are politics going on, sometimes there are innocent mistakes being made, sometimes there is a hidden agenda and sometimes I am wrong. The trick is to decide what is happening. Lately though there have been , for what ever reason, way too many changes in the ELCA that are not good.

John
At 9:50pm on June 3, 2008, Daniel Bergquist said…
Greetings, Dr. Shreckhise

I was pursing the Conversion Stories section and noticed you had a Pentecostal background.

Since I graduated from college two years ago I have grown to know a fair number of Pentecostals. Theological discussions arise from time to time. However, after these discussions, attending one service and a bit of my own reading, I am finding the theology to be completely alien to me in just about every meaningful way.

Do you have any words of advice to better nudge them towards the far more comforting Gospel?

Thank you and God bless!
At 8:12am on June 4, 2008, Dr. Robert Shreckhise said…
Dear Daniel,

I have thought about that for a long time. Dialogue that centers on the "extra nos" nature of the Gospel is key. Pentecostals/Charismatics are focused on the inner feeling of power, God's presence, blessing or whatever they might term it. However, inside they are full of the knowledge they do not measure up to the victorious image to which they aspire. The fact that the pentecostal/charismatic world has to come up with new fads every year or so to keep people excited shows the empty nature of their power/victory paradigm. They equate power/victory with excitement or feeling. This assumption is not true. They think that they can do something to bring the blessing of God to their lives. The theology is at its heart a theology of power/blessing/victory through human works. It is doomed to failure and dissappointment because no sinful human can ever measure up. The free gift of forgiveness, life, and salvation in Christ is the only freedom they can ever know.

God's wisdomas you talk with your friends!
Robert
At 5:31pm on July 13, 2008, Scott Diekmann said…
The Time Magazine quote was certainly prophetic. It also makes me wonder it people back then were a little more theocentric than they are now. The writer's choice of diction would go right over people's heads if the same thing were printed today.
At 6:57pm on July 13, 2008, Dr. Robert Shreckhise said…
It seems that reporters and people in general had at least a more general knowledge of Christianity than today. We are in a post-Christian, pagan era. By post-Christian I do not mean to imply America was ever truly Christian. However, the general public was much more aware of important Christian ideas. Today many who call themselves Christian are actually ignorant of God's Word and important doctrines.
At 8:38pm on July 19, 2008, Mark Loest said…
Ah, Dr. Shreckhise...did you know that the Rev. Mr. Thomas Messer did his vicarage under the Bishop of Frankentrost? I always said he would someday turn out!
Apfel faellt nicht weit von Baum!
Loehe lebt!
M.L., Bishop of Frankentrost
At 11:13am on July 24, 2008, Daniel Bergquist said…
Dr. Shreckhise,

One of the Pentecostal folk I know is going through a marriage crisis. I hope to ask him about what this means for his relationship to God as he's probably not feeling so great about it right now. In addition to talking with him and pointing him away from himself and to the cross, I am thinking about having him read this. Any thoughts about doing that? Any other suggestions?
At 7:40pm on July 24, 2008, Pastor Fritz Schmitt said…
Grüß Gott, du armer Bettler!

I saw your picture on the members board and wondered, what is he up to? I'm in Davenport, IA trying to find one job to support my family and praying still to return to the parish full-time. One of your posts about "when is a call not a call" is something I could give some personal highlights to, as my current situation may be that I am preaching and administering sacraments without a strictly legitimate call. And the previous situation was one where afterward I had to consider that maybe it too was not legitimate.
At 2:29pm on August 20, 2008, Ross Wardenburg said…
Thanks for the friend invite.
At 9:42am on November 5, 2008, Dr. Robert Shreckhise said…
Listen to Dr. Just on 10/31/08 Issues Etc. He discusses the hymn in detail.

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