The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.
Wednesdays Romans 1-5 in Greek

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Reader Responds to Recent Posts

Hi Greg,

Thanks with sadness for the posts you've had up this week.  The Brent Biesterfeld and Anthony Natalie information confirmed me in my decision to leave WELS recently.  This passage summed up the difficulties people with conscience must have with the WELS concisely:

"if the WELS officials were honest and put church worker arrests into FIC, church workers would be warned that the cover-ups are ending. Are the WELS officials any different from the Roman Catholic officials who simply moved offending priests into new positions? The only difference I see is that the Lutherans are married and have even less of an excuse to assault minors and married women. If someone takes advantage of a married woman while "counseling" her--in his office at church, or in her home alone--he should be canned, caned, and committed to prison, not elevated to synodical office. "

After a few months away from several years in WELS, one statement by my former pastor continues to come back to me as a mark of the group.  In the midst of what I thought to be an honest discussion between the two of us, I asked, "You mentioned that many people have left this congregation.  Certainly you must have wondered why.  Have you ever tried to contact them later and discuss their reasons?"

"I know exactly why every one of them left," he answered.  I was momentarily dumbfounded at his utter conviction.  The tone and manner of his answer allowed for not a sliver of doubt.

"What was the reason?"

"Sin.  They were all in sin."

Your new byline is fabulous:  "Ichabod explores the Age of Apostasy, predicted in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, with an emphasis on UOJ, Church Growth, and Emergent Church heresies. The antidote to these poisons is trusting the efficacious Word in the Means of Grace. John 16:8. Most readers are WELS, LCMS, ELS, or ELCA. This blog also covers the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy, and the mainline denominations."

Also appreciated your human look at your experience at Walmart.  God be with you.  


GJ - Thank you, Anonymous Reader. When there are 11,000 reads total in two days, I feel certain someone is reading the blog. My only hope is that they stay for the Biblical, Lutheran doctrine material.