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

Friday, July 28, 2017

So Much Interest in the WELS Church Growth Fulleroids

Nine years ago, I posted this material about WELS and its love for the Church Growth Movement from Fuller Seminary. When I reposted it a week ago, the material quickly gained almost 1,000 views.

I do not consider Google or Facebook numbers to be be infallible, but the numbers do indicate trends. Two categories get a lot of attention on this blog - doctrinal posts and quotations gleaned from the Megatron database, which - like the USS New Jersey - can be taken out of mothballs and activated at any moment.

Since Church Growth loves numbers so much, can they answer what they have done for the numbers? Look at how old these quotations are -

"The publication TELL ('The Evangelism Life Line') has been inaugurated to promote the cause of church growth." Ernst H. Wendland, "Church Growth Theology," Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, April, 1981, 78, p. 105.

"In the light of church growth principles as they are promulgated in many mission schools these days, the question naturally arises as to whether or not our approach to world mission work is in need of reassessment or improvement." Ernst H. Wendland, "Church Growth Theology," Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly, April, 1981, 78, p. 108.

But wait - TELL began in 1977, so WELS has had 40 years to bestow the blessings of Church Growth on this little sect.

  1. Millions of dollars have been spent.
  2. Many Church Growthers have spawned lawsuits.
  3. The honest numbers are in the basement and going lower.
  4. The latest and worst Synod President is a Fulleroid and his First VP is a Fuller alumnus - Jim Huebner.
GJ - "Jim, where did you and Kelm and Larry Olson learn to be church consultants?"
Huebner, gulping - "Fuller Seminary."