No matter who our SP is, confessional pastors will still be underpaid, under appreciated, verbally and spiritually abused, abandoned by their DPs, and fighting battles with the LCMS pastor next door who preaches and practices non-Lutheran things. CRM men will still be ignored, Lutheran schools will still be progressive, and seminary education will continue to be dumbed down.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
Normally I don’t may much attention to Convention overtures, but this one I like.
3-03 To Partner and Support Raising Children
in Christian Faith
Whereas, God desires for all people to be saved; and
Whereas, The Church is the Body of Christ and is given the
responsibility to go and make disciples of all nations; and
Whereas, God has given the privilege and responsibility to parents
to raise their children in the Christian faith; and
Whereas, The church has made it a practice to take over the
instruction of children in the faith; and
Whereas, Parents have become accustomed to this practice; and
Whereas, Many parents do not feel equipped to teach their children
to live in the Christian faith; therefore be it
Resolved, That the LCMS recognize that the church has contributed
to taking away the responsibility and support from parents,
which has contributed to the decline of young people in the church; (Ouch! Glad somebody finally said it.)
and be it further
Resolved, That the LCMS direct the youth, children, and family
ministries office to explore methods for the church body to partner
and support parents rather than replace parents as the primary faith
influencers in their children’s lives; and be it further
Resolved, That the LCMS designate funding for current research
in successful ministries worldwide that partner and support rather
than replace parents as primary faith influencers in their children’s
lives; and be it further
Resolved, That Concordia Publishing House create current
resources that integrate this partnership throughout the stages and
ages of children’s lives for congregations to access to enhance this
partnership; and be it further
Resolved, That the LCMS designate funding for curriculum and
resource development that exemplify the partnership between homes
and the church; and be it finally
Resolved, That a concentrated effort be made to offer training and
conferences adaptable to the different areas of the country in order
to equip congregations and families in supporting parents and raising
children in the faith.
King of Glory
Allow me to introduce myself. I was born into a Lutheran family. My father is a Lutheran pastor and has been my entire life. I was baptized and made a child of God’s kingdom when I was three weeks old. I attended Lutheran grade schools, and Lutheran high school, and one of the Concordias for college. Shortly after college I got married and moved with my new husband to the seminary, where he studies to become a pastor. We received our first Call fresh out of the seminary and served there for four years until we took another Call. That one didn’t last four years. Tensions built until my husband was granted a “peaceful release.” That was nearly two years ago. Since then things have been very difficult, to say the least. We are not alone, either. There are many other men out there in the same boat who have simply been let go from their congregations for one reason or another. We are real people. We are not merely statistics. We have children who are hurting, bills to pay, decisions to make for our futures, and wounding hearts that desperately need the love of Christ in a tangible way…. http://priestlyrant.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/dear-synod/
Enabler” is a term that used extensively in a variety of psychological/therapeutic settings. Essentially an “enabler” is a person who “enables” another to achieve an end or a goal; especially a person who helps another in self-destruction (such as substance abuse) by providing excuses or by making it possible to avoid the consequences of such behavior. The “Urban Dictionary” defines “enabler” as:
“1. Tacit Enabler – Supports another’s bad habits by staying silent. 2. Overt Enabler – Supports another’s bad habits by providing assistance such as money, transportation, approval, etc… A person who supports another person’s bad or dangerous habits. Enablers tend to fear calling others on their destructive habits because these “others” tend to be friends, family or others close to the enabler. Thus, rather than risk losing the love, respect, friendship or contact with the person, the enabler chooses instead to play it safe and watch the other slowly destroy themselves or others through their own actions.”
The author of the piece I put up on my blog about pastor’s wives recently e-mailed me and called my attention to this piece “Be Grumpy and Rejoice.” As I read through it, particularly the quotes, to say nothing of the blog’s author suggesting “Be grumpy some days. But also rejoice. Drink milk out of the carton. Read a bit of poetry. Kiss your spouse on the forehead, and turn on some country music. Two-step across the kitchen, and sleep with the window open. Through Baptism, Christ saved you from hell. Everything else pales in comparison,” I thought to myself they just don’t get it. More to the point however, the quotes from the pastor and the “two-step” philosophy allow for a type of “enabling” that I have fought very hard against…. http://priestlyrant.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/enablers/