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Catechesis Quotes from John T. Pless at 2016 BJS Conference

John T Pless at 2016 BJS ConferenceQuotations from John T. Pless speaking at the 2016 Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference in Tomball, Texas, as reported by Cafe’ Sola on Facebook.

“The small Catechism has been influential in bringing whole congregations into the Lutheran faith.”

“Even non Lutherans were using the Small Catechism for mission work!”

“A full 1/4th of the Lutheran pastors were dismissed after the (Saxon) visitation.”

“There is rhyme and reason to why Luther structured the Catechism the way he did, starting with the 10 Commandments.”

“Where is the faith transmitted? In God’s own small group, the family!”

“The antinomian controversy … it started in 1520, and it hasn’t ended yet!”

The Quiet Crisis of Catechesis, Part 3, Published on Brothers of John the Steadfast

Brothers of John the Steadfast has published Part 3 in its serialization of William E. Thompson, “Catechesis: The Quiet CrisisConcordia Theological Quarterly 56  (1992) No. 2-3: 99-121. This serialization is published with the kind permission gladly given by the editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly .

Part 3 identifies the causes of the crisis. The late Rev. Thompson sets out the following:

Part 3 II. Causes of the Crisis
A. A Disrespectful Attitude
B. A Lack of Faith in the Means of Grace
C. The Adoption of Legalistic Goals
D. A Search for ShortcutsE. A Confusion in Ecclesiology

Head on over to Brothers of John the Steadfast to see this important discussion