The Great Cash Call of 2018

True Story: Mrs. SolaGratia reports “sewer drains sound beautiful.” If you’d been deaf and heard a sewer for the first time in 30 years, you’d think so too. Speaking of sewers…

At it’s peak, the ABC District Church Extension Fund weighed in at a hefty $113,000,000.00  By sustained acts of concerted arrogance and hubris, the fund was lost to bankruptcy. Normally you’d think, “yeah, lesson learned.” Aww, that’s sweet. Really it is, but this is LCC, where ignorance is the catalyst for planned inaction. It only ever seems to get worse. Next up: congregations get to pay for what looks like a mangled pension fund for pastors.

YOU: “Are you serious? LCC has another financial crisis brewing?”

ME: (looks down to avoid eye contact…sweeps the floor with his foot)

YOU: No seriously. There’s ANOTHER financial crisis in LCC?

ME: (looks at the ceiling and whistles a gentle “Chief of Sinners Though I Be”)

YOU: (binge eats five pints of Ben and Jerry’s “Chocolate Fudge Brownie” Ice Cream)

Sweating the Small Stuff

I don’t have a lot of spare time these days, and I’m always happy to expose my lassitude by cross-posting interesting stuff. The article yesterday is a good example.

Today’s effort comes from LCC observer and CEF/Synod message forum pundit ANO. His “Lutheran Watch” blog quietly chronicles the technical details of Synod’s various issues. The latest installment is entitled “Sweating the Restructuring Details.

If the fact that elections during the Synod Convention weren’t completed weren’t enough (nope, they weren’t – several elected positions will be appointed, which usually goes so well in our Synod), then you’ll love the fact that Synod is making it up as it goes along, again.



After four days of convention and another full day of meetings, I’m just finally getting around to looking at my notes. . I don’t like what I see. Mostly it’s doodles. As much as Synod thinks it accomplished this week, my first impression is that it was quite probably the opposite: convention was counter-productive.

It’s going to take a few days to compile all the notes, conversations, and email exchanges during the event. It’s going to take a few more days to think about what convention really means. I mean, I know what it means. I’m wrestling with describing and explaining why this convention was most likely among the most counter-productive in .

If your’e a regular reader, I beg your patience. First, I’m offline for a few days of down time and rest. Of course, while I’m resting I’ll be working, so really, I’m just working offline.

In the meantime, call your local convention delegate and ask them why they didn’t take the opportunity to clear the air about CEF. That’s the elephant in the room that was conveniently avoided last week. It’s a sound that has hobbled LCC, and it won’t recover until it’s resolved. If you get an answer get back to me. Because if you hear something that resembles, “it wasn’t the time and place,” you should ask a follow-up question: “So when did delegates decide IS the time and place?”

The lack of an answer will tell you what you need to know about the essential nature of Lutheran Church Canada.

More in a couple of days.

The Restructuring Vote Results…

…will be announced tomorrow morning. It seems the convention was about 20 minutes behind schedule. Organizers wanted everyone to have dinner before a reformation concert tonight.

Basically, dinner and a movie was more interesting than the results of the restructuring vote.

We couldn’t wait ten minutes for the results. There are only 97 ballots. That dinner must be something else.