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Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
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Learn 29 hymns in 2 years! Not just any hymns, but good, faithful, Lutheran hymns! I know. It sounds like some sort of gimmicky “weight-loss pill” commercial. But, it’s not a trick. I have nothing to sell. I’m simply encouraging pastors and congregations to realize that it is actually possible … Continue reading

Get ready for the Reformation in a new T-shirt
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Everyone is seemingly getting ready for the Reformation. Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina has created these shirts and are making them available to Brothers of John the Steadfast readers. The image is set on the front of the shirt (not the back) and is a wonderful way to … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — His Gifted Children
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Every day it was right there in black and white except for Sundays, on Sunday’s it was in bright brilliant color.  Every day, a man named Gary Larson would give me and anyone who cared to look, a picture of the far side, a window, if you will into a world full of irony, humor, and flat out hilarious absurdities.  How many deer are born with a perfect bull’s eye for a birth mark?  How many poodles actually plot the death of their master and then lament that the pampering will end?

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“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Luke 13:22-30) Suppose there’s a big party, a grand banquet that you’ve heard about, and you really want to go and be there for this great event. So you go to the banquet hall, and you see a door there, and you walk … Continue reading

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Lutheran Church or 7-Eleven? A Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

In today’s Holy Gospel (Mark 7:31-37), our Lord shows us how profoundly our hearing affects us. Before he’d heard God’s Word, the man in our text was deaf and had trouble speaking. But then he heard God’s Word and his … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

The Princess of the Whole Human Race

“Filius ita factus est homo, ut a spiritu sancto sine virili opera conciperetur et ex Maria pura, sancta, semper virgine nasceretur…” Dass der Sohn sei also Mensch worden, das er vom heiligen Geist ohn männlich Zutun empfangen und von der … Continue reading

FiveTwo Gains LCMS Support Whilst Scrubbing Lutheran Distinctives

Business Consultancy FiveTwo has upgraded its WikiConference to a ‘National Conference’ that convenes in Austin, Texas next month. The rebooted event is a hybrid TED / Willowcreek Global Leadership Summit clone offering a menu of Christianized pop sociology, corporate vogue, and entrepreneurial motivation. In … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Protecting Your Ministry: Synod provides legal guide amid increased intrusions

Found over on blogs.lcms.org:   Over the past year, as legal changes and pressures have increased, many have been asking and waiting for help and guidance from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as our congregations, schools and ministries navigate tumultuous waters. The Alliance … Continue reading

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Sermon on Luke 12:49-53, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fire, Distress, and Division: This Is the Gospel of the Lord?” (Luke 12:49-53) “‘I came to cast fire on the earth. How great is my distress! I have come to bring division on earth. From now on households will be … Continue reading

Ruling the World Through Reading Books

“The world is indeed a sick thing; it is the kind of fur on which neither hide no hair is any good.  The healthy heroes are rare, and God provides them at a dear price.  Still the world must be … Continue reading

Are There Democrats in Heaven?

Maybe you’re a little like me and are longing for the day when the current “presidential” election is over. How low can we go? Of course, the current political mayhem is not without entertainment value, as long as you can … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Gottesdienst: What’s This? Genuflecting in Worship?

Another great post found over on GottesdienstOnline:   If you open up your Bible and pray the Psalms you might come across this line, “Oh come let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our maker” … Continue reading

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Sermon on Luke 12:22-34, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Do Not Be Anxious: Faith Overcomes Fear” (Luke 12:22-34) “Do not be anxious. Do not be worried. Fear not.” That’s what Jesus says to his disciples in our Gospel reading for today. He says we shouldn’t be so worried about … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Book Review – Gospel DNA: Five Markers of a Flourishing Church

GOSPEL DNA: FIVE MARKERS OF A FLOURISHING CHURCH By Michael W. Newman232 pp. Ursa Publishing. $8.99 Kindle / $12.99 Paperback Summary Gospel DNA is the latest book from Michael Newman, a full-time missiologist with the Texas District of the Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Consider This!

Whenever I hear someone say, “don’t worry” I start to worry. Maybe I wasn’t worried to begin with but now that someone said it out loud I worry that maybe I should be worried about something, maybe there’s something I don’t know, something I should know. Maybe there’s something I did or didn’t do or something I should or shouldn’t do. In our text this morning (evening) Jesus says, “do not worry.” Some translations have the word “anxious” instead of worry but you get the point. Jesus is identifying something that’s going on in our heart and mind that we might not be paying attention to. He’s is placing His Word on a sore spot. By saying it out loud He not only brings it to our attention but then sets out to remedy it.

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Review of Praying Luther’s Small Catechism by John T. Pless

Luther’s Small Catechism is a prayer book. It is “a spiritual companion on a man’s journey from cradle to grave; the Christian’s daily prayer and meditation.”[1]  “First and foremost the catechism is meant to be prayed, as a daily exercise, … Continue reading

Dr Jeffrey Kloha and Textual Criticism – A Post Convention Report

Two Overtures to the 2016 synodical convention of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod presented questions concerning a paper by Dr. Jeffrey Kloha about ongoing revisions of the Greek New Testament. Overture 4-23 was titled, “To Settle Professor Jeffrey Kloha … Continue reading

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Mission: Decline of the Church, Self-Esteem, and the Small Catechism

At the recent LCMS convention, a recurring topic was the decline of the church. President Harrison had written about it in his report. Some had criticized one part of what he said, the part about declined birth rates among church … Continue reading

LCMS Convention Levity

Concentrating when you and your assigned seat have become one can be problematic. One more “Press ‘one’ for ‘yes,’ press ‘two’ for ‘no’ ” and I’m gonna storm the dais. And I don’t need another guy going to the microphone … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s His Office

Sermon Text — John 20:19-23 Installation of Pastor David Dodge at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Port Hope MI. July 31, 2016   In the Name ✞ of Jesus. AMEN! Beloved in the Lord, dear servants of Christ’s Church, David, … Continue reading