Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints' Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pr. Sow-in] which the Christian Church supplanted for the sake of forcing pagans to convert to Christianity. Obviously, in this line of thought, Christianity has nothing of it self to offer and must co-opt, adopt, adapt, and use non-Christian sources for the sake of gaining converts from the world outside of Christianity. A ...

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Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm

A fellow author for BJS, Pastor Joe Abrahamson, brought to my attention this testimonial of a woman who apostatized after realizing that her life as a Christian was not much different than her job as a saleswoman. From listening to her story it hit me at how much happiness and fellowship she was enjoying during her short monologue. Her comrades of scoffers reacted with hearty laughter as she recounted to them, with her calm sense of humor, the ...

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On the Dangers of Contextualization

Contextualization Level: Expert[/caption] In a generic sense, contextualization refers to considering the context, that is, the situation, environment, time, and culture in which an event takes place. Within the church, contextualization usually refers to the process of speaking God's Word to a group of people in a way which considers and adapts to their context. A great example of comes from ...

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The “Five Plus Two Makes Three” Network of Bad Theology

Books people read reflect their interests. Books people recommend reflect their worldview. Books endorsed by fellow authors reflect a clique. To test this aphorism, and as a follow-up to our previous article about influential authors and books linked with the FiveTwo Network that is hiving within the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), we dug into the content. And soon wished we had ...

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My Plea: Recognize Theosis

This article is a layman’s plea to confessional Lutheran pastors, theologians, and doctors to consider the myriad of challenges to the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls from a simple, ...

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2015 BJS Conference News... "When Heterodoxy Hits Home"

John the Steadfast[/caption] With great joy the Brothers of John the Steadfast announce our 2015 Conference, held once again at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. February 20-21, ...

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Quietly coming to a town near you...

This post is strictly for my confessional Lutheran brothers and sisters. I've spent some time researching and writing about a network called FiveTwo. If you are a confessional Lutheran within the ...

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Steadfast Throwdown - Sympathy for the Devil

The Rolling Stones sang their song “Sympathy for the Devil,” and evangelical Christians responded with uproar. But is there anything we can learn from the song (or from John Lennon’s quip about ...

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Hey Fivetwo, There’s No “Me” in SacraMEnt (Well, Close Enough)

Visiting those who are sick and facing death is part of my job as a pastor, and, frankly, I’m woefully inadequate. Thanks be to God, I’ve spent very little time in the valley of the shadow of ...

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Lego Bricks and Apologetics: Imagination, Art, and Sub-Creation, Part 1

Part 1 Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. J.R.R. Tolkien, On ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Rosebrough on the FiveTwo Network

  Rosebrough on the FiveTwo Network Here are three segments with Pr. Chris Rosebrough where he addresses different problems with the FiveTwo Network's practices and use of language. ...

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"Justification: The Heart of the Reformation" (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Justification: The Heart of the Reformation” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is the last Sunday in October, and so we are observing Reformation Day. It will be 497 years ago this Friday, on October ...

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Your Testimonies before Kings – Reformation Day sermon

Title: Your Testimonies Before Kings Text: Ps 119:46 Reformation Day (Observed), October 26, 2014 Prior to the Lutheran Church there was no denominational church in western Christendom. ...

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"A Mighty Fortress is Our God" – Sermon for Reformation Sunday

Reverend Christopher I. Thoma + Text and Theme: Lutheran Service Book, Hymn 656, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" (The Preaching of the Gospel for this feast takes a different form than what is ...

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BJS'ers Not the Only Ones Getting Deleted at 5/2; Just as Chris Rosebrough, by Pr. Rossow

Rev. Chris Rosebrough is the founder and moderator of Pirate Christian Radio. He is a sharp witted and sharp thinking Lutheran. He has his own story to tell about how the 5/2 Network folks are ...

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Five-Two and PLI Too

The recent BJS posts about the “Five-Two” network may all sound vaguely familiar to any of you who have been reading BJS for four years or more. In August 2010, Pastor Rossow did a great article ...

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Deleted Comments at 5/2 Blog - DP's, Who is Genuinely Courageous and Open, 5/2'ers or BJS'ers? by Pr. Rossow

The 5/2 editors are deleting comments on their blogs that they apparently don't like. (You can find these blogs at the Five Two Facebook page.) A couple of our writers have posted comments asking ...

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I Applaud Mr. 5/2 Bill Woolsey, No, Really I Do, by Pr. Rossow

Don’t write off entrepreneurs in the church. I know some great churchy entrepreneurs such as Todd Wilken (Issues, Etc.), my partner in ministry here at Bethany, Jonathan Fisk (Worldview ...

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#Wiki14 / @FiveTwo – The Data Speaks, Part Two

Our previous article focused on the people associated with the FiveTwo Network and how they relate to the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). This time we'll focus on FiveTwo's formative ...

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I’d like to die in my sleep.

I’d like to die in my sleep. I’d like to be in my eighties or even my nineties. I’d like to have roast beef with potatoes and gravy for dinner that night. Maybe even a glass of my favorite ...

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