Trinty: You'll Have to Draw Me a Picture

I almost flunked out of high school. The first time was in algebra, trying to solve polynomials. “Solving” means finding the roots of many terms. My translation? Trying to make sense of a heap of concepts. Good gravy. After my algebra disaster, it was surprising how well I did in geometry. It’s not that geometry lacks concepts, but geometry drew me a picture. I could see it. Just as surprising, my best friend, who’d been an ace in algebra, did poorly in geometry? He learned better ...

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Hymn on the Carmen Christi

The Carmen Christi (Song of Christ) is a song (or hymn) that St. Paul, under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote in the second chapter of his epistle to the Philippians.  As a divinely inspired hymn, giving a good example for our own hymn-writing, it is wonderfully didactic.  It is a confession of the obedience that Jesus rendered to God on our behalf, and Paul ties it into our lives of labor here on earth in which we struggle against the ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A  Strange and Scandalous Grace

Proper 10 LSB A Sermon Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 July 13, 2014   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the 13thchapter. Beloved in the Lord, The Way of Salvation is not the Way of Success It is a strange ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. John Dominic Crossan

    Dr. John Dominic Crossan An interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan on the resurrection of Jesus. http://wittenbergmedia.org/audio/John_Dominic_Crossan.mp3 Original Air Date: June 7, ...

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Further review of "A Lutheran Book on Purgatory"

This is originally written as a comment on post A Lutheran book on purgatory, pastoral purgatory (written by Pastor Scheer) that was originally written as a comment by Pastor Noland. We at BJS felt ...

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Rev. Klemet Preus Called Home to Heaven, by Pr. Rossow

The brotherhood of our Lord’s shepherds has lost a beloved comrade. Rev. Klemet Preus died in the Lord today. He will be greatly missed by those of us still waiting for Jesus to take us home to ...

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Sermon – Pr. Martin Noland – Two Kinds of Righteousness

Text: Luke 15:1-10 [3rd Sunday after Trinity; one year lectionary] Are you righteous? The dictionary states that the term “righteous” is an adjective describing someone who “acts in ...

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Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of Vocation

Since the word “vocation” is thrown around so much, I have been trying to work out in my mind and through study of God's Word how we may actually speak of and teach about vocation. The following ...

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Steadfast at Camp: "You Are the Man!"

This week at ELS Camp Indianhead, our theme is "For You!" as we hear what God's Word and the Small Catechism tell us about Christ being present "for you," "for the forgiveness of sins," in Absolution ...

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Great Stuff – There is a benefit to so few Lutherans in politics. . .

Another great article found over on Pastoral Meanderings:   Though for a long time I have lamented the lack of Lutherans in the public square, at least officially as elected members of ...

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I Will Show You My Evangelism by My Word & Sacrament Ministry

The call to be “evangelistic Lutherans” is being emphasized again in the circles in which I run. When this adjective get tacked on to the noun, the tendency is to make evangelism something ...

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"Rest for the Heavy Laden" (Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:14-25a, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Rest for the Heavy Laden” (Matthew 11:25-30; Romans 7:14-25a) In New York Harbor there stands a famous statue, the Statue of Liberty. In her one hand, Lady Liberty is holding a tablet bearing ...

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Time to Catch Up!

With summer in full swing and plenty of time on your hands, it's time to catch up on "Steadfast Throwdown," the radio and podcast arm of Brothers of John the Steadfast. In "Round 15": Mr. ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Lutheran Fathers

    Lutheran Fathers Some Lutheran Satire for a warm summer day. I laugh at the Pr. Fisk reference every ...

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Steadfast on Campus – Wearing the Collar on the Secular Campus?

This last year I continued my usual routine of meeting once a week on campus with our students for lunch.  We meet in the student union which is a popular venue and usually difficult to find a place ...

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The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism

As is my custom, I was wasting time on Facebook one day, and I came across a post from a friend that posed this question: “What is the most neglected part of the Small Catechism?”  I thought ...

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Sermon – Pr. David Warner – Saved Through the Grace of Jesus

Day: St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles / June 29 2014 Trinity and St. John Lutheran Churches Sidney and Fairview, Montana Pr. David Warner   Dear Friends in Christ:  On Sunday, June ...

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A Lutheran book on purgatory, pastoral purgatory

A new book was brought to my attention the other day concerning the many pastors in the LCMS who are on "candidate status".  BJS has long tried to address the issue of pastors who are sinfully ...

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Bach an Antinomian!?

You might think so if you’re of the same mind as the Lutheran pastor who said it was “inappropriate” to have a cigar band imprinted with the Luther Rose and Verbum Dei Manet in Aeternum ...

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"Shuffle Off to Bethlehem" in the Age of Television

In 1985, Professor Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business  was published. Upfront, I think it is a “must read”. In a word, the book is ...

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