God, my loving Savior sends them...

Often the topic of how God governs all things comes up in parish life during suffering and struggles.  Questions will arise about God being the cause of something (sin is the cause of this damned mess), allowing something (as if He is distant from things and is often merely wordplay), or even sending something.  This is of course a difficult topic, and it deserves much attention in the lives of Christians who indeed will suffer in this life. Recently I had a opportunity to sing and ...

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Can There Be Peace in the Summertime?

“They look so peaceful sleeping. Don’t they?” I remember speaking these words to my wife about our children. After praying, we lay them down to sleep and they sure look peaceful. It almost makes you forget the rest of the day; almost. If you have any experience with children, you know what I am talking about. From morning to evening, there is only word that comes to my mind: chaos! It is one fight to another, one toy to another, one ...

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Steadfast on Campus – Why Remain a Lutheran in College? A Few Answers from Our Students

A couple years ago I began asking our college students to be featured in our church newsletter. This was to help the members of our congregation become acquainted with these fresh young faces. Admittedly, I was a little nervous about what they might write! What has ensued, however, has been a special reminder to me of the joy and importance of confessional Lutheran campus ministry. In the ...

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"The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat" (Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43) Last week we heard the Parable of the Sower, from Matthew 13. Today it’s the Parable of the Weeds and the Wheat, also from Matthew 13. In fact, Matthew 13 is a chapter full of parables, seven of them altogether. Some of these parables are shorter, some are longer. Some are explained by Jesus, some of them are left ...

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Great Stuff – Book Review: Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession?

A book review by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller found over on blogia:   Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Montgomery Responds to Crossan

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery responds on Issues Etc. to the arguments in the interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan of the Jesus ...

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Our Troops Armed with the Truth Thanks to Your Contributions

Many thanks from Ch. James Buckman and Deaconess Carolyn Brinkley to all of you who have so graciously and generously responded to the request for LSBs and Catechisms for AFCENT bases from the Horn ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Grace Reigns Over Wheat and Weeds Alike

Sermon text: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 July 20, 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 ...

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WMLTblog – Dispute Resolution Meetings This Fall

Found over on WMLTblog:   It is quite unique among Christian denominations, in use since 1992 when the LCMS convention adopted Res. 5-01B “To Adopt New Process for Conflict ...

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Great Stuff – Mark's thoughts: Heaven is not home. Home is here.

Another post found over on Pr. Surburg's blog:   This creation – this earth – will be your home for eternity.  Many Christians do not recognize this fact. When they speak about their ...

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"Steadfast Throwdown" NOW available on iTunes!

It's official! Steadfast Throwdown is now available as a podcast on iTunes. Listen on-demand. Check it out and subscribe to the Steadfast Throwdown ...

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"When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless" (Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When Sowing the Seed Seems Useless” (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23) It can be very discouraging to be a Christian these days. It seems like our whole culture has turned against the Christian faith. ...

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That “Warm & Fuzzy” Feeling Must Die!

Over the past few years I have wanted to experience a special feeling during church. I wanted the sermon to hit me. I wanted to feel true repentance during confession and even wanted the pastor to ...

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Trinity: 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

An interview with Dr. John Dominic Crossan on the resurrection of ...

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Further review of "A Lutheran Book on Purgatory"

This is originally written on a 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 it needed ...

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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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