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Church Growth God’s Way — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus
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Church attendance has been dropping throughout America for a long time.  All church bodies – mainstream Protestants, Evangelicals, and Roman Catholics – are affected.  People are quitting church, or they never join.  The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has lost a quarter of its members since I was ordained.  Why … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity
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The Gospel Notes for the Seventh 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, the Legal Half-Page PDF, or the Legal Black and White … Continue reading

A Good Conference on Goodness
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No, really! Not just a good conference, but a well-done conference on the topic of goodness! July 19-21, 2016 on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) will be holding their sixteenth annual conference. This year’s theme, “A Pedagogy of … Continue reading

Lay Ministry Biblical References
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Here is a post from our archives written by Pr. Martin Noland that may help with our current day issues. What are good bible references that speak against lay ministry programs? If there is someone who thinks the lay ministry program should be reinstated I’d like some good theological help … Continue reading

Personal Devotions during the busy-ness of family life
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Jesus loves me!  This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong;  They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me!  Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. One of my dear daughters-in-law was bemoaning to me … Continue reading

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From Creation to Jacob: Communicating the Promise

What does the Bible say about how people who lived after the Flood could know about the Creation and Fall of Adam? Well, first is the testimony that the Scripture gives about God’s direct revelation to particular individuals: Adam, Noah, … Continue reading

“Following Jesus to the Cross” (Sermon on Luke 9:51-62, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Following Jesus to the Cross” (Luke 9:51-62) Today Jesus says to us, “Follow me.” “Follow me,” he says. “Come, be my disciples.” “OK, we say. “Yes, Jesus I will follow you.” But do we know what we’re getting ourselves into? … Continue reading

Pastors and Laymen in the Storm

I remember 2011 as a burnishing year, like nothing I’ve ever endured before. Not even the death of my only brother could compare. That was a much easier yoke to carry. Trial, strife, discord, anger, venom, and yes, even violence…all … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Gospel of God is on the Move

The gospel of our God is on the move.  It is mobile, going from place to place, village to village, house to house, home to heart.  Wherever Jesus goes there goes God’s Son, there goes God’s gospel.  He is the good news made flesh, “the radiance of the glory of God, the exact imprint of His nature and he upholds the universe by the Word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3)  With each step Jesus tramples underfoot the enemies of humanity; sin, death and devil.  …

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A Layman’s Take on the Plastic Text of the New Testament — Part 3, Conclusion and Issues

Part 1 of this series set forth the premises and resolves of two overtures in the Convention Workbook 2016 of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod concerning a paper by Dr. Jeffrey Kloha about ongoing revisions to the text of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Sixth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Sixth 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

Guest Article — Pr. Lincoln Winter — Convention: Dealing with the Concordias

Once upon a time, only the synod could close one of our Concordia Colleges. Back in my seminary days, there was a proposal to change that. I forget the specific proposal, but it was similar to what is now in … Continue reading

Closed Communion Across the Centuries – A Quick Look at Resolution 5-15

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod Convention proposed Resolution 5-15, titled “To Address Questions re the Sacrament of the Altar,” addresses open Communion, infant Communion, and intinction (a practice which my spell check has never heard of). It can be found in Today’s … Continue reading

The importance of AC 14 – A Former Licensed Lay Deacon Speaks Out

I believe that the Book of Concord is a right and true exposition of God’s Word. I hold a quia subscription to it, recognizing the importance of our Confessional statements in keeping us true to the Christian Faith. So then, … Continue reading

Sacred Meditations: Learning to Pray via Podcast

Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, that is, actually to engage in praying (see Matthew 6:7-13; 7:7-8; Luke 11:1-13). Jesus reminded us of the importance of prayer when He quoted Isaiah 56:7—“my house shall be called a house of … Continue reading

A Layman’s Take on the Plastic Text of the New Testament — Part 2, Dr. Kloha’s Paper

Part 1 of this series set forth the premises and resolves of two overtures in the Convention Workbook 2016 of the Lutheran Church – Missouri synod concerning a paper by Dr. Jeffrey Kloha about ongoing revisions to the text of … Continue reading

Great Stuff — An Important Message Regarding SB1146 from CUI President Krueger

Found over on CUI.edu:   Dear Concordia family and friends, I’m reaching out to you about proposed legislation in Sacramento, SB1146. On behalf of our Concordia family, I’m asking for your partnership on this critical—and urgent—issue. As currently written, California … Continue reading

Confirmation Sermon – “Teaching Is Life”, by Pastor Rolf Preus

The rite of Confirmation is not a sacrament. It is neither commanded nor forbidden by God. God does command that parents teach their children his holy word. God does tell the ministers of his church to baptize in the name … Continue reading

“Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father” (Sermon on Galatians 3:23 – 4:7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Baptized Children of Our Heavenly Father” (Galatians 3:23 – 4:7) Today is Fathers’ Day, a day when we honor our fathers for the blessing that they are to us. And it is good and right that we do this. Now … Continue reading

New Website by Steadfast Lutherans — LCMSresolutions.org

SteadfastLutherans has developed a new website since the first issue of Today’s Business came out which contains the resolutions that will be put before the convention in July. This website is LCMSresolutions.org. The website has all the resolutions, a link … Continue reading

Catechetical Aesthetics with Pastor Mize (Part 2)

This is part 2 of a 3-part series on what the things we see in church can teach us. For part 1, click here.  A Congregational Study of the “Teach us, Augustana” Classes: Class II Rev. Gaven M. Mize Augustana … Continue reading

Husband, Love your Wife with the Small Catechism

Adam fell down on his vocation as catechist of Eve. Ever since, husbands have had the tendency to default on their calling to teach the Word to their wives. This sin of husbands has had terrible effects in marriage and … Continue reading

Terror in Orlando: What Should We Do?

  After Omar Mateen, a 29 year old Muslim from Fort Pierce, Florida, murdered at least 49, and wounded another 53 at “Pulse,” an LGBT nightclub in Downtown Orlando, many don’t know what to do. As Christians, what are we … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 7

Stepping out of the boat Jesus is met by a man from the tombs.  He is a man unlike others, though very much like all.  He is possessed by the devil, under the rule of a legion of demons.  He is naked and his strength can break chains.  He is a man unlike many others.  But this man is also a gentile.  He is unclean to the Jews.  He is unclean because of unbelief.  He is unclean because of sin.  Together with his legion this man is the epitome of all men apart from God.  He is the most unclean, living in an unclean place, with an unclean people, surrounded by unclean animals.  He is a man unlike others but he is also very much like all people.

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Short-Term Trends in the Concordia University System

I recently received extensive data on the Concordia University System (CUS), which supplements a previous report that relied on publicly available information. The new data provides a great deal of insight on the CUS, and suggests where the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod … Continue reading