A Fat and Lazy Church

I recently returned from Madagascar where I, Professor John Pless, Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, and Rev. Evan Goeglein, taught a group of Malagasy pastors the theology of Dr. Martin Luther. I was privileged to teach them Luther's theology of preaching. While we were there, we had the opportunity to have meals with the pastors, coffee with the pastors, and other times outside of the lectures to discuss theology and church practice. One of the most discussed topics was the pastoral vocation. While ...

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Church Art Glorifies God and Serves Christians

Faith Lutheran Church in Wylie recently commissioned the artist Ken Spirduso to paint an altar painting for our congregation. We decided on a painting of Jesus pulling Peter out of the water, from Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus pulling Peter out of the water shows us what faith means. It means clinging to Jesus Christ alone for our salvation. Faith is passive, and Christ is active in our salvation. He draws us out of the waters of death by forgiving us ...

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Press Release – New Mission Plant – Tradition is the New Innovation

Here is a "press release" that just came across my desk that shows a new mission congregation in Moscow, Idaho. This mission plant could use your prayers and support .. read below for more information. We previously asked for donations for this mission on our article Help Supply a new Confessional Parish.   Tradition is the new innovation MOSCOW, Idaho – July 21, 2014 – ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan I thought the study of "The Good Samaritan" with Dr. Lane Burgland this week was interesting. I've also added some other studies on this ...

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Great Stuff – I wish the liturgy were more accessible. . .

Another great post over on Pastoral Meanderings by Pastor Peters:   "Wow! That is a lot to take for someone who has had only a passing association with church before!" So said one ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – God is Hiding Right Where He Said

Sermon Text: Matthew 13:44-52 July 27, 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 ...

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WON ME FROM ALL SINS, FROM DEATH, AND FROM WHO…?

            Perhaps you have heard the latest from Religious News Services reporting the recent decision of the Anglican Church of England which in the United States is called the Episcopal ...

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Well at Least We’re not Debating Whether or not Jesus was/is Divine

Dr. Dale Meyer, current president of Concordia Seminary, relates that one of Dr. Dean Wenthe’s favorite stories was of a cab ride he shared with the president of another denomination’s seminary. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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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