If you are a pietist ...

IF YOU ARE A PIETIST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LUTHERANS, PLEASE REMAIN ONE. PLEASE. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is nearly empty. That's not entirely my fault. I purchased this whisky on my way to visit a good friend. He played a big part in its demise. But anyway... I received a Facebook message from a fellow pastor who suggested that I spend more time writing about theology and less about whisky. He appreciated the hymn study postings on my blog, and he delighted in the ...

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The Purple People Eater Rides Again

The Jehovah’s Witnesses interlinear Bible, titled The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures (KIT), was first released in 1969.  Called “the purple people eater” by many Christian apologists because of its purple cover, it contains the Westcott-Hort Greek text along with the Watchtower’s New World Translation of the Christian Greek Scriptures (NWT).  The NWT, released in 1961, twists Holy Scriptures to suit the ...

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Believing and Confessing the Forgiveness of Sins: Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35

True unity is found only in pure doctrine. This is because the center of all Christian doctrine is the death of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. True unity is found in the gospel. To forgive your neighbor when he sins against you is to confess what you believe: the gospel. To refuse to forgive your neighbor is to say that you do not believe the gospel. It is to say, “Jesus is accursed.” ...

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"But We Preach Christ Crucified" (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“But We Preach Christ Crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) You’ll notice that the color of our paraments today is red--in other words, something different from the ordinary green that we use in the non-festival half of the church year. This means that we’re observing a special festival today, one that happens to fall on a Sunday this year. And this festival is called Holy Cross Day. What ...

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2013 Convention Resolution Update

Found on lcms.org The 2013 Convention Resolution Update outlines the work that's been done to complete the 95 resolutions passed at last year's convention. To download the report, click ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Theological Crossdressers

    Theological Crossdressers This pick is from an episode of Table Talk Radio entitled "Beware! Theological Crossdressers." Pastors Wolfmueller and Goeglein critique a video ...

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Good Storytellers Make Good Apologists

What makes a good apologist? We know some of the usual suspects. Eyewitnesses make good apologists. Matthew, John, Peter, and Paul, come to mind in the New Testament. These eyewitnesses—and ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save You

Holy Cross September 14, 2014 Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save ...

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Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation

Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation Rev. Philip Hale – St. Paul, Bancroft and St. John, Lyons NE   John 6 is a controversial touchstone because it ...

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Memorial Moment – Love the Truth

It's been a while, but BJS periodically puts out sources of daily study helps or thoughts that are available to help our readers. One of these is from Synod Fifth Vice President Pastor Scott Murray ...

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Some Thoughts on Synod, Mercy, the Divine Service and a Restored Church, by Pr. Rossow

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Illinois dedicated its restored sanctuary on Sunday. It was devastated months ago by a fire in the church basement. The smoke from that fire ruined the sanctuary. ...

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Fun and Faith

Before tossing the catalog into the circular file I skimmed over the outside cover and noticed the words “fun and faith” joined together in an alliterative effort to illustrate what their catalog ...

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Right To Life article by Pr. Christopher Thoma

I was asked by Right To Life of Livingston County Michigan to write a “brief” article, and these were the simple parameters given in the email: “We would like your article to address how to ...

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"Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law” (Romans 13:1-10) Do you want to know what you should be doing this week? I can tell you with sure confidence what God’s will is for you this week. It’s ...

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Steadfast Throwdown – Round 21

Round 21 of Steadfast Throwdown has now been published! It includes the following:   CATECHISM SERIES, PART 9 (link) Pr. Joe Abrahamson joins us to resume our series on Martin ...

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The Power of Alien Faith

Imagine a loved one undergoing the tragedy of losing a child soon after Baptism.  What comfort would you extend to the grieving parents?  No doubt you would say something like, “Thank God, your ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Text and Authority

    Text and Authority A few months back there was a dust up here regarding a paper that Dr. Jeff Kloha of Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. Part of the confusion lay in the fact ...

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Updates from St. Louis on Work of Task Forces, by Pr. Tim Rossow

A few months ago I complained that most of the email coming out of synod and district was weighted toward the mercy end of our denominational theme of “witness, mercy and life together.” I was ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Little Ones Follow in Faith with Love

Sermon Text: St. Matthew 18:6-14 Sept 7th, Proper 18 http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Dr._Sikora,_Matt._18_1-20,_Sept._7,_2014.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our ...

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Another District Men's Retreat - more guns and Church/State

Below you will find the text of my presentation given to the men of the Wyoming District a couple weeks ago in beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming.  The man also enjoyed once again the fun of having range ...

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