Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows' Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

On All Hallows' Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints' Church. The regular bulletin board for such announcements was the front church door. All Saints' Church was the largest repository of relics of the saints outside of Rome. Many of those relics would be put on display on All Saints' Day. Indulgences would be granted to those who came to the Church to view the ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – God's Cosmic Assertion in the Cross

Sermon Text: John 8:31-38 October 26, 2014 AD   Audio: http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Dr._Sikora_10_26_14_Reformation_Sunday_Sermon.m4a   In the Name X of Jesus.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 8th chapter. Beloved in the Lord, Introduction With the swing of the hammer and the pounding of a nail, “out of love for the truth and with the object of ...

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Problems with 2013 Dispute/Expulsion System

Editorial Comment: Pastor Noland has been working on analyzing the Dispute Resolution Policy of the LCMS and this is a document that he recently generated. Feel free to download and distribute it widely per his instructions below.   A person accused of doctrinal error may infinitely delay prosecution by continuously contesting the synod’s doctrinal resolutions or statements (see ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Horus Reads the Internet

  Horus Reads the Internet Lutheran Satire schools Horus on the difference between the Ceremonial Law and the Moral Law with bullet lists and Venn ...

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Great Stuff - How God Blessed the Reformation through Katie Luther

From the Evangelical Lutheran Synod... Katharina von Bora was born January 29, 1499. Much about her life must remain a mystery to us, but some sources give us glimpses and insights. Prayer ...

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Vanessa was Disappointed by Her Phone Call to St. Louis, by Pr. Rossow

Comment #50 over on the Five Plus Two Makes Three post caught my eye. I think it is worth posting for all to read. It is from a BJS reader named Vanessa. (This is the same Vanessa who authored the ...

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Rejected by FiveTwo: How I Failed My Sacramental Entrepreneur Aptitude Test - Guest Article by Vanessa

Rejected by FiveTwo: How I Failed My Sacramental Entrepreneur Aptitude Test The first time I heard the title "sacramental entrepreneur" I'm pretty sure my brow furrowed with confusion. I know ...

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Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints' Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints' Eve, All Saints' Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pronounced: Sow-in] which the ...

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Market-Style Evangelism is Enthusiasm

A fellow author for BJS, Pastor Joe Abrahamson, brought to my attention this testimonial of a woman who apostatized after realizing that her life as a Christian was not much different than her job as ...

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On the Dangers of Contextualization

Contextualization Level: Expert[/caption] In a generic sense, contextualization refers to considering the context, that is, the situation, environment, time, and culture in which an event takes ...

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The “Five Plus Two Makes Three” Network of Bad Theology

Books people read reflect their interests. Books people recommend reflect their worldview. Books endorsed by fellow authors reflect a clique. To test this aphorism, and as a follow-up to our ...

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My Plea: Recognize Theosis

This article is a layman’s plea to confessional Lutheran pastors, theologians, and doctors to consider the myriad of challenges to the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls from a simple, ...

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2015 BJS Conference News... "When Heterodoxy Hits Home"

With great joy the Brothers of John the Steadfast announce our 2015 Conference, held once again at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. February 20-21, 2015 Topic: "When Heterodoxy ...

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Quietly coming to a town near you...

This post is strictly for my confessional Lutheran brothers and sisters. I've spent some time researching and writing about a network called FiveTwo. If you are a confessional Lutheran within the ...

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Steadfast Throwdown - Sympathy for the Devil

The Rolling Stones sang their song “Sympathy for the Devil,” and evangelical Christians responded with uproar. But is there anything we can learn from the song (or from John Lennon’s quip about ...

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Hey Fivetwo, There’s No “Me” in SacraMEnt (Well, Close Enough)

Visiting those who are sick and facing death is part of my job as a pastor, and, frankly, I’m woefully inadequate. Thanks be to God, I’ve spent very little time in the valley of the shadow of ...

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Lego Bricks and Apologetics: Imagination, Art, and Sub-Creation, Part 1

Part 1 Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker. J.R.R. Tolkien, On ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Rosebrough on the FiveTwo Network

  Rosebrough on the FiveTwo Network Here are three segments with Pr. Chris Rosebrough where he addresses different problems with the FiveTwo Network's practices and use of language. ...

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"Justification: The Heart of the Reformation" (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Justification: The Heart of the Reformation” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is the last Sunday in October, and so we are observing Reformation Day. It will be 497 years ago this Friday, on October ...

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Your Testimonies before Kings – Reformation Day sermon

Title: Your Testimonies Before Kings Text: Ps 119:46 Reformation Day (Observed), October 26, 2014 Prior to the Lutheran Church there was no denominational church in western Christendom. ...

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