The Augustana Ministerium by Pr. Eric Stefanski

In mid-September, I wrote a note in response to a comment that had been made regarding an article on this site (about the wacky ‘Jefferson Hills Church’, where Missouri District mission offerings are being wasted on anti-Lutheran theology and practice). … Continue reading

A few random requests (Mollie)

1) I’m on a committee at church that runs a small bookstore. We are hoping to offer a small selection of CPH books that would be helpful to the congregation. Any ideas for what we should include? 2) If you … Continue reading

Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five posts by Pastor Preus on  Holy Communion.)   In May of 2007, a graduate of the Ft. Wayne seminary named Clint Stark produced a paper based on a questionnaire … Continue reading

Where do Ablaze!® funds go? (Mollie)

According to the LCMS Web site, “Ablaze! ® began as a vision of LCMS World Mission to involve every member of the LCMS, its partner church bodies, and partner mission agencies in one focused and concentrated effort to share the … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(We’ve said that “Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site”, but we haven’t kept it up. We are a month late now. . This … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … Continue reading

Communion: Close or Closed? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of five posts on Holy Communion by Pastor Preus.) What is going on in the synod regarding the practice of who is admitted to the Lord’s Supper? First of all let’s settle the question … Continue reading

Signatures for the Manifesto are Slow but Website Activity is Brisk

We have had “A Lutheran Manifesto” up for 24 hours and there aren’t many signatures on the petition  but it has created a lot of activity on the website. We had over 1,000 visits yesterday which is the most we … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – “A Lutheran Manifesto” For Consideration by All Lutherans, from The Rev. Dr. Fred Baue

(Editor’s Note:  The Brothers of John the Steadfast are honored to have the privilege to bring this Lutheran Manifesto to the world. We ask our readers to  take a serious look at it, offer your expert commentary – there are … Continue reading

Trademarking love (Mollie)

So I hear that the LCMS has obtained a legal trademark on the phrase: HIS LOVE IS HERE FOR YOU ® When I served on the Board for Communication Services, the unelected corporate executives who more or less control the … Continue reading

Unsung Steadfast Heroes of Past LCMS Battles, by Pr. Walt Otten

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Otten writes the BJS regular column “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.” The columns are archived here. Walter Bouman, well known liberal, of whom he writes here left the LCMS and became an ALC pastor in 1977. He … Continue reading

What If Do Not See My Comment Published?

Brethren — we are still receiving hundreds of spam comments every day, and are using automated software to filter those so we don’t have to manually delete them. The problem with this is that a few comments written by real … Continue reading

Laity Reaching Laity, by Pr. Rob Jarvis of the CLCC

In the last column I had written (which was a couple months ago) I started talking about recruiting laity–to be exact laity recruiting laity. It must be happening. The number of concerned laity is growing, but slowly. Maybe it’s not … Continue reading

First Chapter Fund-Raiser for Issues, Etc. Scheduled

The Brothers of John the Steadfast chapter at Bethany Lutheran in Naperville, Illinois (the church Pastor Rossow serves) has scheduled a fund-raiser for Issues, Etc. The congregation is having an Octoberfest on Sunday, October 5 and the newly formed chapter … Continue reading

An Ablaze! Fundraising update (Mollie)

Here’s an interesting update from the August 21-22 Board of Directors meeting: 70. Fan Into Flame Report Jeff Craig-Meyer, Associate Executive Director of LCMS World Mission Development Services, provided an updated report of the Fan Into Flame fundraising effort, noting … Continue reading

New Book of Concord Website Online!

One of the things we at Brothers of John the Steadfast are trying to do is encourage the laity to read the Lutheran Confessions. I have for many years personally provided technical and web space support for the Book of … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – Introduction to the Divine Service

This entry is part 1 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also  proactively  train the Brothers … Continue reading

In Case You Wondered What Mollie Does for a Living

We here at BJS are grateful to God for the accomplished writers who blog for us, Pastor Wilken, Pastor Preus and Mollie. Mollie is a professional writer whose resume includes several articles published in the Houses of Worship column in … Continue reading

DOCTRINAL STABILITY? By Pr. Andy Simcak, Texas Confessional Lutherans

A few months ago THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE featured an article about the Greek Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Isaiah, the spiritual head of the 14-state Metropolis of Denver, which includes Texas, boldly stated, “One feature of Orthodox Christianity that newcomers find attractive … Continue reading

More Motivation to Start a Confessions Reading Group

(Editor’s Note: This is from Jim Claybourn commenting on a previous post here on the site.) We are planning on beginning a weekly study group in October. I am an adult convert (escaped from United Methodism) and have been getting … Continue reading

New Column: “Church-Wide News and Commentary”

(Editor’s Note: We welcome Pastor Robert Niehus to our list of columnists. Each day as a part of his normal routine Pastor Niehus scours the secular and religious news to see what is going on in the church and the … Continue reading

Apologetics Conference in Dearborn, MI on Islam Sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran

CHRISTIANS & THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAM: A BALANCED VIEW This will be the theme of the Second Annual Apologetics Conference to be held October 11, 2008 from 1-4pm at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Adam … Continue reading

I have a bar ministry* (from Mollie)

Could we discuss the theology included in this Reporter story: Mark Couser, 26, has been working with the Lutheran Inner-City Network Coalition (LINC) North Texas, in Dallas-Fort Worth, for the past five years, helping to train church planters and other … Continue reading

Motivation from Rosemarie to Start or Join a Confessions Reading Group, by Pr. Rossow

Rosemarie does not know it yet but she had a part in starting the Brothers of John the Steadfast. I have not seen her in a few years but she is coming to our parish Confessions Reading Group tonight and … Continue reading

What is the Liturgical Future of our Synod? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is the future of the LCMS in the aftermath of the last two decades of worship wars within our church? I’m going to … Continue reading