Crushing Satan Today ““ Reformation Reflection, by Pr. Klemet Preus

In the last chapter of his letter to the Romans Paul says a very strange thing. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20) What makes … Continue reading

Reformation ““ A Festival for the Brothers of John the Steadfast, by Pr. Rossow

(October 31 is Reformation Day)   Reformation is a great day for men. It is a festival for men to exhale with all the breath in their lungs the strong notes and vigorous rhythms of “A Mighty Fortress,” until they … Continue reading

“Putting Out the Fire (Ablaze) with the Cold Waters of Baptism”

That is the subtitle of satirical southerner Frank Gillespie’s blog – “Putting Out the Fire“. The reason I am highlighting it this morning is not only because of the clever name but more importantly because of two posts by Frank … Continue reading

An Unnatural Faith, by Kari Anderson of the CLCC

(This is one of our regular columns from the CLCC — Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission) I have been thinking lately about why our faith is so difficult to keep pure in a truly confessional way. I think the Lutheran … Continue reading

Is there Academic Freedom at our Concordias? By Pr. Tim Rossow

Six of our Concordia Chicago professors signed a petition supporting the person and educational theory of Marxist-anarchist William Ayers. We contacted the president’s office and in a part of his reply he stated that “there is nothing in the Limits … Continue reading

Cub Scouts Ablaze!(tm), from Mollie

I am back with an update on the attempt in Northern Virginia to fund the launch of a Cub Scout troop with Ablaze! funds. I am displeased to report that the attempt passed unanimously. … Continue reading

Reformation Day Rap! from Mollie

This isn’t the most Confessional Lutheran take on the Reformation, but it’s a must watch as you complete your Reformation Week celebrations! … Continue reading

President of Concordia Chicago Defends Signing of Ayers Petition, by Pr. Rossow

There is a struggle going on in our synod over supervision. Dr. John Johnson, president of Concordia Chicago, has taken a weak position in this struggle. We have argued that it is wrong for the professors of our colleges to … Continue reading

Klemet Preus to speak in MO

KLEMET PREUS author of the book The FIRE and the STAFF LUTHERAN THEOLOGY IN PRACTICE and frequent BJS commentator will be speaking in Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22 Rev. Preus will address such issues … Continue reading

Chuckie Cheese and Old Lutherans, by Pr. Rossow

For forty nine  years I  have walked  the face of God’s green earth  and up until this last Sunday I had not had the pleasure of meeting Chuckie Cheese.  One of our god children  had his fifth birthday party with … Continue reading

Why is it Wrong for Our Concordia Professors to Sign a Petition in Support of William Ayers, by Pr. Rossow

We are in a political season and the posting of a petition in support of William Ayers was a political act. Our concern however is not political. Our concern is for the church. By their signatures the Concordia professors who … Continue reading

The Brothers Continue to Grow: New Chapter Started in Marshall, Michigan

Amisdt all this discussion about Concordia Chicago professors wrongly signing a petiton in support of William Ayers, it is a joy to report that the Brothers have added a new chapter. As more and more chapters are added we are … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of October 27th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #6 – Kyrie & Gloria

(One of the goals of Brothers of John the Steadfast is to train the Brothers in good practice and theology. This article is one in a series that teaches about the liturgy. … Continue reading

What About Academic Freedom? Good Discussion About Concordia Profs Supporting William Ayers

We broke the news on Wednesday that several professors from Concordia-Chicago (an LCMS university) signed a petition in support of William Ayers, known for his past life as a liberal activist involved in terrorist fire-bombings which still to this day … Continue reading

No Word from Concordia Chicago Yet on Professors Signatures Supporting William Ayers Petition

Yesterday  we reported that several professors from  Concordia University Chicago  (an institution of the LCMS) have signed a petition that supports William Ayers and his radical views on education.  We called President Johnson yesterday to ask him to request that … Continue reading

An Ablaze “Solution” Proposed by Brother of John the Steadfast Scott Diekmann

Scott Diekmann,  a layman and a Brother of John the Steadfast, one of our favorite bloggers, has proposed a diplomatic “solution” to end our long synodical nightmare, the guilt we all feel for not reaching 100 million souls for Christ. … Continue reading

Concordia University, River Forest Faculty Members Sign Petition Defending William Ayers and the Value of Challenging Orthodoxy, Dogma and Authority, by Pr. Tim Rossow

This is a post about the church, not about politics. The two sometimes intersect, even in a denomination like the LCMS which has a quietist bent when it comes to politics. The two have intersected in a public petition that … Continue reading

Ablaze! Movement stories

So I was reading in the LCMS Reporter that the Ablaze! counter was bumped up by adding any children from the past three school years who attend Lutheran schools but are not a member of a Christian church. Which led … Continue reading

Not Your Grandfather’s Church ““ Visits to Not So Steadfast Churches, by Cantor Phillip Magness

Recently I had the opportunity to visit an LCMS congregation in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Entering a large sanctuary with free-standing altar and beautiful stained glass, I was cautiously optimistic as I took my seat for the 8:00 “traditional” … Continue reading

“Off on the Wrong Foot,” by Pr. Mark H. Hein

(This is the next post in our regular column “Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home“) Did you know that there are really two “sanctuaries” available to every Christian man, woman, teenager and child? Places to go where they can … Continue reading

Closed Communion: Forcing the Body to be a Body, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the fifth and last post in this series on closed communion.) The most serious threat to the Christian faith which the church faces today is, I believe, American Evangelicalism. It is not the most serious because it deviates … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, October 20th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(Twice a month we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The number in the title of the quote refers to the order in which it was recorded on the petition site.) I … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #5 – Introit, Psalm or Hymn

(One of the goals of Brothers of John the Steadfast is to train the Brothers in good practice and theology. This article is one in a series that teaches about the liturgy. These articles were initially intended to be put … Continue reading