Tragedy and Triumph – Bishop Elisa Called to Heaven

We just received word through Brother of John the Steadfast Jon Townsend that Bishop Andrew Elisa has been called to heaven. There is very little information at this time. You can check the Lutheran Heritage website for updates. We learned … Continue reading

Ablaze Update: Using Policy Analysis to Get Rid of Policy ““ This is Just Warmed Over 60’s Anti-authoritarianism, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday Mollie introduced us to a fascinating article on the Ablaze program written by insider Rev. David Vaughn. Rev. Vaughn is a mission executive working for the synod. His article is a self-proclaimed policy analysis of Ablaze. There are many … Continue reading

Policy Analysis Cited by Mollie Now Available Here

The article Mollie referred to in her last post is now available on the site. You will most likely have the same love/hate response to this article as I had. On the one hand it states that Ablaze is failing. … Continue reading

Analyzing Ablaze! (Mollie)

You may be interested in an fascinating analysis of the Ablaze! program from an LCMS mission executive. The Rev. David Vaughn served as director of Ablaze! Connection and is currently getting his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Saint Louis University. … Continue reading

New edition of the Book of Concord – Henkel German to English translation

As a word or three of introduction, my Mother-in-law, my wife, and I were involved in the project that BJS is promoting below. I cannot tell you the enjoyment that it brought to us as we typed, read, and proofread … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 5: A Generous Orthodoxy?

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final post in this series on the Emerging Church by lay theologian Scott Diekmann. Check out his blog at Stand-Firm.) The phrase “a generous orthodoxy” comes from the pen of Emerging Church leader … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 29th

For those of you who have said that you want to start the Online Reading Group when we start at the beginning of the Book of Concord — START READING THIS WEEK! We are in week 1, so we are … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #14 – The Prayers

(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

How Does Anybody Get a 10 Week Preaching Series on Fatherhood?, by Pr. Rossow

Here’s a  quick note while I take a break from finishing the sermon for this week. I have some statistics that undermine the church-growth movement’s proclivity for “practical” sermon series. The re-making of the Christian church by those interested in … Continue reading

If I were the Devil, by Pr. Klemet Preus

If I were the devil I would try to get people to stop singing hymns. What a great idea, if I were the devil. It seems like such a benign idea. That’s what makes it so diabolically clever. It’s not … Continue reading

The Property of Congregations, by Rev. Andrew Simcak

(Rev. Simcak writes on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. Their other posts can be found on the Regular Columns page of the website.)   Even if our church body were not in doctrinal turmoil, it would be meet, right, … Continue reading

Another New Chapter Founded – St. Paul Lutheran – Lockport, Illinois

The Brothers of John the Steadfast have added another chapter. It is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lockport, Illinois. This is now our tenth chapter. As we have reported before, we are pleased to have chapters far and … Continue reading

The Manly Side of Christmas and Some Stories to Watch in the Next Few Days

Manly Christmas Christmas has turned into a holiday for kids and women. The kids have their toys while Hallmark and HGTV have seen to it that the holiday has been appropriately  feminized to keep pace with the rest of our … Continue reading

Bishop Andrew Elisa of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan is Gravely Ill ““ and Could Use our Help and Prayers, by Jon Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jon writes a column for us titled “I Desire Mercy and Not Satire but a Little Satire is Good for the Soul.” This post has no satire but describes a very serious situation that calls for our support … Continue reading

A Lesson on the Two Kingdoms from Rick Warren, A Lesson on What Not to Do, by Pr. Rossow

Picking on Rick Warren’s theology of the two kingdoms is like shooting ducks on a pond. For that matter, picking on Rick Warren’s theology of anything is like shooting ducks on a pond, but I thought that  his recent comments … Continue reading

Remember to keep your Pastor in your prayers at this busy time; new BoC edition coming out!

An item came across my desk from the Cyberbrethren email list this morning that I thought would be excellent to share with the Brothers of John the Steadfast. First: Let’s be sure to remember our pastors in our prayers as … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 4: Failing to Unwrap the Gift

(This is part four of a five part series from layman Scott Diekmann. Check out his blog at Stand-Firm.) Last time, we explored what many in the Emerging Church consider the Gospel, a social gospel mixed with a large dose … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 22nd

For those of you who have said that you want to start the Online Reading Group when we start at the beginning of the Book of Concord — make note that it’s coming up soon! Be sure to start reading … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #13 – The Creed

(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

Speaking of Homosexuality, What is the Role of District and Synod Leaders in Keeping the Unity of Doctrine and Practice? By Pr. Rossow

In the first six months of the existence of the Brothers of John the Steadfast website I have spent more time in the synodical handbook than in all my previous twenty years of service in the pastorate combined. (Please pray … Continue reading

Improvements to Navigation on This Site

A quick announcement from your behind-the-scenes programmer here at BJS .. I’ve added a “Related Posts” section to the right column when you are reading posts. In most cases, this should bring up a listing of additional posts that are … Continue reading

BOD Executive Sessions (Mollie)

Sometimes boards enter into executive sessions to discuss sensitive matters that the members don’t want heard by a larger populace — either by visitors to the board meeting or through meeting minutes. At the Board of Directors meeting in swanky … Continue reading

All Bets are Off – Bethlehem, Renton Site Back Up Again, by Pr. Rossow

Well, who knows what is going on? The Bethlehem, Renton site is back up again. We will keep an eye on it and also let you know about any communication we have with synodical officials on this matter. We also … Continue reading

The Book of Concord Quiz is popular!

Thanks to all of you who have taken the Book of Concord Quiz that we recently published! It’s nice to know that 138 of you have already taken it! If you haven’t taken it yet, be sure to try out … Continue reading

Interesting Development ““ Bethlehem Renton Website is Down, by Pr. Rossow

This is a followup to our previous post on this topic. Yesterday afternoon I started to dial the phone number of the Northwest district in order to check in with President Schumacher to see if there was any action being … Continue reading