How should we Talk About Speaking the Gospel? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is post three of a four post series on evangelism. The other posts are archived in the Pr. Klemet Preus section of the Brothers’ Café.)   I have a theory about one of the great challenges facing our church … Continue reading

Steadfast Lessons from the Past: Is the Book of Jonah Really Historical? by Rev. Walt Otten

(Some of our readers may be unfamiliar with the ‘battle for the Bible” in the LCMS during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Many in the synod, even seminary professors, fell prey to the false teaching that the Bible contains errors … Continue reading

Graphic Fun and Games with Kieschnick and Harrison Papers Reveals Profound Differences, by Pr. Rossow

There is a website called Wordle ( that allows you to submit a document and it will turn it into a graphic featuring the major words of the text. The interesting thing is that it weights the words according to … Continue reading

St. Louis Pizzas Already in the Freezer for Conference Pizza Contest

Registrations for our National Conference are still coming in and it is not too late. We just got another eight registrations today. Because our meals are all being homemade, (except for the pizza that will be ordered the night of … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Surveys, by Scott Diekmann

This Synodical restructuring thing is serious business.   We’re not just deciding how to route the interoffice mail here.   As several fellow LCMS members whom I trust have pointed out, what we decide at the 2010 Synodical Convention may … Continue reading

More on church loyalty (Mollie)

I’ve studied the differences between the Lutheran Confessions and other church body’s teaching enough to know that it’s highly unlikely I would ever convert to something else. Sometimes I play the game of asking myself what I’d do if there … Continue reading

Accuracy in Academia Cites Ayers Petition (Signed by Concordia Faculty) as the Most Dubious Move of the Year, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday we followed up on the gay activist story in the Northwest District of the LCMS. Today we offer this interesting perspective as a follow-up on another travesty of supervision in the LCMS – the Ayers petition signing at Concordia … Continue reading

New ULMA Post: Report from Indianapolis: January 2009 General Meeting

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent confessional Lutheran group that is dedicated to establishing new confessional churches. Their posts are archived on the “Regular Columns” portion of the website.)   January 20, 2009 … Continue reading

More Contact with the Northwest District on Gay Activist Situation, by Pr. Rossow

I took some time today to call President Schumacher in the Northwest District Office. There is an on-going problem at Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Renton, Washington (LCMS). The biography for the music director on the congregation’s website lists as a … Continue reading

The jobs of Pastors and People In Bringing People into the Communion of the Church, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the  second in a four part series from Pastor Preus. It also builds on his previous series on Ablaze. All of his posts can be found archived in the Brothers’ Cafe.) In my previous six blogs … Continue reading

Newly Crowned Miss America Attended Lutheran Elementary School in Indiana

BJS website reader Joe Hildreth reports that the new Miss America, Katie Stam is from Seymour, Indiana and attended one of the local LCMS elementary schools. Here is Joe’s report. I was hoping you could post a congratulations to the … Continue reading

“Men of Faith” Chapter in Plano, Texas Raises Over $800 for Issues, Etc.

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to raise funds for new Lutheran media, particularly the radio show Issues, Etc. The “Men of Faith” BJS chapter in Plano, Texas recently had an “Oktoberfest in January” … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 26th

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

New Column: Welcome Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor – Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne

(Editor’s Note: We are very honored to have Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne – Indiana,  writing a new column for us. We are also eating a little … Continue reading

Some Valentines Dinner Suggestions If You are Bringing Your Sweetheart to the National Conference

We asked a couple of Bethany – Naperville seasoned business entertainers to make a list of recommended restaurants in Naperville and Chicago for those who may want to bring their Valentine to the conference and go out for a special … Continue reading

Stacking the Deck in Favor of the Blue Ribbon Proposals: Forewarned is Forearmed, by Scott Diekmann

(Editor’s Note by Pastor Rossow: We believe President Kieschnick is manipulating the results of the surveys on the Blue Ribbon Task Force Recommendations at District Conventions. Read Scott Diekman’s well researched story here and see what you think. (Scott normally … Continue reading

Wrap-Up from Ft. Wayne: Conversation with Cwirla, Faculty Member to Post on BJS, by Pr. Rossow

I am back in Naperville now, teaching confirmation, preparing Sunday Bible class and catching up on a few administrative tasks. Before leaving Ft. Wayne yesterday I had a nice conversation with Rev. Bill Cwirla and also had a faculty member … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #16 — Preface and Proper Preface

This entry is part 16 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 16 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy(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 … Continue reading

Series on Christ-centered, Cross-focused preaching. From Pr. Wilken

Dear Friend of Issues, Etc., When it came to preaching, St. Paul had a very simple standard: “We preach Christ crucified.” (1 Corinthians 1:23) But have you noticed that many are preaching the Christian rather than the Christ, Self-Help rather … Continue reading

Why the LCMS is not Living up to its Potential in Missions, Or Why We Need To, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the first in a four part series from Pastor Preus. All of his posts can be found archived in the Brothers’ Cafe.)   It’s been a couple of months since one of the district presidents referred … Continue reading

Bulletin Insert Sample for BJS National Conference

In case you haven’t thought of it for your church, here is a “bulletin insert” that I put in my church bulletin this and next Sunday. If you have a contact person at your church who knows about BJS and … Continue reading

Scoops and Meeting the Brothers in Ft. Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

I heard a couple of interesting things while in Fort Wayne today and got to meet some great BJS folks. First the details on meeting the Brothers. About half the people  that walked by the booth have spent time on … Continue reading

Meeting Lots of Brothers in Fort Wayne, by Pr. Rossow

We have a booth set up at the Confessional Symposium here in Ft. Wayne. I have been quite busy greeting Brothers and hawking some of our new publications and so I have not had time to post any new stories … Continue reading

If We had a Prize for the Best New Chapter St. Paul Lockport, Illinois Would Get It

The chapter at Pastor Hein’s church in Lockport, Illinois is really taking off. (Pastor Hein writes our “Headship Column.”) They even have a chapter newsletter. Here is their latest edition. January 2009 Newsletter Brothers of John the Steadfast, Lockport Fellowship, … Continue reading

An Inauguration Day Gift from Cartoonist Rev. Scott Blazek

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