New feature on the BJS site — Confessional Calendar

For the past several months, Brothers of John the Steadfast have had a calendar on our LutheranWiktionary site. It hasn’t taken off like we’d have liked it to, as the site doesn’t get the traffic that the Brothers of John … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 30th

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

More BJS Contributors with Respectful Disagreement – Magness and Simeon-Netto

(Editor’s Note: There is quite a lively discussion of the sale of KFUO over on Uwe Siemon Netto’s blog The Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life between Uwe, who is a BJS advisory board member and Cantor Phillip Magness, … Continue reading

Interesting Angle on Ablaze’s Shortcomings ““ Starting Churches without Pastors, by Pr. Rossow

Here is a quote from a recent Ablaze newsletter. It is written by an Ablaze worker in the Philippines (LCP).   The LCP has 92 churches, many of which are mission stations, and 26 ordained pastors with an Ablaze goal … Continue reading

Second Edition of Pless/Harrison Book on Women’s Ordination Published

John Pless, professor from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne has alerted us to the publication of a second edition of “Women Pastors, The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective” by Concordia Publishing House. The second edition includes new articles … Continue reading

Another PR disaster?

I’ve mentioned before my agnosticism on the matter of selling KFUO-FM. I am swayable to arguments on both sides. Still, from a public relations standpoint, who in the world thought that the way to announce the decision to sell KFUO … Continue reading

More Controversy for President Kieschnick – How the Secular Press is Reporting the Proposed Sale of KFUO

BJS steering committee member Pastor Jacob Erhard of Dwight, Illinois alerted us to an article in a St. Louis online magazine with the following article. (BJS regular commenter “Carl Vehse” also noted this on one of our comment strings.) Ultimately … Continue reading

Gospel Reductionism Today – “Blues Brothers Theology” by Rev. John Frahm III

There is a great article on the Reformation Today website by Rev. John Frahm III. It also has some clever graphics for all you visual learners and a string of links to some excellent segments from Issues, Etc. The article … Continue reading

ACL/Luther Academy Conference in Minneapolis Includes Two BJS Speakers

(We have received the following from the ACL and the Luther Academy and encourage you to make plans to attend. The lineup of excellent speakers includes BJS blogger Klemet Preus and our BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue.) “Who Is God?” … Continue reading

LCMS Foundation raising money!

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s raising funds for itself. Heh. LCMS News just sent out information about Gift Development and Stewardship courses provided by The LCMS Foundation. One of the courses, offered for two days … Continue reading

Seminary problems widespread

We recently discussed the financial woes being faced by Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. They are not alone. This USA Today article looks at the widespread financial problems at seminaries across the land. … Continue reading

Bioethike, by Mollie

If you are as fascinated by bioethics issues as I am, you simply must head over to Rev. Robert C. Baker’s new blog Bioethike. You can thank me later. … Continue reading

“Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I’ve been doing this series on the Catechism, especially because we have a Book of Concord Reading Group that has just finished reading the Small and Large Catechisms. This coming Monday, March 30, we start the Augsburg Confession. Anyone in … Continue reading

What President Kieschnick needs to do Now, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post in this series on “Lawsuits Among Christians.” For the whole series click on Pastor Preus’ name on the Brother’s Cafe.)   As indicated in my recent blog something happened on December 2 of which the … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Interview with Colleen Carroll Campbell, by Jon Townsend

We at BJS have created a new column where we hope to review at least one program from Issues, Etc. each week. Our hope in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on … Continue reading

35,000 Unique Visitors to the BJS Website in the First 9 Months

The BJS website went on line nine months ago, A.D.  June 25, 2008, the  478th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. In that time we have had over 35,000 unique visitors. Here are a few other statistics: We … Continue reading

Policy Based Government in the Church is a Bad Idea, by Pr. Tim Rossow

(I recently received an e-mail from a BJS reader who was concerned that her congregation was moving to a policy based governance system (PBG). A friend of hers suggested that I had some experience with PBG and so she asked … Continue reading

Letter to President Kieschnick Asking for an Apology, by Scott Diekmann & Pr. Rossow

The following is a letter sent by certified mail to President Kieshcnick two weeks ago concerning his role in the trademark controversey. We have given him two weeks to respond but as of yet we have not heard from him. … Continue reading

Are the Blue Ribbon Proposals March Madness? An Interesting Chapter Meeting in Naperville

The Bethany Lutheran –  Naperville,  Illinois chapter of the Brothers of John the Steadfast combined a review of the Blue Ribbon Proposals with several hours of NCAA basketball March Madness. Eleven members of the chapter and four visitors met at … Continue reading

Church, Inc. and Why Imitation is No Strategy for Lutheranism, by Paul McCain

We found this posted on Cyberbrethren and thank Pastor Paul McCain for permission to reprint it here. I received a postcard in the mail yesterday from “Church.Inc” [note: The material in quotes in this blog post are exact quotes from … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 23rd

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

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #4: The Eucharist, by Bethany Tanis

(Editor’s Note: Bethany Tanis has authored many great comments on the BJS website, particularly concerning Calvinism and so we asked her to do a little writing for us on the relationship between Calvinism and Evangelicalism. It is a good thing … Continue reading

When sermon illustrations go awry

With all due respect to those who use them, I can not STAND sermon illustrations that use props. I always feel like my intelligence is being insulted. But here’s a great illustration of why they’re even more dangerous than you … Continue reading

Who’s in charge around here? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part seven in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.)   On December 2, 2008 the LCMS went to the secular government in a disputed matter with … Continue reading

What if Paul wrote the Letter to the Galatians today?

We found the following on the web on, and found it a thought provoking piece on what the contemporary reaction might be if Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians and submitted it to Christianity Today for publication. It’s … Continue reading