Some Questions for the Council of Presidents from Pastor Wilken and the Spectre of a Skunk Meeting, by Pastor Rossow

Yesterday Pastor Wilken posted a comment on the President Benke story that is worthy of re-posting here for all to read. Pastor Wilken wonders why the Council of Presidents is so concerned about restricting input on the proposals from the … Continue reading

Memorial Moments – Devotion of the Week by BJS

There are many devotional sources around the web that will deliver to your inbox a new short piece to help you in your daily or weekly devotionals, or just get your day started in the right frame of mind. We … Continue reading

You might be an evangelical if (by Mollie)

The Rev. Tom Chryst has an awesome post to help you see how much you’re under the influence of evangelicalism. He’s taking suggestions for additional examples: YOU MIGHT BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF EVANGELICALISM IF: You believe it’s important to … Continue reading

Atlantic District President Shows Intolerance – Benke Issues “Cease and Desist” Order Against Lay Group, by Pr. Rossow

The  unionistically tolerant Atlantic District President David Benke is intolerant of his fellow LCMS members. A group called Interested Laymen have grown frustrated that the Blue Ribbon Task Force is less than transparent with input to their proposals and so … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Pastor’s Roundtable on AC Article XII ““ 23rd April, 2009, by Jim Pierce

We at BJS have created a 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 Issues, … Continue reading

Update from Minnesota North Convention – Bad AV Day for Kieschnick and Harrison, by Pr. Rossow

You have heard of bad hair days? Well,  Rev. Kieschnick and Rev. Matt Harrison had bad AV days but according to our source, they reacted quite differently. Each man had trouble with the video presentations they had planned. In each … Continue reading

“the Tiger Woods of heresy”

A friend who works in politics just sent me the following press release that ran across his desk. He thought it was hilarious. I’m passing it on because it features our own Chris Rosebrough! And some delicious quotes. Joel Osteen … Continue reading

The Transforming Churches Network (TCN): Part 1, A Non-Native Invasion Into the LCMS, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally.” This is the first in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) You may have heard of … Continue reading

More Baptists informing Ablaze! by Mollie

So from Ed Stetzer’s Twitter feed, I learn that another Baptist will be meeting with Synodical leadership tomorrow. Here’s the, uh, tweet: Dinner with Bob Roberts. Bob is speaking tomorrow to the same LCMS Lutheran group where I just spoke … Continue reading

Baptists all in favor of Ablaze! (by Mollie)

One of the people I follow on Twitter is Ed Stetzer. Stetzer is part of the LifeWay Research Team, a Baptist research effort that studies church trends. I’m not enamored with the statistical methodology used but reporters like to have … Continue reading

District Presidents Squelch Input on Blue Ribbon Proposals, by Pr. Tim Rossow

A group of LCMS laymen have grown concerned that the Blue Ribbon Task Force’s (BRTF) approach to getting feedback is not as complete as it could be and so they have made the BRTF’s survey available to a wider audience. … Continue reading

“Alleluia Now Is Our Song,” an Easter hymn by Pr. Charles Henrickson

OK, OK, so I’ll get back to synodical politics in a day or two. But today is Sunday, and it’s still Easter, so I can’t help but celebrate a little more. A few days ago my friend Tom Engler asked … Continue reading

Caring for elderly family members, by Mollie

I’m working on a story about how families should plan the end-of-life care of elderly family members and treat it as a sanctity of life issue. I’m wondering if anyone has any thoughts about what this might mean from a … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Pastor’s Roundtable on Confession and Absolution ““ Issues, Etc. 16th April, 2009, 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

What is the Synod’s position on baptismal regeneration? by Mollie

President Kieschnick’s most recent letter to pastors includes this request: What is the Synod’s position on . It is not at all unusual for me to be asked the Synod’s position on . and name your topic-cloning, admission to the … Continue reading

We should start this at my church, by Mollie

For Pascha, two Greek Orthodox churches on the island of Chios fire rockets at each other. During the Divine Liturgy. My congregation is on the same street as an Episcopal church, another Episcopal church, a Roman Catholic church and a … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part III, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

An Attorney Preus and Two Preacher Preus’s at the LCA and ACL Conferences

The Lord richly blessed the work of the now  sainted Robert Preus. Not only did he gather together one of the most incredible seminary faculties the Church has ever witnessed (many of whom are still teaching at Ft. Wayne such … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part II, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Greetings from the LCA – ACL Conference in the Twin Cities, by Pr. Rossow

The Lutherans Concerned Association and the Association of Confessional Lutherans are holding their annual conference in Minneapolis this year. This conference and many others are listed on the calendar section of this website. If you are in the Minneapolis area … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice: Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part I, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to … Continue reading

Quick Note on the Trademark Issue and Acolyting, by Pastor Rossow

I had an interesting surprise this morning as I was greeting members coming through the line after service. One of our members mentioned to me that she is a  trademark paralegal.  She said that she had checked out the BJS … Continue reading

I spend more time at the Kulturbrauerei in Heidelberg than I do looking for Disputations, but the Kellerbier doesn’t stop me from thinking about them, by Jon Townsend

(Heidelberg is the site of Luther’s famous disputations with his then Augustinian brothers, thus the title of this post.  Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm…) The fear of … Continue reading

Evangelism 101: Don’t I Have to be Dynamic to do That?, by Pastor Mark Elliott

This is part of a series of articles on evangelism that is being written by Pastor Elliott for the St John Lutheran Church newsletter, Champaign, Illinois. We thought it a good reminder of the some of the misconceptions about our … Continue reading

This Must be the Season for Great Reader Comments – BJS Instrumental in a Reader Becoming Lutheran, by Pastor Rossow

I remember reading the original Issues, Etc. petition and being astonished at all of the folks who credited becoming Lutheran to Pastor Wilken and his radio show. We will never be in that league but yesterday we received another inspiring … Continue reading