A Gutsy Confessional Move by a District President, by Pr. Rossow

Rocky Mountain District (RMD) President Randy Golter organized his own Task Force to review the work of the synod’s Blue Ribbon Task Force so that the delegates to the RMD convention would be better prepared to respond to the survey … Continue reading

The Transforming Churches Network: Part 9, Will We Yield?, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally to Affected Area.” This is the ninth post in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) Download … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VIII – The Third of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Speaking in Tongues, 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

The Steering Committee Requests Your Comments on the Proposed BJS Constitution

The Steering Committee of the Brothers of John the Steadfast has worked hard in the last few months to develop a constitution for the group. We would like input on the constsitution from our 250 members from around the world … Continue reading

Video from Grace Lutheran – Tulsa, OK Will Make You Feel OK to Be A Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

I was  alerted today to a great video promoting Grace Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qo0V57INpA. I have come to know the pastor of the church, Mason Beecroft through confessional circles in the last few … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc on the Ascension of Christ – 21st May, 2009, by Ross Wardenburg

We at BJS have created a column where we hope to review programs from Issues, Etc. Our goal in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on Issues, Etc. and perhaps to generate … Continue reading

Missouri District Convention Preview, May 31 and June 2 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Missouri District Convention Preview: Convention delegates and any others interested are welcome to attend a Missouri District Convention Preview (unofficial and voluntary) this Sunday, May 31, and/or Tuesday, June 2, both in the St. Louis area. We will look at … Continue reading

Book of Concord Dailly Readings – 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

The Transforming Churches Network: Part 8, Let Reason Be Far Away, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally to Affected Area.” This is the eighth post in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) The … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VII – The Second of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Praise Worship Services, 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

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #6: Similarities between Confessional Calvinism and Lutheranism, 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

Candor, Love for Christ and Desire to Preserve the Remnant Characterize ULMA’s Second Missionary-at-Large, by Rev. Brock Abbott

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is one of the many confessional groups that post here on the BJS website. Their  posts and the posts of other groups are archived on the Regular Columns page. Maybe the Ablaze folks need to study 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

The LCMS In Her Own Words: She May Eventually Collapse Under the Weight of Her Multi-Site Parishes, by Pastor Rossow

(Editor’s Note: Months ago I started my own column on the website titled “The LCMS in Her Own Words.” The point of the column is to simply quote LCMS publications in order to illustrate how un-churchly we have become. I … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #19 — Communion & the Peace

(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

The Transforming Churches Network: Part 7, Turning the Gospel into Law, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally to Affected Area.” This is the seventh post in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) … Continue reading

Hilary of Potiers and the Church Growth Movement, A Sermon by Rev. Toby Byrd (LMA)

(Toby is a regular contributor. He represents the Lutheran Mission Alliance (LMA) which works to plant new confessional churches. They are one of the many confessional groups that post regularly here on the BJS site. You can see all their … Continue reading

Lutherische Kultur im Exil, by Jonathan Townsend

In what almost seems like a former life now, I worked for a professor who wrote a book called Literarische Kultur im Exil : Gesammelte Beiträge zur Exilforschung. Literature and Culture in Exile : Collected Essays on the German-Speaking Emigration … Continue reading

Here is How You Can Get Involved to Assure Better Leaders are Elected in Our Synod to Bring Us Better Theology, by Pr. Rob Jarvis

(Politics in the LCMS is not a bad thing. It is a necessary thing. On this website we are committed to supporting the theology of the Lutheran Confessions and one crucial way of doing that is to elect good confessional … Continue reading

Book of Concord Weekly Bulletin Inserts – Devotion of the Week by BJS

In our continued attempt to call attention to various devotional sites from around the web, we’d like to call your attention to Pastor Doug May’s Book of Concord Weekly Readings, condensed from Concordia: A Reader’s Edition of The Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

President Kieschnick Comes Off as a Fundamentalist – The Northern Illinois District Convention Part IV: A Summary and Review of President Kieschnick’s Presentation, by Pr. Rossow

(The other posts in this series can be viewed by clicking on the Editor’s Blog in the Brother’s Cafe.)   There is so much to review and critique in President Kieschnick’s presentation that I could easily get ahead of myself … Continue reading

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Rev Thomas C. Messer

We have invited over thirty people from around the synod to take the BRTFSSG survey and share with us their responses and comments. (You can take the survey yourself by clicking here.) Our list of invitees includes seminary professors, congregation … Continue reading

Here’s the Video – Judge for Yourself (Wilken Commentary Appended), by Pr. Rossow

We thank Pastor Ben Ball from Brookfield, Illinois for discovering the now infamous NID opening devotion video on the internet. Give a look and then ask yourself, is this what a convention of confessional Lutherans ought to have for the … Continue reading

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VI – The First of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Emotionalism, 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

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #5: The Certainty of Salvation, by Bethany Tanis

(Editor’s Note: We started this series a few months ago but were interrupted by the trademark issue. Bethany Tanis has authored many great comments on the BJS website, particularly concerning Calvinism and so we asked her to do a little … Continue reading