BJS is one year old — renew your memberships!

Speaking of anniversaries, along with our article on our One Year Anniversary, many members are asking about the automatic renewal of their membership. Many of you signed up using paypal using a subscription, where your dues were set up to … Continue reading

Happy One Year Anniversary Issues, Etc.

Issues, Etc. is celebrating their one year anniversary of being back on the radio. The Brothers of John the Steadfast congratulate Todd and Jeff and give thanks to God for this Christ-centered and cross-focused radio program. Issues is hosting a … Continue reading

President’s Address from the Rocky Mountain District

One of our readers sent us a link to  Rev. Randy Golter’s presidential address to the Rocky Mountain District. I come from  a district where theology is not at the heart of the  convention  procedings so it is refreshing to … Continue reading

Begging the Question in BRTFSSG Proposal #19, by Pr. Lincoln Winter

(Editor’s Note: Lincoln Winter is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church Wheatland in southeastern Wyoming. I last knew of Lincoln when he was a member of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans and was instrumental in the writing of “That They May … Continue reading

Report on the Northwest District Convention, Part 2, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s other posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of the website under the title “Apologetics – Apply Liberally to the Affected Area.” Part 1 of this report can be found here) Report on the NOW District Convention, Part … Continue reading

Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Inaugural Assembly: A Report from the Floor

(Editor’s Note: This is  a delegate report from the recent meeting of the conservative Episcopalians and Anglicans who have formed a new “communion.” The delegate is reporting back to a neighboring conservative Anglican congregation – All Souls, Wheaton, Illinois – … Continue reading

“Sound Bite Ecclesiology” by Pr. Klemet Preus

Apparently some have taken umbrage at my claim that people at the MNS convention “took rather complex issues and turned them into simplistic, if inaccurate sound bites.”   You be the judge.   Less than a month before the MNS … Continue reading

What Do You Commemorate on June 25, the Death of Michael Jackson? By Donna Linnemeyer

(Editor’s Note: Donna’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Confessions of a Confessional Church Administrator.” Donna is the Church Administrator of Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, Illinois.)   My day on June 25, 2009 ended … Continue reading

Kieschnick: I guess we are divided, after all

Last year, President Kieschnick claimed that the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod wasn’t divided. Not at all. We were more unified than we’d ever been, he claimed. In his most recent letter to pastors, he admits that’s not the case. … Continue reading

Update on Fan Into Flame

In his June letter to pastors, President Kieschnick says that the Ablaze!(TM) fundraising campaign has brought in $48.1 million in pledges and gifts. Now, back when the claim was $31 million, that meant less than half of that amount in … Continue reading

Things that make you go hmmm

So the new Anglican Church in North America launched this week and heard addresses from Southern Baptist megachurch guru Rick Warren and Orthodox Church in America Metropolitan Jonah. I’m not really sure which one is more out of place. I … Continue reading

Luther on diapers

I was writing a column about vocation the other day and came across this amazing quote from Luther in his Estate of Marriage: Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason (which the pagans followed in trying to … Continue reading

Children in Church, by Kari Anderson for the CLCC

(The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission are one of the many confessional groups that post regularly on the BJS site. Their posts are archived on the Regular Columns page.) I visited recently with a man in my town that told … Continue reading

The Sleeping Giant, A Cartoon and Comment by Pr. Scott Blazek Introducing a Special Issue of the Steadfast Quarterly

(Editor’s Note: We know Pastor Blazek for his cartoons but he is also a fine theologian. He wrote the following article to go along with this quarter’s cartoon. The next issue of the Steadfast Quarterly is being printed and prepared … Continue reading

June 25th – The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession and The Brothers of John the Steadfast One Year Anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession to the Holy Roman Emporer Charles  V in 1530. It was fitting for us to introduce the Brothers of John the Steadfast to Lutheranism on this date one year … Continue reading

Report on the Northwest District Convention, Part 1, by Scott Diekmann

(Scott’s other posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of the website under the title “Apologetics – Aply Liberally to the Affected Area.”)   The Northwest District Convention met June 18-20 in Portland, Oregon.   We began the Convention … Continue reading

Harold Hill Comes to the Show-Me State: Convention Review, Part Two (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In Part One, “MoDist Gains,” I reviewed the elections and resolutions that took place at the Missouri District Convention last week. Now in Part Two, I will review the other major business at the convention, which was the presentation and … Continue reading

Laborers for Christ in the news

Considering how large our church body is, we rarely get any media coverage. Usually this is a blessing since many of the members of the mainstream media don’t know how to discuss religion very well. It also means that we … Continue reading

Lutheran Guests from Confessional Lutheran Synods ““ not in Fellowship with the LCMS on Issues, Etc: WELS President Pr. Mark Schroeder and ELS Pr. David Jay Weber, by Jon Townsend

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

The BRTFSG Takes Another Serious Hit from a District Convention – Summary from Rocky Mt. District

President Kieschnick’s  Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance has taken another beating from an LCMS district convention, this time the Rocky Mt. District. A summary of the entire convention  has been posted  on a blog titled  Colorado Rocky … Continue reading

MoDist Gains: Convention Review, Part One (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Last week the Missouri District held its convention, and, I am happy to report, it went even better than expected! In terms of elections and resolutions, we made more than “MoDist Gains.” ELECTIONS True, the incumbent DP was reelected, but … Continue reading

A Great Luther Hymn that Sings A Different Tune in Response to the LCMS’s Dance with Emergent and Church Growth Principles

(Editor’s Note: This comment was written  by O. Young on the Alley Manifesto post and is too good to keep on the comments page.)   In light of all the recent discussion around TheAlley, the MNS convention and orthodox confessionalism, … Continue reading

Good Report from the Ohio District Convention

(Editor’s Note: We thank Darrell Wacker for this update from the Ohio District convention. If you have any further comments on the Ohio district  or any of the other conventions  feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] We here at … Continue reading

Review of the Alley’s Manifesto Pt. II ““ A Telling Testimony from Steve G. On Why He Quit Small Groups, by Pr. Rossow

The other day I posted a comparison of Walther’s six duties of the church with The Alley’s Manifesto written as a guide for how they would form the congregation. They are drastically different. I mentioned six differences that were striking … 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