“I Pictured in My Mind the Cross on Your Wall Pastor” – Dealing with Tribulation, by Pr. Rossow

I had a gentleman in my study recently who was being dragged down by some genuine guilt and some false accusations that were being heaped on  him. After chatting for a few minutes about the details of the recent events … Continue reading

Ablaze with the Doctrine of Justification – Words that Never got Spoken at the Nebraska District Convention

(Editor’s Note – The following is from the newsletter of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, pastored by  Rev. Clint Poppe. The rest of the story is explained in the introduction that follows.) From the Pastor’s Pen: “Speaking the Truth … Continue reading

Layman, Military Man, Stationed in Iraq and Adding Insights to the BJS Discussion on Worship, by Pr. Rossow

One of our regular readers and commenters is a gentleman by the name of Matthew Mills. He is a layman, in the military, currently viewing the BJS site from Iraq and is quite the accomplished lay theologian. If I am … Continue reading

The Wild Boar Points Us to a Great Marquart Article on Worship from 30 Years Ago

The “Wild Boar Loose in the Forest” blogger points us to a great article on worship written by Prof. Kurt Marquart. It is found in CTQ – Concordia Theological Quarterly, October of 1978 and reprinted below. Speaking of the liturgy, … Continue reading

The WELS convention, by Rick Techlin

Rick Techlin, a BJS  reader  and a blogger is posting information about the Wisconsin Synod Convention (WELS) convention in Saginaw, Michigan on his blog. We will be posting periodic snippets here on the the BJS site; readers who want more … Continue reading

More on the Call for Intercessors for the LCMS – Prayer as a Means of Grace at Pastor Bira’s Church, by Pr. Rossow

One of our readers took the time to do what  I did not do this morning when I posted the story on the Ablaze intercessory prayer event sponsored by the LCMS. She went to Pastor Bira’s church’s website  and found … Continue reading

LCMS museum opens

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: KIRKWOOD — The second-largest Lutheran denomination in North America opened a museum Sunday at its international headquarters on Kirkwood Road, telling the story of its growth since being founded in 1847 in the St. Louis … Continue reading

Do You have the Gift of Intercession? President Kieschnick, Ablaze and the Nation Need You, by Pr. Rossow

(Pastor Rossow blogs regularly on the site under the title Editor’s Blog and also writes an occasional post, such as this one,  archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “The LCMS in Her Own Words.”) Here is a … Continue reading

Walking Together Down Different Roads: Is Synod an Oxymoron? by Pr Kurt Hering

Pastor Kurt Hering wrote this back in 2006 on his blog and has since posted it on his newsletter site. Many of the points  are still matters of controversy yet today. Here follows something of a 21st century manifestation of … Continue reading

Youth programs that don’t destroy faith

One of my very favorite non-Lutheran blogs is Internet Monk. If you don’t already check it out, I highly recommend it. And now’s as good a time as any — there’s an interview of Higher Things’ Rev. William Cwirla. It’s … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel – A Generous Offer by One of the Brothers, by Pr. Rossow

This last week I was sent  a wonderful e-mail. Richard Sutis, one of the Brothers of John the Steadfast in our chapter at Bethany Lutheran in Naperville, Illinois wrote me to let me know that he would open his home … Continue reading

Steadfast Lessons from the Past ““ A Church Secretary’s Stand Against Liberalism, by Rev. Walt Otten

(Rev. Otten other posts are archived on our Regular Columns page under the title “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.”) She was the only church and school secretary of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Brookfield, Illinois, for 16 years. During her … Continue reading

Letter to the Laity ““ Mutual Conversation and Consolation of the Brethren in these Challenging Times, Part II (of III), by Pr. Rob Jarvis

(Pastor Rob Jarvis is involved with the CLCC group. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of this website.) Last time we talked about the … Continue reading

Influenza and communion

So the husband has flu and it is, apparently, swine flu. It makes me wonder how LCMS congregations have historically handled influenza outbreaks vis-a-vis communion. Anyone know? … Continue reading

Synod, Inc. needs PR help

No really! I’m rather surprised the Board for Communications Services is hiring during this period of financial trouble but they just sent out a notice that they’re looking for someone to write press releases and otherwise support the director of … Continue reading

Predictions on how the Blue Ribbon Task Force Will respond to the District Convention Feedback, by Klemet Preus

Now that the districts have given feed-back to the recommendations of President Kieschnick’s “Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod’s Structure and Governance,” it’s time to do some predicting. Obviously the Task force has to consider what the districts said. Some … Continue reading

Listening to Issues, Etc. – Another New Confessional Lutheran Convert, by Pr. Rossow

One of the many blessings of heading up the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the people I get to meet. Yesterday I got a phone call from someone trying to get a hold of the first three issues of … Continue reading

Analysis: Contemporary vs. Traditional Worship

Here is a posting that we found on the Vocation in the Valley (yamabe.net) written by Brian Yamabe, one of the commentors on this site. (Vocation in the Valley has been a past Issues Etc blog of the week.) While … Continue reading

What Exactly is Evangelism and is that Even the Proper Name for It? A Response to the Recent Steadfast Quarterly, by Pr. Dean Kavouras

(Editor’s Note: We received this note this week and it is further proof that this recent edition of the Steadfast Quarterly is upholding the high standard of this periodical set by its first three issues. To receieve the Quarterly select … Continue reading

Two Great Blog Posts on Synod Finances – One From a Wild Boar and another from a Hollywood Guy

The Wild Boar and Father Hollywood have each put up excellent blog posts on synod finances. You can read Father Hollywood’s post here. We have copied the Wild Boar’s post below. Father Hollywood (one of my favorite bloggers) has a … Continue reading

Letter to the Laity ““ Mutual Conversation and Consolation of the Brethren in these Challenging Times, Part I, by Pr. Rob Jarvis

(Pastor Rob Jarvis is involved with the CLCC group. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of this website.) For years, we have been subjected … Continue reading

The Catechumenate Reimagined: Our Next Steadfast Parish Feature from the Quarterly, By Elaine Gavin

(Editor’s Note: Each quarter The Brothers of John the Steadfast identifies a steadfast parish and highlights it for the readers of our Steadfast Quarterly. The latest Steadfast Quarterly has been mailed out to all our members and  as in previous … Continue reading

A special installation announcement

I know that pastors are installed around the Synod each and every week but I wanted to highlight one particular installation that is noteworthy. Rev. Martin Noland will be installed as the Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Evansville, Indiana, … Continue reading

Miscarriage help

One of my dearest friends and her husband lost their baby this week. I’m wondering if anyone has any particularly good resources for people who have suffered miscarriages.

Steadfast Lessons from the Past ““ Selective Memory of My Friend Richard Neuhaus, by Rev. Walter Otten

(Walt’s regular posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.”)   What many have called Richard John Neuhaus, I also do.   He was a “friend.”   Richard John Neuhaus died on … Continue reading