LCMS Council of Presidents Publishes Theses on Worship; How Do They Compare to Rev. Stuckwisch’s Theses? by Pr. Rossow

The Council of Presidents has just published  a series of theses on worship under the signature of President Kieschnick. The optimist in me says this is progress toward the goal of bringing our synod together on this trying subject. The … Continue reading

“Two Kinds of Righteousness” – Theological Fad or Helpful Paradigm? News from the NID South Region Pastors Conference, by Pr. Rossow

I will be spending the next few days at the Northern Illinois District (NID) South region pastors conference where we are hearing Professor Joel Biermann from Concordia Seminary St. Louis (CSL) speak on the two kinds of righteousness. If you … Continue reading

Sign Your Name & Join Our Effort to Encourage DP’s to Cease Promotion of Un-Lutheran Materials Such as the Parish Paper, by Pr. Rossow

If you are concerned about District Presidents promoting non-Lutheran resources to the pastors and laity under their supervision then we ask you to sign your name below in the comments section. The recent publication of the current edition of the … Continue reading

North Wisconsin DP Apologizes for Promoting Women’s Ordination

Over on the original post on this story BJS member and columnist Scott Diekmann shared the apology he  received from North Wisconsin District President Hoelter for allowing a two page promotion of womens ordination to appear in his district monthly … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: Chapter Gets Together in Naperville for Brats, Bultmann and the ELCA

(Submitted by Pastor Rossow, Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Naperville – Illinois.) The Bethany-Naperville Chapter of the Brothers of John the Steadfast got together  Sunday afternoon for some grilled hamburgers, chicken and brats and more importantly to discuss the recent … Continue reading

“Survey Says . . .” by Publius Aequillus

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a popular game show on television called “Family Feud.” In the show, two families were pitted against each other answering questions that had been answered by 100 other people. Points are … Continue reading

A Glaring Example in North Wisconsin of What Happens When We Turn to Evangelicals for Parish Insight, by Pr. Rossow

The October 2009 edition of the Northern Herald of the North Wisconsin District (NWD) includes an edition of the Parish Paper that encourages the acceptance of women pastors. This is a big problem but before we get too bonkers about … Continue reading

A Well Reasoned Comment on the Convention Before the Convention by Martin Noland

Marty Noland wrote an excellent comment on Klemet Preus’s post on the pre-convention convention. It is worth sharing with the all our readers in case you have not been following this string of comments. You can see the post and … Continue reading

A Questionable Pre-Convention Convention, by Klemet Preus

A notice has gone out from the Synod Office for Travel and Meeting that a series of “gatherings” will take place this winter in anticipation of the upcoming convention. At these gatherings, all of which President Kieschnick plans to attend, … 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

ELCA Bishop Asks Rebellious Leaders to “Think Evangelically and Act Missionally.” Where have We Heard Those Terms Before? by Pr. Rossow

(We thank BJS reader J. West for pointing  this story out to us.) The ELCA website has posted a letter from Bishop Mark Hanson written to the church  yesterday in preparation for the opening of the key ELCA dissidents group … Continue reading

The eighth anniversary of “A Prayer for America” and President Kieschnick’s “leadership” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In President Kieschnick’s recent “Leadership News,” he lists what he sees as “matters about which we in the LCMS are not in agreement.” Among these items is the question of how “to avoid unionism and syncretism.” Well, frankly, this is … Continue reading

Give Us More Offensive Conduct Please President Kieschnick, by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick inserts a glossy two-page, full color flier into each Reporter that he calls “Leadership News.”  In the most recent edition of this Leadership News (September, 2009) he asserts that the LCMS is “exceptionally united in what we believe, … Continue reading

Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgical Congregations ( Web Site Updated

Are you traveling this fall or want to visit other liturgical congregations in an area? The ELLC (Evangelical-Lutheran Liturgical Congregations) website has had a face-lift over the past few weeks, and now includes maps to help you locate congregations near … Continue reading

More bad press on the KFUO-FM sale

A St. Louis site has a post up titled “Why So Secretive About The KFUO-FM Sale?” I don’t know much about the specifics of the sale, but this site raises some questions about the viability of the proposed buyer: Very … Continue reading

Todd Wilken to Join Mollie and Klemet at the Annual BJS Conference

The fund-raising efforts of the Brothers of John the Steadfast are intended to promote  new Lutheran media.  Currently Issues, Etc. is our sole recipient of funds and so we are pleased that Rev. Todd Wilken, host of the show, will … Continue reading

What a Banner Day – A Henrickson Song Parody and a New Starke Hymn

(Sorry Rev. Starke, I couldn’t resist the headline.) This  post certainly qualifies for the “ridiculous to the sublime” category. Earlier today Charlie Henrickson posted one of his instant classic parodies about going to Houston for the LCMS convention and now … Continue reading

“Goin’ Back to Houston” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We had our circuit forum yesterday. I get to spend a week down in Habitat for Humidity again next July. GOIN’ BACK TO HOUSTON Tune: “Houston” Original Well, our forum time came around Everybody put me down Put a check … Continue reading

Acorn-Like Investigation of Mission Funding in the LCMS “Uncovered”

(Editor’s Note: Apparently the Acorn undercover investigation has sparked similar ventures into other areas including the church. We thank Rev. Andrew Eckert for “transcribing” this tape-recording so that we can bring it to our BJS readers.) ABLAZECORN Undercover Investigation James: … Continue reading

A Blackbird Tweets Out Some Excellent Theses on Worship

Four and Twenty + Blackbirds is one of the most unique Lutheran blogs going. It is a collection of some twenty pastors who dialogue amongst themselves about issues of the day and allow us into their world  to see what … Continue reading

The Process of Selecting Convention Delegates; Rev. Ken Schurb on Issues Etc.

Here is an important interview of Rev. Ken Schurb by Issues, Etc. host Rev. Todd Wilken. Church politics may be boring and may even get twisted when in the wrong hands but it is unavoidable and the finished product results … Continue reading

Higher Things Announces Youth Gathering Sites for 2010 – “Real Worship, Real Study, Real Fun”

Higher Things (HT) announced the location of its national gatherings  for next summer. They will be held in Logan, Utah (June 29 – July 2) and Memphis, Tennessee (July 6 – 9). HT  assists parents, congregations and pastors by cultivating … Continue reading

Let’s Not Forget about the Convention Nominations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Right now we’re at the peak of the circuit forum season, with the election of convention delegates to be completed by October 10. But there’s another October 10 deadline we should not forget, and that’s the one for submitting recommendations … Continue reading

Let’s Not Forget about the Blue Ribbon Proposals – A Challenge to and Response from the Task Force, by Pr. Rossow

Topics come and go on the blogosphere. I am starting to get a feel for the curious ebb and flow of opinion floating around the “interweb.” It has been weeks since we have spoken of the BRTFSG (Blue Ribbon Task … Continue reading

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and Klemet Preus to Speak at the Annual BJS Conference in February

Do you want to hear it like it is? Then join us for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference where straight shooters and our two primary bloggers Mollie Ziegler Hemingway and Klemet Preus will hold forth. It will … Continue reading