Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading … Continue reading

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: BJS HIRES FULL TIME ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

The Brothers of John the Steadfast are pleased to announce the hiring of Suzanne Zobel from Clinton Township, Michigan to serve as the Associate Director of the organization. Suzanne will be working full time starting January 1 and focusing on … Continue reading

Why is “Centering Prayer” Wrong? A Helpful Comment from Pr. John A. Frahm

It is relatively easy to point out the flaws in the LCMS under President Kieschnick’s leadership as I have done recently with this “Centering Prayer” issue. It is like shooting ducks in a pond. It takes a little more effort … Continue reading

The Commission that has Endorsed Pagan Prayer Practices is Appointed Entirely by the Synod President, by Pastor Rossow

Here is the description of the Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support from the LCMS Handbook. Notice section 3.9.4.1. All thirteen members are appointed by the synod president. Since Gerald Kieschnick has been in office for years, it is clear … Continue reading

More Problems with Prayer in the LCMS ““ Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support Endorses “Centering Prayer,” by Pr. Rossow

A few months ago we alerted our readers to the problematic theology behind the LCMS’s special prayer events. We posted these concerns on July 27 and July 28. Now we have the Commission on Ministerial Growth endorsing an ancient and … Continue reading

Another Letter to President Forke ““ The LCMS Leadership has Abandoned the Noble Request for Liturgical Uniformity, by Klemet Preus

Brother Forke, Allow me a few words about the place of freedom in our discussion. The idea of “Freedom” is very difficult for us to rise above. Question freedom or threaten to deprive someone of it and watch us squirm. … Continue reading

Preus and Forke on Worship – Four New Posts, by Klemet Preus

(For the previous posts in this discussion go to the Brothers” Cafe on the homepage and click on Pastor Klemet Preus or click here.) Brother Forke, At long last I respond to your letter of December 9. Having finished all … Continue reading

Blessed Christmas to all our Readers and Thanks to our Volunteers

John 1:9  The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11  He came to his own,  and … Continue reading

Calvin, Luther, KFUO and a Merry Christmas – Comment from the Cello Player

“Cellolee” has been leaving interesting comments all through the KFUO discussion. We thought this one was worth a broader read and was appropriate for today since it ends with Christmas greetings. (For the entire string of comments click here. You … Continue reading

The Nativity of Christ and the Work of the Brothers of John: Confession, Vocation, Liturgy and New Media, by Pr. Rossow

Each of the characters of the nativity bring to mind the work of the Brothers of John the Steadfast and reflecting devotionally on each of them will help us focus this Holy night on the gracious brother of a not … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 8 ““ Recommendation #5: The Liberal Bias of the Task Force ““ Pitting Laity against the Clergy, by Pr. Rossow

This is Part  8  of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   DuPage County Illinois is Slowly Growing Liberal and … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 7 ““ Recommendation #4: Why Go to the District to get Lousy Programs when the Synod is Capable Enough of Turning out Lousy Programs? by Pr. Rossow

This is Part  7  of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   This proposal is an upside down solution to … Continue reading

The Church that Walther, Chemnitz, Luther, Paul, Moses and Elijah would Attend, A Discussion Between Phillip Magness and George in Wheaton

Last week’s post about  a Matt Harrison presidency and what that would mean for the local parish has led to a helpful exchange between Cantor Phillip Magness of Bethany – Naperville, Illinois and BJS regular “George of Wheaton.” The exchange … Continue reading

Gathering the Force in Dearborn (2 of 2), by Glen Piper

(Editor’s Note: This is from Glen Piper’s blog Territorial Bloggings. Glen is a delegate to the LCMS convention in 2010, so he attended the Regional Gathering in Dearborn, MI.) Part 1 of this article is found here. Let the gathering … Continue reading

One Big Word Concerning Contemporary Worship: “Repent,” Three Excellent Comments on Worship by Rev. William J. Orr

The following three comments were left early this morning on an  old string from July. They were written by Rev. William J. Orr who is listed on the LCMS website as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Willow Springs, Illinois … Continue reading

District President Herb Mueller to Preach at BJS Conference

The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) are pleased to welcome Southern Illinois District President Herb Mueller to preach at the Vespers service on the first night of our annual two day conference, February 12-13, 2010 in Naperville, Illinois. BJS … Continue reading

Gospel Reductionism and Mission Reductionism, by Frederic W. Baue

Many in a previous generation of Missouri Synod theologians were persuaded by the blandishments of liberal scholars who argued that there was no Third Use of the Law. Lex semper accusat, they claimed. “The law always accuses.” The Christian is … Continue reading

“They Won’t Come in and Change Our Church – that Would Make People Mad” by Pr. Rossow

There was a great comment left on another string. It describes perfectly the challenge in the LCMS today. This comment is by someone who supports traditional, classical music but attends a happy/clappy church. Give a read and ponder this.   … Continue reading

Comprehensive Analysis on the Blue Ribbon Proposals Part 6 ““ Recommendation #3: The Task Force Claims that it is Crucial for the Synod to Restore the Effectiveness of Circuits ““ Do the Proposals do That? by Pr. Rossow

This is Part 6 of a continuing series analyzing the final report of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance (BRTFSG). All posts in this series are listed here.   Blue Ribbon Task Force Recommendation # 3 is … Continue reading

Registrations have Started to Come in for the Second Annual BJS Conference

Registrations have already started to come in for our second annual conference. (Click here to see registration information.) We invite you to join us in February for another excellent opportunity to hear confessional speakers, sing and speak traditional liturgies (Vespers … Continue reading

If the Synod President Wants to Calm Fears He Should Issue a Statement About the Real Issue: Seminary Education, by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick and other officials in higher education have issued a statement to calm the fears that the seminaries will be sold. We are pleased that such a statement has been issued because we believe that residency seminary education is … Continue reading

President Keischnick’s Task Force Recommendation: Power to the President, by the Lutheran Clarion

(LCA just released the January issue of the Lutheran Clarion. We are pleased to post articles on the BJS website from one of the longest operating confessional groups in the LCMS – The Lutheran Concerns Association – LCA. We will … Continue reading

President Kieschnick, Sem Presidents and Others Put Out Statement to Quiet Fears about Seminaries Being Closed

Here is a link to a student blog that contains the note distributed at the seminary. http://thisweekinseminary.blogspot.com/2009/12/seminary-statement.html … Continue reading

Gathering the Force in Dearborn (1 of 2), by Glen Piper

(Editor’s Note: This is from Glen Piper’s blog Territorial Bloggings. Glen is a delegate to the LCMS convention in 2010, so he attended the Regional Gathering in Dearborn, MI.) I have been gathered in by the BRTFSSG! I’m going to … Continue reading

Questions About my Take on the Bully Pulpit – A Thoughtful Comment Exchange, by Pr. Rossow

An attendee at the Dearborn, MI BRTFSG regional gathering has some thoughtful questions about my take on the bully pulpit occupied by President Kieschnick. Here is his comment and my response. (The original comment string can be seen here along … Continue reading