Matt Harrison Prominently Featured in PBS Report on Haitian Relief

We thank BJS blog commenter “Smalltown Lutheran” for alerting us to  a PBS report with video that features Matt Harrison both at the beginning and the end of the story. You can view the report/video here. Notice toward the end … Continue reading

Great Speakers, Legendary Hospitality, Rich/Authentic Liturgies & Manly Food at the BJS Conference

It is not too late to sign up for the second annual BJS conference, February 12-13 at Bethany Lutheran Church –  Naperville, Illinois (suburban Chicago). You can click here for more information. We prefer that you sign up in advance … Continue reading


In a recent post on the blog “Brother’s of John the Steadfast,” the Rev. Dr. Tim Rossow comments on the eerie similiarity between President Obama’s health care plan and President Kieschnick’s synodical structure plan: Both are about Centralized Control – … Continue reading

Harrison back from Haiti, interviewed on St. Louis radio, TV (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, has returned from Haiti and, along with medical team coordinator Jacob Fiene, was interviewed Wednesday on St. Louis radio and TV. Click here to hear the KMOX radio … Continue reading

Lutheran get-together in Orange County CA, Saturday, February 6 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Lutheran laypeople and pastors are invited to attend a get-together in Orange County, California, on Saturday, February 6. The gathering will take place at the home of Georgann McKee in Santa Ana and go from 1:00, through the afternoon, to … Continue reading

Making Clear What President Kieschnick Said on His Haiti Video, by Pr. Rossow

We have had a few posts about President Kieschnick’s video about his on-again, off-again trip to Haiti. In a couple of those posts it was asserted that President Kieschnick cancelled his trip when he found out that it was “too … Continue reading

The Character of Matt Harrison – He will Go to the Brink for the Gospel, Literally, by Pr. Joel Brondos

(Editor’s Note: This comment was left on our “Haiti Relief Efforts” post. You can see the post and all the comments by clicking here.) January 27th, 2010 at 00:48 | #16, by Pastor Joel Brondos Too dangerous for Kieschnick to … Continue reading

The Danger of Ministry: Norway, Wittenberg, Haiti, by Klemet Preus

About four years ago my wife and I vacationed in Norway, the home of my ancestors. In the course of that visit we stopped at about 15 churches, all of them older than our great nation. We wanted to see … Continue reading

Dr. Kuhn Sets the Record Straight on the BRTFSSG Final Report, by Scott Diekman

Very early in the day on January 18, Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn, former President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, stood up before those gathered for the Lutheran Concerns Association Conference to set the record straight. It was obvious from his … Continue reading

President Kieschnick’s BRTFSG and President Obama’s Health Care: Similar Trajectories, by Pastor Rossow

I have heard numerous people over the last year suggest that President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon proposals and President Obama’s Health Care Plan have striking similarities. Now that we are seeing President Obama’s plan unravel and President Kieschnick backing away from … Continue reading

How to Speak and Write Postmodern, An Insightful Quote from BJS Reader Henry Bimpage

(Introduction by Pr. Rossow) An interesting discussion has broken out on Phillip Magness’ post on  the Model Worship Conference. He questioned the use of the term “missional” and that has prompted several helpful comments about the use of post-modern jargon … Continue reading

An Update from Matt Harrison, Blogging for Lutheran World Relief

Matt Harrison has been asked to blog for Lutheran World Relief while he is in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Here is an excerpt from his post yesterday. Last night was traumatic for the 1500 Haitians here at the medical … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found by Norm – Those Buzzwords (Review of the Model Conference on Worship) by Phillip Magness

The following is an Issues Etc Blog of the Week and was written by BJS’s own Phillip Magness, Cantor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL. It was found on the  Liturgy Solutions blog, “Fine Tuning”. Phillip has other posts … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found by Norm – Pastoral Meanderings – How We Know God

Since our BJS staff spent most of their time at the booth in Ft. Wayne we thought it would be appropriate to share the following thoughts that flowed out of one of the sessions. We found this piece by Pastor … Continue reading

An update from Matt Harrison in Haiti

(Editor’s Note: This is from a blog titled the ABC3S of Miscellany.) You should visit that site frequently for updates from the team in Haiti. I have been having trouble updating my blog for the past day or two. In … Continue reading

Congregational FAQ to Nominate President and Vice-­”Presidents of Synod

Here are Frequently Asked Questions and the segment from the Bylaws talking about the nominations. This document is available by PDF as well.   Frequently Asked Questions Q: How does a congregation nominate for President and Vice- ­â€Presidents of Synod? … Continue reading

More information on Haiti relief efforts

In the YouTube video that is on the front page of the site, President Kieschnick mentioned that he himself had hoped to go to Haiti but it was too dangerous for him to go. President Kieschnick had hoped to … Continue reading

I haven’t seen a spelling error this bad

since last week, when failed Democratic candidate for Senate Martha Coakley misspelled the name of the state she was seeking to represent. Yikes. Ouch. Ooft. This is the header from the JesusFirst campaign e-mail they just sent out: … Continue reading

KFUO(FM) sale to be delayed?

The Webster-Kirkwood Times has a story saying as much, based largely on an interview with Frank Absher, a broadcast veteran and St. Louis radio historian. Here’s the meat of the story: In a November interview, Kermit Brashear, an attorney for … Continue reading

BJS Presence at Ft. Wayne this Week for Symposia, by Pr. Rossow

Both I  and  Associate Director Suzanne Zobel are manning the BJS booth at the Symposia at Ft. Wayne this week. (We will try to  post some pictures later this week.) We have  seen chapter leaders and pastors from around the … Continue reading

Live Blog from the Lutheran Concerns Association Conference (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” is the theme for the annual conference of the Lutheran Concerns Association (LCA), being held today in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Seems like about 80 people here right now, many of them convention delegates, both … Continue reading

Applying the Principle of Adiaphora with Confidence, by Klemet Preus

Article X of the Formula of Concord deals with indifferent matters or what has been called “adiaphora.” The application of Article X to the question of worship among Lutherans in America today may seem difficult. But once we sweep away … Continue reading

CLCC Introduces a Seminar on Parish Structure, by Kari Anderson

The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission (CLCC ) has produced a new seminar which is available to download files at . This PDF download is free to anyone. Members can also download the PowerPoint version to use in their … Continue reading

Ladies Welcome! Planning for Sisters of Katie Luther to Take Place at BJS Conference, by Suzanne Zobel, BJS Associate Director

You’ve been told it’s coming.   The name has been shared (in several forms) by word of mouth, in print, on the website.   Some have expressed interest in joining, in helping to organize members or chapters.   Some have … Continue reading

More Good Stuff, Well, Maybe More Interesting Stuff, Found by Norm on the Web

I came across the following and found the comments on it very amusing. I thought BJS readers would appreciate a laugh reading through the comments.             Comment by Pr. Todd Wilken:     I knew … Continue reading