Wyneken wisdom

A few months ago my family had the pleasure of attending a lecture on Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken, the second president of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. LCMS World Relief and Human Care Executive Director Matt Harrison was the … Continue reading

“We all have a vested interest in this case” – Clarity on the Oakland Situation from the Rev. Dr. Martin Noland

Yesterday we posted some news and commentary from Reclaim News on the intriguing situation with a congregation out in Oakland, California. The district is fighting to take the property away from the congregation. It is a story with as many … Continue reading

Good (?) Stuff Found on the Web — Equipping Laypeople to give Pastoral Care

Sometimes I find the good, but sometimes I find the bad, as people submit things to me for pointing out to BJS readers. Unfortunately this one is bad — it is a LCMS church that is holding a two-day conference … Continue reading

The One Positive Difference Between the Health Care Summit and the Blue Ribbon Process, and Some Troubling Similarities, by Pr. Rossow

As the synod undergoes President Kieschnick’s attempted blue ribbon overhaul, it has been interesting to compare the process to President Obama’s unending, aborted attempts to overhaul the American healthcare system. There are several similarities that ought to alarm the members … Continue reading

FYI – Reclaim News Analysis of President Kieschnick’s Ash Wednesday Deposition, by Pr. Rossow

As many of our readers know, President Kieschnick has been deposed in a lawsuit involving the LCMS California/Nevada/Hawaii District and a parish in the San Francisco area. Reclaim News has provided commentary on part of the deposition which we have … Continue reading

Excellent reading on Haiti

I know that our brothers and sisters in Haiti are in our thoughts and prayers. I wanted to commend for your reading this amazing article about a priest who runs an orphanage in Haiti. Based on my limited conversations with … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Cross Focused Leadership for Missouri

CrossFocusedLeadership.org When you are “fishing around the Web,” you never know what new “fish” you might “catch.” My latest “catch” is “Cross-Focused Leadership for Missouri.” You can find it here: crossfocusedleadership.org. It is apparently designed for LCMS convention delegates, that … Continue reading

On the benefits of working together

I was reading this nice little piece about how Michigan’s first Black LCMS congregation was started: In 1930, a group of black families meeting in their homes formed Michigan’s first black Lutheran church for the small number of black families … Continue reading

General Pastoral Conference of the Northern Illinois District Passes Watered Down Motion on Cooperation with the ELCA

Brother of John the Steadfast Pastor Ben Ball of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Illinois passed this on to us this morning. It is a motion to limit cooperation  with the ELCA in matters that involve word and sacrament. … Continue reading

Arch Books

I grew up with a large library of Arch Books and I think that the simple rhymes and illustrations helped me learn my Bible stories a great deal. I just saw that Concordia Publishing House has some Arch Books online … Continue reading

Higher Things Conferences filling up fast!

One of the things we at SteadfastLutherans promote is the Higher Things conferences and organization. They provide a truly lutheran set of gatherings around the country for our young people. These help them in that difficult period of time when … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web: Video Promoting Issues Etc

Found on Pastor Weedon’s blog as well as a tweet from IssuesEtc: An advertisement for Issues, Etc. that highlights one of the shows consistent features: providing comment upon the calendar of feasts, festivals and commemorations provided in our Lutheran Service … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — MercyJourney’s Post on A Little Book on Joy

Matt Harrison’s Little Book of Joy is designed for this season of the year, and he’s posted the following on his website, http://mercyjourney.blogspot.com. It’s well worth your reading, and you can obtain your copy here, or you can save on … Continue reading

Latest on KFUO-FM sale

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a committee opposed to the sale of KFUO-FM to Joy FM has filed a supplement to its petition to the FCC. I really have no idea how seriously the FCC will take any of … Continue reading

Somebody has a Favorite New Name for the LCMS, by Pr. Rossow

Click on  http://thelutheranchurchusa.com/  and see where it takes you. Apparently in some minds the LCMS name change has already taken place. Now I suppose that someone is just being smart in buying up web names but why would it already … Continue reading

Turning “Have To” Into “Get To”, by Dan at Necessary Roughness

Dan at Necessary Roughness has a post talking about Ash Wednesday and our attitudes towards this season. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; … Continue reading

Non-Lutheran named interim CEO of Concordia-Ann Arbor

Concordia University – Ann Arbor announced that they have hired Dr. Russell L. Nichols to serve as the university’s interim CEO. Nichols earned his Doctor of Education from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from Wabash College. He is the … Continue reading

“Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel)

One of the nice aspects of the BJS Conference is how much fun we have outside of the main program. Getting to meet and visit with folks in the hallways and at the meals and the parties–it’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

ULMA March Meeting in Columbus

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent  conservative Lutheran group of congregations. We publish regular reports from them to expose our readers to as large of a group of confessional Lutherans as possible and … Continue reading

Transfiguration Afterglow from the BJS Conference, by Pr. Rossow

I look forward to the day when we will have a few thousand in attendance at our annual rally but in the meantime, feet planted securely at the foot of the cross, I am relishing in the afterglow of a … Continue reading

BJS 2010 Conference — more audio

We are uploading audio from the BJS conference as quickly as we can — we’ve had some problems with the audio recording hardware but the technician is working hard to get around it.   The following is the Evening Prayer … Continue reading

BJS 2010 Conference Live Blogging

Last year we had a “Live Blogging” post on the site where participants could leave comments about the conference so people not able to make it here could at least partially participate in it. I know that I’m finding the … Continue reading

BJS 2010 Conference Presentation #1 — Klemet Preus

The Brothers and Sisters gathered tonight for registration and get-together. Klemet had session 1 of the presentation (below) and we shared excellent Chicago style pizza. For those who couldn’t make it to Chicago for our conference, we are sharing recordings … Continue reading

Up from the Nether Regions of the Stage Arises the Bully Pulpit…by Pr. Rossow

The bully pulpit is slowly rising out of the nether regions of the LCMS political stage and standing behind it is none other than President Gerald Kieschnick. After years of silence, President Kieschnick has decided to go on a publishing … Continue reading

BJS Conference Schedule

The annual BJS Conference kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 4 PM with our welcome reception. We have had a few calls about the schedule and so we are reprinting it here. It looks like we will have over 100 registrants, … Continue reading