Seven Last Words

Yesterday I offered my own words upon which the reader might meditate in anticipation of the observance of the death of our Lord. Today I offer to you the words of Luther. All citations are from Martin Luther’s Easter Book … Continue reading

Pastor Likens President Kieschnick Visit to a Visit by the Pope

Click here for an interesting article in the Saginaw News that likens President Kieschnick to the pope.     The audio from the Good Friday service announced above was posted on this site by a reader; since it works better … Continue reading

Thoughts on Good Friday

Here are my thoughts regarding the seven words of Christ from the cross. Tomorrow I will share thoughts of Luther and the next day thoughts of Johann Gerhard. I trust that these brief meditations will aid the reader in preparing … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web – Easter Vigil Service

One of the goals of BJS is to promote the historic and traditional liturgy. To that end we provide the following. In the “Ask the Pastor” group over on the Wittenberg Trail, Rik Eischen asked the question “What is the … Continue reading

“Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fifth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Same challenges, different priorities

Yesterday I posted a quote I found from 1929. It dealt with the desire of some progressives to lose our hymnody. Well, here’s another awesome find from 1929. It’s a report from the Missouri Synod titled, well, “The Work of … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Justin Taylor’s “What Happened on …” during Holy Week

I found this series of posting on Cyberbrethren, Pastor McCain’s (CPH Editorial Executive Director) blog that contains several other excellent posts for this Holy Week. Head over to Cyberbrethren.com to follow this series and other excellent postings; below (under the … Continue reading

The more things change . . .

I came across this fantastic quote: We must take note also of a most deplorable tendency of our times, namely, that of preferring the shallow modern “Gospel anthem” to the classical hymns of our Church. The reference is both to … Continue reading

“How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Report on ULMA Spring Meeting

(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

More Great Stuff Found on the Web – Cyberbrethren Posts Wonderful Story of Matt Harrison’s Vision Realized in Finland

Paul McCain, CPH  Editorial Executive Director and host of the Cyberbrethren blog has reposted an incredible story of the rise of confessional Lutheranism in Finland. It was originally posted here. On Wednesday we posted a story about Matt Harrison’s vision … Continue reading

Lutherans tired with having to use last year’s cartoon trends for your VBS theme, pay attention!

(A few weeks ago I ran into Pastor Burfeind at Ft. Wayne and saw his curriculum materials and was very impressed. I asked him to put to gether a blurb so our BJS readers could become aware of this good … Continue reading

“How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the third in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Supporter of President Kieschnick says Some are Intimidated by Blue Ribbon Proposals, by Pr. Rossow

Pr. Charles Mueller Sr. wrote a recent article posted on the “Jesus First” website trying to persuade people to support the Blue Ribbon Task Force proposals for change in the LCMS. He asserts that larger congregations already act in the … Continue reading

PSA on Synodical Communications

I come from a mainstream media background. At the news organizations I’ve worked at, our objective was to simply report the news. We aim for balance, objectivity and fairness. And I can say that many reporters do a great job … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Pietism Today and in the Eighteenth Century

Thanks to readers who submit items they find on the web that would be of interest to  BJS’ers.  This item came from one such reader. Please click here (or on the sidebar) if you come across such an item and … Continue reading

Good Stuff Found on the Web — It’s TIME to rock the Lutheran World by Matt Harrison

I happened on this this morning. It sounds like a great way for our seminaries to have an impact around the world! Pr Matt Harrison speaking: It’s TIME to rock the Lutheran World   In the mid-1990s, I met a … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: Likely in Texas Rotation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Matt Harrison: Likely Rotation Member Update: Harrison appears to have earned a spot in the Texas rotation. . . . Recommendation: Harrison has enjoyed a very successful spring, and is expected to begin the year in Texas’ rotation as a … Continue reading

“What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the second in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Texas Confessional Lutherans – March 25th at Grace in Brenham, TX by Pr Andrew Simcak.

(Rev. Simcak contributes regularly on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. The other posts in this column can be found on the Regular Columns page under Texas Confessional Lutherans.) Folks, All of us need to be concerned about some of … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission March Newsletter

(The Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission is one of the many confessional groups that regularly posts on this website. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns … Continue reading

Everything I Needed to Know about Denominational Cooperation I Learned from my Mother: A Review of President Kieschnick’s New Task Force’s Opinion on Implications of the ELCA’s Heresy on Homosexuality, by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick appointed a commission to address implications of the ELCA’s recent heretical decision to allow and ordain practicing homosexuals into the Office of the Holy Ministry. You can read it here: http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=16740. The  authors of the document are to … Continue reading

“What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

THE BLUE RIBBON PLAN #18 AND THE SPOILS SYSTEM, By Martin R. Noland

A recent post by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow at “Brothers of the John the Steadfast” made me realize an extremely significant consequence of the Blue Ribbon Plan Recommendation #18.   His post is at: http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=9487.   This is the … Continue reading

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

(Given the historic vote in the U. S. House of Representatives this evening it is fitting to rerun this post from February. Polls show that a majority of Americans oppose the health care motion that was just passed in the … Continue reading