Firearms Training, by Phillip Magness

(Editor’s Note: Cantor Phillip Magness writes the column “Not your Grandfather’s Church” for BJS. This edition is not about a local parish but about the church more broadly speaking as it met for its convention in Houston a few weeks … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Two Synods by Eric Comstock

Here is another video contrasting the two types of worship in the synod today. It’s from Eric Comstock. Check it out. President Elect Harrison certainly has his work cut out for him to try and bring unity of practice to … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Brian Yamabe on LCMS official services from the LSB

Rev Fisk has once again generated an excellent video. This one shows a problem with Worship services in the LCMS and other churches which led Brian Yamabe to write this overture. Brian would like to see it “bubble up” as an idea … Continue reading

The installation of new officers

The installation of new officers, including President-elect Matthew Harrison, will take place Sept. 11 at the Chapel of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I’ve attended one of these installations before and they are very … Continue reading

Review of “Wittenberg Confessions,” A New Book on Conversions to Confessional Lutheranism, by Scott Diekmann

BJS member and regular contributor to this website, Jim Pierce, has collected a series of testimonies of folks who have converted to Confessional Lutheranism. They are collected in a newly published book titled “Wittenberg Confessions” (Church and Ministry Publishers, also … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Gottesdienstonline on “What Harrison Can Do”

A loyal SteadfastLutherans reader pointed me to this article on Evangelism Myth #7: By Grace Alone, not “By Grace, alone through you” posted by the Rev. Eric Brown. While this one is good, a click through to CyberStones (from which … Continue reading

Godly Examples Here on BJS of the Dialogue Harrison Looks for in the Koinonia Project, by Pr. Rossow

The two contrasting letters we posted in response to the recent LCMS convention have led to a “love fest” of sorts that provide a glimmer of hope for LCMS unity and more importantly signify the sort of thing President Elect Harrison … Continue reading

Two More Responses to the Harrison Election, A Letter from Texas and a Letter from North Wisconsin, by Pr. Rossow

We have reviewed reactions to the Harrison election from President Kieschcnick, District President Diefenthaler and now we have two contrasting letters to consider both of which were sent in as letters to the editor of local newspapers. For sure, the … Continue reading

Lest Anyone Thinks LCMS’ers Hate Homosexuals…, by Pr. Rossow

Brother Johannes, a frequent commenter on this site,  has left us a timely tip on the post about the ELCA and homosexuality (see comment #67). We are rightly concerned and even shocked that that the ELCA has violated the truth of … Continue reading

Justification: Lutheran and Roman Catholic

A while back I was contacted by a man who was curious about the difference between the Roman Church and the Lutheran Church. Initially I sent him a copy of my brother Rolf’s short essay on justification but the man … Continue reading

From the AP – ELCA Reinstates Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pastors, by Pr. Rossow

I was at a wedding reception last night and referred to the ELCA as “apostate.” Not everyone appreciated that determination. I realize it is debatable but to me, the ELCA is beyond being a mixed (heterodox) denomination. I realize there … Continue reading

Another Interesting Reaction to the LCMS Convention this one from the SED President, by Pr. Rossow

Here is a communique that the Southeastern District President sent out in response to the synod convention. He notes that many were shocked at the elections and he pledges his support to the new Harrison leadership team. July 21, 2010   … Continue reading

The Benke Case and American Civil Religion, By Martin R. Noland

Now that the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has a new president, it can discuss the Benke case with less heat and more light. Maybe. At least the discussion is no longer REALLY about the next election. The “Benke case,” for those … Continue reading

10 Minutes with President-elect Matt Harrison

Religion News Service (which is a wire service focused on religion news) is running a Q&A with Rev. Matt Harrison. Here’s a snippet: Q: The Missouri Synod is known as a conservative denomination, but some have said it or its … Continue reading

Another Liturgical VBS – Singing the Catechism in Worden, Illinois, by Pr. Rossow

Last week we told you about the liturgical VBS in Naperville. Attached is a video of the children of Trinity Lutheran Church in Worden, Illinois, singing the catechism. They are singing Titus 3:5-6 from the Baptism section of “Sing the … Continue reading

President Kieschnick’s Curious Response to the LCMS Convention, by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick has written a curious response to the LCMS convention. On the one hand, it is great that he prays God’s blessing on the new presidium. On the other hand, I am not sure about his comparison of the LCMS to … Continue reading

President Elect Harrison Names his Top Assistants

(From the Reporter Online) Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, president-elect of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), has named the following to new positions, effective Sept. 1: Dr. Albert B. Collver III, director of Church Relations–assistant to the president. Collver currently serves … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Liturgy Solutions on “More Like the Baptists Every Day?”

This was pointed out to me by a loyal BJS reader — it’s found on Liturgy Solutions, the place to find effective musical resources for confessional Lutheran liturgy. I know that the Choir Director at my church (St John’s Lutheran … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Reading through the Small Catechism on the Wittenberg Trail

Found on the MNN Faithful List, from Kari Anderson: I’d like to invite you to join us on the Wittenberg Trail to study Luther’s Small Catechism. I’ve posted the “Preface” to get us started. Please, if you have friends, relatives, … Continue reading

ACELC: A Loving Challenge to the LCMS

Greetings in Christ, our One and Only way to salvation. Church of God – people of faith in Christ – recall your baptism and fight the good fight. Use this gracious gift He gave us to contend for the One … Continue reading

Pastor Harrison’s Definition of Talking, by Jim Pierce

(Editor’s Note: On a previous post on beer and talking I began to re-introduce Pr. Harrison’s “It’s Time.” Frequent BJS commenter Jim Pierce added the following insightful comment that helps to define what Rev. Harrison means by “talking.”) Excellent points … Continue reading

What does this Election Mean? by Martin R. Noland

The balloting for all offices of the synod are now done. Pastor Matthew Harrison is the new president of the Missouri Synod and Pastor Herb Mueller Jr. its first vice-president, by large margins.  Pastors John Wohlrabe, Paul Maier, Daniel Preus, … Continue reading

“Sitting or Serving?” (Sermon on Luke 10:38-42, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Sitting or Serving?” (Luke 10:38-42) The committee brings before the assembly Resolution 10-01, “To Affirm the One Thing Needful”: WHEREAS, The Gospel of Luke in Bylaw 10.38 – 10.42 describes the activities of Mary and Martha; and WHEREAS, In that … Continue reading

Drink Your Beer and then Start Talking, by Pr. Rossow

Here is a happy group of Harrison supporters in Alma, Michigan, including Pastor Tom Messer, a regular BJS contributor, drinking up in thanksgiving for the election of Rev. Matt Harrison. My advice to the folks in Alma and to LCMS’ers … Continue reading

Update on Our Liturgical VBS, by Pr. Rossow

I was disappointed during LCMS Convention debate yesterday to see an amendment fail that would have required new starts to use Lutheran liturgical resources. For some reason many in our church body have bought into the myth that using non-Lutheran liturgical … Continue reading