9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Yours truly was the guest on the “Studio A” radio program on KFUO, AM 850, on Monday, October 25, to discuss “What Holds Lutheranism Together.” You can listen to the interview below. The 25-minute segment runs from about the 29:00 … Continue reading

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Justification: It’s What Holds the Reformation Together” (Romans 3:19-28) Today is Reformation Day. It was on this day 493 years ago, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, … Continue reading

A Brief Report on the Trip to Concordia Seminary, by Pr. Rossow

As reported last week, the President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, The Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, invited me to the seminary this week to discuss the issues I have raised about small groups and contemporary worship at the seminary. He … Continue reading

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — Carl Braaten’s Open Letter to the Editor of the ELCA’s magazine “The Lutheran”

For those interested in following what is going on in the ELCA and its recently-formed splinter groups, Carl Braaten’s recent “Open Letter” is enlightening. Those of us at BJS particularly appreciate this comment from Carl Braaten: “Is there something un-Lutheran … Continue reading

Fame and Confessional Lutheranism, by Jon Townsend

(Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm. Every week a copy of Christian News arrives at our congregation. Our Pastor reads it and then passes it on to the … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Mini-Travelogue by Al Collver on abc3miscellany

Synod President Matthew Harrison is visiting in Germany. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations has been posting several pictures and videos, a mini-travelogue during their visit; it is well worth reviewing. Review the blog postings from Oct 22nd … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Wild Boar on Cause and Effect

Being a person who doesn’t care for the taste NOR smell of Sauerkraut, I found this post by Wild Boar from the Forest quote amusing.     This past Sunday was Oktoberfest at the church. Brats, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut. … Continue reading

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You see the banner on the sidebar: You recall that a month ago we posted an article introducing it and offering a special price through reformation. Well, you have only a few more days to purchase this great new book … Continue reading

Reformation and the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses, by Pr. Rossow

Reformation is a great day for men. It is a festival for men to exhale with all the breath in their lungs the strong notes and vigorous rhythms of “A Mighty Fortress,” until they have to gasp for more air … Continue reading

Chair of Theology Faculty at Concordia, Mequon Offers a Reassuring Comment, by Pr. Rossow

Rev. Dr. Nathan Jastram, chair of the theology department at Concordia University, Wisconsin submitted the following comment on yesterday’s post about concerns at the campus. We thank Dr. Jastram for taking the time to respond and to do so in … Continue reading

Getting to know you . . .

I’ve been noodling over this for a while but thought I’d throw it out to you all, since you always have such good ideas. Basically, I’m looking for ideas for church-based socialization. I’m not quite sure how to describe it … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Pigs that Roll in the Mud — Luther

Those who aren’t following Synod President Matthew Harrison’s blog are missing out. He is still blogging, and well worth reading regularly. Here is a recent post — a translation of Luther on the 8th Commandment: I think that was the … Continue reading

Unsettling Beliefs in the Faculty at Concordia, Mequon Says Former Adjunct Professor, by Pr. Rossow

We have documented several concerns about our Concordias here on the Brothers of John the Steadfast website, including faculty at Concordia – Chicago signing a petition in support of terror-bomber and humanist educator William Ayers, the establishment of a gay … Continue reading

Bo Giertz’s first book, Kristi Kyrka, now available in English!

Bo Giertz’s first book, Kristi Kyrka (1939), which he published at age 33 (!), is now available in the world’s language! It can be ordered from Wipf and Stock Publishers (541) 344-1528 / Fax: (541) 344-1506 info (at) wipfandstock.com   … Continue reading

Clerical Collars – I Need a Ruling: Do You Need to Wear Your Clerical Collar When Reading “Curious George” to the School Children? by Pr. Rossow

It’s good to have a little fun once in a while here at the ultra-serious Brothers of John the Steadfast blogsite. In this case, this could be be both serious and fun. Sometimes I take the tab out of my clerical … Continue reading

Meeting at Concordia – St. Louis is Set for Next Week, by Pr. Rossow

The meeting I spoke of last week as been arranged. I will be travelling to St. Louis next week to meet with President Meyer and various faculty members to discuss my criticism of the use of small groups and contemporary worship … Continue reading

New Video about Change in the LCMS

Using Jim Pierces intro to this video, “My friend Eric Comstock has put together yet another well done and thought provoking video simply titled “The LCMS.” The video asks us, “Is change possible?” I think change is possible, but there … Continue reading

Unity, a Bible Study by Pastor John F. Wurst

This Bible Study was presented to the women of the LWML at The Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Duluth, Minnesota on Tuesday, September 28 + A.D. 2010. What does unity mean? We often think of unity as being one, like-minded, maybe unity … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: If You are within the Sound of My Voice Join us for a Joint Chapter Mtg this Saturday, Open to the Public

(By Pastor Rossow) On Saturday October 23 at 9 AM there will be a joint meeting of two Chicago suburban chapters of The Brothers of John the Steadfast. The get-together will include a manly breakfast and a panel discussion on … Continue reading

Texas Confessional Lutheran Free Conference XXI, Sept 10-11 2010

TEXAS CONFESSIONAL LUTHERAN FREE CONFERENCE XXI Friday & Saturday, September 10-11, 2010 Grace Lutheran Church 1212 W. Jefferson Street Brenham, Texas Theme: “A Review of the 2010 LCMS Convention” The conference was held and video and reports are in from … Continue reading

Is The Long Synodical Nightmare Over? By Pastor David Oberdieck

Pastor David Oberdieck, Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon, MO, submitted this piece to us — a reflection of where we in the LCMS stand at this point, a few months after the convention. He wrote this “to give … Continue reading

Why Belong to a Church?

I found this newsletter article on one of the Faithful lists .. discussion email lists in regions around the country supported by CAT41. Some of them are pretty active and others are pretty quiet, but it’s another useful method of … Continue reading

Invitation to Concordia St. Louis to Learn More about their Spiritual Formation Program, by Pr. Rossow

Dr. Dale Meyer, president of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, has graciously invited me to the campus to learn more about the spiritual formation program at the seminary. This is the umbrella program under which the small groups have been started. … Continue reading

Concordia Portland Issues a Statement Changing the Name and Purpose of the Gay Straight Alliance Club. Is this Change Sufficient? by Pr. Rossow

A few weeks ago we reported that Concordia Portland had started a Gay-Straight Alliance Club. We have now received the following statement from Concordia about the group: Concordia University [Portland, Oregon] recognizes the Unity Club, a student club that provides a safe … Continue reading