New blog to monitor

A new blog that you will want to monitor: Witness, Mercy, Life Together by Synod President Matthew Harrison and other officers and executive staff of the LCMS. … Continue reading

Daily Divine Service Book: A Lutheran Daily Missal, by Pr. H. R. Curtis

For the first time in English, a complete Lutheran daily missal is available for purchase. Edited by Rev. H. R. Curtis, the 728 page volume contains the ordinary of the Common Service, extensive rubrics for a reverent celebration, and full … Continue reading

“Googling” Confession and Absolution with the Confirmands and President Harrison, by Pr. Rossow

I had a particularly long, enjoyable but exhausting day of travel yesterday on my day off and so when I rolled into the 8th grade classroom in our day school first thing this morning to begin the 5th chief part … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — 2008 Rocky Mountain District Worship Conference

I came across this posting from Pr. Kurt Hering giving videos of the 2008 RMD Worship Conference. In 2008 the Rocky Mountain District hosted a theological conference on Lutheran Worship. The conference included three presentations and a concluding panel discussion … Continue reading

“O Wisdom, Come” (Advent sermon series on the O Antiphons, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Wisdom, Come” (Proverbs 8:12-31; Colossians 1:15-20, 28; 2:2-3; John 1:1-5, 9) The Advent hymn we just sang, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” goes back … Continue reading

Detailed Report from the Visit to Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, by Pr. Rossow

(This article is long overdue due to several reasons. First, I had to write it. Then, it needed to be reviewed by Dr. Meyer. He had a busy travel schedule and some illness. That was followed by a week of … Continue reading

Synod News — Wulf named to Synod CFO position

Jerald C. Wulf of Pierre, S.D., was appointed Nov. 19 by the LCMS Board of Directors as the Synod’s new chief financial officer.  The Board selected Wulf during its Nov. 17-19 meeting in Nashville, Tenn. “Jerald Wulf comes to the … Continue reading

Interesting Alert on “Civil Unions” from the Catholic Conference in Illinois

The following is a press release from the Catholic Conference of Illinois sent to us by one of our readers and that I also received in my inbox this morning. It gives us some good food for thought here in … Continue reading

Did you bring your lucky charms for the exorcism?  Oh, never mind, you’re Lutheran.

By Rev. Joshua V. Scheer Just a few days ago Fox News published a story about Roman Catholic Bishops in the U.S. trying to recruit more exorcists who can discern when an exorcism is necessary and perform the rite.   http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/12/catholic-bishops-exorcists-needed/ … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission November 2010 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

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Stand Firm on Reviews of the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering

Frequent BJS poster and commentator Scott Diekmann posted this a month or so ago on his blog, Stand Firm. I happened to catch it in my search for something completely different, but thought it should be posted here. Ever since … Continue reading

Autumn Greeting from LCMS President Harrison

Autumn Greeting from LCMS President Harrison from VimeoLCMS on Vimeo. Found at lcms.org. … Continue reading

The Arrogation of Powers by Missouri Synod Clergy, by Martin R. Noland

I believe that the LCMS is divided on the issue of the powers of the clergy.  This does not refer to the authority that pastors have to preach and teach the Word of God, to administer the sacraments, to forgive … Continue reading

Report on ULMA Fall Meeting – October 29th, 2010

(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

Males as head of household

One of the things that my secular friends have difficulty understanding is the Biblical model of marriage. They think it’s bizarre that my husband and I order our marriage with him as the head of our household. I wrote about … Continue reading

Want to Help Church Workers in Need? Check Out the Soldiers of the Cross Fund, by Pr. Rossow

In the comments on his post yesterday, Joshua Scheer mentioned the need for a fund to support pastors in financial need. Today I noticed on the synod’s website a call for donations to the “Soldiers of the Cross” fund. It … Continue reading

Where have all the pulpits gone? By Rev. Joshua V. Scheer

No, this is not a commentary on modern church architecture. It’s about the pulpit shortage and its effects in the LCMS and the many things to watch out for. One of the worst effects is that there are pastors with … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: BJS Blog Welcomes Pastor Joshua Scheer to the Brothers Café

Pastor Joshua Scheer got our attention a few months ago with his study of the new ELCA offshoot, the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ). Josh is pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church of Bagley, Minnesota. Since Klemet Preus … Continue reading

News of ACELC Meeting in Kansas City, MO

Dear Friends, Today, November 12, 2010, 3 representatives of the ACELC Steering Committee met for 5 hours with 1st Vice-President Herb Mueller and District Presidents Russ Sommerfeld and Ray Mirly. During that time we had some very frank, but cordial, … Continue reading

FIRST THINGS Goes to College, By Martin R. Noland

I used to be an avid reader of and subscriber to “First Things” magazine.  Not because I agreed with the outlook of the editors or the stable of authors, but because they were interested in the same things I was … Continue reading

ALPB President Evaluates President Harrison’s Election, By Martin R. Noland

Moderates in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have not made much comment on the election of Matthew Harrison as President of the LCMS.  This is wise, since they did not expect his election and their political plans for the future would … Continue reading

Is the Sermon on the Mt. Law or Gospel? I Say Law. by Pr. Rossow

I ask for your patience and understanding for the lack of posts in the last few days. There as been a confluence of circumstances leading to this. First, I have had a very busy travel schedule recently with my trip … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel – Two Different Approaches to the Future of the LCMS: Recap, Photos and Audio of BJS Joint Chapter Gathering in Naperville

On Saturday, October 23, two Chicago area chapters of The Brothers of John the Steadfast got together for a manly breakfast and a manly discussion of the future of the LCMS. Fifty-one people from five different churches were in attendance, … Continue reading

“Green Bean Casserole” (Tune: “Old Time Rock and Roll”; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

BJS reader Dutch has requested a parody on potlucks. So, here ya go! The latest from the wag tailoring the doggerel . . . GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE Tune: “Old Time Rock and Roll” Just put those old roasters in a … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. Radio: All Saints’ Programming

Dear Issues, Etc. Listener, In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John recalls seeing the white-robed multitude of saints. This is how they are described: “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and … Continue reading