Great Stuff Found on the Web — Christmas Eve With Lutheran Baptists

Thanks to a loyal BJS reader for pointing us to a new to us blog by the Fearsome Pirate .. Cruising Down the Coast of the High Barbaree. This post was put up a couple of days ago about his … Continue reading

Supper for Thirteen, Halos for Twelve

One of the big problems being tolerated in our Synod is a wide variety of practices in communion fellowship.  Some examples are blatant “open” communion, “real presence believer” communion, “agree to these five points” communion, and “I know I am … Continue reading

Upcoming Article in LOGIA Tells the Truth about “Contemporary Worship”

By Martin R. Noland I am privileged to work as one of a number of editors at “LOGIA:  A Journal of Lutheran Theology.”  As an editor, I see final proofs of the issues before they go to print and our … Continue reading

Question for our Readers – Decision Theology v.s. Affirmation of Faith

The following was submitted to me from a BJS reader about a concern at a church. We are opening up the question to other readers.     This is the last two or three minutes of the Christmas Eve Service … Continue reading

LCMS Ministerial Growth and Support Department Eliminated – “Good Riddance,” by Pr. Rossow

The December issue of the Reporter includes an insert in which the LCMS Department of Ministerial Growth and Support announces that due to the structural changes approved at the July synod convention, their department has been eliminated. To that, I … Continue reading

Video Sample of Authentic Worship #4 – Sign of the Cross Baptismal Remembrance and Taizé Song

(by Pastor Rossow) This series of posts is intended to do two things: 1) be instructive on how to do the liturgy and 2) demonstrate that the traditional liturgy is rich, varied, fresh, vibrant and creative. When done well, the traditional … Continue reading

A Christmas Wish (Prayer) List

A Wish List in no particular order: Men and women would consider the Word of God once again as authoritative and efficacious Preachers would remain preachers, and hearers remain hearers (stop the spiritual abuse) Pastors take the Word seriously which … Continue reading

Discover Again the Good News

This was written as a newsletter article by a pastor in Minnesota and distributed on the pericope list for use by other pastors or laity. According to the records, our area has never received so much snow in December—and all … Continue reading

White Horse Inn — A Christmas Sermon From Luther

Thanks to a loyal BJS reader Jim for bringing this to our attention; White Horse Inn posted this yesterday. Dad Rod Thursdays — A Christmas Sermon From Luther Once again we are featuring a treat for Christmas from Dr. Rosenbladt. … Continue reading

Helping Pastors All Year Long — the Augustana Ministerium

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4–5 … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Better Late than Never, by Wild Boar from the Forest

Pastor Lincoln Winter posted this over on his blog Wild Boar from the Forest, and it brought to mind the sermon that my pastor preached that helped me understand this. This particular pericope has bothered me for most of my … Continue reading

A Synod by Another Name…

In another article here on BJS someone commented that because of the mess with ELCA/NALC/LCMC we should change our name.  The frustration of the commenter is valid and as the alphabet soup of more liberal bodies expands, it is harder … Continue reading

More on the Little Old Ladies – Do the ELCA and the LCMS Teach the Same Thing About the Lord’s Supper? by Pr. Rossow

One of our readers asked a very good question over on the “Little Old Ladies Communion Post.” I thought it deserved its own post. Here is her question. PR, I have a question. Does the ELCA view the Lord’s Supper … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: BJS Chapter Monday Night Football Event Included a Toast in Thanks that We are not Baptists

(By Pastor Rossow) The Naperville, Illinois chapter of the  Brothers of John the Steadfast met for a Monday night football party. Attendance was stunted by a four inch snowfall right at rush hour but we still managed a good bunch … Continue reading

Video Sample of Authentic Lutheran Worship #3 – The Royal Highway Like You Have Never Seen

(by Rev. Tim Rossow) Authentic Lutheran worship is not the same as repristinating Lutheran worship. Lutheran hymnody can be presented and led in a variety of ways and still be authentically Lutheran. The attached video of “Prepare the Royal Highway” is from … Continue reading

More on President Harrison’s call to serve as assistant pastor

The Rev. Matthew Harrison wrote a note to District Presidents about his acceptance of the call to serve at Village Lutheran in Ladue. Here is the text of that note: From: Matthew Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Date: … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: Christmas Gift Idea — Registration for Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference in Feb, 2011

Looking for a Christmas gift for someone interested in a great time of fellowship with fellow brothers and sisters, rich liturgical worship, and some very good speakers? Consider the gift of a registration at the next Brothers of John the … Continue reading

Fellowship Recognized Between LCMS and SELC

The Rev. Albert Collver has the details. Here’s a brief excerpt: On 17 December 2010, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) approved the recognition of church fellowship between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran … Continue reading

The Communion Rail was Closed Today to Two Old Ladies, by Pr. Rossow

I was about to enter the sacristy to get robed up for our late service when an usher caught my attention. He told me that there were some folks who wanted to talk about taking communion. I asked him if … Continue reading

Harrison accepts call

The Rev. Matthew Harrison, LCMS president, announced this morning the acceptance of the call to serve as assistant pastor of Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri. Previously discussed here. Best wishes and prayers for all involved! … Continue reading

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

This is the seventh in an Advent sermon series on “The Seven Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” “O Emmanuel, Come” (Matthew 1:18-25) And now we come to the last of the seven O Antiphons, “O Emmanuel.” You see it there in your … Continue reading

Harrison requests public action on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

LCMS President Matthew Harrison has sent out an appeal asking pastors and other members of the LCMS to call members of Congress about legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” as well as speak with members of the congregation and … Continue reading

Ready for the 2013 convention?

The Synod’s Communications team has published a report on the latest board meeting. You can read the whole thing but here are a few highlights of board decisions: * St. Louis will be the location of the 2013 convention. The … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — LCMS Polls Pastors on Source of Information

Here is an article from the LCMS news department which confirms something all of our readers already knew. Survey: Internet becoming pastors’ main info source The article proves that the Internet is now the dominant medium for communications in the … Continue reading

NEWS – Possible New Lutheran Hour Speaker…

It came to my attention not long ago that The Lutheran Hour has extended a call to Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, the Senior Pastor of Woodbury Lutheran Church to be the next speaker (see here for proof). Dr. Nadasdy taught … Continue reading