Fun with Collects – What Would Liberals and Church Growthers do with Lent 3A Collect? by Pr. Rossow

One of the things that struck me about the collect this last Sunday, for those of you doing the three years series, was the wonderful use of the word “steadfast.” (The cantor and I sometimes have contests to see how … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — President Harrison Quotes Wyneken on Unity

“Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison” is LCMS President Matthew Harrison’s personal blog. His latest post is a lengthy quote from LCMS President F.C.D. Wyneken, culled from the book “At Home in the House of My Fathers.” It talks about church … Continue reading

Avoiding Unnecesary Conflict in Congregations

Whenever a new pastor arrives at a parish, there is built-in change that just comes with the change in man.  Then there are the changes that happen because the man doesn’t know all of the traditions of the congregation that … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. 24

You saw it last year. Mark your calendar for this year! It’s back! Twenty-Four Hour Live Broadcast on Issues Etc. Begins Friday, April 8, 4:00pm Ends Saturday, April 9, 4:00pm (central time) 4pm: Dr. Ken Schurb on Acts 6pm: Dr. … Continue reading

Burkee reviews are in

A few months ago we discussed the publication of a book about Seminex. Reviews of that book are in. You should read all of Martin Noland’s take, but here’s the ending: I was disappointed by this book. Burkee makes an … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Dr. Naomichi Masaki Reflects on Japan Disaster

In the new video on the “Japan Disaster Relief” webpage, Dr. Naomichi Masaki, Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, who is a native of Japan, gives an update on current conditions of the Japan Lutheran Church, … Continue reading

ACELC Conference — The Divine Service and Daily Offices, by Rev. Rick Sawyer

The ACELC has posted all the papers from their recent conference here. We have reproduced the Rev. Rick Sawyer’s paper (#4 below) and welcome your comments. Please keep your comments on topic to this one paper. All papers can be … Continue reading

ULMA Spring 2011 Meeting Details

We posted the ULMA meeting on The Lutheran Calendar and here is a report after the fact: Commission members and pastors from Redeemer – St. Clair Shores, Michigan and Pilgrim – Decatur, Illinois attended the spring General Meeting of the … Continue reading

The One Part of the Liturgy that Keeps My Attention, by Pr. Rossow

One of the four pillars of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is upholding the traditional liturgy. To that end I offer these personal thoughts on the old sinful self’s tendency to sleep walk through the Divine Service. The one … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Future of Seminary Education

A new article on seminaries, their role in the church, and alternative routes to ordination has recently been published. “Is It Time to Write the Eulogy? The Future of Seminary Education” is authored by an Episcopalian, The Reverend Dr. Frederick … Continue reading

ACELC Conference — Communion, Unionism & Syncretism, by Rev. Brent Kuhlman

The ACELC has posted all the papers from their recent conference here. We have reproduced the Rev. Brent Kuhlman’s paper (#3 below) and welcome your comments. Please keep your comment on topic to this one paper. All papers can be … Continue reading

Can’t we just remove Illinois? Or maybe Iowa? LCMS, WELS, ELS

  A friend of mine in the ELS let me know a few weeks ago about a conference which deserves attention.  It is called the Emmaus Conference.  On May 5-6th this year in Tacoma, Washington the Presidents of the three … Continue reading

Constitution changes ratified

From the LCMS Reporter: Synod Secretary Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig announced March 17 that two amendments to the church body’s Constitution that were adopted by 2010 LCMS convention delegates have been ratified by the required two-thirds majority of Synod congregations … Continue reading

ACELC Conference — Ecclesiastical Supervision, by Rev. Dick Bolland

The ACELC has posted all the papers from their recent conference here. We have reproduced the Rev. Dick Bolland’s paper (#2 below) and welcome your comments. All papers can be reached at the following links: Introduction to the Conference – … Continue reading

News Release — ACELC Holds Convening Conference

On March 1-3, 2011, the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations met at Trinity Lutheran Church, Kearney, Missouri, for its Convening Conference. The 130 pastors and laymen in attendance heard an array of excellent speakers discussing the issues and errors … Continue reading

ACELC Conference — Introduction to the Conference, by Rev. Jim Gier

The ACELC has posted all the papers from their recent conference here. We have reproduced the introduction to the conference and welcome your comments. All papers can be reached at the following links: Introduction to the Conference – Rev. Jim … Continue reading

Pray the Litany through Lent — an updated printable version.

Thanks to a BJS reader for preparing a “pamphlet” form of the Litany previously published on this blog. You can download the Litany in pamphlet form here; print it double-sided to one 8.5×11 sheet you can fold in the middle … Continue reading

More Trouble at Our Concordias – Problematic View on Women, from Concordia Bronxville, by Pr. Rossow

Dr. Elizabeth Goodine, Professor of Religion from Concordia, New York, delivered a paper to the Minnesota South District Theological Convocation on the role of women in the church. It is essentially flawed with Gospel reductionism, in other words it reduces the … Continue reading

More Liturgical Inspiration/Instruction for Lent; This Time from WELS President Schroeder

(By The Rev. Dr. Timothy A. Rossow, Chairman of the Board and Editor for The Brothers of John the Steadfast) These are good days for confessional Lutheranism. The offices of president in both the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) and the … Continue reading

Urgent Message and Bulletin Insert on Japan Earthquake from President Harrison

One of the advantages of having a synod president who formerly served as the head of world relief is that the denomination will be able to spring into action effectively in the midst of global turmoil. Please view President Harrison’s … Continue reading

Care of souls? Say what?

The DOXOLOGY program is designed to help Lutheran pastors and the congregations they serve.  I am myself a “graduate” of the program and have nothing but good to say about it.  I went through the program in my first and … Continue reading

Want an Idea what those Goofy Church Growth Pastors in the LCMS are “Thinking?” Read This, by Pr. Rossow

There are plenty of examples out there of the silly stuff many of our LCMS pastors are reading and taking as the “gospel” for the new fangled church they keep trying to create. Here is an example from a rather … Continue reading

ULMA Spring Meeting March 19th

The next semi-annual general meeting of the United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA) will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 7:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time. It will be held in the Hamilton Room at: Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport Conference … Continue reading

COP adopts five regions for elections (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Newly posted at the Reporter at lcms.org is news of the Council of Presidents adopting a plan of five geographic regions for elections at the 2013 synodical convention. One thing that becomes immediately apparent from the map is that one … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together post on “Blessed Lent”

Posted today on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog is a “Blessed Lent” greeting by Pastor Harrison with a renewed call to the Church to pray the Litany during Lent: As Lent begins, Rev. Matthew Harrison invites us to join … Continue reading