Some Preparatory thoughts for Preaching on the Ascension.

This was posted on the pericope list that I help manage; it gives some thoughts on Ascension and what it means to us. I thought it interesting background for the laity as hopefully you find your way to your church … Continue reading

Question from a Reader — LCFS and Illinois Law

This question came in from a reader: You (BJS) covered this issue a while back (comment # 167 and following on this thread). Particularly there was an article in the Chicago Tribune in which both the president of LCFS and … Continue reading

Northern Illinois District President Declines Invitation to Pray, by Pr. Rossow

Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert declined an invitation to lead a prayer for the visit of Thuringian President and woman clergy Pastor Kristene Lieberknecht to Concordia University, Chicago last week. We reported our concerns about this Lutheran Laymans League … Continue reading

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 17)

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31) “Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the … Continue reading

New Walther Film coming to your Church in September

Thanks to Kari Anderson who found this on Facebook. It says that Concordia Seminary will distribute this film on Walther to each LCMS church in September 2011. That’s coming soon! I hope a lot of churches will show it, so … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — 1856 Ordination Rite Translation

Found posted a few days ago on Logia. It’s interesting reading through the Ordination Service from the last century.   Translator’s Note: The text below is a translation of the German Church-Agenda for the Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod of Missouri, … Continue reading

Comfort and Praise for Rural Pastors, the two types of growth.

Many times at conferences and conventions certain congregations and pastors are paraded forward as fine examples for the rest of us to emulate.  I remember such a presentation at the 2010 Synod Convention.  I have heard other pastors remark about … Continue reading

Tuesdays with Norman (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

About a decade ago, there was a bestselling book called “Tuesdays with Morrie.” I haven’t read the book, but from what I know, it’s the story of a man who goes to visit his old professor from college and discovers … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — CHI on Celebrating the Walther Centennial … 1911

I found a link to this post on the CHI blog on the facebook group C.F.W. Walther – 200th Birthday posted by Warren Schmidt. With the 200th anniversary of Walther’s birth coming up (October 25, 1811), Warren is posting various … Continue reading

Lutheranism in the local paper

Well, my local paper, at least. I was interviewed by a reporter for the Washington Examiner for their “Credo” section. Each Sunday, a different local is interviewed and asked about their faith and life. If you’re interested, here’s my interview. … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these … Continue reading

Congratulations to Dr. Larry Rast, president-elect of CTSFW

I’m just seeing the announcement on the Concordia Theological Seminary web site. We’ll update with details. The entire slate of candidates was fantastic so we knew that whoever we got would be great. But it still must be said that … Continue reading

Small Group Addiction – Exactly what is the Connection? by Pr. Rossow

In the last few months I have heard two different stories of folks thinking about moving from a Church Growth parish to a confessional one. What was the reason they could not make the switch? In  both cases they could not … Continue reading

The Magdeburg Conference

I’ve added this to the Lutheran Calendar; to add the calendar to your website by adding an RSS widget and using URL for the link.     The city of Magdeburg, Germany received a new pastor: Martin Luther. By Luther’s … Continue reading

Update on Minnesota Chapel – No Report Yet from the Board’s Executive Session, by Pr. Rossow

Thank you to BJS reader Matt Mills for finding this information and posting it on our last story about the proposed selling of the University Chapel facility at the University of Minnesota. Pastor Kind posted the following at the Save … Continue reading

Best work on “Evangelism” in a long while – are you a functional Arminian?

Rev. Heath Curtis has rendered a great service to the Church.  He has published his papers and audio recordings from his presentation to a pastor’s conference in Indiana. Here is the link to his Gottesdienst Online post:   I … Continue reading

Announcement of CTSFW President-Elect Available Via the Internet

FORT WAYNE, IN (CTS)—On Saturday, May 21 Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, will introduce their new president. He will be the 17th president of the institution which was founded in 1846. The announcement will take place at 11:00 a.m. … Continue reading

Question of the Wine and of the Cup

Pastor John Frahm sent this out to several people; we at BJS thought it a good reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. These are concerns in the church in 1933. QUESTION OF THE WINE AND OF THE … Continue reading

Podcast now available for TableTalkRadio — Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?

As a followup to TableTalkRadio — Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?, the show has taken place and is available on their website here. I’ve also included it below for your listening pleasure. Debate with Dr. David Scaer of Concordia … Continue reading

“Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the Witch of LCMS Liberalism, or at Least it is on Life Support, by Pr. Rossow

The DayStar Journal, a publication of disgruntled LCMS’ers who reject Scriptural truth,  is putting out a series of articles based on the premise that liberalism is dead in the LCMS, or at most, on life support with nothing but their … Continue reading

The Fruit of Doctrinal Indifference… a sad story.

I stumbled across this story on the ELCA and how the great turbulence after the 2009 Assembly has largely disappeared. Here is the link to the article in the Great Falls, MT newspaper: What saddened me most is a … Continue reading

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:42-47)

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47) During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Lutheran school thrives in E. St. Louis” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice story today (by reporter Elisa Crouch) about Unity Lutheran School in East St. Louis. This is a school supported by many of the congregations of the Southern Illinois District. I’ll post some excerpts … Continue reading

Open Communion and the Assassination of Souls UPDATED

Update: A fellow pastor helped raise attention to the original article on some points that I needed to make more clear – thanks to that brother. We Lutherans are really good at understanding Jesus’ clear words concerning His body and … Continue reading

From Cyberbrethren: Take CPH’s Technology Survey For a Chance to Win a Free Kindle

Found on Cyberbrethren, here’s a way to help CPH by taking their latest technology survey! Just click here to take the survey. Concordia Publishing House is very interested in how you use digital technology, both in your personal life and … Continue reading