President Harrison Demonstrates Creativity and Unity in the “Raabe-Mission War Room,” by Pr. Rossow

Al Colver has a very informative and inspiring post over on his blog ABC3’s of Miscellany about President Harrison’s new, creative and unifying approach to LCMS missions. I encourage you to read the entire post but here is a summary. Dr. Paul Raabe from … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. Radio: 3 Year Anniversary

Dear Issues, Etc. Listener: In the name of Jesus, greetings. Our listeners keep Issues, Etc. on the air. We believe this more and more every day. June 30, 2011, marks the three-year anniversary of our return to radio, the Internet, … Continue reading

What Happens when you Nail a Panda to a Cross? by Pr. Rossow

What happens when you nail a panda to a cross? Does it squeal? Does it bleed? Certainly not – those cute little lovable bears should never be put on a cross and certainly not made to suffer. As I was … Continue reading

Comment on the LCMS Youth Gathering

This comment came in on an ancient (March 6th, 2010) post of ours, LCMS Youth Gathering Praise Music Now Comes with a Theological Disclaimer. The commenter was someone who attended the conference as a chaperone. To gain context for the … Continue reading

Taking Up the Holy Cross, by Pastor Martin Noland

Sermon based on the text: Matthew 10:34-42 [2nd Sunday after Pentecost] for June 26, 2011: In our Gospel lesson this morning, Jesus talks about something that separates the mere church-goer from the true believer in Christ.  I am warning you … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Confession, the Church’s Confession – Celebrating the Augsburg Confession

Today (at least out here in the Mountain Time Zone) it is still June 25th, the 481st anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. Some thoughts on Augsburg:  (please add your own) It is a testament to God using all people to … Continue reading

President Harrison’s “Little Book of Joy” now available through CPH

Several people have written comments on this website and elsewhere, “Where can I order Little Book of Joy?” .. well, as found on Cyberbrethren, it is now available from CPH! I have it on good authority that “At Home in … Continue reading

Church Growth Conference at Redeemer, Fort Wayne – Not the way you think.

Ok, it’s just a play on words, the good folks at Redeemer are not going off the deep end into the error-laden world of church growth – they are focused on God’s created way for growth within the church (being … Continue reading

I always thought my church was pretty cool

but it’s not like we’re the Cool Lutheran Church pictured here. … Continue reading

President Harrison Demonstrating Sound Headship on Fiscal Issues, by Pr. Rossow

The Brothers of John the Steadfast supported the election of Matt Harrison to the presidency of the LCMS and with his early, difficult decisions on the budget, he is not disappointing. His special issue of the Lutheran Witness was direct and … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Confessional’s Bytes on “Six Day Creation?”

Another excellent book review found over on Confessional’s Bytes:   A controversy I regularly encounter amongst Christians is over a literal six day creation as recorded in the Old Testament book of Genesis. In Genesis chapter one verses one through … Continue reading

Issues Etc on Athanasian Creed

Found on Issues, Etc.: This week the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. Christians around the world will confess the ancient Athanasian Creed. Is the doctrine of the Trinity essential to the Christian faith? What does it mean to worship “One God … Continue reading

Steadfast Lutherans Hacked / COMMENTING ENABLED

My hosting company determined that there was a hack of this site, and found that the file that submits comments is the cause of the problem. Evidently the current version of WordPress has a hole in it that allows people … Continue reading

Great stuff Found on the Web — Straight Schlueter on Pray for the Candidates

Found over on the Straight Schlueter blog:   I am not sure that this is widely known, but just as was the case a year ago, there are seminary graduates and candidates for placement who are still waiting to receive … Continue reading

A woman runs for President, is it Lutheran? With POLL. UPDATED

[poll id=”5″] I heard on my local talk radio tonight that Michelle Bachmann will be running for President this time around.  Sarah Palin will also probably throw her head-covering in the ring as well.  Bachmann was at one point an … Continue reading

The Ever-Diminishing “Moderate” Minority in the LCMS, By Martin R. Noland

I have being wondering what the LCMS moderates have been thinking since the election of President Matthew Harrison and his fellow conservatives in 2010.  Occasional forays onto the public blog of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ( have evidenced more … Continue reading

New Rules for Synodical Conventions by the LCA

Some folks have been wondering how the last LCMS convention changed elections, nominations, floor committees, and other convention procedures. Dr. Martin R. Noland recently published an article in “Lutheran Clarion,” (PDF) published by the Lutheran Concerns Association, that addresses these … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study available in July

Found on Reporter Online:   Each LCMS congregation will receive this summer a free copy of a new Bible study on the Synod’s threefold “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis, including a video version on DVD. The mid-July mailing, funded by … Continue reading

Law based Evangelism and “Missional Righteousness”

In my recent post about Rev. Curtis’ papers bringing election into the evangelism discussion there were many lively comments.  I also noticed in Rev. Rossow’s recent post that some accusations were being thrown around that his congregation wasn’t doing enough … Continue reading

Parish Newsletter: Reliability of the Scriptures by Pastor Karl Weber

This is a newsletter article written by Pastor Karl Weber, author of our posts on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If you have written an article for your parish newsletter that you think might be useful to a wider audience, … Continue reading

Who Says Confessional Lutherans Don’t Have Vision? by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday the voters assembly of Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois, the home of the Brothers of John the Steadfast, voted to call a third pastor and also voted to conduct a capital campaign this fall to raise … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (A sermon on Acts, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the … Continue reading

Dare to Read — Like a Lutheran. The Essential Lutheran Library

Found on Cyberbrethren and here — an ad that CPH is putting on Higher Things that might be useable on your own blogs across the web. Link it to if you do make use of this image. … Continue reading

Where is the Love? Introducing Innovation and Breaking Uniformity

I just finished re-reading one of my favorite papers on liturgy and indifferent matters written by our now Synod President.  It can be found here: // What is striking about this paper is that it points out how we have … Continue reading

Concordia Theological Seminary awards Miles Christe Award to Walter Dissen

While attending the recent commencement ceremony Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne I was privileged to see the seminary give Mr. Walter Dissen its Miles Christe Award. Many of you may not know this faithful layman who has served the … Continue reading