Lutheran Witness — Worship for the Weary

Here is yet another excellent article found on Lutheran Witness The View from Here written by Rev Tim Pauls. You can subscribe to the Lutheran Witness here. You can also follow LW on facebook here.   Worship for the Weary … Continue reading

Pastors are Examples to the Flock

One of the recurring themes in the recent discussions about the LC–MS “Specific Ministry Pastor” (hereafter SMP) program is the matter of a pastor being an example to his flock.  Discussions held on the BJS website about SMP can be … Continue reading

President’s Think Tank on Campus Ministry & 2013 National Campus Ministry Conference Plans

Pastor Marcus Zill posted this on facebook on January 7th. There have been several comments on BJS asking “what happened at the think tank”, and Pastor Zill posted a link to this facebook posting. For those who aren’t friends of … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 4

Beloved,  Our text for Sunday’s sermon is St. Mark 1:21-28. Blessings, Pr. Sikora Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from … Continue reading

Tell the Good News About Jesus. Wyoming District being “missional”

Every year clergy and laity from Wyoming (and some from other districts as well) converge on Casper, Wyoming to hear speakers on topics of Evangelism.  Yes, confessionals from a confessional district learning about Evangelism.  This year I had the opportunity … Continue reading

Justification Central to Lutheran Hymnody

My parents did not teach my siblings and me to be hymn-Nazis. Rather, they simply taught us good hymns and good theology, and they encouraged us to keep singing good hymns and to read good theology. So for my first … Continue reading

Don’t Forget about Our “No Pietists Allowed” Blogs – A Quaint Story about London just Recorded There, by Pr. Rossow

About once a month we get a reader dropping a post onto one of our No Pietists Allowed blogs. This afternoon a pastor from Milwaukee posted the following. When I was visiting Westminster Abby in 1996, a docent approached me … Continue reading

To Exempt District Campus Congregations From Sale

WHEREAS the Pacific Southwest District Board of Directors at its January 2012 meeting decided to place all 17 real estate holdings of the district up for sale in the hope of offsetting a $6 million real estate debt, and WHEREAS … Continue reading

A New Preus Blogging on BJS and Other Improvements, by Pr. Rossow

The Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS) started a few years ago with Klemet Preus on our blog roll and now we are pleased to add a fresh, new, young Preus to our Brother’s Cafe. Andrew Preus, nephew of Klemet, a student at St. Catherine’s … Continue reading

Choir at 2012 BJS International Conference

Liturgy Solutions just posted a copy of the Introit that will be sung at the conference Divine Service. Let Cantor Magness know if you’d like to participate in the choir this year. And let your choir director know about this … Continue reading

The Blessings of Weekly Communion

My church has “forever” had communion every Sunday, but at alternate services. Early service for the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and late service for the 2nd and 4th Sundays. So people who wanted every-Sunday communion could do it by simply … Continue reading

Another faithful Chapel sacrificed to District finances?

NOTE:  This has been shared on Facebook by people who attend congregations of the PSW District.  I have talked to the PSW office and ULC has the “potential” of being sold, but that there are a number of properties that … Continue reading

The Best Fifteen Minutes of Theology I have ever Read, Heard or Seen – Fisk’s Critique of the Anti-Religion Guy, by Pr. Rossow

In case you are one of the 13 people who hasn’t seen it yet I thought I would encourage you to view one of the recent editions of Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s Worldview Everlasting videos. I have been privileged to listen … Continue reading

SMP Program is “Mega-Death” for Lutheran Congregations

Because of comments and additional information received by email, the post has been completely revised.   I did the best research I could on the basis of published sources, but it looks like the published sources are not what is actually … Continue reading

To Restore a Biblical Pastoral Office in the LCMS

Whereas, the “Specific Ministry Pastor” (hereafter SMP) program was adopted in 2007 with the claim that it would produce “church planters and missionaries” (2007 Convention Proceedings, p. 133); and Whereas, the SMP program to-date has produced few “church planters” or … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 3

Beloved, This week’s sermon lends itself to Life-Sunday. I pray it is a blessing for you. Pr. Sikora   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our … Continue reading

“Net Growth” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Mark 1:14-20)

“Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20) Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking … Continue reading

The divided house of Missouri – in the same week the sems divided over SMP.

I am not sure how a schizophrenic can “walk together” but this past week has been interesting.  On the one hand, Pr. Rossow reported the strong words of CTS President Rast concerning the SMP and residential seminary education.  In the … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Megadeth bassist studying for Lutheran ordination at Concordia” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a story in the January 19 edition (written by reporter Tim Townsend) about David Ellefson, a student in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. I’ll post some excerpts below, but go … Continue reading

Fort Wayne President Rast’s Bold Statement about the SMP Program and other Interesting Notes from the Symposia, by Pr. Rossow

There was a critical exchange at the Ft. Wayne Symposia yesterday afternoon. After President Larry Rast’s presentation on the theological formation of pastors after the age of Google, a pastor went to the microphone and asked President Rast to “prophecy.” What … Continue reading

University Lutheran Chapel and the Law of Love

For at least twenty years I have been puzzled about the place, or function, of ecclesiastical law (i.e., synodical constitution and bylaws) in the theology of the Lutheran church.  When there has been controversy in the church in which ecclesiastical … Continue reading

If You Liked the Symposia You’ll Love The BJS Conference, by Pr. Rossow

Two of the Three BJS Speakers Spoke at the Ft. Wayne Symposia! Pictured here are Rev. Jonathan Fisk and Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller. They each presented exegetical papers at Ft. Wayne this week and each is being featured at the BJS … Continue reading

Cyberbrethren on Return to the Lord

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Avoid “Life Righteousness” this Sunday!

This Sunday is actually going to be the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which has in recent history become an occasion for some congregations to have “Life Sunday” or “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” on the Sunday nearest to Jan … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 2

Beloved, John 1:43-51 serves as our text for the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Blessings, Pr. Sikora   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our text for … Continue reading