So this Church-Growther and this Liturgomaniac Walk into a Bar…; Micro Koinonia Project Coming to BJS, by Pr. Rossow

So this Church –Growther and this Liturgomaniac walk into a bar… Well, it isn’t quite like that but it is close. It’s not a joke, it’s not a bar and it’s not really a church-growther and a liturgomaniac but it … Continue reading

Justification is always the issue… Preaching

I know we have kind of beaten the horse a bit with this issue, but I don’t ever get bored with this.  Justification is always the issue.  So in this article, I would like to talk about how Objective Justification … Continue reading

The Conflict over the HHS Regulations — It Is Theological

Readers of this blog are, by now, familiar with the ongoing conflict between various churches and political factions over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hereafter HHS) regulations which would mandate that “all employers” provide contraceptives and abortifacients … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Lent 1

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 St. Mark’s gospel account the first chapter (Mark 1:9-15)   Beloved in the … Continue reading

News from the ACELC updated

From the ACELC Board of Directors:   Dear Friends, We just wanted to drop you a short note advising you that all of the 2012 Conference Sermons and the Table Talk sessions from our recently concluding Theological Conference have now … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Good things in small packages…

Found over on Pastoral Meanderings .. Pastor Peter’s blog:   Smallness is often under appreciated. I like it when the folks at my local branch remember my name and know who I am. I do not like it when I … Continue reading

Weedon goes to Saint Louis: Hamel’s loss is YOUR gain by Rev. Charles Lehmann

Every time the Verba are spoken by one of the Lord’s pastors over the bread and wine, heaven comes down to earth.  Angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven sing before the Lamb who was slain but is alive … Continue reading

Google Stats Point to the Sunset of Contemporary Worship? by Pr. Rossow

We can only hope so! We have argued long and hard here on BJS that Contemporary Worship is an aberrant expression of the highly Romantic and anti-establishment character of the 60’s/70’s generation. Even the church growthers have acknowledged that a more reverent and … Continue reading

Why didn’t this business model come with Church Growth?

On my recent trip out east for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference my family and I had the fine opportunity to eat at one of our favorite “eastern” restaurants, Steak n Shake.  At the second location my … Continue reading

Council of Presidents Unanimously Endorses President Harrison’s Statement on HHS Mandate, by Pr. Rossow

We are pleased to report that the Council of Presidents (all of the district presidents and the presidium of the LCMS) has unanimously endorsed the statement made by President Harrison a week ago Friday. It is good to see this sort … Continue reading

Steadfast ELS — Contending for the Faith

It is an honor to be asked to add the occasional ELS perspective to the Steadfast Lutherans. The ELS is the little “sister synod” of the Wisconsin Synod (WELS). The ELS consists of 132 member congregations in 19 states, for … Continue reading

Inquisition time–The ACELC Chairman of the Board

While I attended the 2nd annual Conference of the ACELC a few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with Rev. Clint Poppe, the chairman of the board for the ACELC.  I had the chance to ask him … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — It begins on paper

I’ve been graciously asked to bring a little bit of WELS history and an occasional WELS perspective to the Steadfast readers. I’m quite sure most of my brothers in the WELS would agree that I’m not exactly your stereotypical (or … Continue reading

Steadfast in School — In Praise of Vocational Education

We Lutherans speak a lot about vocation. In a nutshell, these are the various callings the Lord gives to each of His children to serve Him by serving one’s neighbor: one person might be at the same time a son, … Continue reading

(Approved) Sermon on Luke 12:13-21

I thought since I haven’t gotten around all week to posting anything new, I would post this.  It was approved by my advanced preaching professor, Dr. Torgerson (a fantastic teacher and preacher!), so I thought I would build up the … Continue reading

Inclusive Language Excludes God

Another excellent article from Pastor Peters on his blog Pastoral Meanderings:   I did not come up with that title.  I borrowed it from someone more creative.  But it is a powerful statement of the problem with most inclusive language.  … Continue reading

‘Can You Wear Checked Socks on Ash Wednesday?’ ‘Can You Eat a Leftover Paczki the Day After?’ Should a Waltherian Boy from Iowa Get Ashed and Other Questions of Christian Freedom. by Pastor Rossow

When I was getting dressed this morning I started to pull out a pair of subtly checked (black and gray) socks to wear and then the question hit me – can you wear checked socks on Ash Wednesday or should … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Thoughts on a Failed Resolution by Pr. William Weedon

by Pastor William Weedon on Weedon’s Blog:   My parish had sent up a sort of trial balloon at the District Convention. it more or less made it through floor committee. It was to encourage the parishes of our District … Continue reading

The HHS Regulations on Contraceptives and Abortifacients: We’ve Been Here Before!

On February 16th, ten representatives of U.S. church-bodies and synagogues, including President Harrison of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, gave testimony in a hearing before a U.S. House Committee. The hearing dealt with the impact of the recently proposed regulations of … Continue reading

Dr. Harrison Shares Lenten Greetings

Here are Lenten Greetings from our Synod President Dr. Matthew Harrison.   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 to have a pamphlet. If you … Continue reading

“I can’t tell you how thrilled and excited I am.”

At the same Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly of the ELCA, on February 18th, the following occurred:  “Minneapolis-area Lutherans Oppose Marriage Amendment”  and “Svennungsen is  new bishop of ELCA’s Minneapolis synod”  They go together hand-in-hand.  The former was legalized in the … Continue reading

Progress in externals… updated

I just had the chance to read through the Reporter article on the February 8th meeting between the ELCA and LCMS and their cooperation (Committee on Lutheran Cooperation).  The article can be found here. This article comes after seeing a … Continue reading

Intrepid Lutherans — Imposition of Ashes

I found this over on Intrepid Lutherans, the WELS blog. Here is a letter from a pastor talking the Imposition of Ashes at his church on Ash Wednesday   Dear Christian Friends, The Wednesday before the first Sunday in Lent … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Escape to Which Mountain

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 St. Mark’s gospel account the 9th chapter. (Mark 9:2-9)     Beloved in the … Continue reading

“It’s Déjà vu All Over Again”—Yogi Berra

I watched part of Rev. Matthew Harrison’s powerful witness to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding the HHS Decisions. One congressman in his peroration pointed out to the panel that not one of the clergy was a woman, … Continue reading