“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Child who Cries in Church Dies in Church

This was found on Pastor Philip Hoppe’s blog, Meditations of my Heart. Pastor Hoppe serves as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Kansas. Besides being a pastor, he is husband of one beautiful wife and father to five … Continue reading

Blessed Holy Week from President Harrison

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The HHS Mandate and the Cultural Divide

The religious freedom rallies all around the country this past week have reminded us all, once again, how our country is divided between “cultural conservatives” and “cultural liberals.”  For excellent reviews of those rallies and their news coverage, see Mollie … Continue reading

The Evangelical Lutheran Church — A No Guilt Zone.

This past week the University of Nebraska announced that a new men’s basketball coach had been hired. Tim Miles, formerly at Colorado State University, would replace the recently fired lovable looser, Doc Sadler.  With the NCAA basketball world deeply focused … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — What Would Things Look Like If Satan Took Over Sidney, Montana?

Found on Pastor Matt Richard’s blog, PM Notes. Pastor Richard has been the Senior Pastor of Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church of Sidney, Montana since 2008. Pastor Richards has various resources available on his blog, including his Lutheran Lexticon,  Articles and … Continue reading

Just over 30 days to go and ULC is still conducting faithful ministry in their building.

I just received word that tonight the saints of ULC have joined for a momentous occasion in the life of the congregation as well as in the lives of six catechumens who are being examined in order to be confirmed … Continue reading

LCMS Congregation Becoming an ELCA Congregation

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, California, is changing denominational affiliations from the LCMS to the ELCA. Although Good Shepherd is Missouri Synod, the congregation doesn’t function like one, says Ron. Callers “need to know that we use the worship … Continue reading

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns? / My First Hymnal

I found this post on Pastor Christopher Amen’s blog, Babblings. We at BJS are thinking of starting a listing of books that are recommended reading for our readers; feel free to submit reviews or suggested books to us here.   … Continue reading

Steadfast Chemnitz — Introduction

When I was asked to write for brothers of John the Steadfast, at first I was reluctant. I’m a new pastor, less than a year in the ministry, and did not feel up to the task. But my friend who … Continue reading

Issues Etc. — Talk Radio for Holy Week

Dear Friend of Issues, Etc., Lenten greetings to you! We have produced a special church bulletin insert to be included for the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 1. The bulletin insert contains information about Issues, Etc.’s Holy Week programs and … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Short-Term Mission Trips

In a recent post here on BJS, a link to a video was displayed where a young guy with Fisk-like energy critiqued the phenomenon of “short-term mission trips.”  The video largely criticized the self-serving goal of some of those who … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Jesus is Going Where?  That’s Amazing!  But I’m Still Afraid.

  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 10th chapter (Mark 10:32-45).   Beloved in … Continue reading

Evangelical thoughts about Youth Ministry, somewhat useful for Lutherans.

Found the following post on churchleaders.com. While it’s not a Lutheran site, and there’s some things very wrong with it, the overall point is notable for Lutheran parents. A quote from the article: The 20-somethings who are serving, leading, and … Continue reading

A Video on Three Profound Topics: Mission Vacations, The Will of God and Chocolate, by Pr. Rossow

This video was passed on to me by one of our missionaries out in the field. If it moves you to support missions the right way you might think about sending money to Lutherans in Africa, LCMS world missions or … Continue reading

Steadfast On Campus — A Common Order

I couldn’t help but follow the discussion on BJS concerning the topic of worship wars titled “Every Sunday Pro-Choice Sunday?” (Who cares that it’s March Madness!—I’m becoming a BJS addict and I admit it.) This topic captivated me because of … Continue reading

An open letter to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Concerning Campus Ministry

The following is “An open letter to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Concerning Campus Ministry” written by a LCMS college student at the University of Tulsa. Phillip Fischaber, a member at Grace-Tulsa, is a representative of Lutheran Student Fellowship, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Three Words about Worship in the Lutheran Confessions

 I would like to spend a little time with three words mentioned by Pastor Martin Noland in his response (comment #32) to my previous post.  Thank you (and everyone) for your comments! In the Missouri Synod’s latest Rite of Ordination … Continue reading

Forty Days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!

Far from putting ULC in the place of Nineveh, this post is about the fact that ULC-Minneapolis has forty days left before they have to vacate their building.  I cannot believe that in our Synod I have to talk about … Continue reading

A Theological Coversation with Jesus: John 3

Since I haven’t posted in a while, here is a sermon I preached in chapel this morning.  The text is John 3:1-16, and once again it was supervised by Pastor Torgerson.  I can’t wait to be able to preach on … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together — District Convention Representation

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   With three district conventions down and 32 to go, delegate representation is a subject of considerable interest and conversation in the Synod. This blog provides an opportunity to address five frequently asked questions. Q: How has … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Men Love Darkness But God Loves Men (and Women and Children too!)

  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. John’s gospel account the 3rd chapter (John 3:14-21).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Theological Cataracts and Cholesterol

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

Seeking Sanctuary and Finding None…

One of those old words used for a church building was “sanctuary”.  This word means “sacred place” and has also been noted as a place of refuge, most notably in providing a safe haven for those who are being hounded … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — City Hall Opposition: A Response

While hanging rafters in a Chicago suburb seven years ago, I decided I would go to seminary to be a pastor in the LCMS. I never thought much of my work in my first call would be illegal. I serve … Continue reading