The LCMS goes to Indonesia (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The LCMS goes to Indonesia By Pastor Charles Henrickson Last time I told you about the Luther Academy conference I taught in Medan, Indonesia, March 12-16. (See my post from April 24, “The LCMS goes to Indonesia.”) Today I’ll tell … Continue reading

My Journey Into Confessional Lutheranism (Part 2 of 2)

In part one of this two part series, I shared my theological history as well as the events leading up to my epistemological crisis. In part two, I would like to focus more specifically on some of the profound shifts … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — The Good Shepherd Loves His Sheep

Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia.  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 10th ( John 10: 11-18) chapter.   Beloved in the Lord, “All we like sheep have gone astray.  We’ve turned every one to … Continue reading

Steadfast at Home

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Luther’s introduction to the Chief Articles in the Small Catechism: “As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.” As important and necessary as the weekly … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Fourth Commandment, Part 2

Pastor Schmidt shared with us an article in his April newsletter, where he discussed the 4th commandment and the relationship between parents and children. He said that he would include tips in his May newsletter regarding sharing your faith with … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Pastoral Meanderings on Glorifying the Practical…

Another great post found on Pastoral Meanderings:   Many believe that Christianity is largely theoretical and not very practical — unless you are just about to die, of course.  It seems to me that there is some truth to this.  … Continue reading

Higher Things — Answering the Knock

Many of you may think that Higher Things is a great organization, but it’s oriented towards the youth so you don’t necessarily keep up with their publications. In case you missed it, their Spring 2012 issue was dedicated to Apologetics. … Continue reading

The Small Catechism: The Christian’s Book for Life

  What comes to mind when you hear the word “catechism?” You might think of a book of question and answers, a textbook for learning the Christian faith.  The word might make you think of a classroom setting and being … Continue reading

Steadfast Dads — Discipline

When I was a young man I knew everything there is to know about how to discipline children.  I watched others and noted what they did that was wrong.  I resolved what I would do if and when I had … Continue reading

St. Mark, Evangelist and Apologist

Wednesday was the feast day of St. Mark. His Gospel is often symbolized as the winged lion for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah whom he proclaims. He lives up to his title, evangelist. He is the good news … Continue reading

The Witness of Prayer

We at BJS accept submissions from our readers. Pastor Michael Mohr submitted this — an article he wrote for his church’s April newsletter. To submit an article to us, click here.   This article was in our April 2012 newsletter. … Continue reading

Wisdom from Marilee, by Pr. Rossow

Over on the post about the Divine Service at Christ Lutheran, Stevensville, Michigan, a BJS commenter named Marilee offered the following which deserves a wider hearing. As a returning Lutheran (away for way too long) I expected to come back … Continue reading

ULMA Spring 2012 Meeting Report

Commission members from Redeemer – St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Pilgrim – Decatur, Illinois, along with Pr. Brock Abbott from Pilgrim, attended the spring General Meeting of the United Lutheran Mission Association (ULMA). They were joined by commission members and … Continue reading

40 Days Of What? Planned Parenthood Has 40 Days Of Prayer.

According to Life News Dot Com, there was a recent Pro-Life 40 Days for Life campaign that resulted in saving the lives of more than 700 unborn children from abortion. Apparently a local Planned Parenthood business in California is doing something similar … Continue reading

ACELC — How Can Unity Be Found?

From the ACELC Board of Directors: How do we establish unity within The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod? Thus far the use of synodical resolutions passed at our national conventions hasn’t worked very well. In the  recent past we were … Continue reading

“The Importance of Faithful Laymen”, #9 in Spiritual Headship by Pr. Mark H. Hein

(This is the next post in our regular column “Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home” Pastor Hein’s articles on BJS can be found here.) With this installment, our series on “Spiritual Headship in the Church” comes to a close. … Continue reading

Church Fellowship – in Story Format

So who wants to talk church fellowship? (Sure, leave it to the WELS pastor to open up this can o’ worms.) This will all seem terribly simplistic, I realize. And it is. But we might as well start somewhere. Back … Continue reading

My Journey Into Confessional Lutheranism (Part 1 of 2)

Church of the Lutheran Brethren? Chances are you haven’t heard of this small denomination. However, for me it has been all that I’ve known since infancy. This denomination was founded in 1900 as five independent Lutheran congregations met in Wisconsin … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — A Lutheran Manifesto

Found on Pastor Hans Fiene’s blog, The High Midlife. We’ve posted several articles from his blog previously, and highly recommend it as part of your regular reading.   I am a soldier in the worship wars.  Though I’ve only been … Continue reading

They had a Real, Live Introit! How Church Should be When you are on Vacation – Christ Lutheran, Stevensville, MI, by Pr. Rossow

We all know the feeling of liturgical dread. You are on the road. You aren’t sure about the local churches. You drive into the parking lot of a local parish wondering if you will be able to worship God according … Continue reading

The Luther Academy goes to Indonesia (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The Luther Academy goes to Indonesia By Pastor Charles Henrickson On March 8, Luther Academy Executive Director Daniel Preus and I boarded a plane and flew–and flew and flew–halfway around the world to Indonesia, from St. Louis to Minneapolis to … Continue reading

Encouragement for Pastors, “a little while”

While doing my prep work for this Sunday’s sermon, I ran across a quote which was very fitting for many men who serve in the Office of the Ministry.  From Luther’s House Postils (volume six of the “Complete Sermons of … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Easter 3

Luke 24:36-49 Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Beloved in the Lord, It’s been a long weekend. Death has come. Death came for Jesus it will come for us, so think the apostles. It’s been a long weekend … Continue reading

The Evangelical Lutheran Church — True to Our Identity

 It is not easy to be a Lutheran.  At times we seem to have no identity of our own.  While Roman Catholics see us as just another type of  Protestantism, Protestants look at us as watered down Romanists.  Lutheranism is … Continue reading

Pastoral Meanderings — A dirty little secret…

Another excellent post by Pastor Peters over on Pastoral Meanderings. I don’t know about other Pastor’s experiences in pre-marital counselling, but the pastor in our church says when he started in the ministry he would see 1 in 10 people … Continue reading