Lutheran Public Radio — Sacred Music

Dear Issues, Etc. listener, Pentecost greetings to you! The reformer Martin Luther had this to say about the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and music: The Holy Ghost himself honors music as an instrument for his proper work when in the Holy … Continue reading

Seismic Apologetics

Matthew 27:45-54 45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My … Continue reading

What Happens When You Have a Confessional Speaker at a District Sponsored Stewardship Conference the First Week of Summer? by Pr. Rossow

What happens is you get a great turnout. Confessional guys are just as hungry for good conferences as the Church Growth boys but they just rarely get a docket that is worth their time. The Northern Illinois District (NID) is putting on … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — When Piety is Not Enough

  In the Name of the Father and of the X Son and of the Holy Spirit.   AMEN! John 3:1-17   Beloved in the Lord, Pious Nicodemus comes to our Lord by night.  The world is dark and the hearts of men are darker.  Hearing … Continue reading

Steadfast proclamation: Giving the goods of the cross

In the season of Pentecost we meditate on the giving of the Holy Spirit, that is, the giving of the benefits of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Dr. Martin Luther, of blessed and holy memory, asserts the benefit of the … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week

The Internet is all about being relevant, right? In the past week or so there have been a couple posts on classical education, and this week’s Steadfast Media pick is a recent segment of Issues, Etc. on the same subject. Pr. Heath Curtis and Jocelyn Benson explain what classical education is, its history, how it differs from modern educational models.

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Great Stuff — Fascist roots of the Church Growth Movement

Found over on Intrepid Lutherans:   “Yea, hath God said?” Gen. 3:1 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13 “Pilate said to Him, ‘What is truth?’” John 18:38 “…Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all … Continue reading

The Pastor’s Protection Against Aggressors In The Church

There have been many excellent books written for parishioners of abusive pastors and structures. Books like, “The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse,” are excellent in helping laypeople identify spiritually abusive churches and how to respond to these corrupt systems. While … Continue reading

Supporting resolutions for ULC stricken, “this” resolution is put to the MNS Convention. UPDATED

  The ongoing struggle over ULC, showing the deepening divisions in our Synod has a new document.  ULC has released a critical evaluation of the resolution that will be put before the Minnesota South District Convention (Resolution 5-01).  Keep in … Continue reading

A Public Apology from Paul McCain

It is important that I publicize an apology I recently made to the Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters for a comment I posted on the Brothers of John the Steadfast site on April 18, 2012. Here is my original comment, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — What to say when someone says, “The Bible Has Errors”

HT to Matthew Pancake for posting this on Facebook. He found it on the Resurgence:   Most people question the reliability of the Bible. You’ve probably been in a conversation with a friend or met someone in a coffee shop … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Pentecost Sunday

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. Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter (Acts … Continue reading

Unity in Worship

         There was a time in the not so distant past when one could step into any Lutheran church in the United States on Sunday morning and know what to expect: the familiar common order of service.  Now this is … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – The Divine Call

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive … Continue reading

Steadfast Chemnitz — The Enchirdion Part 1

Most, if not all Lutherans are introduced to the theological mastery of Martin Chemnitz by way of his confessional contributions as expressed in the Epitome and Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord. Sadly, however, these documents are, for some, … Continue reading

Will You Be My BFF? Why The Friendship Factor Isn’t Enough For Church Assimilation.

There is a concept called the ‘Friendship Factor.’ The Friendship Factor says that some 70-90% of people who join a church join primarily for the reason of friendship. The power of friendship and kinship tends to be a primary reason … Continue reading

ULC Legal Claims Documents

  Some new documents have put out by ULC in their cause to save their facility from being destroyed by the MNS District’s stewardship and ministry decision to sell the property to a developer.  From ULC: A new document is … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Curse of Broadmindedness

Found on facebook, a link posted by Ken Kelly, on :   The following is from the Roman Catholic Archbisop Sheen from the 1950’s. We may reject his definition of the one true Church and other the addittional Roman heterodoxy … Continue reading

Memorial Day — A good day to read Luther’s view on soldiers.

Memorial Day is a good day.  It is a day when we remember those who have fought and died for our country.  Really it is a day when we remember how God preserves and maintains peace, through the sword, and … Continue reading

What’s Wrong With The Ideology Of, “Truth If Possible, Peace At All Costs?”

For many years I held to the idea that a healthy church is a loving church. All sorts of love, happiness, warmth, and smiles in a church must make it real and it certainly must make it healthy. As a … Continue reading

Great Stuff — A Foolish Model For Ministry

Another great post by Pastor Anthony R. Voltattorni over on We are All Beggars:   “It truly does sound preposterous, that the Christian church should be established in this way, founded by poor beggars and their offensive preaching of the … Continue reading

“Male and Female He Created Them” — Brief Thoughts on the Gender Debate

I admit it: I listen to NPR. Every day, any night I’m driving, my radio dial is turned to the local station for news, music, comedy, what have you. It has been twenty or so years of a love-hate relationship. … Continue reading

Wittenberg Academy: Classical Lutheran High School for the World

Introducing Wittenberg Academy – the world’s first online, Lutheran High School in the classical tradition: Listen to an interview with Head Teacher Mrs. Jocelyn Benson and Latin and Greek teacher Rev. H. R. Curtis on Issues, Etc., Monday, May … Continue reading

Mission Vision MNS: Supporting past and current actions of the MNS District

There is a political group in the Minnesota South District looking to continue the same policies and procedures that currently have one of their own congregations under an eviction notice.  The group is called Mission Vision MNS. Here is their … Continue reading

Sermon — Pastor Tony Sikora — It’s Been 50 Days!

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. Luke’s account of the Acts of the Apostles the second chapter (Acts … Continue reading