Great Stuff — ULC (MN) Final Services and Thoughts

Posted by Pastor Marcus Zill on facebook:   In case you haven’t seen all of it yet, the following page contains a lot of great links to everything (pics, video, bulletin, sermon) related to the closing service at ULC in … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Are Lutherans Like Catholics? Yes, and No. Read this interview.

Found on Cyberbrethren:   Concordia Publishing House recently published the translation of an excellent book that documents how much of traditional church practice was retained during the Lutheran Reformation. Lutherans, unlike Calvinists, did not set out to tear down and … Continue reading

The Need For “Understanding” To Precede Criticism

I learned a lesson in humility from a book that I recently read. In the book the authors, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, speak about criticism and making judgments on books as well as other people’s opinions. The authors … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Blood, Death, and Jesus All in a Day’s Word

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 (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 5th chapter (Mark 5:21-43).   … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Pick from the Archives

A Pick from the Archives This week’s pick is from the pre-cancelation days of Issues, Etc. and it’s a Sunday night national show on campus ministry with Pr. Marcus Zill. Pr. Zill discusses the challenges of campus ministry from the … Continue reading

Law and Gospel: One Small Step Toward Unity?

I spent a week’s vacation last week with my family behind the “Cheddar Curtain” in Wisconsin, as well as in southeast Minnesota. Though I was riddled with lower back pain and sciatica, it was a restful week spent reading the … Continue reading

Contrary To What You Think, Legalists Do Not Have A High View Of The Law

Several years ago I received the criticism from some parishioners (former now), that I was preaching and teaching with a low view of the Law. The criticism was that I was weak on the Law and too heavy on the … Continue reading

A Primer on the Problem of Evil

One of the more frequent objections to Christianity is the problem of evil. Typically it’s phrased the following way: “If a good and loving God exists, why is does evil exist (i.e. the Holocaust and the terror attacks of September … Continue reading

ULC Final Divine Service and Closing Service

Note: Special thanks to Norm Fisher, BJS tech guru for making this post possible.  The artful summary video set to Psalm 48 is thanks to the work of Peter Wagner, one of ULC’s students. The final three videos come from … Continue reading

Becoming Steadfast: Politics and the Lutheran Reformation (Part 1)

In his sermon given at the funeral of Duke John of Electoral Saxony (John the Steadfast), Martin Luther stated, “a prince is also a human being and always has ten devils around him where another man has only one, so … Continue reading

Who can discuss the LCMS?

Recently the topic of whether someone from outside of the LCMS can discuss or be critical of the LCMS came up on a discussion here at BJS.  I have heard this “defense” of the LCMS before.  Here is my answer … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Devil and ULC

Found on Pastor Fiene’s The High Midlife:   This is the sanctuary of University Lutheran Chapel. This is the place where the Bridegroom cleansed and sanctified His bride.  This is the place where the Lamb of God took away the … Continue reading

Forgotten Lutheran Classics

I am an incurable bibliophile. Yes, I am even a member of a Facebook group about book smelling. The smell of a book, whether a newly published paperback or a musty tome, makes me almost euphoric. In my theological library … Continue reading

The Evangelical Lutheran Church- Doctrine and Practice (Part 1)

One of the first district pastors’ conferences that I ever attended, and certainly one that I will always remember, was in the late 80s in Omaha, Nebraska. There was much buzz about this specific conference because of the main presenter, … Continue reading

Brick and Mortar Proclaim Gospel

Rev. Dr. Robert Holst, President Emeritus of Concordia University St. Paul, expressed his belief that for too long he viewed the church as simply people and not brick and mortar. Holst expressed his thoughts at a Board of Regent Meeting … Continue reading

Heaven Is For Real: Book Review

Have you read this new book by Todd Burpo? This book tells the story of his son who died and went to heaven. I have personally not read this book,  but sat in a class several weeks ago at Concordia … Continue reading

Steadfast AFLC — AFLC 101

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) last week celebrated their 50th Anniversary. This is the church body to which I belong.  Some people when they see the acronym, AFLC, think of that duck from that insurance company.  That’s AFLAC.  … Continue reading

Great Stuff found on the Web — Clergy Confidential

Found on Four and Twenty Blackbirds:   Congratulations, my dear pastors-elect! Squarely in possession of that first set of call docs to Anywhere Lutheran Church, you are one pair of quasi-episcopal hands away from joining the ranks of the clergy. … Continue reading

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Sermon for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, on Luke 1:57-80, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80) Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! “What?” you say, “What did he say?” I said, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! You heard me right. If we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25, then six months … Continue reading

A Pastor’s Resignation Letter – A Warning for the LCMS, by Pr. Rossow

Below is a letter of resignation from a pastor in the LCMS. It came our way and we feel it is important news for our readers and a helpful warning for us all. By publishing this letter we are not endorsing … Continue reading

When God Attacks Your Theology

The following is a sermon from one of my friends and mentors, Pastor Rick Bridston.  The sermon was delivered as the 2010 Commencement Address for Lutheran Brethren Seminary. I hope you enjoy, Pastor Richard ===================== In 1973, the same year … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — A Video Pick

A Video Pick This weeks’ pick comes from the Vimeo channel of Faith Lutheran Church in Capistrano Beach, CA. It is the first of a six part series entitled “A Brief History of Lutheran Pietism” by Dr. Daniel van Voorhis … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Our Connection to the Ancient Church

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Monday, June 25, 2012 is the 482nd Anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession before the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, at the Diet (meeting) of Augsburg on June 25, 1530. … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev Tony Sikora — Look You have No Arms!

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 4th (Mark 4:35-41) chapter.   Beloved in … Continue reading

Harrison and other leaders sign “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison is one of 25 religious leaders who have signed an “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” in protest of the recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate restricting religious liberty. Other Lutheran signatories are WELS President Mark Schroeder, … Continue reading