Pastor, what Bible is good to use? NOT the NIV 2011

Often pastors get a question around Confirmation time or just whenever a Bible begins to wear out about what version of the Bible is best.  The last generation of translations (NKJV, NIV, NASB, and even the later ESV) all seemed … Continue reading

Steadfast in Society: On Suffering

There is nothing quite like the sweet stench of being reminded just how human you are! It is one thing to proclaim that we bare the cross loudly and proudly when there is no suffering anywhere to be found and … Continue reading

Is The Lord A Bush? Examining The Lutheran View Of Communion

Sometime ago I read the best explanation of the Lutheran’s view of Communion that I’ve ever encountered. It turns out that the illustration is one that was used by a 16th century reformer named Martin Chemnitz. I am unable to … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — On Campus

On Campus Here’s a great interview with Pr. Marcus Zill, Coordinator of Campus Ministry for the LCMS. Pr. Zill has advice for parents dropping off a child at college for the first time. He also discusses the need for the … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Cleansed to Walk by Faith

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 7th (Mark 7:14-23) chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Q and A on infant baptism

Another question came in using our “Ask a Pastor” button on the top of the sidebar. We are getting several questions coming in using that method, and we hope it helps other readers who may have similar questions. It’s also … Continue reading

Steadfast on Campus- A Few Surprises to Begin the Academic Year

It’s been a while since I’ve tapped the keys for Steadfast on Campus and I don’t even have a good excuse (like building a shed or something).  But here’s the low down:  Students and their families were EVERYWHERE just a … Continue reading

Harking Back: “That We May Grow”

My hometown newspaper has a frequent feature called “Harking Back.” The column is a look back at what was happening 5, 10, 20+ years before on that date. I’d like to steal the idea of “harking back” to a time … Continue reading

BJS Board Member Jonathan Fisk’s First Book to be Published by CPH, by Pr. Rossow

CPH executive editor Paul McCain has informed us that Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s first book is about to be released by CPH. You can see pre-order information here. Pastor Fisk is Associate Pastor here at Bethany Lutheran Church and School. All … Continue reading

Free Beer! Where?

Alright, you most likely got excited when you saw the title of this post. Yes, FREE BEER! The next logical question is, “Where?” I have to confess that the following audio segment from the most recent Great Exchange Episode does … Continue reading

Steadfast in Missions — Pr. Tom Chryst in Singapore

BJS has started a new column, “Steadfast in Missions”, which is intended to include news from the mission field. For this article we chose Pastor Tom Chryst’s initial newsletter as he prepares for a move to Singapore. We’ve excerpted some … Continue reading

Let’s Hear it for the Small Congregation!

Found at   By Rev. Matthew Harrison, President–The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Amid all the hype in the Lutheran Church —Missouri Synod over the last number of years about “growth,” some important facts about small congregations have been overlooked. In … Continue reading

The Relation of Luther’s Bondage of the Will to Christian Preaching

Martin Luther’s finest theological treatise, on The Bondage of the Will provides on opportunity presently for Lutherans to ask anew the question: “What happens when the tradition that bears his namesake ignores or misreads Luther’s most important defense of his … Continue reading

Great Stuff — What of Seelsorge?

Found on Pastor Peters blog, Pastoral Meanderings:   A million years ago when I was in seminary (beware of any sentence that begins thusly), there was much talk about seelsorge (care of the souls).  Indeed, the primary role and function … Continue reading

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Sermon on Mark 7:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tradition! Tradition!” (Mark 7:1-13) In the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” the lead character, Tevye, sings out, “Tradition! Tradition!” And then he explains: “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka we have … Continue reading

Lutherans in Africa seminar on Woman Pastors

Lutherans in Africa will be hosting a seminar in Zambia the 28-30th of August on the topic of Women Pastors. Currently they do NOT ordain when but are being pressured to do so. Crown of Life Lutheran Church has graciously … Continue reading

May, Wolfmueller and Fisk! Mark Your Calendars for the Next BJS Conference

“Lutherans In Africa, Out of Evangelicalism and in the LCMS” The weekend closest to Valentines Day is always special for Confessional Lutherans because it means the annual BJS shindig which includes authentic Lutheran worship, no pietists allowed parties, high cholesterol food … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Pro-Life Mask

Found on Pastor Fiene’s The High Midlife:   Todd Akin recently accomplished something that I had always considered impossible.  With his odd attempt to explain that abortion is not morally acceptable even if a woman has been raped, Rep. Akin … Continue reading

So, You Want to Grade a Sermon?

We thought to repost this list on BJS in hopes of generating some further discussion of what makes a good (or bad) sermon. The list was originally written by Charles Wiese and recently reposted on my blog, the First Premise. … Continue reading

Why We Are Not Declared Righteous By Christ Dwelling In Our Hearts

During the 16th Century a debate arose on the doctrine of justification. Andreas Osiander taught “…that a person is declared righteous by God because the divine nature of Christ takes up residence within his or her heart, and for that reason, … Continue reading

August Newsletter Article – Religious Voting?

Here is a newsletter article by Pastor Adam Moline of Immanuel and St John Lutheran Churches in Hankinson, ND. We welcome newsletter articles or other articles that may be of interest to our readers submitted to us for posting on … Continue reading

Do You Love Chicken? If So, You Must Be A “Hater”

As the controversy over Chick-fil-A continues, I have noticed something that has been reoccurring. Ad Hominem reasoning has been really active lately. Ad Hominem reasoning is an attempt to negate the truth of a claim by not confronting the claim … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr Tony Sikora — Getting after Jesus Gets us our Korban

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 (Mark 7:1-13) the seventh chapter. Beloved … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Testing Christianity

Testing Christianity In Pr. Sam Schuldheisz post on contradictions coexisting, he mentioned Dr. John Warwick Montgomery’s Tractatus Logico-Theologicus. So, I chose the 7 part series based on the book as the pick of the week. Each segment tries to focus … Continue reading

“Successful” “Failures”

My district (Northern Illinois) convention featured occasional videos of “New Believers” that came from “New Starts” in the district. What I noticed in the videos was that most of the congregations featured were in affluent, predominantly white suburbs. Many offer … Continue reading