Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — It’s Great to Be a Child in the Lord’s Kingdom

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN! Our sermon text for the Festival of St. Michael and all Angels is taken from St. Matthew’s gospel account the … Continue reading

From the Mission Field — Lutheran Theological Seminary, South Africa

24 September 2012 Dear brother and friend: Greetings and blessings to you from the Lutheran Seminary in Pretoria! It’s that time of year again and we are working on the Seminary budget for next year. Below you will find a … Continue reading

Sermon for Pastors– Rev Jacob Ehrhard — Matthew 3:15

Daily Lectionary – September 25 Matthew 3:15 South Region Pastors’ Conference – Starved Rock State Park “But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness’” (Mt 3:15). In the … Continue reading

President Newton Meet Abby, Outside the Labyrinth, by Pr. Rossow

In a post earlier this week Todd Wilken, host of the Issues, Etc. radio program, alerted BJS readers to a troubling conference promoted by the California/Nevada/Hawaii district of the LCMS. Our BJS readers have proven their mettle once again by dropping … Continue reading

President Harrison to Preach at 175th Anniversary of Zion, Bensenville, Illinois

President Matthew Harrison will be preaching at the 175th anniversay celebration of Zion Lutheran Church in Bensenville, Illinois this Sunday afternoon. Zion is a confessional church and school in the western suburbs of Chicago and is pastored by The Rev. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.

Found on Hope Aurora’s website by Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller:   The Curb of the Law: A Voter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments.   Introduction If we remember anything from our catechism, we remember the three functions of the law. “A … Continue reading

Marriage and Natural Law

During its annual convention in June 2012, the ELS resolved that “our members be alerted to this recent challenge” to the Biblical teaching on marriage (the “preferential treatment given to those who live together outside of marriage due to the … Continue reading

Sin, Human Powers … and the Flacian Heresy?

Reading the Formula of Concord one quickly discovers that at the time two basic questions for Lutherans kept arising: what happens to my “me” in salvation, and don’t I have to do something? We answer quickly and in order: “death … Continue reading

Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — Repentance


This pick is from the old Sunday night show which had two hour long segment. In the first hour Rev. Tom Baker discusses what repentance properly understood is and whose work it is. In the second hour Rev. Baker fields listener questions.

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Notes from the Mission Field: What Does This Really Mean?

Here is the Lutherans in Africa September newsletter (PDF) Catching Up For some of you, it has been a while since you heard from us last. For others, we had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know you … Continue reading

Doctrine and Practice — Part 2 “Spiritual but not religious”

 For many years much of Lutheranism has suffered from a disconnect with regard to doctrine and practice and their relationship. A few years ago at a Circuit Winkel, a suggestion was made for a joint study of the then new … Continue reading

Steadfast in Society: Plan B becomes Plan A

Here it is folks! Lives ending to rousing applause. Why? For the sake of reducing teen pregnancy in the State of New York. Because certainly there can be no other way to avoid teen pregnancy other than murder… right? Many … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Why?

Found on GottesdienstOnline:   By Larry Beane As a postscript to Fr. Curtis’s advice on advice, I would like to offer some of my own. Actually, I don’t really have advice so much as some questions. In the video below, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It’s that time again, time to prepare for the LCMS national convention. The convention will be held in St. Louis July 20-25, 2013, but there are a number of things that need to take place before then, especially these: electing delegates; nominating for various boards, commissions, etc.; nominating for synod president and vice-presidents; and submitting overtures. (Electing the synod president also will take place, oddly enough, before the convention. That’s a new procedure we’ll explain at another time.)

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Death, and a Hymn

We live in a culture of death. Everybody hides it. They hide their destruction of life beneath the pleasures of sex. They hide the murder of their loved ones beneath the supposed mercy of ending pain. They hide the murder … Continue reading

Why Subjective Feelings Are Not A Good Standard To Judge Sin

In previous articles I have consistently pointed out that we do not look within ourselves to find the Gospel, but that we look outside of ourselves. Too often we locate hope in the subjective person rather than objectively in Christ’s … Continue reading

Jesus and Bullying

In my community right now there is a ton of emphasis on bullying in our local schools.  This has been a real issue across our country as kids, corrupted by Original Sin have found ways to exercise the Old Adam … Continue reading

Using Foul Language in a Fair Way

My mother is one of those sweet, saintly women who is regarded as such by everyone she meets. You know the kind. Growing up she seemed to have eternal patience and rarely spoke an unkind word. She is truly a … Continue reading

For the Sake of the Children

For the sake of the children I urge all Minnesotans on November 6th, 2012, to vote “yes,” for the “Marriage Protection Amendment to the Minnesota State Constitution,” when it appears on the State ballot. It is a widespread moral instinct … Continue reading

My First Sermon as a Vicar: Our Condescending God and Lord

 Text: Mark 9:30-37 Our Condescending God and Lord Dear friends in Christ, When someone is condescending, we usually understand that to mean that he says things in a patronizing kind of way, making those to whom he speaks feel small … Continue reading

Great Stuff — What Does the Coptic Fragment Entitled the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife Tell Us?

And .. in addition to the article from CSL, here’s a comment on this issue from :   Two newspaper articles published on September 18, 2012, one by Laurie Goodstein in the New York Times and one by Lisa … Continue reading

Lutheran Satire — Jesus’ Wife

Another great video from Lutheran Satire: … Continue reading

Great Stuff — An Ancient Manuscript and Jesus’ Wife?

Found on by Prof Jeffrey Gibbs of Concordia Seminary:   In an act of extraordinary kindness, I thought I would offer a little comment on a matter of ancient texts, new discoveries, and a controversial headline I saw today … Continue reading

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10 and Mark 9:30-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wisdom of Humble Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) Who among us here today would like to be regarded as wise and understanding? OK. Who among us would like to be regarded as great, as a great person? … Continue reading

Monday Mornings on KFUO — Steadfast Review (and a little preview)

Great news everyone, every Monday morning at 7:30 CST on KFUO’s His Time program there will be a brief spot (10 minutes) with some commentary and review of the previous week on Steadfast Lutherans.  There will also be a preview … Continue reading