Author Archive -- Pastor Joshua Scheer

We’re already home — a great article from Blogia (Logia’s blog)

April 17th, 2014 8 comments

Take a look today at this wonderful article by Pastor Christopher Neuendorf on recent events of a pastor converting from confessing the Lutheran faith to the Eastern Orthodox one.  Here is a start of the article: “It’s happened again: a Missouri Synod pastor has jumped ship, defecting to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Joshua Genig, formerly a pastor in Atlanta, Georgia, left his Lutheran parish and in December of last year received the sacrament (in Orthodox belief) of chrismation, together with his household. Of course, as is standard practice in these sorts of situations, Genig has gone public with an article explaining   More…

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Read the Book.

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.   – Jude 3 You may note that some major “Christian” movies are coming out over the next months.  At the close of February “Son of God” was released (from the same people who made “The Bible” on the History Channel last year).  “Noah” is also coming out at the end of March.  There is also talk of a film version of the book   More…

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Lent – Let charity prevail – give to help a family of eight who lost everything in a fire.

Readers of BJS – every once in a while we ask you to consider supporting situations of need.  This is one of those times.   An LCMS family of 8 just lost their home to a fire on Thursday, Feb 27.  The Wolf family could use your support at this time of need.  Please pray for them.  Please consider donating to help. Here is the full story from Lutheran Church Charities Here is a quick link to donate  

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Why is Pastor Rossow such a Mean-poopie?

This post is meant to be fun, but it also makes a serious point. In the course of writing for and serving as Associate Editor here at BJS I have found that lots of folks take issue with our Editor, Pastor Timothy Rossow for a number of things.  Some folks think he is just downright mean.  Others have ascribed to him the work of the devil.  Over the years at BJS he has even received death threats. Well, after four years of knowing and working with him I am not sure that is an accurate picture of the cat-loving ecclesiastical   More…

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Listen to Concord Matters tomorrow on KFUO — with a Campus Ministry flavoring…

February 24th, 2014 No comments

On Saturday I hosted the KFUO show Concord Matters along with two guests, Pr. David Kind of ULC in Minneapolis and Pr. Marcus Zill of St. Andrews in Laramie, WY (LCMS U).  We had an excellent time going through the Second Commandment as found in the Small Catechism.  Tune in for a rebroadcast tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2 PM CST for the show. Here is the KFUO streaming site. Here is the Concord Matters Archive at KFUO. While you read this or listen to the show, consider supporting the work of Pr. Kind at ULC as they work to rebuild it,   More…

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Prayer Request — Norm Fisher’s Surgery tomorrow

February 20th, 2014 11 comments

Dear all BJS readers — Tomorrow our own Norm Fisher, tech guru and master of all things web-related is going to be having a triple bypass surgery.  Norm is a fine Christian man.  His gifts and talents have been very useful in the world of Confessional Lutheranism and most of his work goes unseen.  He humbly does his part and doesn’t expect accolades (but we still try to give them).  A good example for the rest of us for sure.  So as you say your prayers today and tomorrow, please include a prayer for Norm (and his family, especially his   More…

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ACELC Conference NEWSFLASH – Rolf Preus of the LCMS on the “Power of Bishops”

February 11th, 2014 1 comment

2014 ACELC Conference NEWS FLASH! Christ for Us: The Office of the Holy Ministry This Feb. 25-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa! Come hear speakers like Reverend ROLF PREUS address important issues relating to the Office of the Public Administration of God’s Word! The Power of Bishops Among the heirs of the old Synodical Conference, the term “bishop” is the shibboleth by which we identify the true Waltherians who will cringe from its use, regarding it according to its abuse by Martin Stefan and other episcopal pretenders.  On the other side are those who appear to find in a restored episcopacy   More…

Feb 25-27 – ACELC Conference NEWS FLASH! — President Saunders

February 7th, 2014 No comments

2014 ACELC Conference NEWS FLASH! Christ for Us: The Office of the Holy Ministry This Feb. 25-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa!   Come hear speakers like Iowa East District President BRIAN SAUNDERS address important issues relating to the Office of the Public Administration of God’s Word! Who established the Pastoral Office? Who fills the Pastoral Office? In whose stead and by whose command does the Pastoral Office speak? … These and other questions will be addressed using texts from the Lutheran Confessions that identify and speak to the Office of the Holy Ministry. Together we will explore the very nature   More…

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2014 ACELC CONFERENCE NEWS FLASH! — An Organization addressing the doctrinal “diversity” one conference at a time.

February 4th, 2014 9 comments

Christ for Us: The Office of the Holy Ministry This Feb. 25-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa! Come hear speakers like Rev. BRENT KUHLMAN address important issues relating to the Pastor Speaking and Serving In the Stead and By the Command of Christ Jesus! “Sticks and stone may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”  Really?  Words.  Words.  Words.  The man put into the office of the holy ministry is given to speak Christ’s unthwartable words since that is how He relates to His sinners.  His words hurt and heal.  His words kill and give life.  Best be preaching   More…

The Emancipation Proclamation Decimation…

January 22nd, 2014 6 comments

If you don’t read “He remembers the barren” you are missing a blog that covers difficult life topics in a cross centered way. Katie Schuermann in this post addresses the difficult truth behind IVF and what the repercussions are.  “America is still in the slave market, and it’s called third-party reproduction. With enough money, American citizens can go out and buy every ingredient on the “How to Make a Baby” recipe and create their own person to love and to cherish and to, well, to grade and to abuse and to legally discriminate and to throw away and to terminate and to   More…

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Neutrality on the Commandments does not befit Christian organizations

January 15th, 2014 4 comments

What if BJS became “neutral” on the First Commandment?  That is to say we never came out saying which god is correct and that we neither would condemn or support any group for any god whatsoever?  You would immediately stop reading and figure we had left Christianity (and religion) behind. Thrivent has declared itself to be neutral on the Fifth Commandment (at best).  They have suspended choice dollars to pro-life groups (which is not really neutral if they continue to support pro-choice groups).  They have also said that being against murder or for it doesn’t matter for them.  So murder   More…

New Site for the ULC Build it Back Campaign

January 11th, 2014 No comments

The good folks of University Lutheran Chapel have put up a new site for people to follow their plans and fundraising efforts to build a new chapel for their ongoing campus ministry at the University of Minnesota.  They had a great turnout for their December fundraising effort, receiving over $50,000 from across the nation for the eventual construction of the chapel.  A special thanks to the BJS readers who helped contribute! The new site is located at It appears that the new effort is a Lenten Coin Collection, which each congregation in the LCMS should be receiving a letter   More…

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What’s Missing in this Unfortunate Order? The Rose Parade gets confusing.

December 31st, 2013 59 comments

This year, as they have in the past years, the Lutheran Laymen’s League (Lutheran Hour Ministries) is set to have a float in the Rose Parade.  The theme they have chosen is “Jesus Welcomes All”.  Throughout this past week or so I have seen great pictures from President Harrison of folks working hard to make the float a reality (as well as helping other floats get ready).  Click here for the Rose Parade’s info on the LLL float. There is another float that is going to be in the parade.  This float is the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float celebrating gay   More…

Concord Matters — Today at 2 PM CST on KFUO

December 31st, 2013 8 comments

Check it out tomorrow on KFUO radio (listen streaming, or use their app if you have a phone or tablet, it works great) I will be hosting a show along with Pastors Chris Hull and Mark Preus as we discuss the Preface to the Book of Concord (paragraph 16 onward).  We continue to go through the Preface paragraph by paragraph talking about the history but mainly the theology of these Confessors of the Faith which we believe. Originally the program was supposed to be broadcast live on Saturday, but we had some technical difficulties.  Last month I hinted that my   More…

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Johann Gerhard — The Saving Benefits of Christ’s Incarnation

December 25th, 2013 No comments

The follow comes from “Sacred Meditations” by Johann Gerhard, available from Repristination Press. The Saving Benefits of Christ’s Incarnation Let us be deeply grateful for the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy”, said the angel at the birth of our Savior.  Great indeed is the joy thus announced, yes, greater than the human minds can conceive.  It was a dreadful thing for us to lie under the holy wrath of God, to be led captive by the devil at his will, and to be under sentence of eternal condemnation; but it   More…

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