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A Gutsy Confessional Move by a District President, by Pr. Rossow

Rocky Mountain District (RMD) President Randy Golter organized his own Task Force to review the work of the synod’s Blue Ribbon Task Force so that the delegates to the RMD convention would be better prepared to respond to the survey put out by the task force. (Click here  to see one of our many posts on this subject. If you use the search feature on the Home Page you can find numerous other posts about the proposals.) You can see the report of the RMD task force by clicking here. Will President Benke from the Atlantic District call for the   More…

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The Transforming Churches Network: Part 9, Will We Yield?, by Scott Diekmann

May 30th, 2009 5 comments

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally to Affected Area.” This is the ninth post in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) Download this entire TCN series. The Smalcald Articles, written by Dr. Martin Luther, declare about our material principle, justification by grace through faith: “Of this article nothing can be yielded or surrendered [nor can anything be granted or permitted contrary to the same], even though heaven and earth, and whatever will not abide, should sink to ruin.” (SA, II, I, 5)

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VIII – The Third of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Speaking in Tongues, by Pr. Klemet Preus

May 30th, 2009 1 comment

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to the Brothers of John the Steadfast. The other posts in this series are archived in the Brothers’ Cafe under Klemet’s name.)   Speaking in Tongues   I could mention altar calls, praise bands, seeker services, obsession with counting converts as proof of God’s presence or a host of other practices in which the Evangelical community engages. All could be shown   More…

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The Steering Committee Requests Your Comments on the Proposed BJS Constitution

May 28th, 2009 6 comments

The Steering Committee of the Brothers of John the Steadfast has worked hard in the last few months to develop a constitution for the group. We would like input on the constsitution from our 250 members from around the world and also from any of our other readers. We think it is a good  document but it won’t hurt to have a few thousand more eyes take a look at it. If you have any comments or suggestions just enter them in the comment section below and we will take them into consideration. (Click here to see the constitution.) We   More…

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Video from Grace Lutheran – Tulsa, OK Will Make You Feel OK to Be A Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

May 28th, 2009 5 comments

I was  alerted today to a great video promoting Grace Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qo0V57INpA. I have come to know the pastor of the church, Mason Beecroft through confessional circles in the last few months. What makes this church and its video even more amazing is that Pastor Beecroft is a converted Evangelical. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and a few other students were in a patristics class  (study of the church fathers) one semester at Dallas when it dawned on them that there actually was something abiding and enduring   More…

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BJS Reviews Issues Etc on the Ascension of Christ – 21st May, 2009, by Ross Wardenburg

May 28th, 2009 1 comment

We at BJS have created a column where we hope to review programs from Issues, Etc. Our goal in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on Issues, Etc. and perhaps to generate interest in the show by new listeners. We also hope to make it easier for you to introduce Issues, Etc. to friends or members of your church; you can print these out and hand them to people who might be interested in the topic. Listen to the show to learn more about this topic, or go to the On Demand   More…

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Missouri District Convention Preview, May 31 and June 2 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Missouri District Convention Preview: Convention delegates and any others interested are welcome to attend a Missouri District Convention Preview (unofficial and voluntary) this Sunday, May 31, and/or Tuesday, June 2, both in the St. Louis area. We will look at the items on the agenda for the district convention, which will include the proposed restructuring of the synod, the proposed circuit realignment of the district, and overtures on various issues in the synod and district. Here are the details on the two meetings: Sunday, May 31, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church 310 Central St (east of I-55 exit 180) Pevely,   More…

Book of Concord Dailly Readings – Devotion of the Week by BJS

May 27th, 2009 No comments

There are many devotional sources around the web that will deliver to your inbox a new short piece to help you in your daily or weekly devotionals, or just get your day started in the right frame of mind. We at BJS use several of these ourselves, and wanted to bring some of them to your attention. We will be posting a devotional from different sources that we are aware of. If you receive or know of a good Lutheran devotion, please contact us and we’ll look at it and make it available to our readership. The home of the   More…

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The Transforming Churches Network: Part 8, Let Reason Be Far Away, by Scott Diekmann

May 27th, 2009 No comments

(Scott’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “Apologetics: Apply Liberally to Affected Area.” This is the eighth post in a series on the TCN program. It is also posted on his website Stand Firm.) The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) Church Growth Study Committee completed its study, “For the Sake of Christ’s Commission,” in 2001, in response to a request from the 1995 Synodical Convention. They state: “This report is offered to further the

Resisting the Influence of Evangelicalism, Part VII – The Second of Evangelicalism’s Faulty Practices: Praise Worship Services, by Pr. Klemet Preus

May 26th, 2009 4 comments

(These posts are adapted from a presentation Pastor Preus made in Sweden for the North European Luther Academy in 2006 and which was republished in the recent edition of Logia, A Journal of Lutheran Theology. We recommend both groups to the Brothers of John the Steadfast. The other posts in this series are archived in the Brothers’ Cafe under Klemet’s name.)   With its understanding of faith as a conscious “heartfelt” experience American Evangelicalism views the function and practice of the Divine Service in a manner completely different from Lutherans. Martin Luther saw the function of the Divine Service primarily   More…

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Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #6: Similarities between Confessional Calvinism and Lutheranism, by Bethany Tanis

May 26th, 2009 5 comments

(Editor’s Note: Bethany Tanis has authored many great comments on the BJS website, particularly concerning Calvinism and so we asked her to do a little writing for us on the relationship between Calvinism and Evangelicalism. It is a good thing for the Brothers and all our readers to understand the various denominational tag lines out there as we seek to uphold the Lutheran Confessions and distinguish them from false confessions. Bethany has a Ph.D. from Boston College in modern British history and is starting an assistant professorship in modern European history at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI in the fall.   More…

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Candor, Love for Christ and Desire to Preserve the Remnant Characterize ULMA’s Second Missionary-at-Large, by Rev. Brock Abbott

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is one of the many confessional groups that post here on the BJS website. Their  posts and the posts of other groups are archived on the Regular Columns page. Maybe the Ablaze folks need to study the work of ULMA? They have doubled the number of congregations – from two to four – in just four years and have done so without the help of any expensive consultants. It reminds one of how things were done in our grandfather’s church.)   Rev. William C. Mack was installed as Missionary-at-Large of Pilgrim Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 17,   More…

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Memorial Moments – Devotion of the Week by BJS

May 25th, 2009 No comments

There are many devotional sources around the web that will deliver to your inbox a new short piece to help you in your daily or weekly devotionals, or just get your day started in the right frame of mind. We at BJS use several of these ourselves, and wanted to bring some of them to your attention. We will be posting a devotional from different sources that we are aware of. If you receive or know of a good Lutheran devotion, please contact us and we’ll look at it and make it available to our readership. The Memorial Moment is   More…

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The LCMS In Her Own Words: She May Eventually Collapse Under the Weight of Her Multi-Site Parishes, by Pastor Rossow

(Editor’s Note: Months ago I started my own column on the website titled “The LCMS in Her Own Words.” The point of the column is to simply quote LCMS publications in order to illustrate how un-churchly we have become. I have been distracted by other stories and have not posted much under that heading but this afternoon I received an e-mail that fit the topic perfectly. I will continue my series on the NID convention later this week.)   About fifteen years ago I heard of a pastor saying that he wanted to start several satellite parishes under his tutelage.   More…

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Notes on the Liturgy #19 — Communion & the Peace

May 24th, 2009 No comments

(One of the goals of Brothers of John the Steadfast is to train the Brothers in good practice and theology. This article is one in a series that teaches about the liturgy.