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Seven Last Words

March 31st, 2010 2 comments

Yesterday I offered my own words upon which the reader might meditate in anticipation of the observance of the death of our Lord. Today I offer to you the words of Luther. All citations are from Martin Luther’s Easter Book (Augsburg 1962) except the seventh word which is from a 1519 Good Friday Sermon.     THE FIRST WORD “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they do.”   Who can express such love?   His heart was so full of the fire of love that no one can comprehend.   In pain and shame he acted as though   More…

Pastor Likens President Kieschnick Visit to a Visit by the Pope

March 31st, 2010 31 comments

Click here for an interesting article in the Saginaw News that likens President Kieschnick to the pope.     The audio from the Good Friday service announced above was posted on this site by a reader; since it works better to post audio in a post and not a comment I’ve modified the post to include the audio here.   The audio was recorded from the webstream of an online radio station, WNEM. It starts mid-service because the person who recorded it didn’t get it started until the OT reading. The clicking noise you hear in the service came over   More…

Thoughts on Good Friday

March 30th, 2010 3 comments

Here are my thoughts regarding the seven words of Christ from the cross. Tomorrow I will share thoughts of Luther and the next day thoughts of Johann Gerhard. I trust that these brief meditations will aid the reader in preparing his heart for the the observance of the death of our Lord.       THE FIRST WORD “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they do.”   Here we see the purpose and effect of the entire work of Christ and of all God’s gracious plan in him – Father forgive them. He speaks as a son who   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web – Easter Vigil Service

March 30th, 2010 No comments

One of the goals of BJS is to promote the historic and traditional liturgy. To that end we provide the following. In the “Ask the Pastor” group over on the Wittenberg Trail, Rik Eischen asked the question “What is the History of the Easter Vigil worship service in the Lutheran Church?” Pastor Don Kirchner provided a reply that included a link to Gottesblog which talks about the Easter Vigil service. All laity should read this blog about the Easter Vigil and attempt to attend one in their area; if your Pastor does not include such a service in your Easter   More…

“Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 30th, 2010 2 comments

This is the fifth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, including the Catechism. “Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently” Tonight we conclude our five-part series on the Sacrament of the Altar. So far we have followed the outline Luther uses for the Sacrament of the Altar in the Small Catechism: the Nature of the Sacrament, what it is; the Benefit of the Sacrament, what it gives; the   More…

Same challenges, different priorities

March 29th, 2010 20 comments

Yesterday I posted a quote I found from 1929. It dealt with the desire of some progressives to lose our hymnody. Well, here’s another awesome find from 1929. It’s a report from the Missouri Synod titled, well, “The Work of Your Synod 1929.” As folks like to say about the United States federal budget, “a budget is a policy document.” It tells you what an organization’s priorities are. So I thought it really interesting that some 84 percent of the budget in 1929 went to seminaries and colleges. Also interesting, we had 730 ordained missionaries in the field that year.   More…

Good Stuff Found on the Web — Justin Taylor’s “What Happened on …” during Holy Week

March 29th, 2010 1 comment

I found this series of posting on Cyberbrethren, Pastor McCain’s (CPH Editorial Executive Director) blog that contains several other excellent posts for this Holy Week. Head over to Cyberbrethren.com to follow this series and other excellent postings; below (under the line) is his posting from Sunday. In addition, Pastor McCain has found this resource put out by ESV.org showing a map of Jerusalem and where Jesus was various days: The image below is a screen shot from Google Maps, click this link to go to the interactive map file, then click on each letter to see a summary of the   More…

The more things change . . .

March 28th, 2010 24 comments

I came across this fantastic quote: We must take note also of a most deplorable tendency of our times, namely, that of preferring the shallow modern “Gospel anthem” to the classical hymns of our Church. The reference is both to the text and to the tunes in use in many churches. On all sides the criticism is heard that the old Lutheran hymns are “too heavy, too doctrinal; that our age does not understand them.” Strange that the Lutherans of four centuries and of countless languages could understand and appreciate them, even as late as a generation ago! Is the   More…

“How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 28th, 2010 1 comment

This is the fourth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, including the Catechism. “How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar” During this series on the Sacrament of the Altar, we’ve been following the outline Luther uses in his treatment of this part of the Small Catechism. And so we began by asking, “What is the Sacrament of the Altar?” And we said that   More…

Report on ULMA Spring Meeting

March 27th, 2010 No comments

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent  conservative Lutheran group of congregations. We publish regular reports from them to expose our readers to as large of a group of confessional Lutherans as possible and in an effort to give conservative Lutherans a chance to dialogue, better understand one another and remain united against the questionable tactics of the church growth movement. Other posts from ULMA can be viewed on the regular columns page.) The ULMA Commission started spring this year at the Hampton Inn in Columbus, Ohio. This was the location for the General   More…

More Great Stuff Found on the Web – Cyberbrethren Posts Wonderful Story of Matt Harrison’s Vision Realized in Finland

March 27th, 2010 6 comments

Paul McCain, CPH  Editorial Executive Director and host of the Cyberbrethren blog has reposted an incredible story of the rise of confessional Lutheranism in Finland. It was originally posted here. On Wednesday we posted a story about Matt Harrison’s vision to sponsor more foreign students at our seminaries. Read the story below from Cyberbrethren and you will see why this is such a good idea. While some in our synod are defending cooperation with the heretical ELCA, Harrision is actually promoting an idea that is proven to turn  heretical Lutheran bodies toward the Truth. If you find something our readers   More…

Lutherans tired with having to use last year’s cartoon trends for your VBS theme, pay attention!

March 26th, 2010 13 comments

(A few weeks ago I ran into Pastor Burfeind at Ft. Wayne and saw his curriculum materials and was very impressed. I asked him to put to gether a blurb so our BJS readers could become aware of this good stuff – Pastor Rossow) Pax Domini Press has been in business since 2004. We produce educational materials for Vacation Bible School and Sunday School. We entered into this enterprise due to the huge gap in the market for materials that are not garish, cartoony, moralizing, and singularly lacking in any substance. We pride ourselves on using artwork from the great   More…

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“How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 26th, 2010 2 comments

This is the third in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, including the Catechism. “How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar” Two weeks ago we began this series by establishing “The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar,” asking the question “What Is It?” and hearing Christ’s answer, “This is my body, this is my blood.” Last week we followed that up by   More…

Supporter of President Kieschnick says Some are Intimidated by Blue Ribbon Proposals, by Pr. Rossow

March 26th, 2010 10 comments

Pr. Charles Mueller Sr. wrote a recent article posted on the “Jesus First” website trying to persuade people to support the Blue Ribbon Task Force proposals for change in the LCMS. He asserts that larger congregations already act in the spirit of the proposals of President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon Task Force by linking together to improve effectiveness (Proposal #3; for the final report of the Task Force click here). He says this linking “scares some” and that they “feel intimidated.” (The entire article is appended below.) Those concerned with large churches linking together are not scared or intimidated by such   More…

PSA on Synodical Communications

March 25th, 2010 21 comments

I come from a mainstream media background. At the news organizations I’ve worked at, our objective was to simply report the news. We aim for balance, objectivity and fairness. And I can say that many reporters do a great job of just that — providing readers with news and information that they want and need. Now, having said that, we all know that the mainstream media has tremendous trouble in this regard, too. Heck, I write every single day about the trouble the mainstream media has in covering religion news fairly and accurately. Now, I mention all this so that   More…