Archive for September, 2010

LCMS President Matt Harrison to be Keynote Speaker at Brothers of John the Steadfast Annual Conference in February

September 30th, 2010 13 comments

From the BJS Newsreel: The BJS conference is only in its third year but is already known for its stellar list of speakers including Todd Wilken, Chris Rosebrough, Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway and Klemet Preus. We have also been graced by sermons from two District Presidents, Dan Gilbert (NID) and Herbert Mueller (SID, now 1st Vice President of the LCMS). We are now very pleased to add to that list recently elected LCMS President, Matthew Harrison. President Harrison will be speaking at the banquet on Friday evening. BJS members and non members who register for the two day conference will get premium   More…

Sermon talking about Luke 16:19-31

September 29th, 2010 6 comments

The pastors at my church, as I’m sure many of you experience, really speak the Word in ways that affect us personally or open insights that we didn’t pick up in our own reading. With the number of times I’ve read through this passage (Luke 16: 19-31) and heard sermons on it, I’ve never focused on this teaching from it — that the Word is Enough for us. I thought this might be good information for other BJS readers, so with Pastor Caithamer’s permission I’m sharing this sermon with you:     Enough Is Enough Luke 16:19–31 18th week of   More…

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NID President’s Report to the Pastors Conference May Suggest the Harrison Effect has Commenced, by Pr. Rossow

September 29th, 2010 28 comments

In my opinion the report I heard from my bishop, Dan Gilbert, at the Northern Illinois District (NID) South Region Pastors Conference, suggests early on that synod president Matt  Harrison is having a “confessional effect” on the LCMS. Before getting into details let me make it clear that President Gilbert is his own man. He is a nice person who has always been available to me through my years in the district. He has also been very respectful of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans and the concerns they have expressed in the district. But he is still his own man   More…

Armed Guards Remove LCMS District President from Voters’ Meeting

September 28th, 2010 110 comments

Here is some more interesting news from the lawsuit in California. Can it get any stranger? We wish we could verify all of this but …     In order to subscribe send a blank email to the following address: [email protected] You are invited to discuss this issue on Lutherquest September 28, 2010 See ReclaimNews for previous articles     Armed Guards Remove LCMS District President from Voters’ Meeting Dr. Robert Newton, District President of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, was escorted out of a Voters’ Assembly at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Oakland, California on Tuesday evening   More…

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New Book — Lutheranism101 — from CPH

September 27th, 2010 93 comments

There’s a new book from CPH, Lutheranism101 written by many Pastors and Theologians around the LCMS. As happened with many of the great books that CPH has published in the past few years, they are trying to get it into as many hands as possible by holding a sale on the book through Reformation.. Make it a point to order a copy before October 31st — order a copy for your friends to help you explain our faith to them. Read the video from the editors. At any point you can click on the banner on the sidebar to access the sale   More…

St. Louis Seminary Replaces Chapel Tomorrow with Small Groups, by Pr. Rossow

September 27th, 2010 99 comments

The following post will appear in the Concordia Seminary – St. Louis announcements tomorrow. Small Groups TODAY!!!   Tuesday, September 28, there will be no daily chapel service. Everyone is encouraged to participate in a small group which will use the devotional tool SOAP: Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer. Group lists and locations are posted on campus and shared are attached to the Daily Announcements today.   ****IMPORTANT****   Attached to this email are the location and group listings in PDF format. Groups and Locations have been updated. Spouses, fiancées, and/or significant others should attend the same small group as their companion.   Dean Burreson   More…

New Confessional Reading Groups listed in our directory

September 27th, 2010 2 comments

We have recently added two Confessional Reading Groups to our directory. Bay City, MI: The St. John Amelith Confessions Study group meets the first Saturday of each month from 9:00am. to 10:30am at the school. Contact Pastor Starke at 686-0176 or [email protected] for more info. Pastor Seifferlein of Emmanual Lutheran Church in Adell, WI contacted the leaders of several other listed groups to help organize and set up a reading group at his church. If you are near one of these groups please contact the pastor involved and see if you can join their groups. You can also check out   More…

The Catechumenate, the Rite of Vocation and BJS, by Pr. Rossow

September 27th, 2010 5 comments

Every so often one gets a little gift in life and the liturgy that makes you smile. I had just such a gift at the Divine Service yesterday. A few years ago our congregation conformed its new member transfer and adult confirmation process to the form of the historic catechumenate. During the last mode of the catechumenate, the mystagogy (pronounced mist-a-gojy), the adult confirmands are folded into the congregation through the rite of vocation. It is not about their secular vocation but about their service in the church. During the several weeks of the mystagogy phase various lay and rostered   More…

Troubling Hierarchical Language from LCMS Attorney

September 23rd, 2010 73 comments

Editor’s Note: The following is from an e-mail from Reclaim News. For more information you can go to: LCMS Tells Court It Is Hierarchical and Owns Churches Since its founding in 1847, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has claimed that its member congregations are autonomous and that it holds no equity in church property.  However, on September 9, 2010, the LCMS told Judge Marshall Whitley in Alameda County Superior Court Oakland CA that the LCMS is “hierarchical” and that a congregation’s membership in the Synod gives the Synod Episcopal rights over church property. Attorney Sherri Strand, legal counsel to the   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Wild Boar on “Desk Job”?

September 23rd, 2010 14 comments

I came across this one in my Google Reader and thought it interesting reading for our Steadfast Lutheran readers. It was found here on Wild Boar from the Forest; I just love his new header image!     District President Cripe of the Ohio District speaks on his blog of the impending reality in our synod : we will have many more clergy than we have congregations to support them. (Notice what I didn’t say in that sentence.) It is actually already happening. I have many a facebook friend who is on CRM status (It stands for “Congregation Rejected Minister”).   More…

Great Stuff from the Theologically Deep Fountain Known as the WELS, by Pr. Rossow

September 23rd, 2010 8 comments

A little mouse up Milwaukee way alerted me to some wonderful essays on worship and outreach that were presented at a recent symposium at the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s (WELS) seminary. Here is what he sent me: The symposium was described by the seminary in this way:  “Many Christian churches and denominations are involved these days in debates over worship and outreach, and the issues are producing lively discussions in our own congregations as well. We Lutherans are committed to reaching out to the lost in our cities and neighborhoods, although we often struggle to find the best ways to   More…

Higher Things announces 2011 Conferences

September 23rd, 2010 3 comments

We at Steadfast Lutherans strongly recommend these Higher Things conferences for your youth groups, or even for you to attend if you are in the area. This announcement just came across the webosphere. Talk to your Youth Group leaders and see if any of these events will work for the youth of your church! Check their website or use the contact information below for more information.     Dear Friends, It’s time to officially introduce Coram Deo, the 2011 Higher Things conferences! Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means “to stand before God,” in His presence, under His reign.   More…

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Real-World Religion and the World of Warcraft, featuring Pastor Fisk

September 22nd, 2010 43 comments

From time to time BJS has featured videos from Rev. Jonathan Fisk’s “Worldview Everlasting” youtube channel, where being relevant and technological doesn’t mean backing down from classic Lutheran theology. But what many people don’t know about Pastor Fisk (and not a few other LCMS pastors) is that they lead a double life. By day they are mild mannered proclaimers of the Gospel, but by night they “roflstomp” through the fantastic world of Azeroth, as trolls and orcs, elves and gnomes, while playing the “massively multiplayer online role playing game” of World of Warcraft. “WoW” (as it has come to be   More…

Profound and Merciful Exchange on BJS – “Lutheran” Contemporary Worship as a Gateway Drug, by Pr. Rossow

September 21st, 2010 171 comments

Sorry for the long and awkward headline. The only journalism class I had was in eighth grade. I wrote the headline that way to attract as many of you as possible into this post because it is important for people to hear this helpful critique of contemporary worship. Over on the Obare post a fellow by the name of John posted the following comment (see comment #208). This is the “profound” part from my headline: I haven’t read ail (sic) the posts here and I’ll probably repeat some concerns. When my children were young we attended the Lutheran church that had a loose liturgy with   More…

Contest to invite Fans to Issues, Etc. Facebook Page

September 21st, 2010 No comments

Issues, Etc. is having a contest to generate fans of the Issues Etc Facebook page: You can win a $50 gift certificate to Concordia Publishing House by simply inviting your friends to become fans of Issues, Etc. on Facebook ( Invite your Facebook friends to become fans. Then send a copy of your invitation and the number of friends you invited to contest @ The two $50 gift certificates will go to the listener with the best invitation, and the listener who invited the most friends.   One example of using “New Media” to invite friends was generated by   More…