Archive for March, 2012

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

March 31st, 2012 1 comment

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” “On the foal of a donkey”: I thought about that phrase, and then I thought about the fact that this is April 1, and so I considered doing a sermon on “April Foal’s Day” . . . and then I decided against it. But this is April Fools’   More…

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Child who Cries in Church Dies in Church

March 31st, 2012 12 comments

This was found on Pastor Philip Hoppe’s blog, Meditations of my Heart. Pastor Hoppe serves as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ellsworth Kansas. Besides being a pastor, he is husband of one beautiful wife and father to five children.   The Child who Cries in Church Dies in Church Okay, this phrase will never be as popular as “The Family that Prays Together Stays Together.” It probably will not be embossed onto artwork at your local Christian bookstore. It likely will never even find its way onto the top of some organization’s letterhead. But it is equally as   More…

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Blessed Holy Week from President Harrison

March 30th, 2012 1 comment
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The HHS Mandate and the Cultural Divide

The religious freedom rallies all around the country this past week have reminded us all, once again, how our country is divided between “cultural conservatives” and “cultural liberals.”  For excellent reviews of those rallies and their news coverage, see Mollie Ziegler-Hemingway here: Here’s your religious freedom rally round-up   and here: What a religious freedom rally looks like Since terms can get in the way of fruitful discussion, I had best define them up-front.  “Cultural conservatives” are people who have distinct views on the issues of abortion, gun politics, separation of church and state, privacy,recreational drug use, homosexuality, and censorship.  They base their views of these   More…

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church — A No Guilt Zone.

March 30th, 2012 6 comments

This past week the University of Nebraska announced that a new men’s basketball coach had been hired. Tim Miles, formerly at Colorado State University, would replace the recently fired lovable looser, Doc Sadler.  With the NCAA basketball world deeply focused on the Sweet 16, Elite 8, and Final 4, the news barely caught the eye of anyone outside the two schools. On Saturday, March 24 the new coach was introduced and the questions soon became pointed.  How can an unproven coach from a mid-major school who posted a losing record over the last five seasons lead Nebraska to the Big   More…

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Great Stuff Found on the Web — What Would Things Look Like If Satan Took Over Sidney, Montana?

March 30th, 2012 3 comments

Found on Pastor Matt Richard’s blog, PM Notes. Pastor Richard has been the Senior Pastor of Sidney Lutheran Brethren Church of Sidney, Montana since 2008. Pastor Richards has various resources available on his blog, including his Lutheran Lexticon,  Articles and Sheets.   So what would things look like if Satan really took control of Sidney? Immediately our mind drifts to negative things such as: mass chaos, anarchy, bloodshed, moral decay, outbreaks of painful infidelity and so forth. However, is this how Satan would unleash his rule if he could? Let’s reconsider our response a moment and reflect on how Paul   More…

Just over 30 days to go and ULC is still conducting faithful ministry in their building.

March 29th, 2012 2 comments

I just received word that tonight the saints of ULC have joined for a momentous occasion in the life of the congregation as well as in the lives of six catechumens who are being examined in order to be confirmed (Confirmation will be on April 7th during the Easter Vigil there).  Thank God for such a blessing to the congregation. These catechumens represent longstanding children who were baptized at ULC and continued to be raised in the life of that congregation.  Often with the strong emphasis on the campus ministry side of ULC we forget that there are families that   More…

LCMS Congregation Becoming an ELCA Congregation

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, California, is changing denominational affiliations from the LCMS to the ELCA. Although Good Shepherd is Missouri Synod, the congregation doesn’t function like one, says Ron. Callers “need to know that we use the worship book from the ELCA, that we involve women in our worship and that we welcome all the baptized to receive Holy Communion,” says Ron. “I need to say all of these things because Good Shepherd is not where it belongs.” So after years of feeling misplaced, members of Good Shepherd are finally moving to their rightful home. On March 18,   More…

Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns? / My First Hymnal

March 27th, 2012 22 comments

I found this post on Pastor Christopher Amen’s blog, Babblings. We at BJS are thinking of starting a listing of books that are recommended reading for our readers; feel free to submit reviews or suggested books to us here.   My brother-in-law sent me a book last year entitled “Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns.” It has quite a few interesting thoughts, many of which I think are spot on. These thoughts as well as things we had desired to do lead my wife and I to really teach our children the joys of the liturgy and the proclamation of faith   More…

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Steadfast Chemnitz — Introduction

When I was asked to write for brothers of John the Steadfast, at first I was reluctant. I’m a new pastor, less than a year in the ministry, and did not feel up to the task. But my friend who asked me to write swayed me. I met this same friend while visiting Concordia Theological Seminary, as I contemplated attending seminary. It was then that this friend gave me some of the best advice concerning the reading of the Lutheran Church fathers. He told me to read Luther, Chemnitz, Gerhard, and Walther…in that order! Time and time again, especially during   More…

Issues Etc. — Talk Radio for Holy Week

March 26th, 2012 No comments

Dear Friend of Issues, Etc., Lenten greetings to you! We have produced a special church bulletin insert to be included for the weekend of Palm Sunday, April 1. The bulletin insert contains information about Issues, Etc.’s Holy Week programs and for our 24/7 sacred music internet station, Lutheran Public Radio. Click here to download, then print and make copies of the bulletin insert. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] Thanks for your support! Jeff Schwarz, General Manager Issues, Etc./Lutheran Public Radio Join our Mailing List     Talk Radio for Holy Week April 2-9 The   More…

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Steadfast in the City–Short-Term Mission Trips

March 26th, 2012 13 comments

In a recent post here on BJS, a link to a video was displayed where a young guy with Fisk-like energy critiqued the phenomenon of “short-term mission trips.”  The video largely criticized the self-serving goal of some of those who take the trips.  He railed against the kind who seek some super-spiritual experience while treating their parents horribly, neglecting those in their own backyard, etc.  A further point was made that the thousands of dollars raised for the trip could go directly to the missionary, instead of laying it all on the counter when you check in with Delta Airlines.   More…

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Jesus is Going Where?  That’s Amazing!  But I’m Still Afraid.

March 26th, 2012 No comments

  Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 10th chapter (Mark 10:32-45).   Beloved in the Lord, Jesus Goes on Ahead of Them “And they were on the road going up to Jerusalem.”  The Savior is walking His way.  It is the Narrow way.  It is the way of love, the way of salvation for you and me and it is the way of suffering for Him.  It is the only way. He goes to Jerusalem, the city which   More…

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Evangelical thoughts about Youth Ministry, somewhat useful for Lutherans.

Found the following post on While it’s not a Lutheran site, and there’s some things very wrong with it, the overall point is notable for Lutheran parents. A quote from the article: The 20-somethings who are serving, leading, and driving the ministries at our church were kids whose parents made them go to church. They are kids whose parents punished them and held them accountable when they were rebellious. They are kids whose parents read the Bible around the dinner table every night. And they are kids whose parents were tough but who ultimately operated from a framework of   More…

A Video on Three Profound Topics: Mission Vacations, The Will of God and Chocolate, by Pr. Rossow

March 23rd, 2012 49 comments

This video was passed on to me by one of our missionaries out in the field. If it moves you to support missions the right way you might think about sending money to Lutherans in Africa, LCMS world missions or the missionary of your choice.  

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