Archive for August, 2012

Pastor, what Bible is good to use? NOT the NIV 2011

Often pastors get a question around Confirmation time or just whenever a Bible begins to wear out about what version of the Bible is best.  The last generation of translations (NKJV, NIV, NASB, and even the later ESV) all seemed pretty decent, with each having their own shortcomings.  With the introduction of the “gender neutral” translations such options are not as easy.  Then there are the questions raised in the usage of paraphrases like “The Message”.  But then new beasts arrived, newer translations which incorporate “gender neutral” language making a mockery of the Word of God in order to appease   More…

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Steadfast in Society: On Suffering

August 31st, 2012 3 comments

There is nothing quite like the sweet stench of being reminded just how human you are! It is one thing to proclaim that we bare the cross loudly and proudly when there is no suffering anywhere to be found and another when you are knocked to your knees with the reminder that you, yes even you, will suffer. Often times when one thinks of suffering we think of the humble tax collector in Luke 18 who wouldn’t raise his eyes to heaven and repented feebly for God to, “Have mercy on him, a sinner,” but normally what it looks like   More…

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Is The Lord A Bush? Examining The Lutheran View Of Communion

August 31st, 2012 2 comments

Sometime ago I read the best explanation of the Lutheran’s view of Communion that I’ve ever encountered. It turns out that the illustration is one that was used by a 16th century reformer named Martin Chemnitz. I am unable to locate the original source of this explanation, so my apologies. Even though I don’t have the source, hopefully my memory will communicate his explanation and illustration. In Exodus 3:1-21 we see Moses encountering the Lord in the story of the burning bush. This story should be familiar to most people. In reflecting on this story in connection to communion, we   More…

Great Stuff — Pr. John Fraiser — Lecture on the Hymns of Martin Luther

August 31st, 2012 8 comments

Do hymns bring and strengthen faith? Did Dr. Luther use bar tunes to accompany his confession of faith in the beautiful words of his mightiest of hymns? Why is it important to rediscover Luther’s hymns and thereby recover our steadfastness to Lutheran Doctrine? What about Luther’s hymns that are not in our hymnal? All good questions. Rev. John Fraiser, Pastor of Holy Trinity in LaGrange, Kentucky, answers these questions and more as he presents his lecture regarding the History and Hymns of Martin Luther. It is my hope that we can reclaim these theological gems and confess them boldly! Watch   More…

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week — On Campus

August 30th, 2012 No comments

On Campus Here’s a great interview with Pr. Marcus Zill, Coordinator of Campus Ministry for the LCMS. Pr. Zill has advice for parents dropping off a child at college for the first time. He also discusses the need for the Church on campus; not just Christian social groups.   Pastor Zill is one of the three LCMS campus pastors who began serving the LCMS Office of National Mission in the area of campus ministry on a part-time, contract basis in August. The new, deployed staff members are serving as part of the ONM’s renewed emphasis on campus ministry.

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Cleansed to Walk by Faith

August 30th, 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 (evening’s) sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the 7th (Mark 7:14-23) chapter. Beloved in the Lord, The way of Christ is surely by faith in God’s Word and promises. Faith receives the gifts of God as a child receives his father’s embrace. These gifts include the forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation. For where there is the forgiveness of sins, there is also eternal life and salvation. These are gifts, freely offered   More…

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Q and A on infant baptism

August 30th, 2012 4 comments

Another question came in using our “Ask a Pastor” button on the top of the sidebar. We are getting several questions coming in using that method, and we hope it helps other readers who may have similar questions. It’s also good for discussion.   Lutherans speak of infant baptism as the very moment in which the child is “saved.” My questions are these: 1. Is it possible for the Holy Spirit, even by the Word, to engender faith in a very young person prior to baptism? 2. Is it possible for a young one to resist the Spirit at baptism,   More…

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Steadfast on Campus- A Few Surprises to Begin the Academic Year

August 29th, 2012 1 comment

It’s been a while since I’ve tapped the keys for Steadfast on Campus and I don’t even have a good excuse (like building a shed or something).  But here’s the low down:  Students and their families were EVERYWHERE just a week and half ago.  It was crazy, yet normal, for this time of year.  Students were moving into the dorms and off-campus rentals.  The campus and entire city looked like a giant beehive with activity.  We delivered nearly 80 little welcome baskets to the LCMS students whose names we had.  The Catholics were outside their nice building handing out food   More…

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Is the World Saved Apart from Faith?

August 29th, 2012 119 comments

A BJS reader asks, “Does the teaching of Objective Justification (at least as I have heard it explained on the BJS threads) – that the “world” [all mankind] are in reality justified and forgiven by Christ’s universal atonement – also mean then that the world [all mankind] are in reality also SAVED, and this, apart from faith? If so – that they are saved – then how can that be apart from faith? And if not, how can it be that all are not saved though they are in reality justified and forgiven by objective justification? I believe this gets   More…

Harking Back: “That We May Grow”

August 29th, 2012 8 comments

My hometown newspaper has a frequent feature called “Harking Back.” The column is a look back at what was happening 5, 10, 20+ years before on that date. I’d like to steal the idea of “harking back” to a time when the Missouri Synod was still recovering from the fallout of the Walkout at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO in the winter of 1974. +Professor Kurt Marquart+ taught “Theology of the Ecumenical Movement” as an elective in the Winter Quarter of 2001-2002 at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. I was privileged to take that class along with a number   More…

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BJS Board Member Jonathan Fisk’s First Book to be Published by CPH, by Pr. Rossow

August 28th, 2012 4 comments

CPH executive editor Paul McCain has informed us that Pastor Jonathan Fisk’s first book is about to be released by CPH. You can see pre-order information here. Pastor Fisk is Associate Pastor here at Bethany Lutheran Church and School. All three of our pastors preach, teach, administer the sacraments and absolve sins. After all, a pastor is a pastor is a pastor. Each pastor also has specific areas of concentration. Fisk’s areas of focus include youth, communications and the initial stage of our catechumenate (inquiry). I get asked all the time, “How is it working out with Fisk?” The Lord brought   More…

Free Beer! Where?

August 28th, 2012 3 comments

Alright, you most likely got excited when you saw the title of this post. Yes, FREE BEER! The next logical question is, “Where?” I have to confess that the following audio segment from the most recent Great Exchange Episode does not reveal to you or I where the free beer is located. However, the following short audio clip does reveal to you and I where God’s free forgiveness is located. My friend, if you like free beer, you are definitely going to appreciate hearing about God’s free gift of forgiveness. Furthermore, the good news is that God’s Word shows us   More…

Steadfast in Missions — Pr. Tom Chryst in Singapore

August 27th, 2012 11 comments

BJS has started a new column, “Steadfast in Missions”, which is intended to include news from the mission field. For this article we chose Pastor Tom Chryst’s initial newsletter as he prepares for a move to Singapore. We’ve excerpted some parts of his newsletter below. For the full newsletter see the bottom of this message. If you want to include your own mission newsletter, click here to contact us and get us on your distribution list. BJS recommends that churches support one or more missionaries. My own church helps to support three missionaries in different parts of the world.     More…

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Let’s Hear it for the Small Congregation!

August 27th, 2012 21 comments

Found at   By Rev. Matthew Harrison, President–The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Amid all the hype in the Lutheran Church —Missouri Synod over the last number of years about “growth,” some important facts about small congregations have been overlooked. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised that ”if such a thing were measurable” all the well-meant talk about getting congregations to grow has in many cases impeded the very numerical growth we all want. What do I mean? I’m afraid that much of the material that we “Synod types” have put out in the church in this regard, while well-intentioned and   More…

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The Relation of Luther’s Bondage of the Will to Christian Preaching

August 27th, 2012 No comments

Martin Luther’s finest theological treatise, on The Bondage of the Will provides on opportunity presently for Lutherans to ask anew the question: “What happens when the tradition that bears his namesake ignores or misreads Luther’s most important defense of his teaching on justification by faith alone?” The primary problem of ignoring and misreading the Bondage of the Will is that Lutheran preachers attempt to withdraw the reality of God’s election in the actual proclamation of His Word; a Word with power, a Word that makes things into nothing, and a Word which creates anew out of nothing. Instead of actual   More…

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