Remember Thrivent? Planned Parenthood does.

Remember Thrivent? Planned Parenthood does. And I do, too. If you are struggling to recall the details of the events from the not-all-that-distant past, let me remind you…because the current smog hovering above Planned Parenthood and releasing of the undercover … Continue reading

Being a Man in the Church

I presented on this topic for the 3rd annual Wyoming District Men’s Retreat this past weekend.  What follows are my thoughts which I expanded for the presentation.  Sadly, the recording of this was lost due to technical errors. Being a … Continue reading

February in Texas! BJS Conference Dates Announced

Save the date – February 4-6, 2016 – the conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  A theme and more details will follow, but here is what I can tell you right now: A NEW LOCATION – Zion Lutheran … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Bartholomew’s Day

August 24th Luke 22:24-30 New King James Version 24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship … Continue reading

Steadfast Dying

Elector John of Saxony died on August 15, 1532.  While he was the fifth of seven children born to Elisabeth of Bavaria and Ernest of Saxony, he inherited the title of Elector in 1525 when his older brother, Frederick the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 12

Jesus Heals the Sick Mark 7:31-37 New King James Version 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one … Continue reading

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Sermon on Proverbs 9, Ephesians 5, and John 6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69) If I had to sum up a theme running through our lessons for today, and one that will be helpful for you, it is that here you will find “Wisdom … Continue reading

Personhood – Part 2

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8). When dealing with the issue of personhood in … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Right Answer to the Wrong Question

Proper 15 LSB — August 16, 2015 Sermon Text — John 6:51-69 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_John_6,_8_16_15.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this … Continue reading

Bishop Tyranny and Heresy (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how a congregation of my friends suffered the tyranny of a bishop concerning their pastoral vacancy, and the imposition of a pastor who teaches heretical doctrine. We contrasted that to the experience I recently had … Continue reading

Lutheran Pastors and the Political Scene: Engaging the Animatronics

I had a very brief conversation fairly recently in a private online forum with a friend who writes, as I do, for SteadfastLutherans.org. I mentioned there that Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign reached out to me for a conversation and that I would … Continue reading

WordSites — making Websites available for Lutheran Organizations

I’m so excited to share this with you. Joshua McNary & I often get approached by non-profit organizations wanting a new website for their organization, but they have limited (or non existent) funds to devote to the project. We’ve long wished there was more we could do to help these deserving groups reach more people with the life saving Word of Jesus Christ through an expanded internet presence.

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A Social Justice Warrior Litany for a Unionistic Endeavor

The Southeastern District (SED) of the LCMS has a reputation for Liberalism. As if to underscore the deservedness of that reputation, the SED has published an oddball litany for 9 August 2015 in support of its “Sunday for City” event … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 11 -Humility

Luke 18:9-14 The Pharisee and the Tax-Collector 9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other … Continue reading

“The Bread of Life” (Sermon on John 6:35-51, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Bread of Life” (John 6:35-51) Today is the second of three straight Sundays in which the Holy Gospel is a portion of Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse from John chapter 6. “I am the bread of life,” Jesus declares, … Continue reading

Personhood – Part 1

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Bread for the Hungry

Proper 14 — August 9, 2015 Sermon Text — John 6:35-51 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_John_6.m4a   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 … Continue reading

Bishop Tyranny and Heresy (Part 1)

Some friends in a Lutheran congregation of a different synod from mine have been in a long pastoral vacancy. The bishop expressly refused to give the congregation any names of candidates for a long time until many in the congregation … Continue reading

A lion? You’re kidding, right?

A lion? You are kidding, right? You’re outraged over the killing and beheading of a lion – even feverishly so – and with heartfelt concern for international justice you are considering Zimbabwe’s demand for extradition of the American citizen who … Continue reading

…But We Will Devote Ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

There’s a ton of confusion in the Church today surrounding the pastoral office. Do we really even need pastors? What is he supposed to do with his time? Is he supposed to be a leader, a counselor, a CEO, a visionary, … Continue reading

Supporting Lutheran Missionaries – the Network Model

The LCMS has been sending more and more missionaries throughout the world.  It is sometimes thought of that the massive LCMS budget covers this, but it does not.  Instead the missionaries are a part of the process to raise the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 10 -Renewed Obedience

Luke 19:41-48 Jesus Cleanses the Temple 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now … Continue reading

“Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Sermon on Exodus 16, John 6, Ephesians 4; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Receiving God’s Gifts: Grumbling or Grateful?” (Exodus 16:2-15; John 6:22-35; Ephesians 4:1-16) There is a theme that runs through all three of our lessons today. Did you spot it? It is the theme of God’s gifts. In the reading from … Continue reading

God Makes Rulers Mad

“For God the Almighty has made our rulers mad; they actually think they can do–and order their subjects to do–whatever they please.  And the subjects made the mistake of believing that they, in turn, are bound to obey their rulers … Continue reading

Prayers Requested — For President Harrison and his family at the loss of their home to fire.

From the LCMS facebook page: The Ballwin, Mo., home of Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29. All thanks to God, though the damage was severe, no one was hurt. … Continue reading