Part 3 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

Part 3 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the  editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these installments of William E. Thompson, … Continue reading

“Grace Alone” – Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Septuagesima Sunday January 24, 2016 St Matthew 20:1-16 The Bible says that you should work for what you get. St. Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 3: 10, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” You should be willing … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sexagesima — Word of God: Sower and the Seed

Sexagesima Sunday Luke 8:4-15 (NKJV) 4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 4 — Trust: Jesus Calms the Storm

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 8:23-27 (NKJV) 23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. … Continue reading

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Sermon on Luke 4:16-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus’ Inaugural Address” (Luke 4:16-30) In just about one year from now, the new President of the United States of America will give his (or her) inaugural address. Having just been inaugurated into office, the new president will give a … Continue reading

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Convention 2016: It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines About a week ago, Secretary Hartwig’s office sent out this convention postcard mailing: Mailing No. 12: Jan. 15, 2016 It’s Time … for 2016 Convention Deadlines With the arrival of the … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Sexagesima

The Gospel Notes for Sexagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The … Continue reading

An invite to the 2016 Conference for anyone still undecided (or afraid of crowds)

Editor’s Note – Thanks to Vanessa for putting together this piece to help invite those who haven’t registered yet for the conference.  Registration has been picking up these past couple weeks.   I’m not what you call a people-person. Sure, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Septuagesima — By Grace Alone: Laborers in the Vineyard

Septuagesima Sunday Matt 20:1-16 (NKJV) 20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius … Continue reading

Luther on Pride of Students

“We have many students here who are so full of knowledge after they have been in Wittenberg half a year that they suppose they are more learned than I am. When they go out into the country to other people, … Continue reading

ACELC — Our Synod Needs to be Honest with Itself

This is the latest ACELC email blast. Visit the ACELC website to sign up for the emails if you don’t already receive them.   All earthly institutions, inclusive of the institutions of the Church, have as their primary concern the … Continue reading

“God Sanctifies Marriage” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

The Second Sunday after Epiphany January 17, 2016 “God Sanctifies Marriage” St. John 2:1-11 Jesus first showed his glory as true God at a wedding. In the prologue of his Gospel John writes, “We beheld his glory, the glory as … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 3 — Missions: Jesus heals a Leper and a Servant

Third Sunday After Epiphany Matt 8:1-13 (NKJV) 8 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” … Continue reading

Free the Catechism

My congregation recently ran into an obstacle concerning use of the 1986 LCMS English translation of Luther’s Small Catechism. This was not about the Explanation. This was about the translation of the German text as Luther himself published it. Mrs. … Continue reading

“The Wedding at Cana” (Sermon on John 2:1-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Wedding at Cana” (John 2:1-11) It is sometimes the case with a biblical text that one can draw various points from it without exhausting all the points that are there to be had. I think that is the case … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Epiphany 2

The Lord has a taken a bride for Himself.  Israel has a husband.  At Sinai He pledged Himself to her with an everlasting love.  “I will be your God and you shall be my people.”  Sprinkled clean by the blood of the sacrifice, she answered, “We will do all that the Lord commands.”  Yes, beloved the Lord has taken a bride for Himself.  Israel has been bathed in the promises of Her God and Lord.

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Ten Reasons to Attend the BJS Conference in Texas

Texas BBQ. Who doesn’t love good food, especially with new friends? The weather. Let’s be real, sometimes winter in the north can get cold. Come catch some sun! The beach. With the gulf just a short jaunt away, extend your … Continue reading

How to Rewrite a Well-Intentioned but Ridiculous Church PR Statement, by Pr. Rossow

An LCMS church out in the Rocky Mountain District wrote this to their community on their website: Each week at the Praise Services we gather to celebrate the grace, freedom, and joy we have in Christ. We are learning to … Continue reading

Conference Registration Gifts Awarded — Still Time to Register for a Great Conference

The free conference registrations gifts from LutheranCatechism.com have been awarded. There still is time to register for this great BJS 2016 Conference. The Conference features: Rev. Larry Beane – Reformation Worship Then and Now Rev. John Pless – Reformation Catechesis … Continue reading

No Pietists Allowed parties

One of the many joys of the Steadfast Conference is the times to get together in the evenings. The No Pietists Allowed parties are joyous occasions to get to know one another better, to meet up with friends, or just … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Septuagesima

The Gospel Notes for Septuagesima of the One-Year Lectionary from the Lutheran Service Book is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, or the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF. The … Continue reading

Part 2 of 3 — Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis, by William E. Thompson

Part 2 Catechesis: The Quiet Crisis William E. Thompson Outline: Serialization Note: Part 1 Introduction Brothers of John the Steadfast gratefully acknowledge the kind permission gladly given by the editor of Concordia Theological Quarterly to serialize these installments of William E. Thompson, “Catechesis: The … Continue reading

Free — Conference Registration Gift to Next Three Registrants

The next three people who register for and attend the Brothers of John the Steadfast Conference, February 4-6, 2016, will receive free at the conference in Tomball, Texas, the “Gerhard-Pless Package.” This package is a gift from LutheranCatechism.com. It is a selection … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 2 – Marriage & Family: Wedding in Cana

John 2:1-11 (NKJV) 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Jesus Matt 17:1-9 (NKJV) 17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, … Continue reading