Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 6

May 1, 2016 — Easter 6 Sermon Text — John 16:23-33 Sermon Audio —,_5-1-16.m4a   Don’t Run, Pray! Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 3

April 10, 2016 — Easter 3 Sermon Text — John 21:1-14 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio for this sermon   Don’t be a Schwarmer Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this … Continue reading

Steadfast Readers like good theology, good beer, good scotch, and they should have good coffee as well.

You can have theology any time of the day.  However other gifts of God have their appropriate time.  In the morning, when you rise making the sign of the cross you may still be a little groggy and need a … Continue reading

Sleepless in Milwaukee

At 509 pages, the 2016 LCMS Regular Convention Workbook is rather hefty. If you’re a delegate and you don’t start studying this thing soon, you’re gonna be sleepless in Milwaukee. One area that’s sure to stimulate discussion on the floor … Continue reading

The Voice of the Church in the Public Square

Editor’s Note:  The following was Pr. Chris Thoma’s prayer at the Michigan State Senate. In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Almighty and most merciful God, You have made the … Continue reading

“A Whole New World” (Sermon on Revelation 21:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Whole New World” (Revelation 21:1-7) “A Whole New World”: Aladdin may sing about it, but God will deliver it. Are you looking forward to it? You should be, and today I’ll tell you why. Yes, a whole new world. … Continue reading

Western Philosophy through the Ages and its Influence on Theology, Post 2 – The Ancient Greeks Part I: The Presocratics, by Pr. Tim Rossow

The Ancient Greeks Part I: The Presocratics – Seeds Planted for the Dualism that Causes Many Doctrinal Problems Introduction It is common place for the educated and the uneducated alike today to say things such as “Well, I don’t agree … Continue reading

Worldwide KFUO Sharathon 2016, April 21-23

[A number of BJS bloggers appear on Worldwide KFUO quite often. For instance, Joshua Scheer and Charles Henrickson are hosts of the “Concord Matters” program. The following announcement comes from the KFUO Facebook page.] SUPPORT KFUO AND HELP US REACH … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

The Gospel Notes for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Rogate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White … Continue reading

The External Word

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Sin Begets Sin

Another great post found over on Forest Boar:   The more we neglect God’s Word, the more we are forced to neglect God’s Word. An example might help to see what I mean. Years ago, there was not a SET … Continue reading

The Blessing of my Christian Wife.

Many years ago when my wife and I started dating I was excited to learn she was Lutheran. Looking back at that time it is interesting to note that I had no idea what being Lutheran really meant. I grew … Continue reading

Really, Christians Should not Sing “Come Thou Fount”: A Reply to My Critics

The reason the worship wars have been so heated is because people are emotionally attached to songs that they feel have helped their faith. But we are often the poorest judges of how we are convinced of the truth – … Continue reading

Cakes and Concerts – A Double Standard

In light of recent events in North Carolina, perhaps like me, you have been struggling with what seems to be a frustratingly uncomplicated series of observations. Take for example the following. In January of 2013, a baker in Oregon declined … Continue reading

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (Sermon on John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Our Guiding, Guarding Good Shepherd” (John 10:22-30; Acts 20:17-35; Revelation 7:9-17) Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Every year on this Sunday in the Easter season we focus our attention on Jesus as our good shepherd. On this day every year … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

The Gospel Notes for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cantate) from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Repentance of Nineveh, or Mocking God?

A great post by Pr. Lincoln Winter found over on   It’s easy to take the bible out of context. We don’t want to use phrases like, “God is not mocked” without making sure we are applying it to … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus is once again in Jerusalem. It is the festival of lights, the feast of dedication, Hanukah! And it is winter. But John is not giving us a weather report. No, beloved, John is describing his world. It was winter and the hearts of men were cold. It was winter and the Jews were unbelieving. It was winter and those for whom Jesus came were plotting His death. It was winter and the coldness of the world pressed around Jesus and even gathers around Jesus not so much to receive the warmth of His heart but to trap Him in His words and condemn Him. “Tell us plainly if you are the Christ.” They are not seeking the truth but merely a reason to cast stones.

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Tuesday With Luther

In this video I walk through one of Luther’s sermons on John 20:19-31. In this sermon Luther makes a distinction between the Holy Spirit given to the individual and the Holy Spirit given to the Office of Preaching. The sermon … Continue reading

“Worthy Is the Lamb” (Sermon on Revelation 5:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Worthy Is the Lamb” (Revelation 5:1-14) In this presidential election year, we look around at the various candidates in both parties, and we ask ourselves, “Who is worthy? Who is worthy of holding the highest office in the land?” And … Continue reading

Teaching the Children Bible Stories From the Liturgy

Ho-ly, ho-ly, ho-ly Lord God of Sab-a-oth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glo-ry. Ho-san-na, ho-san-na, ho-san-na in the high-est. Bless-ed is He, bless-ed is He, bless-ed is He that com-eth in the name of the Lord. Ho-san-na, ho-san-na, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Small Catechism Memory Cards in the 1986 CPH Translation

This was originally posted over on Be sure to check that site for assistance in teaching your kids or students the Small Catechism and related topics. You can also like the LutheranCatechism group on facebook.   Elk River Printing … Continue reading

“Come, Thou Fount” – A Hymn Lutherans Shouldn’t Sing

Here I come, in the midst of all our Easter joy, and have to be a killjoy.  But I won’t apologize for it too much, since, we are, after all, even in the midst of our celebrating the solemnities of … Continue reading

Tune in to Concord Matters, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 Central (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Join me Tuesday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Central), as I host “Concord Matters” on KFUO, AM 850 in St. Louis, and streaming online worldwide at My guests will be Matt Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Leopoldo … Continue reading

Slavery in the Bible

In a fortune cookie I once read what was purported to be a Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. In these current interesting times, everything one says or does, no matter how innocent the circumstances, seems to cause … Continue reading