Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: the Festival of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (September 21)

September 21 Matthew 9:9-13 New King James Version 9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. 10 … Continue reading

“The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood” (Sermon on James 3:13 – 4:10, Mark 9:30-37; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Rhythm of the Christian Life: Repentance, Faith, and Servanthood” (James 3:13 – 4:10; Mark 9:30-37) As I was reading through the lessons for this day, I was thinking, “What would make a good message for us to hear today, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Ricky Bobby is no Christian

Sermon Text — Mark 9:31-37 Proper 20 — September 20, 2015 Audio —,_Mark_9.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 sermon … Continue reading

The Sin of Niceness

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. (Revelation 3: 15-16) A dear friend … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther — Life in the Catechism

Brothers of John the Steadfast brings to your attention a program, “Tuesday with Luther”, which I’ve been producing for a while. I’m starting a series “Life in the Catechism”. This will be a weekly program that covers part of the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 16 – Death and Burial

Death and Burial: The Young Man of Nain Luke 7:11-17 New King James Version 11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Its All About Faith

September 13, 2015 – Proper 19 Sermon Text — Mark 9:14-29 Audio —   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 … Continue reading

“Taming the Tongue” (Sermon on James 3:1-12 and Isaiah 50:4-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Taming the Tongue” (James 3:1-12; Isaiah 50:4-10) Maybe you’ve seen it in the news this past week: There are wildfires raging throughout California, burning out of control. Large stretches of forests are being destroyed; homes are being threatened. What started … Continue reading

Jesus speaks against the Heavenly Vision Profit Industry.

in the past few years we have seen “Heaven is for Real” become a best-selling book and movie.  In fact the movie sold $100 million worldwide and now $37 million in DVD and other media as well.  The book was … Continue reading

What Is Marriage?

We hear lots of different definitions of marriage in the world around us. Some define marriage as a human contract that surrounds a romantic partnership to protect children and spouses from the effects of bad relationships. Others claim that marriage … Continue reading

Freedom of Worship?

And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you … Continue reading

New Revelation Bible Study, from Around the Word

Revelation is perhaps one of the most popular, yet least understood books in the entire Bible. In an effort to correct that, Around the Word has begun offering a new study called “The Seven Churches” by Pastor Travis Loeslie. An introduction … Continue reading

Labor Day and Apologetics

As I was looking ahead on the calendar this morning for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, I found myself thinking about the doctrine of vocation. Granted, it’s a civil holiday. Nevertheless, it is one occasion where the secular realm calls … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 15 – Contentment

Contentment: The Lilies of the Field Matthew 6:24-34 New King James Version 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and … Continue reading

War Room: A Movie Review

A new “Christian” movie starring false teachers Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore. The Short of It: War Room is basically a re-casting of Fireproof switching out the white-male main character for an African-American female lead. The basic issues are the … Continue reading

“The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak” (Sermon on Mark 7:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak” (Mark 7:31-37) Maybe you’ve seen the videos on YouTube or through your Facebook feed. They’re videos of deaf people who hear sounds for the first time. It’s really quite remarkable. You see, there … Continue reading

Kim in the Christians’ Den

(download a PDF of this article) Let’s just set aside whether, according to the Constitution, Kim Davis may ignore the Supreme Court’s legislation from the bench concerning gay “marriage.”  If you’d like to explore that, I suggest this article, which … Continue reading

No room in the C.U.S. Regenthood

“There’s no room in the ‘hood for you!” That is the message that LC-MS parish pastors, commissioned ministers, stay-at-home-moms, and most laymen might get when they read the qualifications for the Boards of Regents of Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod colleges and … Continue reading

Should Lutheran Preaching Condemn False Teachers? — Guest post by Pr. Johannes Nieminen

  A spirit of universalism and toleration which is indifferent to doctrine suggests that the Lutheran church, while confessing the truth, need not condemn other church bodies or their various errant teachings. Such condemnations are deemed to be insensitive and … Continue reading

Great Stuff — How to make your church irresistible

by Earle D. Treptow Found over on   Did it work? Did the title grab your attention and compel you to read? If you’re feeling like you’ve been hooked by a title, allow this confession. I got hooked by … Continue reading

God Made Them Male and Female

And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment [regarding divorce]. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and … Continue reading

The LCMS has a new 6th Vice President!

News came out today from the LCMS administration that the Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn resigned as the Sixth Vice President (East-Southeast Region) of the LCMS for health reasons.  Please include him in your prayers.  He has served the Synod very faithfully … Continue reading

I Need a Drink!

I’m not a big fan of finding hidden Christian themes in every film or novel that makes its way into the public consciousness, but this time even I couldn’t miss the obvious. In the July 2015 issue of CityArts, a … Continue reading

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a report on the 2015 Montana District LCMS convention. This part reports on Resolution 5-04, “To Call Upon the Synodical President to Invoke the Procedure for Expulsion from Synod the Rev. Paul Linnemann, District President … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 14 -Thanksgiving

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19 New King James Version 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who … Continue reading