The Lord’s Laborer for the Lord’s Harvest (Ordination Sermon)

The following is a sermon delivered on 25 October 2015 at the ordination service of James Thomas, a son of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church, St. Louis, MO, and now ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, … Continue reading

2016 Conference Registration Now Open!

            “It’s Time” to register for our conference.   Click HERE to go to the registration page.   … Continue reading

“RIF”ing on Pastors

In 2009, the School Ministry Department of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod developed a guidance document for implementing a “Reduction In Force” (RIF). Because “Some congregations [were] unaware of this resource,” and “Some congregations are not adequately prepared to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Third Last Sunday (Trinity 25) – End Times

Third-Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity 25) Signs of the End Times Matthew 24:15-28 New King James Version 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: All Saints’ Day -Saints and Martyrs

November 1 All Saints’ Day Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught … Continue reading

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Sermon on Revelation 7:2-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Church Militant, Church Triumphant: All Saints” (Revelation 7:2-17) Today, November 1, is All Saints’ Day on the church-year calendar. This is a day for remembering our departed fellow Christians–those saints of old, as well as those from our own past–who … Continue reading

The Reformation of Penance

When Martin Luther published his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, he sought to redefine the foundation of late medieval piety: the sacrament of penance.  While he argued that Christ “willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance,” Luther … Continue reading

Reformation Means Perpetual Vigilance

Each October, the minds of Lutherans turn to the Reformation. It really is a good thing; it’s important always to keep in mind where we’ve been in order to understand where we are. It’s good and salutary to remind ourselves … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Reformation

Reformation Day Matthew 11:12-15 New King James Version 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — All for Nothing

Our God is the God of the humble, the miserable, the afflicted, the oppressed and those who are reduced to absolutely nothing.  He creates out of nothing.  He calls into being what does not exist.  He fills what is empty.  He restores what is broken.  He gives strength to the weak and comfort to the mourning.  He loves the woman with no husband and the child with no parents. He comes for the sick and for the suffering.  He enters the fray and speaks peace to the fearful and gives courage to the timid.  He does not avoid the least of these for they are His brethren. 

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Bishop Asiago of Kenya Tours the LCMS to Share the Plight of the ELCK, by Pr. Rossow

Bishop Thomas Asiago logged over 4,000 miles, met over 1,500 LCMS members, including 30 pastors and 3 presidents in the last few weeks. He was warmly received and was able to tell the story of the beleaguered Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Being “Spiritually Fed”: by Thought, Feeling, or by Faith?

19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.    1 John 3:19-20 There is a … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sts. Simon and Jude Apostles (Oct. 28)

October 28 John 15:17-21 New King James Version 17 These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther: Blessed Childhood

Tuesday with Luther this week covers the Fourth Commandment, Honor thy Father and thy Mother, and is titled “Blessed Childhood”. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not dispise or anger our parents … Continue reading

Lutherans in the World Missions Conference

There is a Missions Conference titled “Are we Going the Right Way?” being held in Houston TX on November 7, 2015 from 9am to 2pm (lunch provided). What makes Lutheran church plants and Lutheran missions unique? What has Lutheran mission … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 5 (Trinity 23) – Citizenship

Fifth Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity Citizenship: Render to Caesar and to God Matthew 22:15-22 New King James Version 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And … Continue reading

“Physician of the Soul” (Homily for St. Luke, Evangelist)

Pastor and author Eugene Peterson wrote, “The pastors of America have metamorphosed into a company of shopkeepers, and the shops they keep are churches. They are preoccupied with shopkeeper’s concerns—how to keep the customers happy, how to lure customers away … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 6 (Trinity 24) – Death, A Sleep

Michaelmas 6 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity Death, A Sleep: Jairus’ Daughter Matthew 9:18-26 New King James Version 18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come … Continue reading

“The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness” (Sermon on Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Law and the Prophets Bear Witness” (Romans 3:19-28) Today being the last Sunday in October, this is the day we observe Reformation Day, celebrating what happened 498 years ago, when, on October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther went to … Continue reading

Why You Should Think of Your Pastor as a Priest

In keeping with the theology of the Old Testament, some Christian churches (including many Lutheran ones)[i] have retained the custom of referring to clergy as “priests.” Now it is not my purpose to argue for a return to this terminology or … Continue reading

Book of Concord Drawing, Reformation 2015

Rick Techlin, a frequent attender at BJS conferences, has graciously given out a Book of Concord at each of the last few Brothers of John the Steadfast conferences. He’s supporting another give-a-way for Reformation this year on his website.   … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Enduring Heritage

Martin Luther was not the first seek reform in the Church.  There were others.  Savanarola, an Italian Monk in Florence, sought a return to more fervent preaching of the Word and proclaimed that a new Cyrus would come from the North to reform the Church.  He was imprisoned and later hanged.   John Hus sought a return of the common cup to the people and delineated the moral failings of the clergy, bishops and popes.  He was burned at the stake.   John Wycliff sought the truth of God’s Word in one’s own language and emphasized the individual’s interpretation of scripture as the best moral guide.

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Resolution To Memorialize Synod To Return to a Pastoral-Based Model of Governance

Convention fast approaches.  A good thing some District Presidents and Synod President Harrison have done is to emphasize the need for administrators to stay connected to the local parish.  This resolution helps to set that goal for all administrative positions. … Continue reading

Grasping at Straws

Found over on GottesdienstOnline:   In response to the last post about the use of Entertainment Worship at the chapel of Concordia Seminary St. Louis, there have been some misleading assertions. I’ve seen some of them. One of them is … Continue reading

A Christian Nation

At the beginning of October conservative news outlets were bemoaning the fact that a controversial statue of the 10 Commandments was removed under cover of darkness from the Oklahoma State Capitol grounds, after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that its … Continue reading