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Luther’s View on Financial Support for the Office of the Holy Ministry

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus stated, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) St. Paul also warned against the inordinate desire for money as a hindrance to ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Wind and Waves for Faith's Sake

August 10th -- Proper 14 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:22-33   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 1 of 3

1580 was the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small Catechism is included in the Book of Concord as one of ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Richard Stuckwisch

    Dr. Richard Stuckwisch Examples of different styles without changing substance. At the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music Dr. Richard ...

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Persecution is One of the Lord's Precious Promises

The Sanjian Church in Wenzhou in China’s east coast province of Zhejiang is demolished on April 29, 2014, just before the completion of its construction. The left photo shows the start of ...

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The Synod President - A Man Under Orders

It is well known that BJS has often supported President Matthew Harrison (especially in the 2010 effort to elect him), and that at times we have also been critical of him.  In considering the ...

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Is "Church" important?

This is from day 1 of the YouVersion app Bible Plan called, "I Love My Church," available for your phone or tablet. In addition to the below being a good topic for discussion here, we at BJS ...

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Unapologetically Lutheran

“The Lutheran Church is the TRUE VISIBLE CHURCH; not the universal Church, not the only saving Church, not the only Christian Church, but the true visible Church; that is to say, the Church of the ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – God's Own Child I Gladly Say It

    God's Own Child I Gladly Say It Examples of different styles without changing substance.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eG8u06KI1k From Pr. Matt ...

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Guest Article – Just what do you say when others experience crosses?

by Holly Scheer There are defining moments that stick with us, both of the good and bad variety. When things go well we can share our joy with others. When things go sour we can share our ...

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ACELC – Christ, The Order of Creation, and the Church

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Getting Jesus' Gifts in this Deserted Place

August 3, 2014 -- Proper 13 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:13-21   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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Trinity: Sitting in the Biggest Corner Ever

A mother ordered her naughty son to sit in a corner. After a few minutes, he told his mother, “I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside!” He obeyed, but he didn’t ...

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Steadfast Throwdown – Round 20

Round 20 of Steadfast Throwdown has now been published! It includes the following:   CATECHISM SERIES, PART 8 (link) In this part of our Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we ...

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Just who should come to teach at our Seminaries?

See the press release which mentions that Dr. Daisy Machado teaches at Union Theological Seminary, but fails to mention the fact that she is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of ...

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BJS Holds Church Growthers Ransom for One Million Comments, by Pr. Rossow

“Church Growthers, release your home spun creeds and liturgies, your felt needs, your sermons on ten keys to do this or that and your missional minded leader or we will unleash one million comments ...

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What is a "Confessional Lutheran"?

Simple Answer: Someone whose religion is in congruence with the canonical Scriptures and the Lutheran confessions found in the “Book of Concord.” The adjective “confessional” comes from the ...

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The Eight-Letter, Four-Letter Word

When I was in seminary, I went to dinner with some family friends. The conversation eventually turned to what I was learning in school, and I went through my course schedule, which included one of ...

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Great Stuff – Does Greater Church Attendance And Communion Reception Make A Better Christian?

Great Stuff found over on Pastor Matt Richard's blog:   Question:   Are Christians who advocate for faithful church attendance and advocate to receive the Sacrament of the Altar more ...

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A Fat and Lazy Church

I recently returned from Madagascar where I, Professor John Pless, Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller, and Rev. Evan Goeglein, taught a group of Malagasy pastors the theology of Dr. Martin Luther. I was ...

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