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The Power of Alien Faith

Imagine a loved one undergoing the tragedy of losing a child soon after Baptism.  What comfort would you extend to the grieving parents?  No doubt you would say something like, “Thank God, your ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Text and Authority

    Text and Authority A few months back there was a dust up here regarding a paper that Dr. Jeff Kloha of Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. Part of the confusion lay in the fact ...

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Updates from St. Louis on Work of Task Forces, by Pr. Tim Rossow

A few months ago I complained that most of the email coming out of synod and district was weighted toward the mercy end of our denominational theme of “witness, mercy and life together.” I was ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Little Ones Follow in Faith with Love

Sermon Text: St. Matthew 18:6-14 Sept 7th, Proper 18 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 ...

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Another District Men's Retreat - more guns and Church/State

Below you will find the text of my presentation given to the men of the Wyoming District a couple weeks ago in beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming.  The man also enjoyed once again the fun of having range ...

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Much Ado about Something

I referenced in an earlier blog post Dr. Dale Meyer’s article “Pedagogy for a Politicized Church” in the Winter 2014 Concordia Journal, pp. 6-13.  He references there a report to the 2010 ...

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New Facebook Bible Reading Group

Since it fits well within BJS' goal of improving laity reading the Book of Concord as well as the Bible, I found this published on facebook today and wanted to call it to the attention of our ...

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"Peter Gets the 'Who' But Not the 'How'" (Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Peter Gets the ‘Who’ But Not the ‘How’” (Matthew 16:21-28) Last week’s Gospel was Matthew 16:13-20. Today’s Gospel is the verses that follow, Matthew 16:21-28. Last week we heard ...

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Why I'm Optimistic About the LC–MS

Some folks have recently challenged my often-stated assertion since 2010 that “These are good days for the LCMS.” I think it is fair that I respond to that challenge, by explaining why I think ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Atheists Read the Bible

    Atheists Read the Bible I happened on The Inquisitive Atheists while looking for something completely different and curiosity got the better of me. They have some episodes ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A Pebble in the Savior's Sandals

Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-28 August 31, 2014   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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ACELC – If Not Now, When?

“I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame” Psalm 119:46 Several years ago, now LCMS President Matthew Harrison authored a paper entitled “It’s ...

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Great Stuff – Commentary: Should Lutherans take ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’?

Here's a great article found on blogs.lcms.org originally written by BJS author Pr. Daniel Hinton.   [caption id="attachment_37738" align="alignright" width="216"] Jim Sanft, president ...

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Remembering Robert

Last month marked the silver anniversary of the “retirement” of Dr. Robert Preus from the presidency of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. On July 27, 1989 the Fort Wayne Board ...

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"Jesus and the Church: Inseparable" (Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus and the Church: Inseparable” (Matthew 16:13-20) “I love your Christ, but I dislike your Christianity.” That is a quote that has been attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, the leading ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Marquart on the Third Use of the Law

Dr. Marquart on the Third Use of the Law This week I ran across Dr. Marquart’s 2005 Symposia presentation entitled, “The Third Use of the Law, a Contribution of the Formula of ...

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The Devil Has a Rolodex of our Sin.

God knows my sin. He knows how corrupt my heart is. God sees the sins that most in the world would deem “little” and the big nasty sins of my past. God knows my sin. God knows my sin so well he ...

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Heaven in Nebraska: Reflections on the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music

  “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God and this is the gate of heaven.” Genesis 28:17   This July, several of Redeemer’s music staff and I ...

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Workshop – Confessing Christ in a Contrary Culture

This event is on the Lutheran Calendar that can be added to the sidebar of your blogs; add your item to the calendar by clicking here.   Saturday, September 13at 9:30am - 3:00pm Our ...

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The Church and the Single Mom – A guest post by Dcs. Ellie Corrow

When I was in college a couple of friends were brainstorming about where I could meet a nice, Christian man, since it was clear to them that I was single, 25, and committed to my faith. The face of ...

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