“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 kfuo.org. 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

Driving on Sunday is a First Article Gift

Editor’s Note:  Go and check out this new Lutheran site Driving on Sunday.   I hear it all the time. “The world is falling apart. Kyrie Eleison” Our eyes are blasted with images we wish we could forget (a megachurch … Continue reading

“Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory” (Funeral sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:51-57, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Death Is Swallowed Up in Victory” (1 Corinthians 15:51-57) Chuck, and the friends and family of our sister Gwen: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First I want to say that you … Continue reading

This is the Missouri Synod?

The following article was written by Rev. Dr. Kristian Kincaid, and was published in the April 2016 Lutheran Clarion, a publication of The Lutheran Concerns Association. Reprinted with permission. This is the Missouri Synod? “We should know what to expect in … Continue reading

A Conference on Faithfulness to AC XIV — Go if you can!

Gottesdienst, one of the best online and print Lutheran organizations out there is hosting a conference on Tuesday, May 17th in St. Louis for anyone that can go.  The theme is a great one for the Evangelical Lutheran Church – … Continue reading

Shall We Find a Beacon of Hope?

It was a dark, cold night, on the evening of January first, when two weary travelers trudged through a dimly lit neighborhood in the bitter chill towards a light at the top of the hill.  The couple was going through … Continue reading

Candidates get a turn.

We have seen what the 3-10A Task Force came up with – nothing decisive or substantial.  You can read the original resolution, report, and President Harrison’s letter asking for more input here. Instead, President Harrison is using his authority to … Continue reading

Worth Fighting About!

At one time in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Scripture’s teaching on Holy Communion was taken seriously, and Closed Communion was the order of the day. In the 16th century, Lutherans took their theology a bit more seriously than we do … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Jubilate) 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

Hymn stanzas based on J.S. Bach’s Cantata for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday

The following stanzas are based off of the words from BWV 67 – “Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ“, J.S. Bach’s Cantata for Quasimodo Geniti Sunday.  Drawing from the Gospel lesson (John 20:19-31) as well as the Epistle lesson (1 John … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Easter

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Easter (Misericordias Domini) 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 … Continue reading

Just the Gospel Please

Dear LCMS Pastors, I think I’m writing for the majority of laymen in the LCMS when I say thank you for bringing us the Gospel each week, and nothing more. We need to hear that we’re sinners, and that for … Continue reading

Western Philosophy through the Ages and its Influence on Theology, by Pr. Rossow

Over the years I have sketched several outlines for a book on this topic and so I was pleased when BJS Editor Joshua Scheer asked me to write a series on the topic. In this series we will start with the … Continue reading

Sin and Scandal, Priest and Minister

This is the difference between sin and scandal. Sin comes from the heart (Matt 15:19). Scandal is public (Matt 18:7). Sin causes the one sinning to fall away (Gen 4:7; Rom 8:13). Scandal causes those who witness it to fall … Continue reading


Here’s the short version: I received an email from a person I didn’t know, Alice Stone, asking whom she could contact to report “some broken links” for the website soundwitness.org, a mostly static apologetics site with which I’m associated. She … Continue reading

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:1-26, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“If Christ Has Not Been Raised” (1 Corinthians 15:1-26) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) Yes, he is risen indeed! Risen from the dead! Risen bodily. And everything depends on this. Your faith, your forgiveness, your future. … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Death, You Lose!

March 27, 2016 — Easter Sunday Sermon Text — Luke 24:1-12 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia! Beloved in the Lord, Cosmic War A cosmic … Continue reading

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (Sermon on John 19:31-37, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Not One of His Bones Will Be Broken” (John 19:31-37) It’s Friday, and darkness falls over the land. On a cross, a man who has been nailed there is dying a shameful and agonizing death. Yet this is no criminal. … Continue reading

This Time of Year, Let the Word of God Do the Work

For congregations, Holy Week and Easter can often present challenges and opportunities for the proclamation of God’s Word. On the one hand, especially on Easter, there will almost certainly be visitors and members who don’t attend church as often as … Continue reading

29 stanzas of greatness for our readers.

Thank you to Mark DeGarmeaux for the translation. We know this one from LSB’s “On my heart imprint Your Image” which is only one stanza long.  There are 28 other great stanzas to consider and meditate upon from the mind … Continue reading

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (Sermon on John 13:1-17, 31b-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to … Continue reading

A Gracious and Merciful God

“Now, if you are afraid to go to the Sacrament, and your conscience frightens you, as if you were unworthy, put this verse into your heart and on your lips.  Then you must hear and feel how sincerely He calls … Continue reading

Sermon – Father, Forgive Them

Sermon for Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion based on Luke 23:1-56 Dear sinners for whom Jesus died: Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen. “Father, forgive them, for they … Continue reading