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Making Disciples In America And Africa

March 1st, 2014 1 comment

Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the ‘Making Disciples Conference’ in Fairview Heights, IL.  This was one of the conferences sponsored by Brothers of John the Steadfast.  At the conference both Rev. James May and I spoke on role of the liturgy and catechesis in the task of making disciples in American and in Africa. As a part of the conference, both Rev. May and I had the opportunity to speak on our topics with Issues, Etc.  You can access the Issues, Etc. interviews below: From Evangelicalism to Confessional Lutheranism (Rev. Matt Richard) Making Disciples In Africa   More…

Sasse, Harrison, and Inerrancy

December 2nd, 2013 5 comments

It has been a long time since I have been so thoroughly edified, educated, and stimulated by one book.  I am talking about Hermann Sasse’s Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1, 1948-1951 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013) (available here in print: http://www.cph.org/p-21568-letters-to-lutheran-pastors-volume-1.aspx; also in Kindle ed.).  Confessional Lutherans of all types are looking forward to the second volume, to be released soon by CPH! Like other works by master theologians, this volume has not been a “quick read” for me.  I now have two letters more to read in the “Letters to Lutheran Pastors” section, as well as the letters   More…

Ad Te Levavi- Homeless Jesus (St. Matthew 21:1-9)

November 30th, 2013 No comments

Behold, your king is coming to you, humble and mounted on a donkey (Matt 21:5). A donkey—it just doesn’t seem a fitting chariot for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And not only was he sitting on a lowly beast of burden, it wasn’t even His own lowly beast of burden, but a borrowed animal. This would be sort of like the Queen pulling up to Buckingham Palace in a beater she’d borrowed from a homeless guy in the slums of London. Such a “chariot” is not fit for royalty. What sort of a King is this Jesus? To   More…

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 2 The First Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 2, the First Commandment. Watch for these and share it with your friends, you will not be disappointed. And as the summer goes by, keep coming back for more installments. For those pastors in the parish, these videos may serve as great introductions in your confirmation classes if you like them.

The Small Catechism Snippets on YouTube – a New BJS Project

Great news to our readers (and watchers!).  Some of our authors here at BJS are working diligently on what we are calling “The Brothers of John the Steadfast Catechism Series”, which are 2-5 minute video segment summaries of the Small Catechism for you to use in any way you see fit.  The first installment is available now on the Steadfast Lutherans YouTube channel.  In it Pastor Chris Hull describes in brief the need historically for the Small and Large Catechisms and also their continued relevance today for all Christians.  Take a peek, share it with your friends, you will not   More…

Luther, Zwingli and Supper-Part I

March 21st, 2013 7 comments

Martin Luther and his colleagues in Wittenberg were not the only theologians to set forth a theological program of reform in the early sixteenth century.  In fact, many competing visions of reform emerged.  In the early 1520s Ulrich Zwingli led a religious reform in Zurich, one of the cantons of the Swiss Confederacy.  While he was not the only early Protestant reformer in Switzerland, Zwingli became the most significant religious leader of the Swiss Reformation until his death in 1531.  Zwingli won the support of the government of Zurich that led to significant changes in faith and practice.  These included   More…

Listen to Luther, Melancthon, and Chemnitz on your mp3 player for free!

On my way to the 2013 BJS Conference I had some time to listen to stuff on my cheap mp3 player while I sat in the airport and flew on the planes.  So since I was working on catechizing my youth on the glorious gift of baptism I was listening to the Large Catechism.  This was possible through a free download at Librivox of the Book of Concord.  I had been informed of this because the pastor who did this great work was from my own Wyoming District, Pr. Jonathan Lange.  Pr. Lange has done the Church a great service   More…

Luther on Idolatry in the Appendix to the First Commandment

February 10th, 2013 5 comments

We all know the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods” (or more literally, You shall have no other gods before My face). Although we don’t recite these words when listing the Commandments in the Small Catechism, Moses records what the Lord had to say about these words: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous   More…

Luther vs. Erasmus on Scripture — Round 2

August 22nd, 2012 No comments

Erasmus, over and against Luther’s understanding concerning the authority of Sacred Scripture, places great importance on the interpretation of the church fathers concerning the Holy Scriptures.  Before Erasmus begins his discussion on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit upon Scripture, he first discusses the authority of the church fathers.  He writes, Nevertheless I wish to remind the reader, if he thinks we are holding the scale to Luther’s, with our scriptural passages and firm reasoning, that he now visualize in addition the entire long list of most erudite men who have enjoyed the approval of many centuries up to the   More…

Excellent resource on sale – one of the keys to understanding our Life Together debates

Luther’s work “On Christian Freedom” was required reading at seminary.  It provided a great way to understand the freedom we have in Christ (by faith) and also the bonds we have to one another (by love).  This is as I see it, one of the key things in many of the doctrine/practice debates going on in the LCMS today.  Often freedom claims are made in every little innovation that is introduced.  Often one pastor can claim his freedom over his neighboring pastors in doing things.  All of the freedom talk leaves the idea of the bonds of love behind.  Luther   More…

Look down on or Despise: Luther on the extent of the law

1st Timothy 4:12 says, ” Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” The Greek word, kataphroneito, means to despise or look down on. both of these translations are correct, but one lends itself to a less condemning tone in Paul’s letter. If people look down on Timothy, it is because he is young and inexperienced. If they despise him, it is because he is young, yet preaches the eternal truth of God’s Law and Gospel. Sinful man, because of the fall, will always   More…

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Steadfast Office – Is AC V Alive?

Associate Editor’s Note:  Please remember Pastor Wurst, his congregation and the whole community of Duluth, MN in your prayers as they have been recently struck with horrible flooding. Is AC V Still Alive? In my post on the Steadfast Office – The Divine Call (here), I spoke about the meaning and necessity of the rite vocatus, that is, the right call or the right vocation. Some people disagreed with me. They rested their argument, that is, their defense, on ordination giving the man the right and duty to preach the Word of God and to administer the Sacraments rightly. I   More…

Is the Lectio Divina a Practice to Be Encouraged?

Recently, there has been some attention drawn to the advice of Dr. Bruce Hartung of Concordia Seminary to a reader’s comment as published in a recent edition of the Reporter: [Reader:]I have prayed in the Lectio Divina process for a number of years. This involves reading a scriptural text, focusing on a particular word or cluster in the text, meditating on the text, prayer in response to the text, and silent resting as the meaning of the text really impacts you. Following this is the development of how all this moves into my daily life. This is the classic lectio, meditatio, oratio, contemplatio and,   More…

Every Sunday Pro-Choice Sunday?

            Rev. Paul McCain has a very good posting on the topic of “worship wars”:   The High Church Danger to the Lutheran Church-A Fraternal Warning   with a germane quote from Hermann Sasse and on the top a picture of a very high church Anglican liturgy(above) and on the bottom a photo of a Contemporary Worship service(above)  Sasse points out that the uncritical acceptance of the Liturgical Movement will lead the Lutherans toward Rome and McCain rightly points out that the other extreme, “extreme worship” is not the right way either.  One is a reaction to   More…

The Reality of the Christian Experience

February 14th, 2012 13 comments

When we often hear many American Evangelicals go on and on about their experiences, it might make us not want to talk at all about the Christian experience, but when we understand it correctly, the Christian experience is truly a comfort. I have lately become interested in this topic as I have been reading Luther’s Galatians lectures of 1535 (AE 26).   In his lectures, Luther goes so far as saying that by faith we are so united with Christ that we are as one person (168). Now, at first, this seems a bit extreme, as if Luther is confusing   More…