About Pastor John Frahm III

Rev. John A. Frahm is pastor of Gloria Christi Lutheran Church in Greeley, Colorado, where he has served since 2006. He has previously served parishes in the Midwest. He is a 1998 graduate of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and was ordained by Dr. Ray Hartwig in 1998. He was editor of the former website Reformation Today, and has published articles in The Bride of Christ, Logia, and The Lutheran Witness magazines and is a charter member of The Augustana Ministerium. He has also been a guest on Issues Etc. In college years, he was active in Lutheran campus ministry activities and was the first president of Region 4 of Lutheran Student Fellowship, helping to organize the first LSF national gathering for college students. Pastor Frahm was born in Arlington Heights, Illinois and was raised in southern Minnesota. He is married to Jennifer, a Michigan native, whom he met while on vicarage in Michigan. Jennifer currently works as an instructional designer at a college in Greeley. He and Jennifer are the proud parents of Wyatt, who was stillborn and called home to heaven, at nearly full term in 2008. They look forward to seeing him again in heaven and they look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Pastor Frahm believes our biblical, confessional, and liturgical heritage is an asset to be boldly and forthrightly applied and used for the mission of the church.

Some Quotes for Discussion of AC XIV

Here are some quotes when considering AC XIV: XIV Of Ecclesiastical Order they teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church or administer the Sacraments unless he be regularly called.     “…it is with those who are … Continue reading

A False Dichotomy:  Going To versus Being Church

Here’s a graphic that goes around in various versions online that expresses a way of thinking evidently at work among us:   Now both terms “consumer” and “missional” are new terms coined for the purposes of expressing an opinion by … Continue reading

The Spirit-Filled Church Is Known By Hearing, Eating and Drinking

“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes, so it is with those who are born of the Spirit,” the Lord Jesus said in … Continue reading

A Proper Lutheran Altar Call — The Word Leading to the Supper

Jesus says to the church at Laodicea:   “Look, I stand at the door and am knocking.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will enter for the sake of him and sup with him and he with … Continue reading

A Case for the LCMS Having a Government Information Office

There is no doubt that while we must distinguish between the two kingdoms, since it is essentially distinguishing between the law and the gospel, there is also no doubt that the two kingdoms interact on a daily basis in this … Continue reading

The Lord’s Supper as Christ’s Last Will and Testament

We hear the words during the consecration, “this cup is the new testament in My blood.”   However, most English Bibles will translate the words of Jesus as the “new covenant” (the Authorized or King James Version being a great exception).   … Continue reading

Thy Kingdom Come: Lent and Easter Sermons by David H. Petersen: A Review by Rev. John A. Frahm III

I’ve received my copy of a new book of sermons by Rev. David Petersen of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   The book is a new publication from Emmanuel Press.   It is a nice sized paperback volume with a … Continue reading

A Belated Reflection on Projection Screens in the Liturgical Context

The use of projection screens in place of printed books or bulletins in the Divine Service has become quite prevalent in some parts of North American Lutheranism.   With this said, I am not aware of any major study that has … Continue reading

The Vocation of Music in the Divine Service

We Lutherans, who are heirs of Johann Sebastian Bach and so many other great composers of sacred music, certainly understand that various instruments can be used faithfully in the liturgical context to God’s glory.   But what are some important considerations … Continue reading

Reasons for Reverence in the Divine Service

Nowadays we hear promoted the idea of “dignified informality” for the services of God’s House.  This nonsensical slogan to promote a casual attitude in attending the Service of Word and Sacrament is quite disjointed from the theological reality of what … Continue reading

Eschatology and Life in the Two Kingdoms

 As Christians we are always living in the end times.   We are not waiting for them to begin (inaugurated eschatology).   The end times began with Jesus’ death.  The writer to the Hebrews says (1:1-2):  “Long ago, at many times and … Continue reading

Steadfast Citizens — Christians and the Bill of Rights

Christians live in particular nations throughout the world.   Each one is different.   God works through the authority He established in the various forms of government throughout the world.  But it is important to know your own government.   That is, it … Continue reading