About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He manages the work of BJS in cooperation with KFUO and is a regular host of Concord Matters (and is also the regular guest on His Time to discuss BJS articles each week). He also oversees the great work done for Steadfast Throwdown. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

Jesus speaks against the Heavenly Vision Profit Industry.

in the past few years we have seen “Heaven is for Real” become a best-selling book and movie.  In fact the movie sold $100 million worldwide and now $37 million in DVD and other media as well.  The book was … Continue reading

The LCMS has a new 6th Vice President!

News came out today from the LCMS administration that the Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn resigned as the Sixth Vice President (East-Southeast Region) of the LCMS for health reasons.  Please include him in your prayers.  He has served the Synod very faithfully … Continue reading

District President May does the right thing and confesses the faith rather than going “interfaith”.

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: This quote describes the event: A responsive reading of a prayer for the Earth from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment will highlight an interfaith gathering Aug. 30 in Fort Wayne. Miami Indian … Continue reading

Being a Man in the Church

I presented on this topic for the 3rd annual Wyoming District Men’s Retreat this past weekend.  What follows are my thoughts which I expanded for the presentation.  Sadly, the recording of this was lost due to technical errors. Being a … Continue reading

February in Texas! BJS Conference Dates Announced

Save the date – February 4-6, 2016 – the conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  A theme and more details will follow, but here is what I can tell you right now: A NEW LOCATION – Zion Lutheran … Continue reading

Supporting Lutheran Missionaries – the Network Model

The LCMS has been sending more and more missionaries throughout the world.  It is sometimes thought of that the massive LCMS budget covers this, but it does not.  Instead the missionaries are a part of the process to raise the … Continue reading

Prayers Requested — For President Harrison and his family at the loss of their home to fire.

From the LCMS facebook page: The Ballwin, Mo., home of Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29. All thanks to God, though the damage was severe, no one was hurt. … Continue reading

Secular Media Covers Becker – no surprise on their take

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hardly known for its love of conservatives in the LCMS has published an “article” (read: opinion piece) on the Dr. Becker suspension and derostering.  Click here for their article. First off, honorable mention to our Associate … Continue reading

Concordia University Plan for the Future? A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud.  It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.).  He stated that student … Continue reading

Sisters of Katie Luther – Giveaway

A few months ago we helped launch the Sisters of Katie Luther.  They are almost at 1000 facebook likes and want to have a giveaway to celebrate courtesy of the generosity of Ad Crucem (whose founder, Tim Wood is one … Continue reading

Like Issues Etc? Help the Schwarz family – donate to the Justin Fund.

I received the following from Pastor Ben Ball, a faithful voice in the Missouri Synod. Justin Schwarz, eldest child of Jeff and Beth Schwarz, has Moyamoya disease and the family is on the way to Boston now where Justin will … Continue reading

Becker Suspended

It happened. Click here   God grant repentance through this enacting of the Law.   … Continue reading

The Call Process Primer

Calling a new pastor is a great and glorious occasion.  It can however be a hard time as well.  Your congregation is going through a lot of things after losing its pastor.  There is grief in many situations at his … Continue reading

District Conventions Updates…. Post them here

District Conventions have begun and are currently at a frenzy.  Feel free to give news in the comments of interesting resolutions, speakers, and elections from your own district (keeping in mind the comment policy here at BJS). My own convention … Continue reading

The Offense of the False Teaching causing Divisions in the LCMS – an Open Letter from a former LCMS Pastor.

Editor’s Note:  The following is an open letter that concerns some of the problems within the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod shared from a pastor formerly of the LCMS.  This is what the corporate failure to address false teachings and … Continue reading

BJS Update – a new Associate Editor and more….

It has taken a little while to get things in order since taking over the organization and the blog, but things are beginning to move.  First and foremost for the blogs’ sake, we now have an Associate Editor to help … Continue reading

Support Needed for Zion Lutheran in Delmont, South Dakota

A tornado swept through Delmont, SD yesterday and destroyed the church building of Zion Lutheran Church.  I know Pastor Brian Bucklew, the pastor there well (from seminary days and after, I had the honor of preaching at his ordination) who … Continue reading

Is the Southern District of the LCMS falling for Pagan Lies? Let’s hope not. They should read BJS more.

Circuit 1 of the Southern District has submitted an overture to its district to discontinue the use of “Easter” from the LCMS.  You can find it on page 8 here. This is when we would suggest here at BJS that … Continue reading

Congratulations to those receiving calls!

This week many men who have been going through training to become pastors will receive the final answer that indeed they will be pastors – their first Divine Call.  It is a good week for the Church.  A couple suggestions … Continue reading

Repost: Sinful Removal of Pastors — Let me count the ways…

Editors note: This is always timely but is being reposted because several examples of this horrid, shameful, and unchristian behavior have come to my attention.  If you or your congregation are considering taking that “vote” to remove a pastor (or … Continue reading

Those are some awfully big shoes… Thanks to Pastor Rossow for being a confessor of the faith.

Yesterday Pr. Rossow told the news of my promotion here at BJS.  There will be much more to come on that in the coming weeks, including some new projects currently underway and some other tweaks to the site.  First though … Continue reading

Go to church. No really, it’s that simple and it will be good for you.

Today is Maundy Thursday, tomorrow Good Friday, Saturday is Holy Saturday.  Don’t miss out on hearing the Word of God over the next three days.  Two reasons – God’s Command and His Promise (thank you CPH for the Catechism quotes) … Continue reading

The Original Synod’s view on worship…

From: http://www.ctsfw.net/media/pdfs/lcmsconstitution.pdf The original constitution of the LCMS put it this way when considering uniformity of worship within the Synod: 14. Synod holds in accordance with the 7th article of the Augsburg Confession that uniformity in ceremonies is not essential; yet … Continue reading

A Reminder on the BJS Comment Policy

Dear all, As we work out the kinks of the new site (thank you Norm), I write this to remind you of our comment policy.  The system used for moderation in the previous site has not been working properly, so … Continue reading

2015 Conference Wrap Up — dealing with heterodoxy at home

I am finally back home and can write this up – The conference ended on Saturday after a great set of presentations.  During the morning we received a great presentation on Doctrine AND Practice by Rev. Larry Beane, who did … Continue reading