Who let the dogs in?

Who is to receive the Lord’s Supper? Martin Luther teaches, as Jesus teaches in the Holy Scriptures, that the Lord’s Supper is “the true body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, under the bread and wine, given to us … Continue reading

Christian Behavior: HONOR!

Honor is a word people throw around like hero, upstanding, and faithful. What does honor mean? The Oxford Dictionary (US) defines it as high respect or privilege. The Christian defines it in the same way as we learn from the … Continue reading

Closing the Doors – Part 2

Closing a congregation is agonizing, both on the people and on the pastor and his family. My pain increased on Sunday when a member asked me this question: Pastor, why is this happening to us? I have prayed daily to … Continue reading

Can I help you?

Visitors? Do pastors and congregations do all they can to make the visitor’s time of worship a Christ-centered time on Sunday mornings? As a pastor, I would like some feedback on what other pastors do in the congregations they serve … Continue reading

Steadfast Lutherans: Closing the Doors

What happens when the members of the congregation prayerfully decide to close the doors of the congregation? I can tell you that sadness fills the rooms when the vote is completed. Tears flood the room. Doubt fills the heart. Fear … Continue reading

Christian Behavior: Membership

Over on the right, you see a picture of a membership card of an individual who belongs to the National Rifle Association. That membership card means that the individual named has certain benefits belonging to the organization. What about membership … Continue reading

“Do You Hear What I Hear?”

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) What is the preacher saying? I don’t get it. I don’t understand. Who or what is that Matrix thing he was talking about in his … Continue reading

Christian Behavior: I GOT RIGHTS!

I had a conversation with a business man a couple months ago about about some of the pitfalls he experiences in his business as a copier salesman. He said, “Pastor, when I go into a business, I usually deal with … Continue reading

Christian Behavior?

How do Christians behave? Also, what is a Christian? I bet you’re thinking the answer is someone who believes in Jesus. You would be correct. Maybe the question would be served up like – What does it mean to believe … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – Seminary or Bust!

DISCLAIMER: As the author, I do not place any blame on the men who now serve in the preaching office who went through and alternate route instead of going to the seminary. It’s not your fault! On the front page … Continue reading

Thrivent for ???

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota reported (here), in an article on June 5, 2012, that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is considering moving their enterprise to a wider audience by dropping the Lutheran requirement for membership. Is this a big deal … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – The Divine Call

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive … Continue reading

Steadfast Office — Theology, not Politics

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the … Continue reading