About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Great Stuff — “The New Antinomianism: Denying Thesis 18 of Law and Gospel” By Rev. Mark A. Preus

Found over on Gottesdienst Online:   I know you’ll all want sources.  “Where have you seen this?”  “Who said this?”  I can’t give you any right now.  I’ve just seen it happen, and I think that if you’re reading this, … Continue reading

WordSites — making Websites available for Lutheran Organizations

I’m so excited to share this with you. Joshua McNary & I often get approached by non-profit organizations wanting a new website for their organization, but they have limited (or non existent) funds to devote to the project. We’ve long wished there was more we could do to help these deserving groups reach more people with the life saving Word of Jesus Christ through an expanded internet presence.

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Pewcards (Divine Service — an Explanation)

We at BJS were deeply involved in generating this pewcard, so we periodically post information on it, letting new readers have the opportunity to educate the laity at their church on what the liturgy means. Pastor Timothy Rossow originally developed … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Why they don’t sing in Church anymore

Great stuff by Jonathan Aigner found over on Patheos.com: Editors Note – the following may not be from Lutherans, but much of what it speaks relates to us as well.   This is the last post you will ever need … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Lutheran “synergism” and the regenerate will

Another great article found over on Pastor Mark Surburg’s blog:   No Lutheran who confesses that the Book of Concord is a correct exposition of Holy Scripture can deny that the regenerate man cooperates with the Holy Spirit in new … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The surprising history of Romans 6 and baptism in the early Church

Another great post found over on Pr. Mark Surburg’s blog:   The doctrine of Holy Baptism believed by the one holy, catholic and apostolic Church existed before there were New Testament texts to describe it.  Baptism was being administered and … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Four things Lutherans believe about the Law that are false … and true

Posted originally on Pr. Surburg’s Blog:   In our study of Scripture we return to the same texts, yet we often do not find them to be same.  Naturally the text hasn’t changed.  Instead we have changed in our knowledge … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Strong through Weakness

Our text this morning says that Jesus came to a house, not necessarily his house, but He came to house.  This house is like any other house.  This house is like our house.  And just like our house there’s more to this house than just the walls and the roof, the windows and the door.  There’s people in this house.  There’s people in your house, people you love very much, people Jesus loves very much, that’s why he comes to a House in the first place. 

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Great Stuff — What the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Will Mean for Confessional Lutherans

Great Stuff found over on ELS.org:   Back in 2014 the three judges of the 7th Circuit Court ruled that Wisconsin and Indiana could not limit marriage to heterosexuals. According to Judge Richard Posner, this ruling was necessary because traditional … Continue reading

ACELC — Duties of the Pastor: Expectations and Evaluations

From the ACELC Conference, Sexagesima Tuesday, 2015, Kansas City, MO “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:15) This is the presentation by Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller, titled “Duties of the Pastor: Expectations and Evaluations”; … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Mark’s thoughts: They worshipped when?!?

Great stuff found over on Pastor Mark Surburg’s blog:   During the years 111-113 A.D. a Roman named Pliny served as the appointed governor over the area Pontus-Bythinia in what is today Turkey.  Although communication was by our standards painfully … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Koinonia Project One year On… Part 2

Great stuff found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Pastor   The discussions in the Koinonia Project (KP) are welcome. For years, the Wyoming District has been requesting serious theological dialogue regarding our divisions. After several … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Christopher Maronde — Seventh Sunday of Easter

Sermon from Pastor Christopher Maronde at Good Shepherd in Lincoln, NE, originally posted here Sermon Text — John 15:26-16:4 May 17th, 2015 — Seventh Sunday of Easter “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the … Continue reading

Pastoral Educational Debt Survey

Brothers of John the Steadfast is again writing an article on the educational debt of Pastors. A couple of years ago, Pastor Matt Richard posted some very good research on the cost of education and the reality of pastor salaries … Continue reading

Fritz — Try the Spirits

While it is true that heresies are brought into the Church by the theological schools and the spiritual leaders, it is also true that it is the duty of every Christian in the church ‘to try the spirits whether they … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Bylaws vs. the Word of God

Another Great article found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Parson:   There are not a lot of pending resolutions for the Wyoming District convention. That’s not unusual. With a small district, we have a pretty … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Giving thanks for care and growth of career missionaries

Great stuff found over on WMLTblog:   Dear Fellow Redeemed in Christ! “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” (Ps. 107:1) We are blessed with the gift of faith through Holy Baptism and the preaching of God’s Word … Continue reading

Divine Service — an Explanation is now in its FOURTH printing

I’m pleased to announce that we are now on the FOURTH printing of the pewcards shown below. This card was prepared and printed so that it may help the laity better understand the liturgy and its richness. We have shipped … Continue reading

ACELC — Why a Synod?

This is the latest ACELC email blast. Visit the ACELC website to sign up for the emails if you don’t already receive them.   Why a Synod? The question is not how to save our synod, but whether or not … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Quid Est Veritas?

Another great post over on GottesdienstOnline by Pastor Larry Beane:   I just read a statement by a professor on the LCMS clergy roster who favors the ‘ordination’ of women. He made a curious reference to passages of Scripture perhaps … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown — Ways to Participate in Lent

Mrs. Holly Scheer joins us to discuss her article, “Nine Easy Ways to Participate in Lent.” Why does the Church have its own unique calendar? Why do we Christians set apart a time of somber penitence called “Lent”? What are … Continue reading

NID Resolution 1-05 — To Call To Repentance …

Our post last night of an address by Pr. Gallup refers to this resolution, as found in the NID convention “Today’s Business” found here.   RESOLUTION 1-05 To Call to Repentance and Reform All Who Publicly Teach Contrary to the … Continue reading

Address by Pr. Roger Gallup to Northern Illinois District Convention

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On behalf of fellow committee member Pastor Chris Navurskis and myself, I want to thank President Gilbert and the committee for the opportunity to present an additional report on this important resolution and thank you, … Continue reading

CPH Webinar — Designing Your Church Website

Thanks to a tweet from Paul McCain this morning, I found the announcement of a webinar in a week (Thursday the 12th at 10AM). It’s only a half-hour webinar, but it may have some useful information in it. I would … Continue reading

Light from Light — Pictures from the 2015 BJS Conference

Thanks to BJS reader Rick Techlin for posting this pictoral review of the BJS conference on his blog, Light from Light:   The Brothers Of John the Steadfast held their annual conference in Naperville, Illinois on February 20 & 21, … Continue reading