“The Father’s Grace Toward His Two Lost Sons” A Sermon on Luke 15:11-32

What comes to mind when I say the word “lost”? Perhaps you think of a time when you were driving in an unfamiliar area and no longer were certain where you were or whether you were headed in the right … Continue reading

BW Teigen Reformation Lectures — Lutheranism and Apologetics

This past week Bethany Lutheran College held its annual BW Teigen Reformation Lectures.  The theme was “Lutheranism and Apologetics.” Retired Bethany Prof. Allen Quist spoke on “The Doctrine of Creation in Lutheran Apologetics.”  His talk gave a Lutheran approach to … Continue reading

Steadfast at Camp: “You Are the Man!”

This week at ELS Camp Indianhead, our theme is “For You!” as we hear what God’s Word and the Small Catechism tell us about Christ being present “for you,” “for the forgiveness of sins,” in Absolution and the Lord’s Supper. … Continue reading

Now in English for the First Time, U.V. Koren’s Works!

Who was the most influential Lutheran theologian in America in the 19th century? C.F.W. Walther? C.P. Krauth? How about U.V. Koren? While lesser known than these contemporaries, U.V. Koren’s legacy looms large in that portion of Lutheranism that traces its … Continue reading

Jesus’ Resurrection Affects our Life

What if Christ has not been raised? What difference would it make for your life? Have you ever considered that question? The great resurrection chapter, 1 Corinthians 15, spends several verses playing out that scenario. “If Christ has not been … Continue reading

Good Friday Sermon: “Deliver Us From Evil”

  Text: St. Matthew 6:13b. But deliver us from evil. (KJV) Prayer: My heavenly Father, I pray that You would save me from every evil of body and soul, property and honor, and that at the hour of my death … Continue reading

Lent Resource — The Lord’s Prayer and His Passion: Daily Readings During Lent

Every week at divine service and maybe every day at home, we pray the Lord’s Prayer, but do we realize its meaning for our faith and life and how it relates to Jesus’ redemptive work for us?  As a daily … Continue reading

Is theistic evolution compatible with the Christian faith?

On February 4, Ken Ham, founder of creation science organization Answers in Genesis, debated famous scientist and children’s television host Bill Nye “the Science Guy” on the question “Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era?” … Continue reading

“Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving”: A Sermon Based on Psalm 100 and Luther’s Explanation to the Creed

Text: Psalm 100: 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all … Continue reading

The Three Advents of Jesus

      Are you ready for Christmas? By now most of us have our Christmas trees up and decorated.   Some of us have set up Nativity scenes or decorated with Christmas lights.  Others are finalizing travel plans, putting finishing touches … Continue reading

ELS History Play Now on DVD

During the summer I reported that an historical play was performed at the June convention of the ELS. I am pleased to report that this play performance is now on available on DVD. The Oak Trees Still Stand, a play … Continue reading

Bjarne Wollen Teigen Reformation Lectures

  How will you be celebrating Reformation this year? Why not come to Minnesota for the Reformation Lectures! Since 1965, Bethany Lutheran College and Seminary in Mankato MN have held Reformation Lectures.  The first presenter was Dr. Hermann Sasse, and … Continue reading

“The Oak Trees Still Stand”: Steadfast on Stage

Following a church merger, a congregation and pastor are forced to go to court to try to maintain claims to a parsonage that has long been property of their parish. Surprisingly, the merger in question here is not the famous … Continue reading

“Engaging Families With Jesus”: ELS Convention Essay

One of the highlights of the ELS Convention each year is the essay, which focuses on some particular doctrine or practice of the church. This year’s essay, connected to the overall vision statement of the synod, “Engage Others With Jesus,” … Continue reading

WELS President Comments on NIV 2011 and New Translation

As one reads BJS lately, you may get the impression that this is an in-house LCMS production. We may not be posting as much lately, but there are non-LCMS contributors and readers, and we, too, will be having synodical conventions … Continue reading

“O Day Full of Grace”: A Scandinavian Hymn for Pentecost

What a joyous, happy event a birthday is! When a child is born, the family rejoices. A birthday is something to remembered in a special way each year. The Day of Pentecost, the 50th day after Easter is a birthday, … Continue reading

Doctor of the Church Enters Glory on Good Friday

On Good Friday, March 29, 2013, Dr. Francis Monseth, Dean of Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, was received into his eternal home at age 71. He earned an STM and ThD from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  He taught systematic theology: … Continue reading

The Cross Shows Us Our Sin and Our Savior

When the movie, “The Passion of the Christ” premiered, TV news showed people leaving the theatre either crying or in stunned silence.  Those of you who have seen the film may have experienced this first-hand.  Does Jesus’ cross make you … Continue reading

“O How Beautiful the Sky”: A Scandinavian Hymn for Epiphany

Also translated, “Bright and Glorious is the Sky” (ELH 120), this delightful hymn for Christmas and Epiphany comes from the country of Denmark. If you could, by some chance, worship in a Danish Lutheran church this past Sunday, you would … Continue reading

Jesus’ Genealogy: Forgiven Sinners

Researching one’s family history can turn up surprises. A couple years ago, a distant cousin of mine researched our family line using a computer program. How surprised I was to learn that my family had been in this country for … Continue reading

“Teaching Children to be Thankful”

A child’s first word is usually “mama” or “dada.”  For my son, his first word was “Thank you.”  While he pronounced it “Tay-due,” we knew what he meant.  We started calling him “Tay-due” for his nickname.  What a polite and … Continue reading

Living as Citizens of Two Kingdoms: A Post Election Sermon

Matthew 22:15-22. 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way … Continue reading

What is Objective Justification?

What is justification? For Lutherans, the central teaching of the Bible is justification by faith apart from the works of the law. The classic expression of this doctrine is found in Article IV of the Augsburg Confession, “Also they teach … Continue reading

Marriage and Natural Law

During its annual convention in June 2012, the ELS resolved that “our members be alerted to this recent challenge” to the Biblical teaching on marriage (the “preferential treatment given to those who live together outside of marriage due to the … Continue reading

Steadfast at Camp

A recent edition of Rock Center with Brian Williams featured hilarious selections from the book, “P.S. I Hate It Here!: Kids’ Letters from Camp” by Diane Falanga. In this book, kids are brutally honest about their summer camp experience. You … Continue reading