Great Stuff – How God Blessed the Reformation through Katie Luther

From the Evangelical Lutheran Synod… Katharina von Bora was born January 29, 1499. Much about her life must remain a mystery to us, but some sources give us glimpses and insights. Prayer and faith. As a young girl, Katharina von … Continue reading

Rejected by FiveTwo: How I Failed My Sacramental Entrepreneur Aptitude Test – Guest Article by Vanessa

Rejected by FiveTwo: How I Failed My Sacramental Entrepreneur Aptitude Test The first time I heard the title “sacramental entrepreneur” I’m pretty sure my brow furrowed with confusion. I know what a Sacrament is. I know what an entrepreneur is. … Continue reading

Guest Article — The Supreme Court Non-Decision

By now just about everyone has heard that the Supreme Court of the United State has declined to hear the appeals of multiples cases where lower courts had ruled against states holding to the traditional understanding of marriage as the … Continue reading

We need pastors not pansies — Guest Article by Vanessa Rasanen

The following was submitted by Vanessa Rasanen, who runs Bible, Beer, and Babies blog. I became a Christian nearly a decade ago, attending church regularly with my husband. Okay. Mostly regularly. We spent many of those years giving into the world’s … Continue reading

Guest Article — Grace and the Corrupter

Posted by Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, Concordia Publishing House O you sons of men, return, And you their daughters, come. And abandon the ways of that Corrupter, And approach me. (Ode of Solomon 33:6–7) This beautiful plea for repentance from … Continue reading

Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation

Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation Rev. Philip Hale – St. Paul, Bancroft and St. John, Lyons NE   John 6 is a controversial touchstone because it is here that different understandings and methods of … Continue reading

The Church and the Single Mom — A guest post by Dcs. Ellie Corrow

When I was in college a couple of friends were brainstorming about where I could meet a nice, Christian man, since it was clear to them that I was single, 25, and committed to my faith. The face of one … Continue reading

Guest Article — Just what do you say when others experience crosses?

by Holly Scheer There are defining moments that stick with us, both of the good and bad variety. When things go well we can share our joy with others. When things go sour we can share our heartache.Sometimes it’s hard … Continue reading

Building up the Body of Christ (by rebuilding the laity core) — Guest article by Gene White of the CLCC

 Hopefully the title clarifies a concern of many clergy and laity within Lutheranism over a trend of the last few decades. All those concerned can clearly see the need for reversal of the trend. Allow me to clarify what this … Continue reading

ACELC — We Need to Learn from History

On February 19, 1974, a little over 40 years ago, most of the faculty and students of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis took a short trip down the driveway leading to a small park. There they gathered in protest to a … Continue reading

Who Really Gets Saved?

The following is written in response to an ELCA article in “The Lutheran” entitled “Who Gets Saved” which taught universalism.  You can find it here.  This article is written by Pastor Paul Fries of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  The original … Continue reading

How to make it through church with children — Guest post by Holly Scheer

Sitting calmly in one spot, standing on cue, holding a hymnal without letting it become a projectile, going for communion without scaling the rail- do these sound like your goals for your little ones for church? How can an hour … Continue reading

Lutheran Schools and the Small Catechism — guest article by Andrew Strickland

Christmas shopping is always an exciting endeavor. By exciting I mean terrifyingly hectic. By terrifyingly hectic I mean I wish I had gotten it done much earlier. On one of those shopping adventures I ran into a former student. We … Continue reading

Poisonous perfection and the importance of forgiveness — Guest Article by Holly Scheer

How often when dealing with a particularly offensive transgression have you asked your child, “Why did you do that?” If they couldn’t answer in a satisfactory way, did it make you even more upset? I have had that happen to … Continue reading

Augustana Ministerium

[Please circulate the following far and wide; this need and so many other needs of hurting pastors and their families are so great, and we can only help meet those needs if ‘everyone’ hears about them.] To those who have … Continue reading

Hot for Preacher — The issue of lust in the church.

Lust. To be honest, this seems to get a lot more attention as a man’s sin. Men – with their visual-driven minds – are warned against the danger of this sin repeatedly. And we know lust exists in the church. … Continue reading

Advent in the home — Guest article by Holly Scheer

Advent has begun again. It’s easy and tempting to treat Advent as a pre-Christmas but it’s so much more. Advent is waiting for the coming of Christ. It’s a time of remembrance and expectation. It’s exciting, all on it’s own. … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — My Atheist Experience

Associate Editor’s note:  This article comes from Vanessa whose blog states that she is “an Army National Guard wife, a working mom of two, a craft beer lover, an avid traveler and reluctant adventurer, a writer, a confessional Lutheran, a … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — Children are on loan from God by Holly Scheer

On December 31, 2008, my husband and I spent our anniversary in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of a children’s hospital in Minneapolis, Mn.  The day before I had gone to the bigger city in the next county from … Continue reading

Guest Article — ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

by Rev. Kevin Vogts Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election … Continue reading

Harrison elected to second term as LCMS president

Found on LCMS.org:   The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has been elected to his second term as president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Harrison received 4,262 votes, or 66 percent of the 6,432 ballots cast. Of the other two … Continue reading

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 3 The Second Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 3, the Second Commandment. This one features Pastor May from Lutherans in Africa. Pr. May does this kind of Catechetical work all of the time as he travels through Africa teaching African Church … Continue reading

Steadfast Moms — encouragement to get those little ones to church

by Holly Scheer Hey, you. I see your tired face. I know that this morning while trying to brush your teeth your kid knocked over your coffee. I know that finding clean socks for everyone can sometimes be embarrassingly difficult. … Continue reading

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 2 The First Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 2, the First Commandment. Watch for these and share it with your friends, you will not be disappointed. And as the summer goes by, keep coming back for more installments. For those pastors … Continue reading

The Unchurched Student — A guest article by teacher Andrew Strickland

There is a line from Charles Porterfield Krauth’s The Conservative Reformation and It’s Theology that jumped out at me so strongly[1] that, while slightly out of context, sparked the idea for this article: “At once as a cause and a … Continue reading