Gospel Notes for Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)

The Gospel Notes for Advent 1 of the Historic One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF or the Black and White PDF. Additional one-year lectionary Gospel Notes can be found here. If you would like to … Continue reading

Thoughts by a Concerned Layman on the Diaconate…

Here’s a submission from a Concerned Layman: Before I begin in earnest, let me say that I am not a pastor, nor am I an expert in theology, Lutheran or otherwise. I am simply a layman in the Lutheran Church … Continue reading

Great Stuff — How to make your church irresistible

by Earle D. Treptow Found over on WELS.net:   Did it work? Did the title grab your attention and compel you to read? If you’re feeling like you’ve been hooked by a title, allow this confession. I got hooked by … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Alan Taylor — As I Ought to Speak

This sermon was posted on LutheranSermon.com, a website that allows pastors to post their sermons. This sermon by Rev. Alan Taylor was preached at St Mark Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson, Texas on August 30, 2015 — Pentecost 14B Sermon … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On

Found over on blogs.LCMS.org:   There is no doubt this was a difficult Summer for Christians in America. It felt like one blow after another on our religious freedoms. There were landmark decisions regarding marriage, and many embattled consciences over … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Jesus didn’t say homosexuality and same sex marriage are wrong?

Found over on Pastor Mark Surburg’s blog:   In discussions about homosexuality and same sex marriage, you will often encounter people who deliver this as if it is a clear proof that homosexuality and same sex marriage are morally acceptable: … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The LCMS Calls a Post a Post

Found over on Chronicles Magazine:   By:Aaron D. Wolf If the role of religion in America today is to teach the faithful to bend over and kiss the ring of postmodernity and beg for forgiveness for actually believing something, the … Continue reading

Nothing to Give Except Jesus: A Vicarage Retrospective

Greetings!  My name is Jacob Hercamp and I am a vicar finishing up my year of “servitude” in a congregation that I have come to love.  Allow me if you will to recount some of my lessons and experiences: My … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Was John Tietjen Right?

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Musings of a Country Pastor:   Of course not. The man was a heretic, and his removal was necessary for the continued faithfulness of the church. But even a stopped clock is right … Continue reading

Survey of the Synod – Time for an Evaluation?

Many Districts encourage congregations to survey their members about the status of their congregation and the quality and character of their pastor’s work.  It is also common for congregations to conduct annual reviews of their pastors.  This too is encouraged by Districts.  Some of … Continue reading

Justin Schwarz Update

Thanks to all who have been praying to Our Father for Justin Schwarz.  Justin’s surgery was successful, the bypass has new blood flow heading to his brain and after a few rough days he is feeling much better.  Yesterday, he … Continue reading

Guest Post — Out of Place Pastors and Hearers

Guest Post by Rev. Jonathan Boehne, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso, IL. Everyone has their place to serve God. Luther showed us that church isn’t the only place people have callings. It wasn’t only by running to … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reflections on the Fall of a Pastor

Posted over on JoshuaTheilen.blogspot.com:   Tullian Tchividjian, the well known pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, has resigned his position.  According to his own statement both he and his wife committed adultery.  This disqualifies him from the pastoral office.  He … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: Persecution, Preaching, Teaching, and Translating

Originally published by Lutherans in Africa: Sudanese Refugees Last month, I began the newsletter talking about the situation in Dadaab Refugee Camp which is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. There are a couple Lutheran congregations there … Continue reading

Guest Article — Pastor James Moshier — Spring Pastor’s Conference, Kearney, NE

The following was submitted to us for publication.  We welcome reader submissions and often publish them.  Thank you Pr. Moshier for your faithful teaching. Devotion prepared for the Spring Pastor’s Conference, Kearney Nebraska April 14, 2015 A reading from John … Continue reading

Good Thoughts on Recent Worship Debates

Guest article by Pr. Willis McCall Christ comes to you through the means of grace: Word and Sacrament. Every Lutheran with even the most modest of catechetical instruction confesses this. We believe, teach and confess that in the Divine Service … Continue reading

Best Practices for “Ministry”? Report from Rev. Brian Flamme

The “Best Practices for Ministry” description is brief on the convention website. “A FREE conference encouraging pastors, church workers and lay people as we reach out with the Gospel of Christ.  For those who love: the local church, the unchurched, … Continue reading

Letter to Pastors – First Sunday in Lent

Found over on LCMS.org:   The First Sunday in Lent, A.D. 2015 Dearest Brothers in the Office: I greet you in the name of Jesus, our constant hope and consolation in the ministry. I’ve been re-reading Martin Brecht’s great three-volume … Continue reading

Guest Post from Pastor Bolland — It’s Time for the ACELC

This was original added as a comment on another post.   We watched it all happen. Over the decades we watched it all, from the misled ecumenism of the Statement of the 44, in 1945; through the 70’s Battle of … Continue reading

Safe in the North-West

(Rev. Otten has written several articles over the years under the category “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.”) DE JA VU or SAFE IN THE NORTH WEST Several years ago this Hyper Euro Sacerdotalist vowed that he had written his last … Continue reading

January 2015: Focus on International Mission

Found over on Video.LCMS.org:   Throughout January, the LCMS focuses on international mission. In the 121 years since the LCMS sents its first missionaries abroad to India, the church has been involved in international mission. The primary goal of LCMS … Continue reading

Talking with little ones about the Sixth — Guest post by Holly Scheer

The Sixth Commandment isn’t less relevant with on demand sex around every virtual corner In the not-so-distant past pornography was disseminated in print or video. Plenty of titillating images were shared on the playgrounds of our youth, but it was … Continue reading

The Church in Need – A Hard Look at Giving – Guest post by Vanessa

Thanks to Vanessa for this guest post.  For more by Vanessa check out her regular blog: Bible, Beer, and Babies. No one likes to talk about money. I know of no church elder, pastor or lay member who enjoys standing in front … Continue reading

Things your pastor’s wife wishes you knew – Guest post by Holly Scheer

This is a collection of sentiments from all of my sisters in Christ that I have met over the years. Please know that not all will ring true for each situation. The pastor’s wife occupies a strange space in the … Continue reading

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