A New Era — A Guest Article by Rev. Nathan Raddatz

 Those who work closest in the area of ethnic mission efforts, understand how difficult it is to begin an ethnic church that becomes self-supportive in a reasonable amount of time.  I think it is time to move into A New … Continue reading

Wise words from a Doctor of the Church in praise of pastors you never hear about.

As Dr. Gard wrote this while serving as a military chaplain deployed oversees, let us all remember to pray for our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve and God uses to provide for week after week of … Continue reading

A Connecticut Shooting in Satan’s Court

Twenty children, six educators, a mother, and a gunman dead in Newtown, CT.  Across the United States there has been an outpouring of grief.  At our congregation’s inner-city school, with 230 children from infants to 8th grade, the tragedy has … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Matt Gunia — Sermon in Response to the School Shooting

Rev. Matthew Gunia Sermon in Response to the School Shooting in Newton, Connecticut Advent 3, Series C Preached at St. John, Niles, IL 16 December 2012 Grace, mercy, and peace be yours from God, our Father, and Jesus Christ, out … Continue reading

Six Worship Theses for Concordia University Wisconsin

The following theses have been published in The Lutheran Witness in April, 2000. These worship theses are designed to point the campus community to the Savior Jesus Christ, who offers Word and sacrament, as the only way to eternal life … Continue reading

Augustana Ministerium — An Urgent Request

14 November 2012 Every sentence I write falls short. I will, therefore, try to be as brief as possible, since all attempted eloquence fails: The Rev. Dan Chambers was joyfully serving the Lord at this time last year, shepherding the … Continue reading

Women’s Ordination — Getting Lost in Hypotheticals – by Dcs. Mary Moerbe

Associate Editor’s Note:  This article was written for us by Deaconess Mary Moerbe, the wife of Rev. Ned Moerbe, who serves in Oklahoma.  It is wonderful to have faithful women who confess the truth against the heresy of women’s ordination. … Continue reading

Gay Marriage — Why Not?

Associate Editor’s Note:  This  short piece by Rev. Matthew Wurm of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bemidji MN appeared in the Bemidji Pioneer as a letter to the editor.  Pastor Wurm is a fine pastor serving the saints in the far north … Continue reading

To the Cross – A new Lutheran site is born

Here is a guest article by Peter Slayton of Ad Crucem. Peter’s passion is helping people discover and develop their God-given gifts so that they consistently confess Christ to a world that desperately needs the Good News. He loves theology, … Continue reading

Teaching Them to Observe All Things, Whatever I Have Commanded You

This is a guest posting from Rev. Jesse Jacobsen of the ELS.  Where have you seen the words in this post’s title? If you were confirmed as a child, then you memorized them from the Small Catechism, where it cites … Continue reading

News from The United List

Many around the Synod are gathering for circuit forums and making nominations for various offices (Deadline is October 20). It is important that these individuals receive as many nominations from congregations as possible. We want to make sure that you … Continue reading

Evolution: Black and White in a World of Grey

A recent “Ask a Pastor” asked the following: I was wondering if the Steadfast in Science writer could address where the theory of evolution is wrong in a scientific manner. Scripture passages, although applicable to the believer, won’t suffice in … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — After Three Years, Freedom by Pr. Timothy Winterstein

“So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known.  What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on … Continue reading

Biased, Bad, or Breakthrough: Minority Reports in Science

Evolution, akin to religion, involves making certain a priori or metaphysical assumptions, which at some level cannot be proven empirically… I think the best way to deal with creationism, but the way to deal with evolution also, is not to deny … Continue reading

Why We Must be Steadfast In Science, Too

Lutherans have always been great about arguing the fine points of theological minutiae.  This is important, as painful as it may sometimes sound.  The gift that God has given us in His revelation of Himself in Christ is the most … Continue reading

God and “The God Particle”

Humans have always loved to simplify complex theories and ideas with nicknames.  Physicist Fred Boyle referred to the theory that the universe expanded from a singularity with the derogatory phrase “the Big Bang.”  Einstein referred colloquially to the phenomenon of … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — ULC: Looking Back and Looking Forward though the Eyes of a Layperson

by Douglas Denzler One month ago I watched my place of worship, University Lutheran Chapel; hold is final service and close its doors forever.   The congregation was forced to leave by an eviction order by the Minnesota South District of … Continue reading

Planning an Overture to the Next Synodical Convention?

DON’T LET IT GET THROWN OUT ON A TECHNICALITY. by Pastor Roger Gallup Are you planning to ask your congregation, circuit forum, or church worker conference to submit an overture to the next synodical convention that would make a change … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — Homeschooling by Holly Scheer

This article comes from Holly Scheer, the wife of Pastor Scheer, who has the task of teaching their children at home. It’s hard to completely pin down the numbers because some states don’t track homeschoolers at all, but estimates are … Continue reading

Lutheran Student Fellowship at Vanderbilt forced into unofficial status by University policies

We at BJS welcome submissions of articles that may be of interest or educational to our readers.   Newsletter for June 2012 As I write this article at the end of the spring semester 2012, Lutheran Student Fellowship at Vanderbilt … Continue reading

Why ULC? Guest article by Noreen Linke.

I had the privilege of worshipping at University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis this past Sunday. ULC is near and dear to my heart, as it is for many of you. As eviction day draws near (April 30) I wanted to … Continue reading

Is Your Treasure the Word or the Soundtrack?

This is a guest post by Cheryl Magness. The recent BJS post “Firearms Training” discussed at some length the recorded hymn accompaniment tracks that were in frequent use at the LCMS national synodical convention in Houston last month. While the … Continue reading

Firearms Training, by Phillip Magness

(Editor’s Note: Cantor Phillip Magness writes the column “Not your Grandfather’s Church” for BJS. This edition is not about a local parish but about the church more broadly speaking as it met for its convention in Houston a few weeks … Continue reading