In Case You Wondered What Mollie Does for a Living

We here at BJS are grateful to God for the accomplished writers who blog for us, Pastor Wilken, Pastor Preus and Mollie. Mollie is a professional writer whose resume includes several articles published in the Houses of Worship column in … Continue reading

Apologetics Conference in Dearborn, MI on Islam Sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran

CHRISTIANS & THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAM: A BALANCED VIEW This will be the theme of the Second Annual Apologetics Conference to be held October 11, 2008 from 1-4pm at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Adam … Continue reading

Motivation from Rosemarie to Start or Join a Confessions Reading Group, by Pr. Rossow

Rosemarie does not know it yet but she had a part in starting the Brothers of John the Steadfast. I have not seen her in a few years but she is coming to our parish Confessions Reading Group tonight and … Continue reading

Great Article on Task Force Proposals by Martin Noland in Upcoming BJS Steadfast Quarterly

I just got a look at one of the key articles in the upcoming issue of the Steadfast Quarterly and it is superb. It is Dr. Martin Noland’s review of the Proposals from the Blue Ribbon Task Force. (Click here … Continue reading

The Lutheran Confessions and a Pizza Buffet – The Ticker Keeps Moving Up

Check out our Confessions Reading Groups Ticker on the  Confessional Growth  page of the website. It continues to go up, not as fast as the Ablaze counter, but its not about numbers but about confessing the truth. We welcome to … Continue reading

Pastor Wilken to be Installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity, Millstadt

Pastor Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc., will be installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Millstadt, Illinois on Sunday, October 5 at 7 PM. The service will be followed with a coffee and cake reception. Trinity … Continue reading

Requiring User Registration on the BJS website

We at Brothers of John the Steadfast have made the decision to require registration to comment on the site. The reason for this change is the massive amount of spam comments we are receiving.  We have worked hard to prevent … Continue reading

New Confessional Reading Groups Added to the Counter

Ablaze has its evangelism counter and BJS has its Confessional Reading Groups counter. The news in the synod lately and my recent vacation have distracted me from keeping the counter up to date. It is important for us to keep … Continue reading

Description of the Convocation, by Pr. Rossow

A few of the comments to various stories about the synod convocation have asked for a description of what went on. The following is based on  discussions with  a  pastor who attended.   Overall, it was perceived by this person … Continue reading

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

Listening to Issues in the Canadian Shield, by Pastor Rossow

Driving through the radio broadcast wasteland in the Canadian Shield north of Lake Superior in Canada could be a mind-numbing trip if not for some great friends and their wonderful son-in-law Erich K. (For those of you in New Haven … Continue reading

Being Steadfast Includes Being Vigilant: Preview of the LCMS Convocation on Structure, by Pr. Tim Rossow

Being steadfast in part means being vigilant, i.e. keeping watch. For the next three days it is crucial for steadfast laymen (and pastors) to keep watch on what is going on in St. Louis at the synod’s third theological convocation … Continue reading

Mission Mosaic

(Editor’s note: We thank Pastor Dennis Bestul from Cupertino, California for this excellent article reminding us that traditional, liturgical worship exemplifies true diversity, reaching the lost from every background and walk of life.) After our 11:00 divine service one Sunday, … Continue reading

Editor’s Update: Over 5,000 Readers, Worldwide Interest, Discussion of the Nature of this Website

Readership Totals We have some great statistics from the month of July for the John the Steadfast website. We had 5,358 unique visitors in the month of July, making 19,490 visits and viewing 95,079 pages. (Some readers may be checking … Continue reading

More Good Things Coming Out of Texas – The TCL Free Conference September 5-6

Our good friends down in the nation of Texas, the Texas Confessional Lutherans, are holding a free conference early next month, September 5-6 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas. The theme is “Ministry and Priesthood: A Distinction of Kind.” … Continue reading

Response to the Texas District President, by Pastor Rossow

I will be sending President Hennings a personal e-mail and giving him a phone call on Monday to address the issue that we have been discussing for the past few days here concerning the Texas District Youth Gathering. This is … Continue reading

“Mighty Ignorant One” Please Read This

Someone with the handle “Mighty Ignorant One” wrote a comment last night or this morning and it got accidentally deleted. “Mighty Ignorant One” we apologize and ask that you resubmit your comment. You can email me at trossow@steadfastlutherans.org if you … Continue reading

Good Question from Bruce B On Issues and BJS

(from Pastor Rossow) Because the relationship between BJS and Issues, Etc. is informal, based on mutual benefit, (BJS does not manage Issues and Issues does not manage BJS but each benefits from mutual support) questions often arise about the nature … Continue reading

A Day in Texas: Liturgy Solutions, the “Lutheran Cathedral,” Issues, Barbeque and Cigars

(from Pr. Rossow) Before I get to my day in Texas, I suggest you take a gander at a new blog site. A friend of BJS, Cantor Phil Magness is live blogging from the LCMS worship conference in Seward, Nebraska. … Continue reading

A Conversation with a Middleman by Rev. Todd Wilken 7/22/08

(Something LCMS Inc. doesn’t want you to know!) A short story: We were sitting in a district meeting with a mission executive from Synod. (Sounds boring already? It was. But stick with me.)   The mission exec. was scolding the … Continue reading

She’s a Party Animal!

Some of our comments are so good I have to make sure you all get a chance to read them. This one comes from Gayle in response to the “Bred Lutheran” column. “I, too, am bred Lutheran and in some … Continue reading

More Cartoon Fun and Commentary from Pastor Blazek 7/20/08

A couple of times a month we will be posting new cartoons from Pastor Blazek. He is a brilliant satirist and excellent draftsman. We encourage you to not only get a snicker or two from his work but spend time … Continue reading

Hyper-Euro/Sacerdotalist and Hyper-Waltherian Insights Needed

(from Pastor Rossow) I need your help. On July 24 I will be addressing the monthly meeting of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. One of the lesser goals of this website is to help bring confessional Lutherans from all different stripes … Continue reading

Must Read Commentary from Martin Noland

(Editor’s Note: Martin Noland was recently relieved of his position as Director of the Concordia Historical Institute and so is quite familiar with synodical machinations. For details click here Augsburg 1530. He is commenting on Chris Roseborough’s provocative comment which … Continue reading

Ted Nugent and Issues, Etc.

(from Pr. Rossow) This post could be titled “A Not So Typical Day in the Life of a Pastor.” This is a good light-hearted story for the 4th of July holiday.   The day started fairly normally yesterday. I spent … Continue reading