Great Stuff Found on the Web — First synodwide campus conference in 10 years planned

Found on the Reporter:   The Synod’s first national conference in 10 years for college students and others in LCMS campus ministries is set for Jan. 3-5, 2013, at Saint Louis University (SLU) in midtown St. Louis. Sponsored by the … Continue reading

Good News on the Western Chapel Front, by Pr. Rossow

From Pastor Mark Jasa’s (Lutheran Chapel UCLA) facebook: “I heard it from the district president himself The Chapel at UCLA is off the list of properties to be sold. Thank you to everyone who is praying for us, and Thank you to … Continue reading

Attention St. Louis-area Issues, Etc. listeners!

You may have heard that “Issues, Etc.” is “returning” to KFUO radio. This is true, in the sense that KFUO listeners will get to hear fresh episodes of “Issues, Etc.” on the station for the first time since the LCMS … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Peter’s Glory and Satan’s Delight in the Heart and Mind of Men

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account (Mark 8:27-38) the eighth chapter.     Beloved … Continue reading

Micro Koinonia Project Part I – Ground Rules and Introductions, by Pr. Rossow

As I posted the other day, Pastor Mark Schulz and I are embarking on an interesting and hopefully edifying journey. We are not sure where it will end up but we are going there boldy and humbly. Here is our first exchange. … Continue reading

Does your worship prepare you for death?

I had the opportunity to hear an excellent presentation this afternoon from a neighboring pastor (Rev. Shawn Kumm of Zion, Laramie) on Lutheran worship.  One of the best points that he made was related to how worship is meant to … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Book of Concord on the Internet

Not that this is a bit of self-promotion, but .. I couldn’t resist this post from Cyberbrethren. Note some resources not mentioned below are the Daily Readings (available by twitter or email), the bulletin inserts for 3-year and 1-year series, … Continue reading

Steadfast on Campus

The college campus is a windy place. Life-long Lutheran students are suddenly carried away from the foundation of the apostles and prophets by every wind of doctrine. They appear to be helpless as the waves of rationalism, emotionalism, synergism, etc. … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Considering all of the Confessions.

When I became a pastor in the Lutheran Church, I said that I would perform the duties of my office in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions. I promised, with the help of God, to preach and teach and administer the … Continue reading

So this Church-Growther and this Liturgomaniac Walk into a Bar…; Micro Koinonia Project Coming to BJS, by Pr. Rossow

So this Church –Growther and this Liturgomaniac walk into a bar… Well, it isn’t quite like that but it is close. It’s not a joke, it’s not a bar and it’s not really a church-growther and a liturgomaniac but it … Continue reading

Justification is always the issue… Preaching

I know we have kind of beaten the horse a bit with this issue, but I don’t ever get bored with this.  Justification is always the issue.  So in this article, I would like to talk about how Objective Justification … Continue reading

The Conflict over the HHS Regulations — It Is Theological

Readers of this blog are, by now, familiar with the ongoing conflict between various churches and political factions over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hereafter HHS) regulations which would mandate that “all employers” provide contraceptives and abortifacients … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Lent 1

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. Mark’s gospel account the first chapter (Mark 1:9-15)   Beloved in the … Continue reading

News from the ACELC updated

From the ACELC Board of Directors:   Dear Friends, We just wanted to drop you a short note advising you that all of the 2012 Conference Sermons and the Table Talk sessions from our recently concluding Theological Conference have now … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Good things in small packages…

Found over on Pastoral Meanderings .. Pastor Peter’s blog:   Smallness is often under appreciated. I like it when the folks at my local branch remember my name and know who I am. I do not like it when I … Continue reading

Weedon goes to Saint Louis: Hamel’s loss is YOUR gain by Rev. Charles Lehmann

Every time the Verba are spoken by one of the Lord’s pastors over the bread and wine, heaven comes down to earth.  Angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven sing before the Lamb who was slain but is alive … Continue reading

Google Stats Point to the Sunset of Contemporary Worship? by Pr. Rossow

We can only hope so! We have argued long and hard here on BJS that Contemporary Worship is an aberrant expression of the highly Romantic and anti-establishment character of the 60’s/70’s generation. Even the church growthers have acknowledged that a more reverent and … Continue reading

Why didn’t this business model come with Church Growth?

On my recent trip out east for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference my family and I had the fine opportunity to eat at one of our favorite “eastern” restaurants, Steak n Shake.  At the second location my … Continue reading

Council of Presidents Unanimously Endorses President Harrison’s Statement on HHS Mandate, by Pr. Rossow

We are pleased to report that the Council of Presidents (all of the district presidents and the presidium of the LCMS) has unanimously endorsed the statement made by President Harrison a week ago Friday. It is good to see this sort … Continue reading

Steadfast ELS — Contending for the Faith

It is an honor to be asked to add the occasional ELS perspective to the Steadfast Lutherans. The ELS is the little “sister synod” of the Wisconsin Synod (WELS). The ELS consists of 132 member congregations in 19 states, for … Continue reading

Inquisition time–The ACELC Chairman of the Board

While I attended the 2nd annual Conference of the ACELC a few weeks ago I had the chance to sit down with Rev. Clint Poppe, the chairman of the board for the ACELC.  I had the chance to ask him … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — It begins on paper

I’ve been graciously asked to bring a little bit of WELS history and an occasional WELS perspective to the Steadfast readers. I’m quite sure most of my brothers in the WELS would agree that I’m not exactly your stereotypical (or … Continue reading

Steadfast in School — In Praise of Vocational Education

We Lutherans speak a lot about vocation. In a nutshell, these are the various callings the Lord gives to each of His children to serve Him by serving one’s neighbor: one person might be at the same time a son, … Continue reading

(Approved) Sermon on Luke 12:13-21

I thought since I haven’t gotten around all week to posting anything new, I would post this.  It was approved by my advanced preaching professor, Dr. Torgerson (a fantastic teacher and preacher!), so I thought I would build up the … Continue reading

Inclusive Language Excludes God

Another excellent article from Pastor Peters on his blog Pastoral Meanderings:   I did not come up with that title.  I borrowed it from someone more creative.  But it is a powerful statement of the problem with most inclusive language.  … Continue reading