The Death of a Pastor

“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2). I have a cross in my office at the church I serve that is made of two very large nails. These nails were … Continue reading

Sir Patrick Hamilton, The First Lutheran Martyr in Scotland

Growing up, I had no idea that Lutheran was almost synonymous with German heritage (sorry, Preuses, et al.). The little country parish where I grew up was largely populated by my mom’s family, who were all Metcalfs. This is probably … Continue reading

Whose liturgy is it anyway?

I was reading in Rev. Eric Andersen’s article‘s comments section when I happened across a very enlightening comment from a BJS reader who said, “I know you will join my prayers that God will continue to work through each of … Continue reading

The Secular Case for Church Discipline

There’s an old saying—“You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Sometimes, Christians employ this adage when it comes to exercising church discipline, whether it be on an individual basis or over an entire congregation. We’d rather try to … Continue reading

The Most Neglected Part of the Small Catechism

As is my custom, I was wasting time on Facebook one day, and I came across a post from a friend that posed this question: “What is the most neglected part of the Small Catechism?”  I thought about it for … Continue reading