Being a Man in the Church

I presented on this topic for the 3rd annual Wyoming District Men’s Retreat this past weekend.  What follows are my thoughts which I expanded for the presentation.  Sadly, the recording of this was lost due to technical errors. Being a … Continue reading

Supporting Lutheran Missionaries – the Network Model

The LCMS has been sending more and more missionaries throughout the world.  It is sometimes thought of that the massive LCMS budget covers this, but it does not.  Instead the missionaries are a part of the process to raise the … Continue reading

Prayers Requested — For President Harrison and his family at the loss of their home to fire.

From the LCMS facebook page: The Ballwin, Mo., home of Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew and Kathy Harrison suffered an accidental house fire today, Wednesday, July 29. All thanks to God, though the damage was severe, no one was hurt. … Continue reading

Secular Media Covers Becker – no surprise on their take

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, hardly known for its love of conservatives in the LCMS has published an “article” (read: opinion piece) on the Dr. Becker suspension and derostering.  Click here for their article. First off, honorable mention to our Associate … Continue reading

Concordia University Plan for the Future? A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud.  It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.).  He stated that student … Continue reading

The Call Process Primer

Calling a new pastor is a great and glorious occasion.  It can however be a hard time as well.  Your congregation is going through a lot of things after losing its pastor.  There is grief in many situations at his … Continue reading

District Conventions Updates…. Post them here

District Conventions have begun and are currently at a frenzy.  Feel free to give news in the comments of interesting resolutions, speakers, and elections from your own district (keeping in mind the comment policy here at BJS). My own convention … Continue reading

BJS Update – a new Associate Editor and more….

It has taken a little while to get things in order since taking over the organization and the blog, but things are beginning to move.  First and foremost for the blogs’ sake, we now have an Associate Editor to help … Continue reading

Support Needed for Zion Lutheran in Delmont, South Dakota

A tornado swept through Delmont, SD yesterday and destroyed the church building of Zion Lutheran Church.  I know Pastor Brian Bucklew, the pastor there well (from seminary days and after, I had the honor of preaching at his ordination) who … Continue reading

Repost: Sinful Removal of Pastors — Let me count the ways…

Editors note: This is always timely but is being reposted because several examples of this horrid, shameful, and unchristian behavior have come to my attention.  If you or your congregation are considering taking that “vote” to remove a pastor (or … Continue reading

Those are some awfully big shoes… Thanks to Pastor Rossow for being a confessor of the faith.

Yesterday Pr. Rossow told the news of my promotion here at BJS.  There will be much more to come on that in the coming weeks, including some new projects currently underway and some other tweaks to the site.  First though … Continue reading

The Original Synod’s view on worship…

From: The original constitution of the LCMS put it this way when considering uniformity of worship within the Synod: 14. Synod holds in accordance with the 7th article of the Augsburg Confession that uniformity in ceremonies is not essential; yet … Continue reading

A Reminder on the BJS Comment Policy

Dear all, As we work out the kinks of the new site (thank you Norm), I write this to remind you of our comment policy.  The system used for moderation in the previous site has not been working properly, so … Continue reading

2015 Conference Wrap Up — dealing with heterodoxy at home

I am finally back home and can write this up – The conference ended on Saturday after a great set of presentations.  During the morning we received a great presentation on Doctrine AND Practice by Rev. Larry Beane, who did … Continue reading

Day One Wrap Up and Hopes for Day Two

Well day one of the 2015 BJS Conference has ended.  It was a good day.  It is a first in the LCMS to have a conference which openly wants to discuss the topic of heterodoxy and how it is best … Continue reading

A New Sister Site – Sisters of Katie Luther

There are going to be some new things happening during the 2015 Conference.  You have seen the NEW site for BJS, now see another NEW site, the Sisters of Katie Luther.  It is a site devoted to the women of … Continue reading

Anonymous Complaints and their fruit…

Complaints are a part of life in a fallen world.  Add to that a culture of personal opinions and tastes, and complaint can become of increased importance.  Complaints can be necessary.  They also hold the power to utterly destroy people … Continue reading

A Gordian Knot of bylaws – How could a Synod President remove a District President?

The Gordian Knot is an interesting tale.  Alexander the Great’s solution is also interesting.  The LCMS Handbook lays out a Gordian Knot called Dispute Resolution (which produced the results of Dr. Becker’s being viewed as an orthodox Lutheran not needing … Continue reading

What to do in the congregation concerning the LCMS?

So with the news of the LCMS inability to deal with one of its most flagrant dissenters since the 1970s, it is sure to be an issue that the people of God need to learn about.  One of the best … Continue reading

Why I joined the ACELC.

Last night I received a phone call from Rev. Dan Bremer informing me that the ACELC has accepted my associate membership to the organization (associate membership is for individuals; membership is for congregations).  Here is why I joined using the … Continue reading

Good Lutheran Preaching is hard to find but easy to buy…

This is no game or playful philosophy. It is war and it is deadly serious. Our preaching is an act of war. We preach Jesus first because that is the way the devil is defeated and the souls of men … Continue reading

The Brothers of John the Steadfast – Where Clergy Domination is Waning…

Naperville, IL — While the claim of clericalism and clergy domination continues to sell tickets to the latest and greatest fifteen year old fad conferences (then again how long ago was the Korah1440BC Conference?  Numbers 16?), something has been happening … Continue reading

Ad Crucem- Authentic Lutheran Art, Cards, and More

As we slowly begin the approach to the Advent and Christmas season as well as pastor appreciation month there is a new and incredible resource for Lutheran items. Ad Crucem is a site run by Wanita Wood that sells art, … Continue reading

The Spam Folder tested the spirits – so should you.

I received a mass email from an LCMS pastor, Rev. Chris Dodge earlier this week.  Today, I found it in the spam folder.  Turns out the spam filter is smarter than I thought – for the email gave two links … Continue reading

Do Recycled Visions fuel the Lutheran Church Growth Machine?

Here is something  to point out about the five-two thing. is a South Korean organization “started by Alex Lim and Matt Suhocki to help missionaries with fundraising.” It works out of “Jubilee Church” [The Korean Association of Independent Churches … Continue reading