Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 3, Fatal Flaws and a Prescription for Recovery

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In Part 1, I reviewed some of the strengths of the Revised Catechism Field Test. In Part 2, I looked at some new things that didn’t quite work. In Part 3, … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — Commandments 1-3

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   I have been asked to offer a critique of the Revision of our Explanation to Luther’s Small Catechism.  Below are criticisms.  There is much to commend in … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 3rd Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   THE THIRD ARTICLE (PART 1) Article and Explanation Text (top p. 89)   Perhaps just a typo, but “Christ” is missing after “Jesus” in the first paragraph … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Distinction Between Law and Gospel

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism. Note that the deadline for comments on the revision is coming up fast — October 31st! Download the catechism or comment on it by clicking here.   “The … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 1st Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   This review is in no way intended to be the final say in a discussion of the Revision.  The intention is merely to begin a conversation that … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Office of the Keys

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   The 1912 and 1943 Small Catechism published by Concordia Publishing House called the fifth chief part “The Office of the Keys, Confession.” In 1991, the explanation of … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 2, Needs Improvement

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In part 1, I examined the changes that I thought were good in the catechism revision. In part 2, I take a look at some of the more challenging parts of … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision – Commandments 7-10.

General comments The “Central Thought” could be helpful but the questions involved in this section turns the focus on the student’s experience of the Law rather than what God says in the Law.  Perhaps the questions could be combined towards … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — Confession

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   Critical scholars doubt that Luther wrote the Office of the Keys. No such doubt exists for Confession; yet, this part remains unknown and unused by Lutherans. In … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: Baptism

The following review of the proposed Catechism explanation of Baptism includes both positive and negative critiques. I will not give them in any particular order. Instead I will try to follow the order of what is in the actual text … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision: The Lord’s Prayer

Here is the first guest article on the proposed revision to the Catechism:   Of all 6 chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, quite often it is the Lord’s Prayer which is given the most superficial treatment in church catechesis. … Continue reading

Great Stuff — “The sect can not wait.” A Catechism Commentary

Found over on Musings of a Country Pastor:   At her recently concluded Pastoral Conference, the Wyoming District asked for more time. The LCMS Catechism Review Committee mailed the “Field Test” of the catechism this past July. Three years of … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Revision — Resolution to Express Concern

Resolution from the Pastors of the Eldora Circuit of Iowa District East.   To Express Serious Concern with the Catechism Revision   The following resolution was drafted for the purpose of discussion and dissemination among our fellow brothers in the … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision

The deadline is approaching to submit feedback and commentary on the proposed Catechism Explanation Revision.  As the “field-test” edition of the new version of the Explanation of the Small Catechism has been sent out to all Missouri Synod pastors and … Continue reading

Tuesday with Luther — Life in the Catechism

Brothers of John the Steadfast brings to your attention a program, “Tuesday with Luther”, which I’ve been producing for a while. I’m starting a series “Life in the Catechism”. This will be a weekly program that covers part of the … Continue reading

Catechism Series, part 11

In this latest installment of our “Steadfast Throwdown” Catechism Series with Pr. Joe Abrahamson, we continue discussing the Sacrament of the Altar. Pr. Abrahamson shows us how Jesus’ new covenant meal fulfills the old covenant, and we smack down the … Continue reading

Catechism Series, part 10

Pr. Joe Abrahamson continues his series on Luther’s Small Catechism on “Steadfast Throwdown.” This time we discuss the Sacrament of the Altar. What is the Sacrament? What does it deliver? Who receives this sacrament worthily? What should Christians do when … Continue reading

Study the Catechism with “Steadfast Throwdown”

Martin Luther’s Small Catechism has been called “the layman’s Bible,” chiefly because it teaches the truths of Holy Scripture in plain and simple terms. Join us on “Steadfast Throwdown” as Pr. Joe Abrahamson walks us through “the layman’s Bible” in … Continue reading

Steadfast Throwdown Series on Luther’s Catechisms

Steadfast Throwdown on KNGN and Pirate Christian Radio has started a series of interviews that focus on the structure and use of Martin Luther’s Catechisms in personal, family, and congregational devotional life. This first program discuses what a Catechism is, … Continue reading

Lent Resource — The Lord’s Prayer and His Passion: Daily Readings During Lent

Every week at divine service and maybe every day at home, we pray the Lord’s Prayer, but do we realize its meaning for our faith and life and how it relates to Jesus’ redemptive work for us?  As a daily … Continue reading

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 3 The Second Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 3, the Second Commandment. This one features Pastor May from Lutherans in Africa. Pr. May does this kind of Catechetical work all of the time as he travels through Africa teaching African Church … Continue reading

Luther’s Small Catechism Part 2 The First Commandment

Our BJS Catechism Series continues with Part 2, the First Commandment. Watch for these and share it with your friends, you will not be disappointed. And as the summer goes by, keep coming back for more installments. For those pastors … Continue reading

The Small Catechism Snippets on YouTube – a New BJS Project

Great news to our readers (and watchers!).  Some of our authors here at BJS are working diligently on what we are calling “The Brothers of John the Steadfast Catechism Series”, which are 2-5 minute video segment summaries of the Small … Continue reading