Advent in the home — Guest article by Holly Scheer

Advent has begun again. It’s easy and tempting to treat Advent as a pre-Christmas but it’s so much more. Advent is waiting for the coming of Christ. It’s a time of remembrance and expectation. It’s exciting, all on it’s own. … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — My Atheist Experience

Associate Editor’s note:  This article comes from Vanessa whose blog states that she is “an Army National Guard wife, a working mom of two, a craft beer lover, an avid traveler and reluctant adventurer, a writer, a confessional Lutheran, a … Continue reading

Steadfast Guest — Children are on loan from God by Holly Scheer

On December 31, 2008, my husband and I spent our anniversary in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) of a children’s hospital in Minneapolis, Mn.  The day before I had gone to the bigger city in the next county from … Continue reading

Portrait of a “Lutheran” Liberal

This was submitted by a friend of mine ..   These days, the Lutheran Witness is very much worth reading: It’s a much better, much more substantial publication than it was a few years ago. So tonight I’m reading the May issue’s … Continue reading

Mark’s thoughts: Penance, Purgatory, Indulgences and Twitter

Another great post on Pr. Surburg’s blog, Surburg.blogspot.com:   Recently the Vatican caught the attention of many Lutherans when it announced that Roman Catholics who follow the “rites and pious exercises” at the weeklong Catholic World Youth Day on television, radio … Continue reading

“Higher Things” from a Youth’s Perspective by Jared Timm

My name is Jared Timm.  I’m a fourteen-year-old boy from central Minnesota.  If you’re like me, then you are used to going to church every Sunday (especially if you’re a pastor’s kid, like me), and worshiping with 150 or 200 … Continue reading

A Review of Higher Things “From Above” Purdue 2013 by Rev. Bruce Timm

If you want your youth to worship in the Lutheran way and if you want them to hear the Christian faith preached and taught faithfully, winsomely, and “relevantly” and if you want them them to live in the gifts which … Continue reading

Guest Article — ELCA Has Biggest Split in American Church History

by Rev. Kevin Vogts Since shortly after its formation in 1988 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been fixated on deviant sexual behavior, culminating in the endorsement of homosexual pastors in 2009, homosexual “marriage” in 2011, and the election … Continue reading

Steadfast Moms — encouragement to get those little ones to church

by Holly Scheer Hey, you. I see your tired face. I know that this morning while trying to brush your teeth your kid knocked over your coffee. I know that finding clean socks for everyone can sometimes be embarrassingly difficult. … Continue reading

The Unchurched Student — A guest article by teacher Andrew Strickland

There is a line from Charles Porterfield Krauth’s The Conservative Reformation and It’s Theology that jumped out at me so strongly[1] that, while slightly out of context, sparked the idea for this article: “At once as a cause and a … Continue reading

A Missionary and Catechist to Eurasia by Douglas M. Denzler

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8) One Sunday evening last spring my wife and I were watching … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Status of Unionism on Worldview Everlasting

Found on Worldview Everlasting:   UNIONISM!! SYNCRETISM!!! AskDaPastor 2.0 takes on a current event question. Why don’t faithful Lutherans commune with other denominations? Why don’t faithful Lutherans take part in worship services with other religions? Pastor Fisk answers perhaps one … Continue reading

Has State Run Marriage Run Its Course?

Our latest addition to the BJS Board of Directors is laymen Mike Kronemann. He runs his own corporate display company (auto shows) and is an elder at Bethany Lutheran Church, Naperville, Illinois. He has written the following provacative article for … Continue reading

University Lutheran Chapel’s new home named. By Douglas M. Denzler

The members of University Lutheran Chapel held their regular voters meeting today (Sunday).  One of the items on the agenda was to finally give the “Faculty House” a more fitting name.  After narrowing down the selections to 3 names, it … Continue reading

Seeing The World Through Sin Colored Glasses

I woke up this morning and put them on, my Sin Colored Glasses. They have been a regular part of my wardrobe for a few years now. I started wearing them sporadically but now I can’t get them off. I … Continue reading

Women in combat? The Law has been changed – But the original question must still be answered by Rev. William Foy

Associate Editor’s note:  This article is a guest article by Rev. William Foy, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN.  He was my wife’s pastor and is also the godparent of my second child.  As a former … Continue reading

The Baptist: a conversation

B: “Well, we don’t really agree with you. You see, we don’t add to the Scriptures. We only use the original King James Version. And we don’t add the idea that Baptism can save.” Me: “That’s very interesting. I also … Continue reading

A New Era — A Guest Article by Rev. Nathan Raddatz

 Those who work closest in the area of ethnic mission efforts, understand how difficult it is to begin an ethnic church that becomes self-supportive in a reasonable amount of time.  I think it is time to move into A New … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations 3

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 3: The Mis-Use of Roman Sources: Saturnalia In these articles we have seen the texts from the early Christians that show their reasons why they calculated particular dates for … Continue reading

Wise words from a Doctor of the Church in praise of pastors you never hear about.

As Dr. Gard wrote this while serving as a military chaplain deployed oversees, let us all remember to pray for our Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who serve and God uses to provide for week after week of … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations 2

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 2: The Mis-Use of Roman Records-Juvenalia When modern critics of Christian Christmas make claims that Christians stole the solstice celebrations they usually mix together their ideas of Roman, Germanic, … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pagan Solstice Celebrations

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Pagan Winter Solstice Celebrations? Part 1: The Mis-use of the Church Fathers This article builds on what was established in the first two articles in this series. Please remember that these articles are not … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas and Sol Invictus

Did Christianity Steal the Date of Sol Invictus? The claim is that Sol Invictus “Invincible Sun” is a more ancient pagan holiday in Rome celebrated on December 25th. The claim assumes that this pagan holiday was so popular and dangerous … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Christmas

Of the major Christian Holy Days, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost are the high points in the Historic Church Year. On these Holy Days we celebrate God the Father’s gift of His only-begotten Son in the birth of Jesus Christ, we … Continue reading

Hey! Your kids are Sinners!

  Here is a guest article by Nathan Redman.   Nathan Redman is a layman & aspiring deacon at Redeemer Lutheran Church (LCMS) on St. Cloud Minnesota. He has been happily married for almost ten years to his wife Bernice. … Continue reading