Official Transcript: Kloha-Montgomery Debate on the Philosophies of Biblical Textual Criticism

Brothers of John the Steadfast is pleased to make available the full transcript of the recent debate between Dr. James Warwick Montgomery and Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha. The debate took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lord Concordia … Continue reading

A Small Window to Save the Concordias and LCMS Seminaries

The defeat of Hillary Clinton in this year’s Presidential Election temporarily removes the target on the Concordia University System (CUS) and the two Synod seminaries. Whilst we no longer face an emergency from a capricious Title IX assault, the reprieve … Continue reading

LCMS Trained Pentecostal Pastor Exits Synod With His Congregation

West Baltimore’s Bethany Lutheran Church and its pastor, Rev. Elias Abite Kao, have taken their leave of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS). Bethany plans to reconstitute as an independent non-denominational church following a direct revelation from God to … Continue reading

The Historical Context for Lutheran Training and Formation of Pastors

With attention focused on the propriety of Licensed Lay Deacons conducting Word & Sacrament Ministry, some historical context is necessary to know why the LCMS trains and sends pastors the way it does. Presented below is an outline of an … Continue reading

Preparing Rudderless Ships

The Apostle Paul instructs the young pastor Timothy to “wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience” (I Tim. 1:18-19) and to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed” (II Tim. 3:14) while enduring suffering … Continue reading

Nothing to Give Except Jesus: A Vicarage Retrospective

Greetings!  My name is Jacob Hercamp and I am a vicar finishing up my year of “servitude” in a congregation that I have come to love.  Allow me if you will to recount some of my lessons and experiences: My … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on the Doctrine of Vocation

Since the word “vocation” is thrown around so much, I have been trying to work out in my mind and through study of God’s Word how we may actually speak of and teach about vocation. The following reflects what I … Continue reading

Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification

First, Objective Justification and Subjective Justification are not two different justifications, but rather two parts of the act of Justification.   My brother David has put it well:  Objective Justification = God justifies the sinner [through faith].  Subjective Justification = … Continue reading

Just a Quote from Hunnius

In arguing against the Huberian error that because Christ has redeemed all men he therefore elected all men, Hunnius maintains: But we respond from the start that we steadfastly teach that Christ, by the decree, counsel, ordination, good pleasure and … Continue reading

My 3 Reasons to Read Melanchthon’s Common Places 1521, a New Translation

Philip Melanchthon, Common Places: Loci Communes 1521, trans. Christian Preus (St. Louis:CPH, 2014). I have three reasons why our readers should purchase and read this new translation of Melancthon’s Loci Communes of 1521, published by Concordia Publishing House, besides the … Continue reading

The Comfort of Forensic Justification

Forensic justification is that God makes us righteous by crediting to us the righteousness of Jesus.  He doesn’t make us righteous through a process that he works inside of us.  What He works inside of us is a consequence of … Continue reading

Sanctify Them by the Truth – Hallowed be Thy Name: Prayers for Doctrine and Practice

“These are Your Words, Heavenly Father. Sanctify us by the Truth. Your Word is Truth. Amen.” I cannot count how many times I have heard this prayer. My dad, who was my pastor for the first eighteen years of my … Continue reading

Seek and You will Find: Meditation for Holy Week

O Sinner, come thy sin to mourn So vast and vile that it has borne Christ to this vale of anguish. Son of a Virgin, sweet and mild In poverty the Holy Child Thy substitute did languish. Behold with faith … Continue reading

Overtures on SMP and District Lay Deacon Programs (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overtures were adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook. CH] To Upgrade the SMP Program WHEREAS, Holy Scripture sets high standards for the theological aptitude … Continue reading

Why Doctrine is our Life

In previous articles I have stressed the centrality of justification in Christian doctrine and thus the eminent relevance of doctrine to the people of God.  When we understand such centrality it helps us avoid both legalism and antinomianism or gospel-reductionism.  … Continue reading

Our Creator Redeems His Creation: John 2:1-11

Jesus blesses and sanctifies marriage. He does this in two ways. First He creates it, and then He redeems it. Jesus created marriage when He created Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were married. God gave Eve to Adam as a … Continue reading

Why God’s Doctrine is for God’s People

What happens when Justification becomes peripheral and not the central article? I’ll tell you what happens: Doctrine becomes not life. Doctrine becomes something not for the people. The word Doctrine becomes theological jargon that is used only by theologians and … Continue reading

+ The Reformation’s Evangelical “Sola Scriptura” +

Below is a set of theses from the late Dr. Marquart, posted here in honor of the Reformation. Originally written for class and perhaps a conference, they speak of what exactly Sola Scriptura means and what it means for the … Continue reading

Observations of Holbein’s Analogy of the Old and New Testament

The students of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines, ON started a student journal last year, which is called Propter Christum. This year, they are continuing the journal as well as keeping a blog: propterchristum.blogspot.com.  This post is from Tuesday, … Continue reading

A Divine Vocation: Motherhood

I started writing this post about a month ago, and I stopped writing and almost forgot about it. But yesterday I read from the October 8th, 2012 issue of Christian News a response to Christianity Today’s “50 Women You Should … Continue reading

Christ’s Forensic Suffering and Our Forensic Justification: Some thoughts on the Creed

This past weekend, I taught on the 2nd Article of the Creed at a confirmation retreat. In preparation, I was given a nifty booklet with the whole lay-out of the lesson. Since I only had an hour to teach, I … Continue reading

My First Sermon as a Vicar: Our Condescending God and Lord

 Text: Mark 9:30-37 Our Condescending God and Lord Dear friends in Christ, When someone is condescending, we usually understand that to mean that he says things in a patronizing kind of way, making those to whom he speaks feel small … Continue reading

Christian Fellowship and “Psychiatric Flu” by + Pr. Kurt Marquart +

On September 19th, 2006, a true doctor of the Church “went into the nearer presence of his Father” (his own words). Professor Kurt Marquart was a beloved teacher and pastor of our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and of Lutherans throughout the … Continue reading

Objective Justification: Affirming Sola Fide

One thing I have noticed about the opponents of Objective Justification is that they tend to say that we who hold to it teach justification “apart from faith” or “whether you believe it or not.”  I would like to demonstrate … Continue reading

Church Fellowship: Bond of Peace Between both Preachers and Hearers

Before I begin my delayed vicarage, I need to finish my treatise. I am writing on the church in the theology of John Andrew Quenstedt and David Hollaz, and their emphasis on the synthetic church. One of the major features … Continue reading