Is There Forgiveness of Sins In Baptism? Taking A Closer Look At Acts 2:38

“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for … Continue reading

Why Evangelicals Struggle With Infant Baptism; The Platonic Connection

In a previous article about infant baptism on Steadfast Lutherans, I covered one of the main reasons why Evangelicals struggle with infant baptism. In my previous article I assert that the reason for the struggle over infant baptism is due to it … Continue reading

Liturgy, Neither Alone Nor Neutral

“The liturgy, as a true service, is that which aids both the proclamation of and the hearing of the Gospel for the sake of faith, this is true worship.”[1] The liturgy of the Church builds a framework for the worshiper … Continue reading

God’s Word, A Javelin: An Essay Contending for the Javelin like Nature of the Word of God

Here is an essay that I wrote about the javelin like nature of the Word of God that’s a bit too long for an article on BJS. I’ve included the excerpt here and then included the PDF file for you … Continue reading

Why Popular Talking Points Obstruct The Gospel From Homosexuals

Talking points are concise statements that are used to support a side of an issue. Such statements can either develop through popular use or are designed by political think tanks in order to tactically frame public opinion to their favor. … Continue reading

Predestination Matters And Here’s Why…

Here is an article that I wrote about Predestination that’s a bit too long for an article on BJS. I’ve included the first few paragraphs here and then included the PDF file for you to read the remainder of it. … Continue reading

Attention Lutheran Pastors, New “Becoming Lutheran Catechesis Aid”

Evangelicals face very large hurdles, obstacles, and bring with them several presuppositions that need to be addressed and resolved during their Lutheran catechesis process. Research conducted in this area through the author’s ongoing and unpublished Major Applied Research Project at … Continue reading

If You Dismiss The Sacraments, You Lose Lutheranism!

Early on in my ministry I downplayed the sacraments of baptism and communion. I believed the church growth ideologies that said the sacraments were stumbling blocks to the growth of the church and that if I wanted to be a … Continue reading

Let’s Shed Some Platonism!

So, let’s have a quick lesson on the teachings of Plato. In Platonic thought there are two categories. In the first category there is the true essence; the wonderful perfect form of something; the ideal. Then in the other category … Continue reading

What Struggles Do Former Evangelicals Have With The Lutheran Liturgy?

The journey from American Evangelicalism into Confessional Lutheranism is a long, difficult, and sometimes scary road. The journey is neither something that just happens overnight, nor is it an easy shift. The shift has linguistic, emotional, worldview, and epistemological challenges … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Understanding the Role of the Pastor: Called to Proclaim the Word

Another great post found over on Ad Crucem (To the Cross) by our very own Pastor Matt Richard — posted on BJS by Norm Fisher.   Ezekiel 2:1-5 says, “And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your … Continue reading

Reforming The Local Congregation

It has been said before that the church is in need of a continuous reformation. In other words, this call for reformation is a plea for the church to daily reclaim her fundamental roots. The reason why the church is … Continue reading

Sanctified In Christ; Living From The True Vine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you … Continue reading

Thank you for all the Donations

Thank you to all of you who have donated so far to the colloquy fundraiser campaign that began March 22nd on BJS.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will help me in my colloquy transition, a transition that will allow me … Continue reading

Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?

During my past 9 years of pastoral ministry the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more … Continue reading

Questions To Ask Those Who Are Against Abortion ‘And’ Pro-Choice

In case you have not heard the news yet, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has signed legislation that would ban most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen as early as six weeks into a … Continue reading

Who Is The World’s Greatest Sinner? Why Is The Answer So Relevant Today?

In Bible studies I have at times asked a provocative question to stimulate discussion, “Who is the world’s greatest sinner? Who is the most sinful; the vilest person the world has ever known?” In response to this question I often … Continue reading

Mercedes-Benzes, Premium Wine, And The Tools Of The Pastoral Ministry

Many people are unaware that before ministry I was a finance and economics major in college. In fact, during my senior year of college at Minot State University I was hired by American International Group (i.e., AIG). This new job … Continue reading