Paper or Plastic with Your Fair Trade Baby?

The flagship newspaper of Utilitarianism never disappoints. In its latest edition, The Economist makes the case for fair trade human reproduction. It argues that it is time for a system that allows the “commissioning parents” of a surrogate child to … Continue reading

LCMS Roped Into Deportation Evasion Scheme

There would be Twitter-worthy convulsions if a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS) affiliated agency was giving aid and comfort to Planned Parenthood. By contrast, there is almost total indifference to a Synod partner helping illegal aliens to evade deportation. … Continue reading

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS

Disputation is indivisible from Confessional Lutheranism. Lutherans fray their orthodoxy when they do not engage in frequent disputation with all who dare to tamper with or reject the formal and material principles of Scripture alone and grace alone, respectively. By … Continue reading

FiveTwo’s Wiki Christianity is Foolish and Dangerous

Every September the shadow synod within the LCMS, FiveTwo, hosts a gathering in Katy, TX. The organization’s WikiConference recently concluded and, once again, rang every alarm bell and raised every red flag imaginable for Confessional Lutherans as well as LCMS office … Continue reading

Jesus speaks against the Heavenly Vision Profit Industry.

in the past few years we have seen “Heaven is for Real” become a best-selling book and movie.  In fact the movie sold $100 million worldwide and now $37 million in DVD and other media as well.  The book was … Continue reading

Responding to Legalized Sin

Today the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. Unless you’re under the illusion that America is a Christian nation, this decision should come as no surprise. This isn’t the first time our country has ignored God’s will … Continue reading

Mercy & Vocation

I was recently engaged in a conversation concerning vocation, ‘diakonia’ and the mercy work of the church. As the conversation progressed, I was able to articulate a framework that I find helpful when I think about these topics. Others found … Continue reading

Same-Sex Behaviors and Desires: God Speaks to Both

Matters of same-sex behaviors and desires have become commonplace in our sexually super-charged and pleasure-obsessed culture. Pop-culture doles out regular helpings of such behaviors and desires in both dramatic and comedic settings, and the U.S. Supreme Court will soon issue … Continue reading

What is Hate Speech?

If something is wrong, it is not hate speech to say so. Problem is, it’s getting harder and harder to agree on what “wrong” is. If the great evil of Postmodernism has its way—the loss of the objective—we will eventually … Continue reading

LadyLike: A Book Every Man Should Read

LadyLike: Living Biblically is an outstanding collection of forty-four short essays which provide an unapologetically biblical perspective on matters significant to life in family, church, and society today. Sisters Rebekah Curtis and Rose Adle write in a style that is engaging, … Continue reading

Suffering as the Key to Evangelism

Recently I was up at the hospital providing pastoral care to one of my members. As usual, I was wearing my clerical attire, and, as often happens, this gave me an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

Je Suis Chaos

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris laid bare a disturbing reality – the globalization of irrationality which is a corollary of the loss of the Christian worldview. Abstract Emotion Paris generated the peculiar modern default to sympathy with an abstract … Continue reading

Flotsam and Jastram

Yes, I know it’s flotsam and jetsam which properly speaking is “wreckage of a ship or its cargo floating on the water or washed ashore.”  It also means “worthless or miscellaneous things.”  I’m thinking of the later definition.  I haven’t misspelled … Continue reading

Our Troops Armed with the Truth Thanks to Your Contributions

Many thanks from Ch. James Buckman and Deaconess Carolyn Brinkley to all of you who have so graciously and generously responded to the request for LSBs and Catechisms for AFCENT bases from the Horn of Africa, through the Persian Gulf … Continue reading

Thrivent: Repent or Take Off the Fleece

Last week a financial representative from Thrivent stopped by my house. The purpose of his visit was 2-fold: to drop off some materials advertising an upcoming seminar he wanted me to promote in my congregations, and also to respond to … Continue reading

Failing Homosexuals

“Preach the Law as if there is no Gospel; preach the Gospel as if there is no Law,” is a Lutheran dictum, and it is here we have failed homosexuals. … Continue reading

A Theological Reflection on the Winter Olympics

I find that watching the Winter Olympics is mostly unsatisfying, but not simply because I should be doing more productive things. Maybe it doesn’t actually break down this way, but it seems that more than half of the competitions in … Continue reading

Equal, but Not Interchangeable

There is perhaps no greater threat to both the Gospel and to the family today than the sexual identity crisis in our culture. Liberal feminism and LGBT advocates are fighting the same battle. Both deny the essential difference between the … Continue reading

Affirming Christianity and the Rise of Islam in the UK

My wife works for a company headquartered in England and goes to the UK at least twice a year.   She usually stays with her boss and his family.  She worked at the plant which is located in rural England, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Society: It’s a BOY!!!

It’s a Boy!!! And it has been for a while. All of the world has been awaiting the birth of the royal baby for nine long months. During that time articles have been written, news reports have been given, the … 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

Poprah: The Empire Strikes Back

If Poprah is the supreme pontiff of New Ageism then she has recently appointed her very own College of Cardinals. But the most “shocking” thing is from which pool she decided to draw water from: the “Christian” Church. But what … Continue reading

Steadfast In Society: The Gospel According to Tom Waits

Tom Waits has been known as one of the most brilliant musical and lyrical minds of the last half of the 20th century. Many of his insights reflects Christian truth, the suffering of humanity, and of course late nights in … Continue reading

July 4th: Stand Fast!

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.-Galatians 5: 1 (NKJV) In his commentary on this verse [endnote 1], Luther points out that to stand … Continue reading

Mollie Hemingway “helps spotlight lack of abortion trial coverage” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, religion journalist, media critic, and Steadfast blogger, is being featured in the news for her role in calling attention to the lack of media coverage of the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Hemingway was interviewed recently on … Continue reading