Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods Rev. John A Frahm III The modern history of the LCMS is rife with a sundry of evangelism programs, many of which look to be “Lutheranized” versions (or so it is said) … Continue reading

The Comfort of Election for the Mission of the Church

The doctrine of election or predestination is of great comfort to Christians. This doctrine tells us that our salvation is in God’s hands. If salvation was in our hands, we would never be saved. Thus, we are comforted that it … Continue reading

Keep the Lutheran Church Catholic

My family has had the opportunity to attend Lutheran churches in Denver, St. Louis, Johannesburg, London, Las Vegas, and Capistrano Beach, California. In our prior Fundagelical existence we attended many more churches in many more places. The contrast between the … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Opportunities in Africa (Ethiopia) for Theological Education (GSI)

Associate Editor’s Note:  The following demonstrates a great shift that is going on.  While many churches have a long way to go, there are many worldwide who are desiring to learn and confess Lutheranism.  The video below also notes a … Continue reading

Confessional Lutheran Parish Suffers Vandalism and Arson

Dear BJS readers, The following is found here, where you can give what you are able to help this congregation that serves as a diamond in the rough, confessing the pure gospel in the midst of an increasingly godless England.  This … Continue reading

In the Town, but Not of the World

Here in the commonwealth of Virginia, we moved Concordia Lutheran Mission from Lexington to Buena Vista because we were led to find a great rental property.  We have now worshipped in our new location three Sundays, including today.  One of … Continue reading

Press Release — New Mission Plant — Tradition is the New Innovation

Here is a “press release” that just came across my desk that shows a new mission congregation in Moscow, Idaho. This mission plant could use your prayers and support .. read below for more information. We previously asked for donations … Continue reading

Why Does God Allow Disasters and Suffering?

The most recent issue of Lutherans Engage the World (Nov. – Dec. 2013, Volume 2, Number 2) features a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the Rev. Ross Johnson. Rev. Johnson is the incoming director of LCMS Disaster Response. He answers “10 … Continue reading

News from the Mission Field — Как слышать без проповедующего?

Pastor Alan Ludwig is one of our missionaries that BJS publicizes from time to time; his latest newsletter is available here: October Siberian Letter. To support this missionary, go to LCMS.org/ludwig; to subscribe to his newsletters click on the button … Continue reading

The Center for U.S. Missions: Incarnational and Sacramental?

Lutherans are incarnational. We believe that God is not somewhere up there, where we climb a ladder to reach Him with our good works or with our emotional experience or with our intellectual knowledge. God is down here, with us, … Continue reading

The Spirit-Filled Church Is Known By Hearing, Eating and Drinking

“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from or where it goes, so it is with those who are born of the Spirit,” the Lord Jesus said in … Continue reading

News from the Mission Field — Catechist to serve Siberia and Baltic Churches

  Many people, when they hear that I am going to Siberia to serve as a catechist ask, “What great crime did you commit that you are being sent to Siberia?” Well maybe my “crime” was answering the phone back … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field — Living in a Foreign Land

As we detailed in our “Not Always What We Expect” newsletter, I was invited to Australia this past January to bring books to teach Congolese and Sudanese refugees. While I have shared some of their story before, I believe it … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field — Siberia and the Baltics

Here is an email letter that Pastor Johnson, Missionary to the Eurasia churches in Siberia and The Baltics, sent out recently. If you are aware of missionary newsletters that are sent out, please contact us so we can periodically publish … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: Sending Forth the Gospel

A Precious Gift Picture all the bible study materials, hymnals, and prayer books you have on your bookshelves. In West Africa, even if pastors, church workers, and lay folk could afford them, such resources are simply not available. In fact, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Missions — Pr. Tom Chryst

If you want to include your own mission newsletter for our Steadfast in Missions articles, click here to contact us and get us on your distribution list. BJS recommends that churches support one or more missionaries. My own church helps … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field — Augsburg Confession in the Malagasy Language

Found on facebook .. wouldn’t it be great if all LCMS Sunday School teachers were reading the Book of Concord?   The Augsburg Confession is a theological writing, a confession of the Lutheran faith that was presented to Emperor Charles … Continue reading

From the Mission Field — Lutheran Theological Seminary, South Africa

24 September 2012 Dear brother and friend: Greetings and blessings to you from the Lutheran Seminary in Pretoria! It’s that time of year again and we are working on the Seminary budget for next year. Below you will find a … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: What Does This Really Mean?

Here is the Lutherans in Africa September newsletter (PDF) Catching Up For some of you, it has been a while since you heard from us last. For others, we had the great pleasure of meeting and getting to know you … Continue reading

Lutherans in Africa seminar on Woman Pastors Report

We previously announced a seminar held by Lutherans in Africa. Lutherans in Africa will be hosting a seminar in Zambia the 28-30th of August on the topic of Women Pastors. Currently they do NOT ordain when but are being pressured … Continue reading

Steadfast in Missions — Pr. Tom Chryst in Singapore

BJS has started a new column, “Steadfast in Missions”, which is intended to include news from the mission field. For this article we chose Pastor Tom Chryst’s initial newsletter as he prepares for a move to Singapore. We’ve excerpted some … Continue reading

Lutherans in Africa seminar on Woman Pastors

Lutherans in Africa will be hosting a seminar in Zambia the 28-30th of August on the topic of Women Pastors. Currently they do NOT ordain when but are being pressured to do so. Crown of Life Lutheran Church has graciously … Continue reading

Bible, Boniface and Buildings

As Patrick was a missionary bishop to Irish people, sent from the Catholic Church in Englandby the Bishop of Rome (the pope), so was the English Boniface sent by the Bishop of Rome to the German peoples.  Boniface was martyred … Continue reading

Notes from the Mission Field: The Comfort of Certitude

    How Can One Know? Par for the course in Africa, our trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo was a study in patience and a fascinating opportunity to observe the human condition. In Africa, you never know what … Continue reading