Demystify Your Pastor With The Small Catechism

We all know pastors can be a bit mystifying sometimes.  Growing up in a small congregation with fairly high pastor turnover, that’s what I thought anyway, no matter which pastor it was who was serving us at the time.  They … Continue reading

Man Up! The CHRIST-Centered Quest for Real Masculinity

Man Up! The Quest for Masculinity, by Jeffrey Hemmer (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2017) I won’t lie to you. When I first read the title for this book, I wasn’t sure I would read it since “Man up!” has … Continue reading

CPH to produce Desk Diary for Pastors! Fall 2017

Concordia Publishing House has decided to print a great resource for Lutheran pastors, a new desk diary (daily scheduler) that has great information to help us in planning services, sermon preparation, etc.  This is going to replace other planners that … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part IV: St. John Chrysostom

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 4 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraceptionnota bene: Why is this important? Lutherans have insisted from the very beginning of the Reformation that we are not inventing new teachings and only seek … Continue reading

Catechesis is not like the McRib!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Pastor Marcus Manley. Pastor Marcus Manley is an LC-MS called minister to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ute, Iowa.  He is a husband of one wife (Amy) and father to four children.  The … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 6 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesThe pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O … Continue reading

A guest editorial on the practice of birth control by Rev. Dr. Walter A Maier, first Lutheran Hour Speaker and Professor of Old Testament at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 3 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on ContraceptionMany and contradictory statements have been made to explain (the) drastic declines (in the birth rate), but no reasonable doubt remains that the most pronounced factor … Continue reading

The Bottom Of The Page – A Trick For Identifying Good Hymns

I remember when I was a boy how my mother received a small gift once from a friend.  It was a keychain.  On the keychain was a little electronic music box which played “Amazing Grace.”  My mom never used it, … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Part II: Concordia Seminary Professor John H. C. Fritz’s Pastoral Theology

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 2 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on ContraceptionJohn H. C. Fritz served as a parish pastor for over 20 years, including two as the president of the Western District of the Missouri Synod, before … Continue reading

Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception or “Child Prevention” Introduction and Part I: Concordia Cyclopedia

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on Contraception

This is part 1 of 4 in the series Testimony from Our Forefathers on ContraceptionThere has been quite a blustery reaction to the letter sent to the Lutheran Witness that was posted on BJS last Tuesday. The letter, authored by … Continue reading

A Fantastic Conference – Register Now!

Consider yourself invited.  July 21-22, 2017. Register here. You know you want to spend a couple of days in Denver hearing faithful teaching. Where else would you rather be? Join us at Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora, CO on July … Continue reading

The Most Memorable Sunday School Lesson Ever

After my parents, one of my heroes of the faith growing up was a man named Frank Knoll.  Growing up at Immanuel Lutheran Church outside of Radium, MN in the 80s and 90s, Frank was a good role model for … Continue reading

Rejecting God’s Gift of Children

The January 2017 life issue of The Lutheran Witness, with stories on the joys and challenges of adoption, the importance of human life at any age, and the clear moral dangers of transhumanism, to name a few, provide the Christian … Continue reading

The Lord Be With You

“FOR THE LORD’S SPEAKING OF HIS WORDS” That’s what Dr. Norman Nagel says is going on in the Divine Liturgy when: “The Lord be with you,” is spoken by the presiding minister, the man put there as the instrument for … Continue reading

Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard

Just got this note from the assistant editor of the forthcoming Gerhard volume On Justification, part of the English translation of his Theological Commonplaces being produced by CPH. A straight forward and much needed statement of the difference between justification and … Continue reading

“Jesus Isn’t White”

Around this time of the year (Ascension and Pentecost), I hear a lot about Matthew 28 and how congregations need to engage more in missions. This is a good thing, I suppose. What’s unfortunate, however, is that white pastors guilt … Continue reading

God Tirelessly Working for Humanity

GOD TIRELESSLY WORKING FOR HUMANITY A Review of Rev. Mark J. Cares book: God The Ultimate Humanitarian I learned of Pastor Cares through his very fine book on witnessing to Mormons, Speaking the Truth in Love to Mormons, in the … Continue reading

The Means of Wrath

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 5 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesThere are two cups: the Cup of Salvation (Ps. 116:13) and the Cup of Wrath (Is. 51:17). And if you will not drink from the first, you will … Continue reading

Who’s Catholic and Apostolic?

Here’s a story which may or may not be completely metaphorical. Pseudonymous pastors Kris and Theo were overseers of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic church, in nearby countries.  Both professed allegiance to the Old Roman Creed, and believed that … Continue reading

Catechlysm

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 4 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesWhat would happen if an entire generation failed to recount the mighty works of God to their children? What if these children could recite humorous lines from their … Continue reading

Jesus First rebranded as Congregations Matter. Really?

A new anonymous “group” has formed in the sphere of LCMS politics, it’s called Congregations Matter.  I like congregations and in God’s eyes they matter a whole bunch, because they are made of God’s people gathered around the pure Gospel … Continue reading

Neither Lion Nor Dragon

Very beautiful is the statement of Augustine in which he says of his mother Monica that she bound her soul with the chain of faith to that sacrifice which is dispensed in the Lord’s Supper so that neither lion nor … Continue reading

Judges 1:21-2:5, The Victors Capitulate

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 3 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesAnd he brought them to the territory of his holiness, The mountain that his right hand had acquired. And he drove out the nations before their faces, And … Continue reading

A Jubilate Sonnet

    What is this joy that none can take from me? Is there a happiness that has more pow’r Than pain, than guilt, than life’s sad final hour? Could eyes that earth can grant such heaven see? Or could … Continue reading

A Poem on Revelation 20

A thousand years is longer than The calendars of mortal men; When faith beholds a three-year trial, She hears of Christ’s “A little while.” The devil can alone be bound By what is in the Scriptures found, The preaching of … Continue reading