Prayers Requested for the publishers of GOOD NEWS magazine.

Dear readers of Steadfast, It is with great sadness that I want to report to you that over the past day a fire has raged in the St. Louis area and it still smolders tonight.  The fired claimed a warehouse … Continue reading

The Post-Reformation Reformation: 1546-1580

This entry is part of 1 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part one of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

A few organizational changes going on at Steadfast…

There are a few things that have been happening behind the scenes here at Steadfast.  We have now for the past year or so renewed our 501c3 non-profit status (Steadfast Lutherans, Inc.) and have been operating with a Board of … Continue reading

Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

On Miracles and Science

When reading Scripture one is immediately struck by the plethora of miracles one finds.  From the relatively minor miracle of changing a staff into a snake to the creation of the whole universe and the resurrection of the dead, Scripture … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Christ Alone.

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fifth article in a series published in local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Christ alone is our salvation. This means that he is the essence and sole sum of all that we confess from the Bible. Our … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Grace Alone.

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fourth article in a series published for local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. The Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not disagree with the following statement: “We are saved by grace alone.” But we have different definitions of … Continue reading

Ecclesiastical Supervisors as the Devil’s Accomplices

It is just another normal day as yet another pastor is thrown out by the congregation God has called him to serve. Is he being ousted for Biblical reasons? Is he being thrown out because he is teaching heresy? Is … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Third Commandment

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

Optative Semi-Universalism

Many Christians unfortunately believe a certain strange doctrine at the deathbeds of their loved ones. Perhaps this doctrine already has a name, though if it does I’m not aware of it. I shall call it Optative Semi-Universalism (OSU for short). … Continue reading

Help Lutherans in Africa get French Hymnals for $5 a piece!

There is a great opportunity for those willing to work fast.  CPH has published a great hymnal in French that is quite useful for mission work in Africa.  As such, Lutherans in Africa would be happy to receive as many … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Faith Alone.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the third article in a series published in local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.  “But he who does not work … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Scripture Alone.

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the second article in a series published in the local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Luther was brought before the Emperor, Charles V, at the Diet of Worms in 1521.  They told him to recant his writings about … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

The following is the first of a series of articles written for the local papers in Clayton County, Iowa. This October 31st is the 500th anniversary of what is known as the Reformation. On this day, the eve of All … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Second Commandment

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

On Proof Texting

When I was a young warthog, in college to be precise, I was drinking beer with a co-worker and one of his friends at a little hole-in-the-wall called “Sportsman’s Pub.” I tip my hat to Pr. Ryan Loeslie, who joined … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: First Commandment

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

Broadening Your Devotion With Lutheran Hymns

Sometimes I get the vibe that Lutherans are dissatisfied with their own devotion and piety, as if it were too narrow or restricting.  It makes me think of a phenomenon I’ve seen in our hymnals in several places – the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Preface to the Large Catechism

  Blessed are those whose way is blameless,     who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,     who seek him with their whole heart, 3 who also do no wrong,     but walk in his ways! … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

This entry is part 4 of 39 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Introduction to the Large Catechism

Note: This is the first in a series of posts providing commentary on the Book of Concord adapted from my Lutheran Essentials Class Notes.  I pray they are edifying and aid in the reading of the Book of Concord.  Scriptural … Continue reading

How to Make a Lutheran Choir in 10 Easy Steps

Written in collaboration with Dr. Jonathan Wessler, Kantor at First Lutheran Church of Boston.  Jonathan is a super awesome Lutheran organist who has a lovely wife and two wonderful children.  Along with being a consummate organist, he also enjoys good … Continue reading

Blessed Be Jael

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Previously, we heard how Jabin king of Hazor had arisen, as if from the dead. A certain Jabin king of Hazor had suffered defeat about 180 years ago at the hands of Joshua, and now a man by the same … Continue reading

Athanasian Creed According to Scripture

Building on a guide I recently posted to the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed I now present a guide to the Athanasian Creed.  Sadly even among Lutherans the Athanasian Creed is neglected and misunderstood.  This is a shame as the Athanasian … Continue reading

2017 Steadfast Lutherans Regional Conference — Denver “The Three Estates” Videos Available now.

The videos for our regional conference in Denver have been uploaded to YouTube for our readers to learn from.  The conference topic was the Three Estates (church, family, state).  The speakers did a great job of covering the topic.  Make … Continue reading