God for us in Christ trumps it all

We as poor, miserable sinners are prone to let minor events and conditions dominate our thinking and morale rather than the Gospel.  To cite just a few of these challenger replacement to Christ crucified for us: declining health, relational problems, … Continue reading

Organization Update

Today, the attendees of our National Conference had a chance to receive this, and it is now here for you to read: Organizational Update 2016 was a big year behind the scenes for Steadfast Lutherans. We have finally regained both … Continue reading

Imagine My Surprise

I am a post-Evangelical adult convert to confessional Lutheranism, something I’m content to wear on my sleeve.  My journey out of Evangelicalism was a long, difficult road of seeking to make sense of some tough situations in life.  I resonate very … Continue reading

A Poem to Comfort Grieving Mothers

Our God is He who hides himself beneath the cross of pain. His thoughts are not our own, and yet He gives it for our gain. For on the cross his Only Son fulfilled our Father’s will To cover all … Continue reading

Jesus Show to Us Your Glory

  Jesus, let us see Your glory Not in works that we have done, But in Your salvation’s story, Where Your death our life once won. In the darkness of the mountain, There Your light You did display In Your … Continue reading

Marks of Radical Lutheranism

Pastor Todd Wilken of Issues, Etc. has come up with a very good working list of points to help a person identify what he is calling Radical Lutheranism.  Others like Pastor Mark Surburg have used the language of “Soft Antinomianism”. … Continue reading

Evangelism Virtue Signaling

In a culture full of special snowflakes who need to be validated, how one feels about a thing is generally more important than whether he has acted upon those feelings. That doesn’t change in the Church, either. … Continue reading

Steadfast Lent 2017 – “A Christian Holy People”

As is tradition here at Steadfast, we have had some excellent pastors working on coming up with a Steadfast in the Parish Lenten series for this year.  This year, tying in with the Reformation 500 occasion we are offering a … Continue reading

The Augsburg Confession: Its Formation

Originally, the Augsburg Confession was not the core of catholic (universal) doctrine which we possess today. The original plan, named the Torgau articles, was to treat the following subjects: Human doctrines and ordinances, Marriage of Priests, Both Kinds, Mass, Confession, … Continue reading

The Baptism of Christ and Miscarriages (A Sermon)

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. The Baptism of Jesus is an integral part of the season which we call Epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation.” While Christmas … Continue reading

Celebrity Deaths and Simulated Relationships

2016 has been a bad year for celebrities. The deceased include legendary musicians Prince and David Bowie, Hollywood icons Alan Rickman and Carrie Fisher, and iconic boxing champion Muhammad Ali. But death isn’t shocking, at least to the Christian. What … Continue reading

The Beauty and Danger of Rhetoric

God is good, true, and beautiful. That is so because His attributes are identical with His essence. Quenstedt speaks of this: “The divine essence is like a boundless ocean of all infinite perfections, which the human intellect has not the … Continue reading

Martin Chemnitz on Good Works

The Augsburg Confession and the Apology set forth the reasons thus: It is necessary to do good works commanded by God, not that we may trust to earn grace by them, but because of the will and command of God, … Continue reading

Please Help Pastor John Henry and His Family

Pastor John Henry and his family have been through a terrible ordeal involving extremely high levels of lead in the home and the risk of lead poisoning (explained in more detail below by Lutheran Church Charities). They were forced to get rid … Continue reading

Learning from Eli

Eli was derelict in his duties as high priest. He did not keep his sons in check. Working as priests under Eli’s supervision, his sons Hophni and Phinehas stole offerings from God, threatened worshippers with violence, and fornicated with women … Continue reading

The Second Table of the Law and Sanctification by Martin Luther

Beyond these seven chief ways of Christian sanctification there are also additional external marks by which the holy Christian church is recognized. Put another way: The Holy Spirit sanctifies us also according to the Second Table of the Law. The … Continue reading

Why Do We Distinguish Between Sins? by Martin Chemnitz

203 Do the Remains of Sin Exist and Remain in the Reborn in This Life? They by all means are and remain. For though [the reborn] are ruled by the Holy Spirit, yet they complain that nothing good dwells in … Continue reading

Advice from Dr. C.F.W. Walther When Considering a Call

Editors Note – I received this small snippet from a friend – The volume (Walther’s Pastoral Theology) it belongs to is coming out in early 2017 and will be quite a gift to the whole English speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church. … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

Who Is “Apt to Teach”?

One of the Biblical qualifications for those who are to be Pastors is that they must be “apt to teach.”  Teach the faith, that is.  But if we are honest with ourselves, we have all experienced the work of many … Continue reading

Let Us Not Be Beastly

Dear Readers, With a modestly successful string of slubberish and solecistic posts, scrawling for BJS since its start in 2008, it’s time for me to stow my inkwell. I told my wife a while back that I was going to … Continue reading

One Giant Leap for Lutherans in Africa (and a small personal step for me), by Pr. Rossow

Lutherans in Africa (LIA) has been on a steady growth rate since its founding a few years ago. Just in the last year steps have been taken to add another missionary to the team and land has been purchased and … Continue reading

I Don’t Want The Lord To End Up In This Box

A lot of Lutherans have seen and shared this meme with Hank Hill from the animated series “King of the Hill”:     It’s a hilarious and accurate meme.  Yet, there’s another scene from that same episode, “Reborn to Be … Continue reading

Solus Christus – A free Reformation Devotion for Advent

Celebrate Advent this year by using a devotion that is also in tune with the coming 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Solus Christus is a devotion written by Lutheran pastors and provided via Steadfast in the Parish for congregations and … Continue reading

Review of Rev. Dr. Frederic Baue’s book “The Pilgrim”

“The Pilgrim” by F.W. Baue.  Available from Pergola Press and for sale at Amazon.com Review by Holly Scheer The Pilgrim is, in many ways, a book about baseball. Beyond baseball, it’s a book about a very Lutheran family, a family that … Continue reading