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

Christ and The Church Marriage Devotion is Now Available

I’ve already written a review of this magnificent devotion here. It is now available through Lulu in its final form for only $4.37.  Here’s the description from Lulu: “Christ and the Church” is a thirty-day devotional book for husbands and wives. It … Continue reading

Judges 1:1-20, Grizzled Grasshopper Stamps Out Giants

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 2 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesJudah – O you! – your brothers shall give thanks to you. Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies. The sons of your father shall … Continue reading

Introduction to Judges: Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 1 of 6 in the series The Book of JudgesThis post introduces a commentary on the Old Testament book of Judges; I will put it up in weekly installments here at Steadfast Lutherans. But Jeshurun grew fat … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter

Lambs at Pasture for Misericordias Domini — The Third Sunday of Easter and its Answer Key are now available for download. The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in … Continue reading

Conference at Iowa East on the Lutheran Confessions: June 1-2

Iowa District East Symposium 2017 June 1-2 “Popular Lutheran Themes” Io-Dis-E-Ca 3271 Sandy Beach Rd NE, Solon, Iowa 52333 Do you ever hear someone use a Lutheran phrase but suspect he doesn’t know what it really means? Have you heard … Continue reading

David and Goliath as the Culmination of Lent

David and Goliath. Christ and the Devil. This ancient battle takes on new meaning in light of the salvation that Jesus accomplished during this most holy of weeks. I offer here a translation of 1 Samuel 17, some notes on … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Two Kinds of Comfort

The dogmaticians often distinguished between the comforts of the world sought through the law, or philosophy, and the comforts given by the Christian cross. Melanchthon started this trend, and other dogmaticians, such as Hutter and Selnecker continued to compare the … Continue reading

The Word and Christian Unity – Wisdom from Dr. Luther

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.” 2 Corinthians 13:8 “This is so great a good that no human heart can grasp it (therefore it necessitates such a great and hard fight). It must not … Continue reading

A Plea to LC-MS Pastors

Editor’s Note:  This article was prompted by this picture and the conversation taking place here. God forbids women to speak the lessons in church.  1 Timothy 2:11-15 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-38. Those who say that God doesn’t forbid women to … Continue reading

Israel’s Musical Inheritance

“Hosanna!” the crowd cries out on Palm Sunday. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” The people had sung these words before. They’re right out of Psalm 118:25-26. “Hosanna” is a transliteration of two Hebrew words … Continue reading

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher Rev. John A. Frahm III Rod Dreher is senior editor of The American Conservative magazine.   He was an adult convert to Roman Catholicism … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Christ’s Cross and the Christian’s Cross

The dogmaticians make a distinction between Christ’s cross and the Christian’s cross.  Christ’s cross is propitiatory while the Christian’s cross is disciplinary. Christ’s cross alone takes away the guilt of sin.  The Christian’s cross teaches him to commend himself to … Continue reading

Cleansing from Death: A Brief Study of Hebrews 9 and Numbers 19

Hebrews 9:13-14 is an example of arguing from lesser to greater: For if the blood of goats and calves, and ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have become unclean, sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: External and Internal

This week our series on the Cross in the life of the Christian continues with the distinction between the external and internal cross.  Paul makes this distinction in 2 Corinthians 7:5.  This is a lot like the visible and invisible … Continue reading

Catechetical Questions in the Torah by Pastor Andrew Richard

I recently read an excellent article by Pastor Ryan Loeslie entitled, “Say It!” Says the Little Girl.  In it he noted the childlike nature of Luther’s catechism question: “Was ist das?” meaning, “What is it?” or “What is that?”  Luther’s … Continue reading

The Life of Christian Holy People

You have perhaps read or heard someone say that the life of a Christian looks exactly the same as the life of an unbeliever. Some even say that the life of pagans is often externally more righteous than that of … Continue reading

The Failure of Comfort Dogs: All Dog, No God

Animals are a first article gift from God. Dogs fall into this category. They’re creatures over which man has dominion, and beasts that we have domesticated. God has blessed us with plenty of temporal gifts for this short life: Dogs are … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Laetare — The Fourth Sunday of Lent

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

I Am Not Alone: A Sermon on Proverbs 18:1

A man, when he is isolated, continually seeks his own desire; He quarrels with all wisdom. ~Proverbs 18:1 Jesus often went by himself alone to pray.  He encouraged his disciples to do the same.  This is a good reason to separate ourselves … Continue reading

Poems on the Cross: Devil, the World, and Sinful Flesh

While I am finishing up my STM thesis on the topic of the cross in Lutheran dogmatics, I thought I would attempt to begin a series of poems outlining the dogmatic arrangement of this topic. Today I am posting a … Continue reading

Word Study for The Third Sunday in Lent: HAZAQ by Pastor Andrew Richard

One of the options for the Old Testament reading on Oculi is Exodus 8:16-24 (which is 8:12-20 in Hebrew).  Exodus 8:19 has a recurring phrase in the account of the Exodus: “But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened.”  Who hardened Pharaoh’s heart, … Continue reading

Anxiety, Depression, Vocation, and Art by Vanessa Rasanen

By Vanessa Rasanen Vanessa is one of the contributors over at Sisters of Katie Luther and we have invited her to tell her story on Steadfast Lutherans. Be sure to visit Solus Calamum Designs to see her amazing artwork.   … Continue reading

Christ and the Church Marriage Devotion (Free) – A Book Release and Review

I have been married for over 15 years and a pastor now for over 5 years. In my vocations, as a husband and as a pastor, I have read a lot of books on marriage over the years.  I can … Continue reading

They Yet Have Nothing Won

Last year our congregation sent out and asked all the congregations in the Wyoming District of the LC-MS for any old copies of The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) they had lying around unused. I was killing too many trees by inserting … Continue reading