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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 5 of 8 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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 4 of 8 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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 3 of 8 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

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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 2 of 8 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 8 in the series The Book of Judges

This is part 1 of 8 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

This entry is part 10 of 27 in the series Lambs at Pasture

This is part 10 of 27 in the series Lambs at PastureLambs 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 … 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