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

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    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

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

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

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series A Layman's Commentary on 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 11 of 51 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

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series A Layman's Commentary on 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

The Law and Gospel Matrix

The Law and Gospel Matrix Why not all law and gospel sermons are created equally By Matthew J. Garnett Believe it or not pastors, your laymen do listen to your sermons, especially if they are truck drivers.  The wonderful part … Continue reading

The Silence of Shamgar and Deborah

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

The judges in the book of Judges are individually shadows of Christ, and taken together are a more defined shadow. Othniel is a rather vague shadow of the torso; Ehud adds the shadow of a leg; Deborah, the other leg; … Continue reading

Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds According to Scripture

A few years back BJS reposted a breakdown of the Nicene Creed and the Scriptures that support the different sections.  This guide has proven popular owing to the confusion that exists among some Christians, and sadly some Lutherans, regarding the … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts on Christianity and US Politics

Separation of church and state in the US Constitution means that the government can’t impose a state church, but that we are free to exercise our religion. However, many in politics don’t abide by absolute truth and try to change … Continue reading

St. Augustine on Science and Scripture

One of the many abuses of science is Christians trying to prove Scripture with science.  There are many well-meaning Christians who both use Scripture to validate their pet theory but also then try to use their pet theory to validate … Continue reading

Male and Female – Order of Creation Conference – Register Now!

Dear Readers of Steadfast Lutherans, It doesn’t take long looking around the culture to get see the confusion of sexes going on.  It also doesn’t take long examining the church’s recent history to see confusion about male and female as … Continue reading

Ehud the Left-Handed

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Other gods always look so appealing. The Israelites were drawn to the Canaanite agricultural religion, perhaps because the wars had settled down and they were now farmers, which was quite different from wandering in the wilderness and subsisting on manna. … Continue reading

Hymns for the Book of Concord

The Book of Concord is a wonderful devotional book as well as being the formal confession of faith for the Lutheran Church. To aid in using the Book of Concord for devotion I have provided a copy of the hymns … Continue reading

A House Divided

Confessional Lutheran pastors cause strife and conflict everywhere they go. They cause trouble in their parishes by calling sinners to repentance and excluding impenitent sinners from the Lord’s Altar. They cause trouble in their circuits and districts by desiring that … Continue reading

What is Considered Mentally Ill in Our Crazy Society Today?

I don’t know if this is boldly speaking the truth in love or failing to heed Proverbs 26:4, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.” ————————————————————— If a ‘trans-species’ man claimed he was … Continue reading

Left and Right, Old and Young

The continuum of left versus right in American politics is often an oversimplification and obfuscation, as the battle lines shift from issue to issue and from decade to decade. To know American politics requires the ability to quantify a platform … Continue reading

The Problem with Edgy, Cool, and Hip Theology

It seems that every generation has to push the envelope. What was taboo yesterday is acceptable today. Up until the 1970’s TV shows wouldn’t show the following: pregnant women, bathrooms, married couples sleeping in the same bed together, ladies’ navels. We … Continue reading