Why not a Formula of Concord for Today?

It should not be disputed today that unfortunately there is much doctrinal divergence still in the LCMS.  One easily discovers this when traveling to other congregations and discovering the wide range of belief, confession and practice of various doctrines.  Some … Continue reading

Star Trek at 50: An Aesop for Today?

Thursday, September 8th, 2016. To most, this day did not stand in distinction to any other day of 2016, a year filled with political, moral, and theological upheaval, but for me and millions of “Trekkies” around the world, that day was the 50th … Continue reading

Lutheran Theologians to Debate Textual Criticism of the Bible

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin and Dr. Jeffrey John Kloha, Provost and Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Semniary, Saint Louis, will conduct a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism … Continue reading

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Sermon on Psalm 1, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Like a Tree Planted by Streams of Water” (Psalm 1) One of the delights of late summer is all the delicious fruit that we get to enjoy, fruit that the fruit trees have produced: peaches, apples, cherries. Juicy, ripe, sweet–the … Continue reading

Catechesis and the Art of Tractor Maintenance

In the early seventies my Grandpa bought a 1951 Ford 8N tractor. The “N” series tractor still holds the record as the best selling tractor of all time. This tractor was a true workhorse – however, when it was put … Continue reading

Teaching Hymnody: 29 Hymns in 2 Years!

Introduction: Learn 29 hymns in 2 years! Not just any hymns, but good, faithful, Lutheran hymns! I know. It sounds like some gimmicky “weight-loss pill” commercial. But, it’s not a trick. I have nothing to sell. I’m only encouraging pastors … Continue reading

Get ready for the Reformation in a new T-shirt

Everyone is seemingly getting ready for the Reformation. Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina has created these shirts and are making them available to Brothers of John the Steadfast readers. The image is set on the front of the … Continue reading

Are There Democrats in Heaven?

Maybe you’re a little like me and are longing for the day when the current “presidential” election is over. How low can we go? Of course, the current political mayhem is not without entertainment value, as long as you can … Continue reading

LCMS Convention Levity

Concentrating when you and your assigned seat have become one can be problematic. One more “Press ‘one’ for ‘yes,’ press ‘two’ for ‘no’ ” and I’m gonna storm the dais. And I don’t need another guy going to the microphone … Continue reading

The State of Lutheranism in America: Dominated by Negligence and Indifference, But Not Without Hope

A great post out of our archives — note that the discussion on the original post is worth re-reading. I’ve included some of the comments below. This post was originally penned by Dr. C.F.W. Walther in 1846 .. a reminder … Continue reading

The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement

In what had been touted for decades as the movement able to rescue the American Christian Church from extinction, The Church Growth Movement (CGM) has itself become extinct.  Yes, the Church Growth Movement has lost its movement.  It had been … Continue reading

LCMS Resolution 12-07A: Is This Dissent?

It didn’t take long for the quips to fly regarding the just-passed LCMS Convention Resolution 12-07A, “To Clarify Definition of Dissent.” This circularly humorous question was posed on Facebook: Can I dissent on Facebook with Resolution 12-07A, adopted 684 to … Continue reading

The Dramatic Resuscitation of AC XIV

When I heard President Harrison state at the Emmaus Conference in 2011 that the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod was a confessional Lutheran church body I raised an eyebrow. I no longer, and you no longer, need raise that eyebrow. My hesitation … Continue reading

Convention Day Two – The Ugly

The Second Day of the LCMS Convention is over. Today saw some good things happen, including fellowship agreements and elections. By the second half of the day, a rather vocal minority began using even more parliamentary tactics to delay debate … Continue reading

Convention Day Two – The Good.

Day two of the National Convention of the LCMS has concluded.  Today had some really good results in elections.  The new Secretary of the Synod is going to be Rev. Dr. John Sias.  He will be able to serve our … Continue reading

Convention Day One Recap

Today was a day of elections.  The Convention considered some resolutions (including some good national and international witness matters), but the main thing that happened today was the elections.  The Convention decided to reelect the incumbent Vice Presidents (with a … Continue reading

LCMS Election 2016 – Secretary of the Synod – Rev. Dr. John Sias

There are a few elections that I would like to spotlight here at Steadfast in the coming week leading up to the Convention (if I have time).  The first one I want to focus on is for the office of … Continue reading

Are You Voting for Luther or Eck?

Philip Melanchthon, author of the Augsburg Confession, sat in Augsburg in early May of 1530 pondering the details of his defense of the Lutheran position to be presented before Emperor Charles V at the upcoming Diet. His contemplation was brought … Continue reading

Pietism as the basis of “Lay Ministry”

Lay Ministry – especially that of the Licensed Lay Deacon program – is nothing more than an outbreak of Pietism in the LC—MS. Now that I’ve got your attention, hear me out: the most common form of Pietism in the … Continue reading

The Breastless Ones

The Breastless Ones Until less than a century ago, all of humanity was nursed at the breast.  The 20th Century brought with it wonderful advancements for taking care of children whose mothers could not produce enough milk or had some … Continue reading

Personal Devotions during the busy-ness of family life

Jesus loves me!  This I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong;  They are weak, but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me!  Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me … Continue reading

Pastors and Laymen in the Storm

I remember 2011 as a burnishing year, like nothing I’ve ever endured before. Not even the death of my only brother could compare. That was a much easier yoke to carry. Trial, strife, discord, anger, venom, and yes, even violence…all … Continue reading

The importance of AC 14 – A Former Licensed Lay Deacon Speaks Out

I believe that the Book of Concord is a right and true exposition of God’s Word. I hold a quia subscription to it, recognizing the importance of our Confessional statements in keeping us true to the Christian Faith. So then, … Continue reading

Sacred Meditations: Learning to Pray via Podcast

Our Lord Jesus taught us to pray, that is, actually to engage in praying (see Matthew 6:7-13; 7:7-8; Luke 11:1-13). Jesus reminded us of the importance of prayer when He quoted Isaiah 56:7—“my house shall be called a house of … Continue reading

Terror in Orlando: What Should We Do?

  After Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Muslim from Fort Pierce, Florida, murdered at least 49, and wounded another 53 at “Pulse,” an LGBT nightclub in Downtown Orlando, many don’t know what to do. As Christians, what are we to do … Continue reading