10 Signs a Church May Be Trying Too Hard to Be Hipster

Nobody wants to be on the losing team.  In an effort to attract a larger clientele, many businesses attempt to project that their services or products are a lot more popular than they necessarily are, in order to leverage peer … Continue reading

I Know My Faith is Founded

I know my faith is founded On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord; And this my faith confessing,  Unmoved I stand on His sure Word. Our reason cannot fathom The truth of God profound; Who trusts in human wisdom  Relies … Continue reading

Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?

By Pastor Travis Berg Recently, I’ve seen quite a few memes arguing for the taxation of churches. These memes have pictures of mansions or of Joel Osteen on them. So, I thought I’d write a “little” post on tax exemption … Continue reading

The Imperishable Charm of Lutheran Hymns

We just celebrated the Festival of the Reformation. A central part to the success of the Reformation was the hymnody. Lutheran hymnody took the world by storm nearly 500 years ago. Though one of the first hymnals only contained 25 … Continue reading

Dr. Montgomery’s post-debate statement

Editor’s Note: I have asked the debate participants to provide some final thoughts about their debate experience. Below is what Dr. Montgomery provided. I want to thank both Dr. Kloha and Dr. Montgomery  for participating. I think it has advanced … Continue reading

God’s Forgetful Forgiveness

3Sometimes we struggle to forgive. When someone sins against us, we can have trouble forgiving. Especially when we have been really badly hurt, we feel that the offending party doesn’t deserve forgiveness from us. Even when we try to forgive, … Continue reading

Flashback Posts working again

  Because people have commented on it, I felt the need to announce a change to the BJS homepage. The “Flashback” feature was originally designed to bring some of our “oldie but goodie” posts to your attention periodically. Unfortunately for … Continue reading

A Poem on the Cuts at Carmel

The heathen gladly cut themselves while to their gods they cry – It gives their spirits courage, as they give and groan and sigh; Though human praise and accolades is all the prize they’ve won It gives their left hand … Continue reading

Kloha / Montgomery Debate Audio

For those who want to listen to the debate in the car, a friend of Steadfast Lutherans has submitting this MP3 file for our use. http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Kloha-Montgomery-Debate-Edited-audio.mp3 or download it here   … Continue reading

Welcome to a new Associate Editor – Pastor Andrew Packer

The past few months have been rather busy on the organizational side of the Brothers of John the Steadfast (or Steadfast Lutherans).  We have restarted much of the organization, including having a new Board of Directors.  At our first meeting, … Continue reading

Advent 2016 – with a Reformation Series

Coming up in a little over a month, the new Church Year gets started with Advent.  It is a very common thing to have a midweek service in the congregation with a special theme.  This year, for Steadfast in the … Continue reading

The Preeminence Within the Simul (Iustus > Peccator)

I would like to give some thoughts concerning what we often refer to as the simul, short for simul iustus et peccator, “at the same time righteous and sinner.” When we think of this paradox we might think of Romans … Continue reading

The Truth Makes Us Enemies?

It is a profound and disturbing commentary on our situation in the LCMS when two pastors who have never met each other before and know nothing about each other get that opportunity.  What typically takes place very quickly?  It is … Continue reading

A Clarification on Justification Before God and Justification Before the World: It is God Who Justifies

St. Paul makes the distinction between justification before men and justification before God in Romans chapter 4.  He says that Abraham had reason for boasting by being justified by his works, but not before God. He did have reason to … Continue reading

Kloha / Montgomery Debate Video

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 Seminary, Saint Louis, conducted a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism on … Continue reading

Saturday morning – 9:30 AM central…watch the debate

Tune in: https://www.cuchicago.edu/lca-live   Watch the debate.  Enjoy theological discussion. … Continue reading

Montgomery / Kloha Debate – Information from Dr. Kloha

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 Seminary, Saint Louis, will conduct a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism … Continue reading

Montgomery / Kloha Debate – Information from Dr Montgomery

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 Seminary, Saint Louis, will conduct a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism … Continue reading

Montgomery / Kloha Debate Information — Livestreaming link

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 Seminary, Saint Louis, will conduct a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism … Continue reading

Closed Communion: Repentance and Faith

When a pastor practices Closed Communion, he is simply teaching repentance. Introduction In the FL/GA District, I’ve often heard pastors say, “We [the LC–MS] practice ‘close’ communion.” When I ask, “What do you mean by that?” They typically respond along the lines, “It means … Continue reading

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Sermon on Luke 16:19-31, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Lazarus: The One Whom God Helps” (Luke 16:19-31) This is the tale of two men. Which one would you rather be? It’s in a story that Jesus tells. It begins like this: “There was a rich man who was clothed … Continue reading

The ‘Cross-dressing’ of Words

Cross-dressing is defined as wearing the clothing typical of the opposite sex. It is a man wearing a dress and high heels or a woman dressed like a soldier for combat. Cross-dressing doesn’t change the reality of God’s creation of … Continue reading

Lutheran Clarion — Why Dr. John Warwick Montgomery is Right

The Montgomery – Kloha debate is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th at Concordia University-Chicago in River Forest Illinois. This is another article in preparation for the debate and to bring a better understanding of the issues to the public. Be … Continue reading

Freed to Sin, or Freed from Sin?

Slavery and Freedom: A Sermon on Romans 6:19-23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Slavery at the Fall:  Adam’s sin earned him the just reward … Continue reading

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