Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) Disagrees with the ELCA

(The ELS is a 20,000 member Lutheran synod based in Mankato, Minnesota with Norwegian roots. For an ELS commentary on how the LCMS missed an opportunity to maintain orthodoxy click here.) Press Release: ELS Disagrees with ELCA on Homosexuality Last … Continue reading

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Ephesians 5:22-33) You know, it’s really kind of stupid when we think we know better than our Creator. I mean, think about it: Doesn’t it make sense that the God who created us would know … Continue reading

Pastor Matt Harrison reacts to ELCA’s decisions.

  Late Friday afternoon Rev. Todd Wilken did an  interview with Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care for the purpose of getting his reaction to the ELCA’s action on homosexuality this week at their … Continue reading

Strong Rebuke of the ELCA from Lutheran Church-Canada

(We thank Rev. John Frahm for forwarding this post to us. Lutheran Church-Canada  (click on Info Digest on the bottom of the page for the statement)  is the LCMS sister church in Canada. It was founded by members of the … Continue reading

CORE VALUES for Christians: GOD! By Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg

Pastor Alan Wollenburg writes a series of articles that have been published in his church newsletter. Looking for a way to introduce more of the members of his congregation and people of the community who happen across their parish newsletter … Continue reading

This is a Good Time to Re-read Matt Harrison’s Statement on the ELCA’s Report on Sexuality

Back in February Matt Harrison wrote the following statement on the ELCA’s report on sexuality. (To go to the synod website where it was first posted click here.) … Continue reading

We are Interested in Your Corporate & Personal Spiritual Exercises, by Pr. Rossow

During the coming school year our parish (Bethany – Naperville, Illinois) will be focusing on spiritual exercises that support Biblical piety. We are developing a list of spiritual exercises and would appreciate our readers help in filling out that list. … Continue reading

“Liturgical Uniformity and Church Polity in the Augsburg Confession and the Formula of Concord” – A Great Article by Matt Harrison for Understanding the Worship Debate

Rev. Joshua Scheer reported yesterday on the MNN Faithful list that the following paper was mentioned at the MNNCL meeting. We looked at it and, agreeing with him, think that it is an “Excellent resource in right thinking about any … Continue reading

Who Is Our God? The Sin of Missiolatry, by Pr. William Weedon

(Editor’s Note: The latest Steadfast Quarterly has been mailed out to all our members and as in previous issues is getting high marks. This issue is a special double issue that highlights the evangelistic work of confessional churches, pastors and … Continue reading

A Historian Serving the Church ““ Luther Quotes on the Ministry and the Call, Collected by Matthew Phillips

(We thank Dr. Phillips, a church historian at Concordia University, Nebraska for passing this fine little collection on to us for publication. This is one of the finest services church historians do. They search the past for primary source material … Continue reading

Membership Matters–As Does What We Teach or Don’t Teach, by Pr Kurt Hering

The following paragraphs quoted from an article by Paul Proctor should resonate with anyone familiar with what is going on in the LCMS. For our exercise, wherever you read the word, “church,” think “synod.” The author may need a little … Continue reading

CORE VALUES FOR CHRISTIANS: Using the Sacraments Properly, by Rev. Alan J. Wollenburg

Pastor Alan Wollenburg writes a series of articles that have been published in his newsletters on the “Core Values for Christians”. Here is one of them; we may publish others over the next few months. NOTE: This “blog” is the … Continue reading

Can’t Pass Up Lunch at Darrell’s Place – Confessions Group in Audobon, Iowa Reconvenes

Dear Christians: Greetings, in the Name of the Holy One of Israel, Jesus. Please be reminded, we shall convene Monday morning, August 3, at Saint John Lutheran Church, Audubon, Iowa, for further study of the Small Catechism of Martin Luther. … Continue reading

Hymnals are Little Doctrinal Compendiums According to Luther, A Comment by BJS Reader Holger Sonntag

(We have had some incredible dialogue posted in the comment section on our article from Brian Yamabe titled “Contemporary vs. Traditional Worship.” Brian is struggling with the fact that his congregation is adding a contemporary service. This string has 115 … Continue reading

Ablaze with the Doctrine of Justification – Words that Never got Spoken at the Nebraska District Convention

(Editor’s Note – The following is from the newsletter of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, pastored by  Rev. Clint Poppe. The rest of the story is explained in the introduction that follows.) From the Pastor’s Pen: “Speaking the Truth … Continue reading

The Wild Boar Points Us to a Great Marquart Article on Worship from 30 Years Ago

The “Wild Boar Loose in the Forest” blogger points us to a great article on worship written by Prof. Kurt Marquart. It is found in CTQ – Concordia Theological Quarterly, October of 1978 and reprinted below. Speaking of the liturgy, … Continue reading

The WELS convention, by Rick Techlin

Rick Techlin, a BJS  reader  and a blogger is posting information about the Wisconsin Synod Convention (WELS) convention in Saginaw, Michigan on his blog. We will be posting periodic snippets here on the the BJS site; readers who want more … Continue reading

LCMS museum opens

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: KIRKWOOD — The second-largest Lutheran denomination in North America opened a museum Sunday at its international headquarters on Kirkwood Road, telling the story of its growth since being founded in 1847 in the St. Louis … Continue reading

Walking Together Down Different Roads: Is Synod an Oxymoron? by Pr Kurt Hering

Pastor Kurt Hering wrote this back in 2006 on his blog and has since posted it on his newsletter site. Many of the points  are still matters of controversy yet today. Here follows something of a 21st century manifestation of … Continue reading

Letter to the Laity ““ Mutual Conversation and Consolation of the Brethren in these Challenging Times, Part II (of III), by Pr. Rob Jarvis

(Pastor Rob Jarvis is involved with the CLCC group. Like BJS they seek to equip laymen to know and support Confessional Lutheranism. CLCC posts are archived on the Regular Columns page of this website.) Last time we talked about the … Continue reading

Influenza and communion

So the husband has flu and it is, apparently, swine flu. It makes me wonder how LCMS congregations have historically handled influenza outbreaks vis-a-vis communion. Anyone know? … Continue reading

Listening to Issues, Etc. – Another New Confessional Lutheran Convert, by Pr. Rossow

One of the many blessings of heading up the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the people I get to meet. Yesterday I got a phone call from someone trying to get a hold of the first three issues of … Continue reading

Analysis: Contemporary vs. Traditional Worship

Here is a posting that we found on the Vocation in the Valley (yamabe.net) written by Brian Yamabe, one of the commentors on this site. (Vocation in the Valley has been a past Issues Etc blog of the week.) While … Continue reading

What Exactly is Evangelism and is that Even the Proper Name for It? A Response to the Recent Steadfast Quarterly, by Pr. Dean Kavouras

(Editor’s Note: We received this note this week and it is further proof that this recent edition of the Steadfast Quarterly is upholding the high standard of this periodical set by its first three issues. To receieve the Quarterly select … Continue reading

The Catechumenate Reimagined: Our Next Steadfast Parish Feature from the Quarterly, By Elaine Gavin

(Editor’s Note: Each quarter The Brothers of John the Steadfast identifies a steadfast parish and highlights it for the readers of our Steadfast Quarterly. The latest Steadfast Quarterly has been mailed out to all our members and  as in previous … Continue reading