A Hill to Die On? By Pastor Kurt Hering

This article by Pastor Hering was original published in his May email lists and is also posted on the web on his newsletter postings on the LCMSsermons site. Given the recent issues talking about this subject, BJS thought this article … Continue reading

Two Profound Sides of the Church Etiquette Discussion

We are getting some profound comments on Pastor Hein’s post on church etiquette. It has sparked insight on both sides of the issue. First we have “Dutch” reminding us that we ought not to be Pharisaical in our approach to … Continue reading

“At Home in My Father’s House” – Book to be Published Soon by Matt Harrison

It is nice to see that one of the front-running candidates for synodical president is honing is theological and translating skills. Check out this post from July 7 on Matt Harrison’s blog and you can see him at work on … Continue reading

Lutheran Preaching is the Answer, by Rev. Kurt Hering

Rev. Kurt Hering has made an audio recording of a Luther sermon and written a fine admonishment to Lutheran pastors about law/gospel preaching. We encourage our BJS pastors to take it to heart and our BJS laity to encourage their … Continue reading


The 99th Convention of the largest District in the LCMS was held Sunday, June 28 – Wednesday, July 1.   Below is a rundown of the significant happenings.         Convention Theme:   “Celebrate Jesus” (Philippians 2:9-11).   … Continue reading

Pictures from the Issues Etc. One Year Anniversary

Phillip and Cheryl Magness drove from Naperville, Illinois down to Colinsville, Illinois on Tuesday (about four and a half hours) to represent BJS and to celebrate with Pastor Todd Wilkin and producer Jeff Schwarz, the one year anniversary of the … Continue reading

Indiana District Convention – A View from the Floor, by Glen Piper

(Editor’s Note – We thank regular BJS website reader Glen Piper for this summary of the Indiana District Convention. You can also read this and his other posts on his blog.) On Thu 6/25 & Fri 6/26, the Indiana District … Continue reading

Begging the Question in BRTFSSG Proposal #19, by Pr. Lincoln Winter

(Editor’s Note: Lincoln Winter is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church Wheatland in southeastern Wyoming. I last knew of Lincoln when he was a member of the Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans and was instrumental in the writing of “That They May … Continue reading

Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Inaugural Assembly: A Report from the Floor

(Editor’s Note: This is  a delegate report from the recent meeting of the conservative Episcopalians and Anglicans who have formed a new “communion.” The delegate is reporting back to a neighboring conservative Anglican congregation – All Souls, Wheaton, Illinois – … Continue reading

The BRTFSG Takes Another Serious Hit from a District Convention – Summary from Rocky Mt. District

President Kieschnick’s  Blue Ribbon Task Force on Structure and Governance has taken another beating from an LCMS district convention, this time the Rocky Mt. District. A summary of the entire convention  has been posted  on a blog titled  Colorado Rocky … Continue reading

A Great Luther Hymn that Sings A Different Tune in Response to the LCMS’s Dance with Emergent and Church Growth Principles

(Editor’s Note: This comment was written  by O. Young on the Alley Manifesto post and is too good to keep on the comments page.)   In light of all the recent discussion around TheAlley, the MNS convention and orthodox confessionalism, … Continue reading

Good Report from the Ohio District Convention

(Editor’s Note: We thank Darrell Wacker for this update from the Ohio District convention. If you have any further comments on the Ohio district  or any of the other conventions  feel free to e-mail us at [email protected] We here at … Continue reading

Review of the Alley’s Manifesto Pt. II ““ A Telling Testimony from Steve G. On Why He Quit Small Groups, by Pr. Rossow

The other day I posted a comparison of Walther’s six duties of the church with The Alley’s Manifesto written as a guide for how they would form the congregation. They are drastically different. I mentioned six differences that were striking … Continue reading

Who Says Conservative Confessionals Can’t Give Testimonies?

(From the Editor: This comment was posted on my article on The Alley’s Manifesto and I thought it was worth a wider readership. Lusade – I hope you don’t mind me calling your comment a “testimony.”) The Alley Manifesto is … Continue reading

Dentist Shortage, by Pr. James Douthwaite

I went to the dentist today. We always talk a lot, and he was telling me about a seminar he went to where they were told of a looming dentist shortage – too many dentists retiring or leaving because of … Continue reading

489th Anniversary of the Condemnation of Luther

On this, the 489th anniversary of the official response issued by Pope Leo X condemning and rejecting the teachings of Martin Luther, we wanted to bring your attention to the documents available on the Book of Concord site under the … Continue reading

Insightful Review of the South Wisconsin District Convention, by Pr. Tom Chryst

Pastor Tom Chryst has documented on his blog and Facebook page several reviews of the various district conventions around the synod. If you are on Facebook we recommend you become friends with Pastor Chryst (if he will have you) to … Continue reading

Handling the Holy Things – Sacristan Rubric Part II, by Dave Wohlrab

(Editor’s Note: I serve a church of 2,000 people. We have lay, male sacristans who assist the pastors with the distribution of Holy Communion. We do not do this lightly and I am sure there will be some discussion on … Continue reading

Murdered Abortionist Dr. Tiller Was Excomunicated from the LCMS

Click for an interesting story  from Mollie on the Dr. Tiller story that is not in the mainstream press. http://www.getreligion.org/?p=13316 … Continue reading

Handling the Holy Things – Sacristan Rubric Part I, by Dave Wohlrab

(Editor’s Note: I serve a church of 2,000 people. We have lay, male sacristans who assist the pastors with the distribution of Holy Communion. We do not do this lightly and I am sure there will be some discussion on … Continue reading

From Cyberbrethren, Congregations and New Pastors: A How To Guide, by Paul McCain

Pastor Paul McCain over on Cyberbrethren produced this piece a few days ago that contains some excellent statements that would help congregations with new pastors. It is also a good reminder for all congregations on how to treat your pastor … Continue reading

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr

We have invited over thirty people from around the synod to take the BRTFSSG survey and share with us their responses and comments. (You can take the survey yourself by clicking here.) Our list of invitees includes seminary professors, congregation … Continue reading

The Steering Committee Requests Your Comments on the Proposed BJS Constitution

The Steering Committee of the Brothers of John the Steadfast has worked hard in the last few months to develop a constitution for the group. We would like input on the constsitution from our 250 members from around the world … Continue reading

Video from Grace Lutheran – Tulsa, OK Will Make You Feel OK to Be A Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

I was  alerted today to a great video promoting Grace Lutheran Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qo0V57INpA. I have come to know the pastor of the church, Mason Beecroft through confessional circles in the last few … Continue reading

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #6: Similarities between Confessional Calvinism and Lutheranism, by Bethany Tanis

(Editor’s Note: Bethany Tanis has authored many great comments on the BJS website, particularly concerning Calvinism and so we asked her to do a little writing for us on the relationship between Calvinism and Evangelicalism. It is a good thing … Continue reading