Where do Ablaze!® funds go? (Mollie)

According to the LCMS Web site, “Ablaze! ® began as a vision of LCMS World Mission to involve every member of the LCMS, its partner church bodies, and partner mission agencies in one focused and concentrated effort to share the … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – “A Lutheran Manifesto” For Consideration by All Lutherans, from The Rev. Dr. Fred Baue

(Editor’s Note:  The Brothers of John the Steadfast are honored to have the privilege to bring this Lutheran Manifesto to the world. We ask our readers to  take a serious look at it, offer your expert commentary – there are … Continue reading

New Book of Concord Website Online!

One of the things we at Brothers of John the Steadfast are trying to do is encourage the laity to read the Lutheran Confessions. I have for many years personally provided technical and web space support for the Book of … Continue reading

Motivation from Rosemarie to Start or Join a Confessions Reading Group, by Pr. Rossow

Rosemarie does not know it yet but she had a part in starting the Brothers of John the Steadfast. I have not seen her in a few years but she is coming to our parish Confessions Reading Group tonight and … Continue reading

What is the Liturgical Future of our Synod? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is the future of the LCMS in the aftermath of the last two decades of worship wars within our church? I’m going to … Continue reading

For Jefferson Hills’ next trick . . . (Mollie)

Here’s the latest on the JeffersonHills Church (apparently affiliated with the LCMS and best known for their Satan billboard campaign): If you missed this weekend you missed something huge that God has called JH to launch. Beginning in September we … Continue reading

Missions or Pure Doctrine? by Pr. Andrew Simcak, (regular columnists for the Texas Confessional Lutherans)

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Simcak touches on a theme that will get much attention on this site in the weeks to come. Defining “missions” and understanding its place in the church is a fundamental part of the LCMS Task Force’s justification … Continue reading

Introducing “I Desire Mercy, Not Satire…”

Mercy is an oft redefined word; so much so that people use it in conjunction with killing and do not laugh themselves silly at the oxyMORONIC nature of language in the post-modern age. Sarcasm is a piece of steel that … Continue reading

What Happens to the Intellectual Property in an LCMS Divorce? by Attorney Craig Parton

(Editor’s Note: BJS is proud to have attorney Craig Parton on our advisory board. Mr. Parton is a former evangelical who catechized into  Lutheranism a few years ago when he came to understand  the Biblical teaching of the sacraments. He … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans Checking In from Southern California ““ Welcome SOCO

(Editor’s Introduction: We thank David Atkinson, a BJS steering committee member, for this description of the confessional group that meets regularly out in Orange County, California. They will be keeping us abreast of their activities via their entry on the … Continue reading

It’s Not all a Bed of Luther Roses Out There, by Pr. Ben Ball

(Editor’s Note: we welcome Pastor Ben Ball from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Illinois. He will be offering analysis and commentary on the church in this regular column.)   Calls and Catechesis   I received a letter in the … Continue reading

An Allegory On Restructuring, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s note: Pr. Preus’ spot in the Brothers’ Cafe has several posts about synodical restructuring that you may want to re-read.) One upon a time there was pastor. He had been leading a church for a half a dozen years … Continue reading

More Good Things Coming Out of Texas – The TCL Free Conference September 5-6

Our good friends down in the nation of Texas, the Texas Confessional Lutherans, are holding a free conference early next month, September 5-6 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas. The theme is “Ministry and Priesthood: A Distinction of Kind.” … Continue reading

Response to the Texas District President, by Pastor Rossow

I will be sending President Hennings a personal e-mail and giving him a phone call on Monday to address the issue that we have been discussing for the past few days here concerning the Texas District Youth Gathering. This is … Continue reading

We Need Some Levity – A New Cartoon by Pastor Blazek

After all this serious (but necessary) discussion of the Texas “Lutheran” Youth Gathering, we need some levity. If it strikes his fancy I am sure Pastor Blazek will draw a cartoon based on the gathering but for now we will … Continue reading

Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home, Article #2

“Jesus is Lord” Our Lord said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:19) What part of that do we not understand? In regard to the whole topic at hand, when it comes to … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The quotes are selected and introduced by BJS Steering Committee member Ron Revels. The number in the … Continue reading

Prediction on the Restructuring

(from Pr. Preus) OK, we are all waiting on baited breath for the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod’s Structure and Governance which, reportedly, will be unveiled at the upcoming confab in Phoenix later this month. I … Continue reading

A Journey Back to Confessional Lutheranism – From the CLCC

I’m a lay person who has been constantly being educated in what it truly means to be a confessional Lutheran. I love it! It’s been a slow learning, growing process over more than a decade now. I have always been … Continue reading

On Counting 7/22/08

(from Mollie) Richard John Neuhaus in First Things: A priest on Long Island tells me that, when he was newly ordained, he had the chance to visit with the legendary Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who was famed for, among other … Continue reading

More Cartoon Fun and Commentary from Pastor Blazek 7/20/08

A couple of times a month we will be posting new cartoons from Pastor Blazek. He is a brilliant satirist and excellent draftsman. We encourage you to not only get a snicker or two from his work but spend time … Continue reading

Bred Lutheran

(Editor’s note: This is a new column that will introduce to us those who were not born Lutheran but have been bred so in the rich Gospel soil of such gifts as Issues, Etc. Look for a new post in … Continue reading

Hyper-Euro/Sacerdotalist and Hyper-Waltherian Insights Needed

(from Pastor Rossow) I need your help. On July 24 I will be addressing the monthly meeting of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. One of the lesser goals of this website is to help bring confessional Lutherans from all different stripes … Continue reading

“Even Jesus could never forgive what you do.” ““ Bob Dylan

(from Pr. Preus) I was listening to Pearl Jam today and it got me to thinking. Pearl Jam is a grunge rock and roll group from Seattle which was very popular about a decade ago and still enjoys some following. … Continue reading