BJS National Conference: If They Can Make it from Florida and Washington, then so Can You

Registrations for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference are already coming in. We have people registered from as close as Naperville and central Illinois, and as far away as Florida and the state of Washington. If they can … Continue reading

New Quiz / Issues Etc Promotion

Two items of note: Book of Concord Quiz Updated! We have published a new quiz on the site! I know you have been waiting for it since we opened; but we finally came through! Thanks to Pastor Stephen Schumacher of … Continue reading

The Best and the Worst of Lutheranism in the Great Northwest: Jim Pierce, the New Breed of Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

On my visit to the Pacific Northwest the last few days I have found the best and the worst of Lutheranism. Laymen Jim Pierce from Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle is an example of the best and he has an … Continue reading

Detailed Schedule for the BJS National Conference Announced

After the Conference! Recordings from the conference, and comments after it Updated Information: NID District President Dan Gilbert is the preacher at our Vespers service; Pastor Ben Ball is the preacher at the Divine service. Bulletin insert to help advertise … Continue reading

Lutherans for Life (Mollie)

Because of the election of the most pro-choice president in our nation’s history, I wouldn’t be surprised if this year’s March for Life has particular significance. The inauguration will be on January 20 and the march, held annually on the … Continue reading

Matt Harrison Paper without graphics – easier on the printer

Just a quick announcement; this article will disappear within 24 hours, but .. we have found the Matt Harrison paper on the web as a DOC file without all the graphics, suitable for printing without wasting a lot of ink. … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Pastor Rossow!

We at the BJS Steering Committee are hijacking the front page of Johnny Steadfast in order to wish a HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to our esteemed chairman and publisher: Rev. Tim Rossow.   We exult in this milestone with him and … Continue reading

Ablaze!(tm) hymn, from Mollie

I don’t know why but I love visiting the Ablaze!(tm) site to read the latest Ablaze!(tm) stories. These are where people share their examples of faith-sharing. And that’s how it’s written: “Share your Ablaze! faith-sharing.” It’s like the Ablaze!(tm) counter … Continue reading

Confessions Reading Group Ticker Update: They’re Reading the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church and there’s Now a Group in the Tetons I Wish I Could Attend Each Monday

How appropriate – they are studying the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Shawnee, Kansas. We have added them and four other groups to the Confessions Reading Group Ticker. All of us should be studying the Augsburg Confession and … Continue reading

Reformation Day Rap! from Mollie

This isn’t the most Confessional Lutheran take on the Reformation, but it’s a must watch as you complete your Reformation Week celebrations! … Continue reading

The Brothers Continue to Grow: New Chapter Started in Marshall, Michigan

Amisdt all this discussion about Concordia Chicago professors wrongly signing a petiton in support of William Ayers, it is a joy to report that the Brothers have added a new chapter. As more and more chapters are added we are … Continue reading

Not Your Grandfather’s Church ““ Visits to Not So Steadfast Churches, by Cantor Phillip Magness

Recently I had the opportunity to visit an LCMS congregation in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Entering a large sanctuary with free-standing altar and beautiful stained glass, I was cautiously optimistic as I took my seat for the 8:00 “traditional” … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy(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 … 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