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

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Rev Thomas C. Messer

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

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Pr. Charles Henrickson

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

Birth Announcement from Mollie

We received the following birth and baptism announcement  and thought we would pass it along to our readers. Congratulations Mark and Mollie.   Linden Katherine Hemingway Born Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm 8 lbs., 3 oz., 19 inches … Continue reading

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Dr. Bethany Tanis

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

New Feature: Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: The Infamous and Pseudonymous “Carl Vehse”

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

Save 50% on Treasury of Daily Prayer – Special from Concordia Publishing House

We have featured the Treasury of Daily Prayer from CPH several times here on the website. We highly recommend it to our readers as a daily devotional tool. Here is an ad from CPH offering a special rate. The Treasury … Continue reading

CD’s from the ACL Conference in Minnesota Now Available

(Editor’s Note: Many of you were asking about recordings from the ACL conference two weeks ago in Minneapolis. The following announcement just appeared on the CAT 41 list.) Recordings of the 2009 (and 2008) Congress on the Lutheran Confessions are … Continue reading

Evangelism 101: Don’t I Have to be Dynamic to do That?, by Pastor Mark Elliott

This is part of a series of articles on evangelism that is being written by Pastor Elliott for the St John Lutheran Church newsletter, Champaign, Illinois. We thought it a good reminder of the some of the misconceptions about our … Continue reading

Rocky Mountain District to Entertain Motions to Slow Down the Blue Ribbon Express

We ran across some motions that will be brought before the Rocky Mountain District convention this June. Here is one that wisely asks the synod to slow down the process for considering the structural changes proposed by the Blue Ribbon … Continue reading

Second Edition of Pless/Harrison Book on Women’s Ordination Published

John Pless, professor from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne has alerted us to the publication of a second edition of “Women Pastors, The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective” by Concordia Publishing House. The second edition includes new articles … Continue reading

Gospel Reductionism Today – “Blues Brothers Theology” by Rev. John Frahm III

There is a great article on the Reformation Today website by Rev. John Frahm III. It also has some clever graphics for all you visual learners and a string of links to some excellent segments from Issues, Etc. The article … Continue reading

Church, Inc. and Why Imitation is No Strategy for Lutheranism, by Paul McCain

We found this posted on Cyberbrethren and thank Pastor Paul McCain for permission to reprint it here. I received a postcard in the mail yesterday from “Church.Inc” [note: The material in quotes in this blog post are exact quotes from … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 23rd

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access … Continue reading

What if Paul wrote the Letter to the Galatians today?

We found the following on the web on sacredsandwich.com, and found it a thought provoking piece on what the contemporary reaction might be if Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians and submitted it to Christianity Today for publication. It’s … Continue reading

Sale of KFUO FM reported authorized by the Board of Directors

This letter which was originally addressed to 250 pastors came to our attention from one of our steering committee members; BJS felt we should publish it immediately. The original letter can be viewed here. Pastor Wilken commented on this post … Continue reading