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

Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home

(from Rev. Mark Hein) When I was first approached to write a column for this website, I was more than just a little hesitant. With a busy ministry, I wasn’t sure if anything more would fit on my plate. That … Continue reading

Return Issues, Etc. to KFUO!

Mollie here. In a previous comment thread, Chris Rosebrough suggested: Since the synod claims that Issues, Etc. was cut for “financial reasons.” I think it is time for the next round of cost cutting measures for KFUO AM. KFUO AM … Continue reading

Wow.

Today’s Question and Answer segment is fascinating. All of you who wanted answers about what happened to Issues, Etc. (vis-a-vis KFUO and the LCMS) should listen.

About those 64 live listeners, David Strand . . .

Mollie here. Another great day for Issues, Etc. Petition-signer Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., dropped by to discuss policy issues of concern to constituents. Shimkus, who is a member of an LCMS congregation, provided assistance to Jeff and Todd in getting … Continue reading

“Your Grandfather’s Church” is a Litmus Test of the Steadfast

(Pr. Walter Otten) Naperville, Illinois is an interesting place to visit. It has a long and well-preserved history, highlighted by Naper Settlement, a re-creation of past lifestyles in this now-booming city. The citizens of this town commemorated the beginning of … Continue reading

Too Lutheran for a Lutheran radio station

Mollie here. I just finished listening to my “on-demand” Issues, Etc. day two. Another fantastic day. I learned how to pronounce Chris Rosebrough’s name. I heard the smooth-voiced Craig Parton talk about substance and style in theology and worship. My … Continue reading

Sorry About the Blackout

(from Pastor Rossow) I apologize for the several hours we were off line today (Monday). My best guess is that it was from around 3 PM central to around 9 PM central. I was so intent on listening to the … Continue reading

The Athanasian Creed

(from Pastor Preus) I had an experience a couple of weeks ago which made me believe that the church and possibly even the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is getting stronger and more vibrant. After Divine Services on Trinity Sunday a … Continue reading

A Few Thoughts After 24 Hrs. Live

Thank you for bearing with us as we learn by doing how to manage a super-sized website. We have learned alot and will continue to grow, hopefully not only in the Lord’s grace but in yours also as we take … Continue reading