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

Where the LCMS President is Really Elected – The Circuit Forum , by Pr. Tom Chryst

(This is from Rev. Tom Chryst and was first posted on his preachrblogspot.com. It’s also been posted on our LCMSpolitics site.) “I thought the President was elected at the national convention by the delegates?” Yes, technically, that’s true. But in … Continue reading

Jesus First, aka JerryPAC: “Reporting for duty!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Jesus First–aka JerryPAC, Geezers First, Jesus’ Fist, and ***us First–is back and gearing up the machinery for another campaign. Like John Kerry standing on the stage and saluting, the political-action committee that helped elect Jerry Kieschnick sent out two e-mails … Continue reading

Personal Testimony from a Reader about The Alley’s Way of Doing Church

(Editor’s Note: The following is a very powerful testimony as to what is actually going on at Woodbury Lutheran Church and its offspring, The Alley. We have have devoted a lot verbiage to this issue in the last week but … Continue reading

Newly Crowned Miss America Attended Lutheran Elementary School in Indiana

BJS website reader Joe Hildreth reports that the new Miss America, Katie Stam is from Seymour, Indiana and attended one of the local LCMS elementary schools. Here is Joe’s report. I was hoping you could post a congratulations to the … Continue reading

New Column: Welcome Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor – Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne

(Editor’s Note: We are very honored to have Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne – Indiana,  writing a new column for us. We are also eating a little … Continue reading

BJS Muse Responds Poetically to the Recent Deaths of Neuhaus and Elisa: Paralell Lives – Ein Lutherisches Märchen, by Jon Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jon Townsend is a creative brother. He is the one who writes and produces the BJS ads on Issues, Etc. His posts can be found on our Regular Columns page under the title of “I Desire Mercy and … Continue reading

Thinking Theologically and the LCMS Presidency, by Pr. Rossow

I am interested in learning more about Matt Harrision who many are saying would make a great LCMS president. One of the things that I look for is someone who thinks theologically. I am impressed that Rev. Harrison has a … Continue reading

We Look Forward to Meeting You at Our National Conference Feb. 13-14

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. Since we are … Continue reading

Remember to keep your Pastor in your prayers at this busy time; new BoC edition coming out!

An item came across my desk from the Cyberbrethren email list this morning that I thought would be excellent to share with the Brothers of John the Steadfast. First: Let’s be sure to remember our pastors in our prayers as … Continue reading

The Book of Concord Quiz is popular!

Thanks to all of you who have taken the Book of Concord Quiz that we recently published! It’s nice to know that 138 of you have already taken it! If you haven’t taken it yet, be sure to try out … Continue reading

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