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

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

(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