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Convention 2016: Electing delegates, by October 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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Convention 2016: Electing delegates, by October 9 It’s time to prepare for the National LCMS Convention. The convention will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 9-14, 2016, and there are a number of things that need to happen to prepare for it: electing delegates; nominating people for various boards, commissions, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On
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Found over on blogs.LCMS.org:   There is no doubt this was a difficult Summer for Christians in America. It felt like one blow after another on our religious freedoms. There were landmark decisions regarding marriage, and many embattled consciences over the abortion industry being exposed for what it is. So … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Defeating the Defiler
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Sermon Text — Mark 7:14-23 September 2, 2015 — Proper 17 Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s (evening’s) sermon … Continue reading

“God Crowns His Own Gifts” Commemoration of St. Augustine of Hippo
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One day someone asked Martin Luther whether godly persons should expect merit for their good works that result from their justification.  Luther answered that even the justified were still sinners, who pray for forgiveness and live under grace.  While God promises rewards to those who do good works, no works … Continue reading

District President May does the right thing and confesses the faith rather than going “interfaith”.
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From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: This quote describes the event: A responsive reading of a prayer for the Earth from Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment will highlight an interfaith gathering Aug. 30 in Fort Wayne. Miami Indian sacred drumming, traditional Hindu dancing and prayers by local Muslims, … Continue reading

Flashback

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a report on the 2015 Montana District LCMS convention. Part 2 will report on Resolution 5-04 “To Call Upon the Synodical President to Invoke the Procedure for Expulsion from Synod the Rev. Paul Linnemann, District … Continue reading

Sanctified by Marriage and Family

This was my Facebook status posted on Father’s Day this past June. “On Father’s Day I want to thank my children Katie, Leah, Andrea, and Jared for being God’s servants to help me in my vocation. You have dragged me … Continue reading

Great Stuff — “The New Antinomianism: Denying Thesis 18 of Law and Gospel” By Rev. Mark A. Preus

Found over on Gottesdienst Online:   I know you’ll all want sources.  “Where have you seen this?”  “Who said this?”  I can’t give you any right now.  I’ve just seen it happen, and I think that if you’re reading this, … Continue reading

Replacement Theology

“Consider Abraham: ‘He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 13 -Charity

The Good Samaritan Luke 10:23-37 New King James Version 23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — A Life in the Water

Sermon Text — Mark 7:1-13 Proper 16 — August 23rd, 2015 Audio — https://www.steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_Mark_7,_8_23_15.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s … Continue reading

Living Catechisms

Despite all of the emphasis Scripture puts on life together, it’s really common for Christians to see faith individualistically. Of course you can’t believe for anyone else, but it’s easy to overlook the impact your faith (or lack thereof) has … Continue reading

“Marriage, God’s Way” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Marriage, God’s Way” (Ephesians 5:22-33) News story from this summer: Jared Fogle, former spokesman for Subway sandwiches, pleads guilty to criminal sexual charges, and now his wife is filing for divorce. News story from this summer: Josh Duggar, one of … Continue reading

“Judge not…”

19“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s … Continue reading

Book Review – The Angel’s Portion. A Clergyman’s Whisky Narrative.

I would like to start out this review by being brutally honest. I have never written a book review. I’ll be even more honest, I don’t really like reading. Reading was always a struggle for me in school and even … Continue reading

Remember Thrivent? Planned Parenthood does.

Remember Thrivent? Planned Parenthood does. And I do, too. If you are struggling to recall the details of the events from the not-all-that-distant past, let me remind you…because the current smog hovering above Planned Parenthood and releasing of the undercover … Continue reading

Being a Man in the Church

I presented on this topic for the 3rd annual Wyoming District Men’s Retreat this past weekend.  What follows are my thoughts which I expanded for the presentation.  Sadly, the recording of this was lost due to technical errors. Being a … Continue reading

February in Texas! BJS Conference Dates Announced

Save the date – February 4-6, 2016 – the conference of the Brothers of John the Steadfast.  A theme and more details will follow, but here is what I can tell you right now: A NEW LOCATION – Zion Lutheran … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Bartholomew’s Day

August 24th Luke 22:24-30 New King James Version 24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship … Continue reading

Steadfast Dying

Elector John of Saxony died on August 15, 1532.  While he was the fifth of seven children born to Elisabeth of Bavaria and Ernest of Saxony, he inherited the title of Elector in 1525 when his older brother, Frederick the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 12

Jesus Heals the Sick Mark 7:31-37 New King James Version 31 Again, departing from the region of Tyre and Sidon, He came through the midst of the region of Decapolis to the Sea of Galilee. 32 Then they brought to Him one … Continue reading

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Sermon on Proverbs 9, Ephesians 5, and John 6, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Wisdom for Your Walk” (Proverbs 9:1-10; Ephesians 5:6-21; John 6:51-69) If I had to sum up a theme running through our lessons for today, and one that will be helpful for you, it is that here you will find “Wisdom … Continue reading

Personhood – Part 2

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8). When dealing with the issue of personhood in … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — The Right Answer to the Wrong Question

Proper 15 LSB — August 16, 2015 Sermon Text — John 6:51-69 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora_John_6,_8_16_15.m4a   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this … Continue reading

Bishop Tyranny and Heresy (Part 2)

In part 1, we saw how a congregation of my friends suffered the tyranny of a bishop concerning their pastoral vacancy, and the imposition of a pastor who teaches heretical doctrine. We contrasted that to the experience I recently had … Continue reading