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Great Stuff — How to make your church irresistible
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by Earle D. Treptow Found over on WELS.net:   Did it work? Did the title grab your attention and compel you to read? If you’re feeling like you’ve been hooked by a title, allow this confession. I got hooked by that title once myself. It was the subject line in … Continue reading

God Made Them Male and Female
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And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment [regarding divorce]. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become … Continue reading

The LCMS has a new 6th Vice President!
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News came out today from the LCMS administration that the Rev. Dr. Robert Kuhn resigned as the Sixth Vice President (East-Southeast Region) of the LCMS for health reasons.  Please include him in your prayers.  He has served the Synod very faithfully over the years, including as the 11th President of the … Continue reading

I Need a Drink!
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I’m not a big fan of finding hidden Christian themes in every film or novel that makes its way into the public consciousness, but this time even I couldn’t miss the obvious. In the July 2015 issue of CityArts, a magazine which I occasionally read because it’s my favorite type … Continue reading

Anything but Dull – Convention Report – 2015 Montana District LCMS – Part 2
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This is Part 2 of a report on the 2015 Montana District LCMS convention. This part reports on Resolution 5-04, “To Call Upon the Synodical President to Invoke the Procedure for Expulsion from Synod the Rev. Paul Linnemann, District President of the Northwest District.” During the “Report of Synodical President,” … Continue reading

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Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 14 -Thanksgiving

The Ten Lepers Luke 17:11-19 New King James Version 11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Alan Taylor — As I Ought to Speak

This sermon was posted on LutheranSermon.com, a website that allows pastors to post their sermons. This sermon by Rev. Alan Taylor was preached at St Mark Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson, Texas on August 30, 2015 — Pentecost 14B Sermon … Continue reading

Convention 2016: Electing delegates, by October 9 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

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 … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On

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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Defeating the Defiler

Of the four gospels Mark alone sets Jesus’ death and resurrection in the context of Old Testament purity rituals.  From the very beginning we find Christ’s herald in the water, baptizing for the forgiveness of sins.  We find Jesus, Himself, baptized and then driven to the wilderness to face the Prince of this World.  Everything that follows in Mark’s gospel follows these events and is an unfolding of Christ’s invasion of the strong man’s house.  It is a battle not just of God and Satan but of Holiness vs. Uncleanness.

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“God Crowns His Own Gifts” Commemoration of St. Augustine of Hippo

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 … Continue reading

District President May does the right thing and confesses the faith rather than going “interfaith”.

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 … Continue reading

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