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“Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Sermon on Luke 7:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Authoritative Word, Marvelous Faith” (Luke 7:1-10) It is hard to surprise or shock Jesus. It is hard to amaze him or cause him to marvel. It rarely happens. But today it does. It’s the story of the centurion asking for a healing for his servant, and how he asks it. … Continue reading

Neo-Monasticism, Lay Ministry, and Korah
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Monasticism was one of the very things that the Reformation fought against by teaching the truth of God’s Word about vocation over and against the self-chosen good works of the papist monks.  Well, almost 500 years later we are still struggling with that.  This is subtle at times and pretty … Continue reading

Mission and Outreach: Mapping the Small Catechism against the Enemy’s Stock Lies
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In its mission, the church always has run up against some recurring stock errors in the world’s thinking. These errors have a strong hold on the minds and hearts of people, and they are obstacles to people hearing or believing the Gospel. From the fund of stock errors, a subset … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Great New Site — Floor Committee Weekend – Let Us Pray
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This post is found on a new site, SynodConvention.com. This is a great site for any member of a LCMS church or people interested in the convention this summer. Be sure to head over to the SynodConvention site and subscribe to updates by email. Steadfast Lutherans will be having periodic … Continue reading

Catechetical Aesthetics with Pastor Mize (Part 1)
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Pastor Gaven Mize of Augustana Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC has begun producing a series of really great videos about the significance of what we see in church. These videos are exceedingly practical. For example, Pr. Mize makes a helpful connection between liturgical architecture and God’s presence. Where things like the altar, pulpit, … Continue reading

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Licensed Lay Whatchamacallit? Let Gottesdienst help you understand the issue.

This year’s convention of the LCMS has a few key issues.  One of them is the issue of Lay Ministry, allowed in the LCMS officially since 1989 in opposition to the plain teaching of the Augsburg Confession (Article XIV).  To … Continue reading

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 3

Continuing from our last post, these questions are a compilation of the most frequently asked questions addressed to the LCMS Presidential candidates on the Synod’s Facebook page. The purpose of these posts is to build awareness of the candidates, stimulate … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Second Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Second Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — VDMA

The children of men make much of words when it suits their agenda but men’s words often do little to save or heal. Kingdoms are built upon the words of the king.  Nations are established on the words of their leaders.  Our own nation is founded upon the words of the Constitution of the United States.  Men make much of words when those words suits their agenda but the words of men cannot liberate the conscience or heal the heart.  And the kingdoms of men, though established on words cannot help but enforce those words at the edge of a sword nor can they defend those words from enemies both domestic and foreign without the aid of guns and tanks.

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Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 2

Continuing from our last post, these questions are a compilation of the most frequently asked questions addressed to the LCMS Presidential candidates on the Synod’s Facebook page. The purpose of these posts is to build awareness of the candidates, stimulate … Continue reading

An Arch to Engage Young Children in the Divine Service

We can use Arch Books coordinated with the Lectionary to engage young children in the Divine Service. We can reap other significant benefits at the same time. We have a problem with young children in the service. They are a … Continue reading

Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1

Editor’s Note:  The LCMS Presidential Election is set for June 11-14, 2016 through an online voting system.  If you were a delegate to your district convention you should have already received a notice from LCMS Secretary Hartwig about that.  If … Continue reading

In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments

When you publish your writings on the internet, you must be prepared to be criticized. I mean, it’s not like anyone asked me to do this, I just enjoy it. Writing is also a good way for me to work … Continue reading

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS

Disputation is indivisible from Confessional Lutheranism. Lutherans fray their orthodoxy when they do not engage in frequent disputation with all who dare to tamper with or reject the formal and material principles of Scripture alone and grace alone, respectively. By … Continue reading

The Hill on Which to Die

Are you willing to die on that hill? This is a question that often gets asked when pastors face bad doctrine and practice in the congregations they serve, especially when they first arrive. This question is well-intentioned. It normally indicates … Continue reading

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today” In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! “What??” you’re saying. “Pastor, have you lost your mind? St. Patrick’s Day … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Parables: Why Doesn’t Contemporary Worship Read the Scriptures?

“…and who is my neighbor?” …the lawyer asked Jesus, seeking to justify himself.  Jesus had just commanded a perfect love for God and neighbor, and this man sought to understand exactly to whom this commandment applied.  He probably thought “surely … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The First Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the First Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

Pr. Wolfmueller on Bumper Sticker Theology and the Anti-Catechism

The congregation I serve has a speaker come every year for an afternoon and teach on an evangelism related topic.  This year, Pastor Wolfmueller was invited up to speak on the topic of “bumper sticker theology”, which of course has … Continue reading

“Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival” (Sermon on Acts 2:1-41, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Pentecost: A Firstfruits Harvest Festival” (Acts 2:1-41) What do you know about the Feast of Pentecost? If you’re like most people in the church today, I’m guessing not too much. Oh, maybe you know it has something to do with … Continue reading

ACELC — Dispute Resolution – The Never Ending Story

This is the latest ACELC email blast. Visit the ACELC website to sign up for the emails if you don’t already receive them.   I remember when my kids were small, we had a video cassette recording (remember those?) of … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Holy Trinity Sunday

The Gospel Notes for Holy Trinity Sunday from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — God’s Promises for the Broken

May 15, 2016 — Pentecost Sunday Sermon Text — John 14: 23-31 Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_John_14.m4a   God’s Promises for the Broken Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  … Continue reading

Luther on Vocation and the Christian Life-Part II

This post is the second on this topic.  In order to read part I, go here: Luther on Vocation Part I Dr. Martin Luther often preached and taught regarding the doctrine of vocation.  His sermons, particularly the collections known as the … Continue reading

Ranking & Measuring the LCMS Concordias

We have entered the college shopping phase for our oldest daughter, and have run the rule on several dozen options to find the best fit for her and us. As part of that exercise, I extracted a subset of all … Continue reading