• Looking Forward to Restoration of the Communion Rail
    During the Covid-19 pandemic, our congregation has altered the manner of administering Communion from the Communion rail to a line formation. While I understand and support the decision of the Pastor and Elders to do this, I am not a fan. I look forward to restoration of the Communion rail. In this article I explain … Read more
  • It’s Time to Start Sacrificing
    *Much time, prayer, and effort has gone into this piece of writing. It is much longer than my typical writings because it would, on the surface, seem to be only self-serving. But what is written has its foundation in the whole counsel of God. Please take the time to read it in full. Sections have … Read more
  • Now, At the Last, and Unto Eternity – Advent 2020 Devotions now available – free download, purchase copies at Amazon.
    This year we are hoping to use Advent to help Lutherans focus on the Last Things and specifically the comfort that can be derived from the news of our Lord's coming return in glory. The devotion also includes devotions for each day of the Christmas season as well. Here is the service plan for midweek … Read more
  • A Laymen’s Commentary on the Epitome of the Formula of Concord: The Righteousness of Faith Before God
    III. The Righteousness of Faith Before God.STATUS CONTROVERSIAE. The Principal Question In This Controversy. 1] Since it is unanimously confessed in our churches, in accordance with God's Word and the sense of the Augsburg Confession, that we poor sinners are justified before God and saved alone by faith in Christ, and thus Christ alone is … Read more
  • The Shame and Disgrace of the Cross
    “For where God’s Word is preached, accepted, or believed, and bears fruit, there the holy and precious cross will also not be far behind.  And let no one think that we will have peace; rather we must sacrifice all we have on earth–possessions, honor, house and farm, spouse and children, body and life. Now, this … Read more
  • A Laymen’s Commentary on the Epitome of the Formula of Concord: Free Will
    II. Free Will.STATUS CONTROVERSIAE. The Principal Question in This Controversy. 1] Since the will of man is found in four unlike states, namely: 1. before the Fall; 2. since the Fall; 3. after regeneration; 4. after the resurrection of the body, the chief question is only concerning the will and ability of man in the … Read more
  • War and Pestilence: The Missouri Synod in the Year 1918
    The year 1918 was tumultuous in the Missouri Synod.  It was the year of the climax and conclusion of World War I, where our German-speaking pastors and congregations suffered much persecution and scorn.  It was also the year of the Spanish Flu, which took the lives of thousands of Americans and touched every one of … Read more
  • Did Her Baptism Take?
    Almost two years have passed since I published “One in 1200 and One in the Lord,” which was more widely received than I ever would have imagined. Thank you to all who read it and encouraged Ana and me in a difficult time with words and prayer. Many people reached out to me expressing their … Read more
  • Now, At the Last, and Unto Eternity – Advent 2020 Series – Service Plan
    Advent approaches, and it has become tradition here at Steadfast we are releasing information about our series for Advent along with a service plan and upcoming devotional. This year the theme will be related to the "Last Things". Each week will take a look at what our Lord teaches about the End and how that … Read more
  • Cancel Culture: Dear God, Cancel Our Culture
    “Dear God, please cancel our culture.” A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have thought to say this; but, God should cancel our culture. The idea behind “cancel culture” is to withdraw support or tolerance of certain people, places, or organizations so that they topple and fall or are left to hang out and dry. God … Read more