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Pick Your President, LCMS Style, Part 1
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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 you would like to know more, click here. Most people … Continue reading

In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments
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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 through questions and ideas. If others can benefit from my … Continue reading

Please May We Have More Dispute, More Resolution, and Less Reconciliation in the LCMS
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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 contrast, Liberal Lutheranism is indivisible from toleration, compromise, accommodation, and … Continue reading

The Hill on Which to Die
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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 concern for the welfare of the pastor if he teaches … Continue reading

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate: I Bind unto Myself Today” (Sermon for the Holy Trinity, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“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 was back on March 17. This is now May something. … Continue reading

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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

“Behold, I Am Coming Soon” (Sermon on Acts 1:1-11 and Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Behold, I Am Coming Soon” (Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 22:1-6, 12-20) Take a look at the picture over our altar. Of course, it’s a painting of the Ascension of Our Lord, that time when Jesus ascended into heaven. But if you … Continue reading

The Danger of Taking the Holy Spirit for Granted and Neglecting the Means of Grace — A Pastoral Letter of Pastor Rolf Preus

May, 2016 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: During my first year as a pastor I was shocked to learn from my catechumens that they had never heard of Pentecost. How could anyone grow up in the church and be … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost

The Gospel Notes for the Day of Pentecost (Whitsunday) 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

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (Sermon on John 16:23-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Tribulation and Peace, Guaranteed” (John 16:23-33) There are very few guarantees in life, very few things you can be sure of. For instance, there are no guarantees about the success of your baseball team. The Chicago Cubs were riding high … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

The Gospel Notes for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Exaudi) 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 … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 6

May 1, 2016 — Easter 6 Sermon Text — John 16:23-33 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_5-1-16.m4a   Don’t Run, Pray! Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Easter 3

April 10, 2016 — Easter 3 Sermon Text — John 21:1-14 Sermon Audio — Come back later for the audio for this sermon   Don’t be a Schwarmer Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!  Alleluia!  Our text for this … Continue reading

Steadfast Readers like good theology, good beer, good scotch, and they should have good coffee as well.

You can have theology any time of the day.  However other gifts of God have their appropriate time.  In the morning, when you rise making the sign of the cross you may still be a little groggy and need a … Continue reading

Sleepless in Milwaukee

At 509 pages, the 2016 LCMS Regular Convention Workbook is rather hefty. If you’re a delegate and you don’t start studying this thing soon, you’re gonna be sleepless in Milwaukee. One area that’s sure to stimulate discussion on the floor … Continue reading

The Voice of the Church in the Public Square

Editor’s Note:  The following was Pr. Chris Thoma’s prayer at the Michigan State Senate. In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Almighty and most merciful God, You have made the … Continue reading

“A Whole New World” (Sermon on Revelation 21:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Whole New World” (Revelation 21:1-7) “A Whole New World”: Aladdin may sing about it, but God will deliver it. Are you looking forward to it? You should be, and today I’ll tell you why. Yes, a whole new world. … Continue reading