Official Transcript: Kloha-Montgomery Debate on the Philosophies of Biblical Textual Criticism

Brothers of John the Steadfast is pleased to make available the full transcript of the recent debate between Dr. James Warwick Montgomery and Dr. Jeffrey J. Kloha. The debate took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Chapel of Our Lord Concordia … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Special mission journal explores LCMS membership decline

Found over on blogs.lcms.org:   Researchers dissecting the decline in LCMS membership have come to one conclusion: The standard reasons offered for why the LCMS isn’t growing — everything from “If only we weren’t so conservative” to “We need more … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Christmas

The Gospel Notes for Christmas from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. There are three separate sets that have been prepared as follows: Christmas Eve   PDF’s: Color, B/W, Bi-folds: Color, B/W, or Half-Page Legal Color, B/W. … Continue reading

The Lord Is at Hand — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Philippians 4:4-7 Editorial Introduction: The Lord is at hand. Jesus could return at any moment. We live on the edge of eternity.  Paul tells us how to live, knowing that Christ could return at any moment. He tells us how … Continue reading

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Sermon on Isaiah 7:10-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy” (Isaiah 7:10-17) Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel! There’s that word “Emmanuel.” And … Continue reading

The Beauty and Danger of Rhetoric

God is good, true, and beautiful. That is so because His attributes are identical with His essence. Quenstedt speaks of this: “The divine essence is like a boundless ocean of all infinite perfections, which the human intellect has not the … Continue reading

Martin Chemnitz on Good Works

The Augsburg Confession and the Apology set forth the reasons thus: It is necessary to do good works commanded by God, not that we may trust to earn grace by them, but because of the will and command of God, … Continue reading

“He Comes, We Come” (Sermon on Isaiah 35:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Comes, We Come” (Isaiah 35:1-10) “You go, we go.” That’s what the Chicago Cubs told their centerfielder and leadoff man Dexter Fowler the last couple of years. “You go, we go.” In other words, “As you go, Dexter, so … Continue reading

Please Help Pastor John Henry and His Family

Pastor John Henry and his family have been through a terrible ordeal involving extremely high levels of lead in the home and the risk of lead poisoning (explained in more detail below by Lutheran Church Charities). They were forced to get rid … Continue reading

Conversion: Trusting God’s Word for Your Regeneration and Resurrection

We must trust Christ to raise us from death to life. We must trust him for this twice: regarding our resurrection, and regarding our regeneration. These two cases are alike. In both cases, we are dead, and because we are … Continue reading

Learning from Eli

Eli was derelict in his duties as high priest. He did not keep his sons in check. Working as priests under Eli’s supervision, his sons Hophni and Phinehas stole offerings from God, threatened worshippers with violence, and fornicated with women … Continue reading

Ministers of Christ and Stewards of the Mysteries of God — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Today we are going to talk about preachers.  The Bible has many names for them: pastors, teachers, preachers, elders, bishops, even angels.  Our text for today uses the word minister, which means servant.  What God requires of … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Sermon for Gaudete

A sermon by Pr. Lincoln Winter that was recommended to us by a reader — found over on Predigtamt. Thanks Helen! We appreciate when our readers suggest topics or suggest items for the “Great Stuff on the Web” section of … Continue reading

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (Sermon on James 5:7-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Be Patient until the Coming of the Lord” (James 5:7-11) Advent is a season of waiting. We’re waiting for Christmas. This is a time of penitential preparation awaiting that festive celebration. The season of Advent always begins on the Sunday … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Advent 3, Facing Mortality

John is prison.  The Lord’s prophet is in the dungeon.  Darkness encompasses all around him.  The Light’s warmth is far from him.  His cell has become his tomb. He lives, yet he is destined to die.  His king has fettered his ankles so as to bind his tongue.  For John has committed no crime against humanity.  He has not stolen.  He has not murdered.  His hasn’t rebelled.  No hand was lifted up against another.  No, John is in prison for preaching about marriage, Herod’s marriage.  And if there’s one thing fallen humanity cannot bear both then and now, is someone pointing out the sin of sexual immorality. 

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The Second Table of the Law and Sanctification by Martin Luther

Beyond these seven chief ways of Christian sanctification there are also additional external marks by which the holy Christian church is recognized. Put another way: The Holy Spirit sanctifies us also according to the Second Table of the Law. The … Continue reading

The King’s Wedding – Advent Vespers Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Psalm 45 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. 2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; … Continue reading

Why Do We Distinguish Between Sins? by Martin Chemnitz

203 Do the Remains of Sin Exist and Remain in the Reborn in This Life? They by all means are and remain. For though [the reborn] are ruled by the Holy Spirit, yet they complain that nothing good dwells in … Continue reading

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Shoot and the Root of Jesse” (Isaiah 11:1-10) Today we continue our series on “Isaiah’s Advent Prophecies.” Today’s prophecy comes from Isaiah 11, and it begins, “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a … Continue reading

Conversion: To See Decisions Dead People Make, Visit the Cemetery

My Dad liked Billy Graham. When Graham’s crusades were televised, Dad watched. Graham had a gift of oratory. He preached God’s Law. He preached sin and salvation. He preached the person and work of Christ. But his sermons were spoiled … Continue reading

Advice from Dr. C.F.W. Walther When Considering a Call

Editors Note – I received this small snippet from a friend – The volume (Walther’s Pastoral Theology) it belongs to is coming out in early 2017 and will be quite a gift to the whole English speaking Evangelical Lutheran Church. … Continue reading

The Bible: The Cradle of Christ — Advent Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Romans 15:4-13 The Bible is the most revered book in the world.  People who rarely read it and know little of what it teaches treat it with respect.  The Bible is a symbol of tradition, of stability, and of truth.  … Continue reading

Law & Gospel Does Not Make Reformed & Evangelical Churches Orthodox

Confessional Lutherans were tantalized by the idea of other denominations adopting Law/Gospel language in the expectation that it might lay a bridge across the Missouri. There were high hopes for former Presbyterian pastor Tullian Tchividjian to be the celebrity convert whose high … Continue reading

Some Thoughts on The Third Use of the Law and Preaching by Kurt Marquart

Our preaching needs to serve and communicate the three permanent witnesses on earth, the spirit (or the blessed Gospel words which are spirit and life, St. Jn. 6:63), the water of Holy Baptism, and the Blood of the New Testament, … Continue reading

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand” (Matthew 3:1-12) “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven Is at Hand”: That was the message of John the Baptist as he came preaching in the wilderness. “Repent, for the kingdom of … Continue reading