A Child Is Born Unto You

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:11-12) Dr. Martin Luther published excellent … Continue reading

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” (Sermon on Luke 2:1-20, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” (Luke 2:1-20) For our Christmas Eve homily tonight, I thought I’d let Luther lead the way. This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, after all, and Martin Luther wrote and preached … Continue reading

“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for the First Sunday after Christmas

This entry is part 49 of 50 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for The First Sunday after Christmas and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true … Continue reading

“He Will Surely Do It” (Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“He Will Surely Do It” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) This has been an Advent series about the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ. Each Wednesday we’ve looked at the Epistle reading from the previous Sunday, and the connecting theme that … Continue reading

Phoenix or Orlando? Your choice, but come to one of our conferences in January and February.

Take your pick.  Both conferences promise to be good opportunities for socialization with other Confessional Lutherans and learning from good teachers.  Both conferences will host excellent preaching.  Both conferences will offer Friday night parties.  It’s just a matter of distance … Continue reading

Advent 3 Midweek “For unto Us a Son Is Given” : The Blessing of Zechariah

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 3 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The altar of incense stood … Continue reading

Wyoming District President Responds to CSL Faculty Rebuke Letter

On behalf of the Wyoming District’s pastors our District President, Rev. John Hill  wrote and sent the following letter (and cover letter) in reply to the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty rebuke of the Wyoming District pastors. If you do … Continue reading

The Synergistic Fallacy

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part four of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

“When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover” (Sermon on Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“When the Messiah Gives You a Makeover” (Isaiah 61:1-4, 10-11) Have you ever seen one of those makeover shows on TV? My daughter used to watch one. It was called “What Not to Wear.” The idea of the show was … Continue reading

“New Heavens and a New Earth” (Sermon on 2 Peter 3:8-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“New Heavens and a New Earth” (2 Peter 3:8-14) This year’s theme for our Advent midweek services is “Waiting for the Day of the Lord.” We’re looking at the Epistle readings for the first three weeks of Advent, all of … Continue reading

Concordia Bronxville Publishes Devotions including Female “Pastors”

Why does the Missouri Synod smell like the ELCA right now? Am I just an ungrateful person? After all, we have so many blessings in the Synod. But sometimes there are things that are just so mind-numblingly absurd, the only … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Christmas Day

This entry is part 3 of 50 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Christmas Day and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 4 of 50 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Rorate Coeli — The Fourth Sunday in Advent and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Rorate Coeli (Advent 4)

This entry is part 37 of 37 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Fourth Sunday of Advent from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. It is available in two versions this year — to cover the alternate reading. You may download the notes for John … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for Gaudete (Advent 3)

This entry is part 36 of 37 in the series Gospel Notes

The Gospel Notes for the Third Sunday of Advent 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

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Sixth Commandment

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;     I address my verses to the king;     my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;     grace is poured upon … Continue reading

Advent 2 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Answer of Samuel

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 2 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil loved barrenness. In … Continue reading

‘Something you need to watch’: Evolutionists in Seminary Classrooms

Dr. David Menton, a speaker, writer, and researcher at Answers in Genesis, spoke at the 2015 Issues, Etc., “Making the Case Conference” on the topic of Creationism vs. Naturalism. He concluded his remarks by speaking of the way in which … Continue reading

TECHNICAL NOTE: New Host is now up and Running Fast!

Thanks in large part to some people behind the scenes who gave up much of their weekend, we have moved the Steadfast Lutherans blog to a new host. So far the site runs much faster; we have hopes that this … Continue reading

“A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Sermon on Mark 1:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Baptism of Repentance for the Forgiveness of Sins” (Mark 1:1-8) Well, here comes John the Baptist again. He always shows up around this time of year. Always with kind of a depressing message: “Repent! Get your life straightened out!” … Continue reading

Lutheran Quotes on Creation

Lutheran Quotes on Creation: Below are a number of great quotes from Lutheran Theologians on the six days of Creation. Dr. Martin Luther: “Hilary and Augustine, two great lights in the Church, believed that the world was made of a … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent

This entry is part 5 of 50 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for the Gaudete — The Third Sunday in Advent and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This … Continue reading

AAAS “Science for Seminaries” Program Entering Phase 2 – CSL News

In November 2016, the committee for Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science issued their final report on the “Science for Seminaries” program. Concordia St. Louis was one of the Seminaries selected … Continue reading

“A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“A Day of Judgment and Salvation” (1 Corinthians 1:3-9) In thinking about a theme for our three midweek Advent services this year, I decided to go with the Epistle readings for the first three Sundays in Advent. For there is … Continue reading