Great Post — My Last Blog Post. You Won’t Believe What I Have To Say.

Great post by Pastor Lincoln Winter over on his blog Predigtamt (Musings of a Country Pastor):   This will be my last blog post before the LCMS convention begins in Milwaukee. (What do you mean, clickbait?) One way or another, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Biblical Proof for LLDs? Show me the $$$$

A great podcast over at Table Talk Radio just in time for the convention!   With the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod discussing the practice of having a deacons licensed to preach and administer the sacrament, even though Jesus doesn’t authorize them … Continue reading

Guest Post — Benedict Arnold and the Bosphorus

Here is a guest post written by Pastor Charles Lehmann and originally posted on his blog.   Until two days ago I knew next to nothing about Benedict Arnold.  I knew that he was a revolutionary war figure whose name … Continue reading

The Comfort of Election for the Mission of the Church

The doctrine of election or predestination is of great comfort to Christians. This doctrine tells us that our salvation is in God’s hands. If salvation was in our hands, we would never be saved. Thus, we are comforted that it … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Rev. Christopher Esget – Growth Through Faithful Preaching, Administration, Education

Found over on Watch that site for good information on the synod convention July 9-14 in Milwaukee.   I’m privileged to serve as the president of Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, where Christopher Esget is our senior pastor. Immanuel … Continue reading

“Milwauking Together” and other parodies (by Pr. Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel)

Click the music links and sing along! It’s all in good fun. MILWAUKING TOGETHER Tune: “Happy Together” Imagine Synod-wide, I tried I think about a wonderland It’s really grand To think about us unified And holding hands Milwauking together If … Continue reading

Rev. Dr. John Sias for Secretary of the Synod — Another Encouragement

It is indeed an honor and a privilege to encourage the election of Rev. John W. Sias as Secretary of the LCMS. I have known Rev. Sias for approximately 3 ½ years, beginning with our service together on the 2013 … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Harrison announces slate for LCMS first vice-president

Found over on       LCMS President/President-elect Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison has announced the five nominees who will stand for election as the Synod’s first vice-president at this summer’s LCMS convention. Fickenscher The nominees, in alphabetical order, … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Eighth 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

Convention 2016: The United List, a helpful guide for elections (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Last month, congregational electors re-elected Synod President Matt Harrison to another term. In a few days, convention delegates will begin electing a host of vice-presidents, officers, board members, and the like, to serve with him. Hopefully, those elected will want … Continue reading

Intinction Would Have Withdrawn the Word of Forgiveness from Me

Recently I attended the funeral of a major person in my life. The Sacrament of the Altar was administered. It was administered by intinction. This was in a synod with whom I am not in altar fellowship, so I did … Continue reading

The Historical Context for Lutheran Training and Formation of Pastors

With attention focused on the propriety of Licensed Lay Deacons conducting Word & Sacrament Ministry, some historical context is necessary to know why the LCMS trains and sends pastors the way it does. Presented below is an outline of an … Continue reading

LCMS Election 2016 – Secretary of the Synod – Rev. Dr. John Sias

There are a few elections that I would like to spotlight here at Steadfast in the coming week leading up to the Convention (if I have time).  The first one I want to focus on is for the office of … Continue reading

Are You Voting for Luther or Eck?

Philip Melanchthon, author of the Augsburg Confession, sat in Augsburg in early May of 1530 pondering the details of his defense of the Lutheran position to be presented before Emperor Charles V at the upcoming Diet. His contemplation was brought … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Martin Noland — The Kingdom of God Comes Near

Sermon Text: Luke 10:1-20 [7th Sunday after Pentecost] In our Gospel lesson this morning, we see Jesus appointing the “seventy-two.”  These men, who went out two-by-two, were what we today call “evangelists” or “missionaries.”  Their job was not to serve … Continue reading

Pastor, Can We Sing Patriotic Songs in Church?

A friend of mine recently had a parishioner ask him if they could sing patriotic songs in the Divine Service this Fourth of July weekend. Of course he said no, like the good and faithful pastor he is. But the … Continue reading

A Church for Lazarus

  The Gospel reading for the 1st Sunday after Trinity is recorded in the Gospel according to St. Luke, Chapter 16, verses 19-31. In this reading we have a beautiful proclamation of the baptismal life. In this reading we have … Continue reading

Conversion and Repentance

I was recently asked this most reasonable and logical question regarding our “decision” to become a Christian, in the comments section of a previous essay (In Response to Hans Bischof Regarding Decision Theology and Silly Arguments): Don’t we decide to … Continue reading

“Interdependence Day” (Sermon on Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Interdependence Day” (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18) On July 4, 1776, the United States of America declared their independence from Great Britain. Ironically, just a few days ago, with its Brexit vote, Britain declared its independence from the European Union. What goes … Continue reading

Pietism as the basis of “Lay Ministry”

Lay Ministry – especially that of the Licensed Lay Deacon program – is nothing more than an outbreak of Pietism in the LC—MS. Now that I’ve got your attention, hear me out: the most common form of Pietism in the … Continue reading

The Breastless Ones

The Breastless Ones Until less than a century ago, all of humanity was nursed at the breast.  The 20th Century brought with it wonderful advancements for taking care of children whose mothers could not produce enough milk or had some … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Our Unlikely Neighbor

We’re all like this lawyer. This lawyer isn’t just any civil lawyer. He’s not a partner for Sam Bernstein. He doesn’t have his own Television studio promoting himself to local sports fans as part of the first family of law. This lawyer is a church lawyer, a disciple of the law of Moses, one who knows the Old Testament inside and out. He knows what to do and what not to do and what happens if the law is transgressed. But even all of that doesn’t make him like us. What makes this man like all men is that he’s trying to justify himself.

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Church Growth God’s Way — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Church attendance has been dropping throughout America for a long time.  All church bodies – mainstream Protestants, Evangelicals, and Roman Catholics – are affected.  People are quitting church, or they never join.  The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod has lost … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Seventh Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Seventh 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

A Good Conference on Goodness

No, really! Not just a good conference, but a well-done conference on the topic of goodness! July 19-21, 2016 on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) will be holding … Continue reading