Use more passive voice, please LCMS Reporter, by Mollie

You know, one of the great things about being a confessional Lutheran is that you can usually count on your fellow confessional Lutherans to be straight talkers. It sort of distinguishes us from much of the larger religious community. We … Continue reading

Invitation to The Fourth Annual Theological Conference and Plenary Session of the Augustana Ministerium

(Other posts from the Augustana Ministerium can be seen on the BJS Regular Columns page. This conference is listed on our calendar; to see a listing of more confessional conferences click on the Calendar button below the Brother’s Cafe.) The … Continue reading

Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, by Mollie

Today we commemorate these two wonderful artists. You can’t hit a museum in Europe without seeing some of Durer’s masterpieces and Cranach’s altarpiece at   St. Peter and Paul Church in Weimar, Germany, was one of the first pieces of … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Apr 6th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access … Continue reading

Should there be Politics in the Church? Wrap-up of our Mass E-mail, by Pr. Rossow

Should there be politics in the church? This issue came up in a few responses to our mass e-mail. Before getting to that issue, here is a review of the e-mail. If you  haven’t seen the  e-mail you can view … Continue reading

A Lutheran Family Road Trip ““ From Darwin to the Pill, by Jon Townsend

(Jon’s posts can be seen on the Regular Columns page under the title “God Desires Mercy, Not Sarcasm…) In February of this year, I took a rare Friday off. “Where are you going?” my colleagues asked. “To Cincinnati, ah Kentucky … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Pastors Roundtable, March 19th, by Ron Revels

We at BJS have created a new column where we hope to review at least one program from Issues, Etc. each week. Our hope in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on … Continue reading

“These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar) Tonight we conclude our series on “The … Continue reading

Invitation to View our New Home Page Summary Box Sent to All LCMS Rostered Workers

Over the course of the next 24 hours we will be sending an e-mail to every rostered worker in the LCMS inviting them to explore our top stories from the last nine months. (To view the e-mail click here.) We … Continue reading

BJS Chapters Serve Others – Bethany Naperville Chapter Puts on Lenten Soup Supper

One of the goals of BJS chapters is to do service work in the congregation. It certainly gives BJS some positive publicity but the two more important goals of this service are to share the love of Christ and   … Continue reading

New feature on the BJS site — Confessional Calendar

For the past several months, Brothers of John the Steadfast have had a calendar on our LutheranWiktionary site. It hasn’t taken off like we’d have liked it to, as the site doesn’t get the traffic that the Brothers of John … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 30th

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. For those people who do not have access … Continue reading

More BJS Contributors with Respectful Disagreement – Magness and Simeon-Netto

(Editor’s Note: There is quite a lively discussion of the sale of KFUO over on Uwe Siemon Netto’s blog The Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life between Uwe, who is a BJS advisory board member and Cantor Phillip Magness, … Continue reading

Interesting Angle on Ablaze’s Shortcomings ““ Starting Churches without Pastors, by Pr. Rossow

Here is a quote from a recent Ablaze newsletter. It is written by an Ablaze worker in the Philippines (LCP).   The LCP has 92 churches, many of which are mission stations, and 26 ordained pastors with an Ablaze goal … Continue reading

Second Edition of Pless/Harrison Book on Women’s Ordination Published

John Pless, professor from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne has alerted us to the publication of a second edition of “Women Pastors, The Ordination of Women in Biblical Lutheran Perspective” by Concordia Publishing House. The second edition includes new articles … Continue reading

Another PR disaster?

I’ve mentioned before my agnosticism on the matter of selling KFUO-FM. I am swayable to arguments on both sides. Still, from a public relations standpoint, who in the world thought that the way to announce the decision to sell KFUO … Continue reading

More Controversy for President Kieschnick – How the Secular Press is Reporting the Proposed Sale of KFUO

BJS steering committee member Pastor Jacob Erhard of Dwight, Illinois alerted us to an article in a St. Louis online magazine with the following article. (BJS regular commenter “Carl Vehse” also noted this on one of our comment strings.) Ultimately … Continue reading

Gospel Reductionism Today – “Blues Brothers Theology” by Rev. John Frahm III

There is a great article on the Reformation Today website by Rev. John Frahm III. It also has some clever graphics for all you visual learners and a string of links to some excellent segments from Issues, Etc. The article … Continue reading

ACL/Luther Academy Conference in Minneapolis Includes Two BJS Speakers

(We have received the following from the ACL and the Luther Academy and encourage you to make plans to attend. The lineup of excellent speakers includes BJS blogger Klemet Preus and our BJS Quarterly Editor Fritz Baue.) “Who Is God?” … Continue reading

LCMS Foundation raising money!

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s raising funds for itself. Heh. LCMS News just sent out information about Gift Development and Stewardship courses provided by The LCMS Foundation. One of the courses, offered for two days … Continue reading

Seminary problems widespread

We recently discussed the financial woes being faced by Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. They are not alone. This USA Today article looks at the widespread financial problems at seminaries across the land. … Continue reading

Bioethike, by Mollie

If you are as fascinated by bioethics issues as I am, you simply must head over to Rev. Robert C. Baker’s new blog Bioethike. You can thank me later. … Continue reading

“Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I’ve been doing this series on the Catechism, especially because we have a Book of Concord Reading Group that has just finished reading the Small and Large Catechisms. This coming Monday, March 30, we start the Augsburg Confession. Anyone in … Continue reading

What President Kieschnick needs to do Now, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post in this series on “Lawsuits Among Christians.” For the whole series click on Pastor Preus’ name on the Brother’s Cafe.)   As indicated in my recent blog something happened on December 2 of which the … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Interview with Colleen Carroll Campbell, by Jon Townsend

We at BJS have created a new column where we hope to review at least one program from Issues, Etc. each week. Our hope in doing this is to help people to understand what types of programs are available on … Continue reading