BJS National Conference: If They Can Make it from Florida and Washington, then so Can You

Registrations for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference are already coming in. We have people registered from as close as Naperville and central Illinois, and as far away as Florida and the state of Washington. If they can … Continue reading

The Kindling afer the LCMS’s Long Winter, by Phillip Magness

(Editor’s Note: This is a comment on Pastor Otten’s article yesterday on the Walther League in Canada. Regularly there are comments on this site that deserve a wider audience. I wish I could post them all. This one caught my … Continue reading

Speaking of BJS in Canada, Walt Otten Checks in with Steadfast Lutherans from the Past

(A few weeks ago we heralded the first international BJS chapter. It is up in Ontario, Canada. Pastor Otten in his regular column takes us north of the border again for another Steadfast Lesson from the Past. Be sure to … Continue reading

A BJS Visit to the Issues Etc. Studio and a Gift, by Pr. Rossow

A few weeks ago when I attended the Walther Conference I stopped by the Issues Etc. Studio to see the new digs and to get a sense of the place from which the incredibly rich theology and spot on cultural … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 2: A “Chastened Hermeneutic”

(Editor’s Note: The posts and comments on this site often include jargon and terms that are not understood by all of our readers. In an effort to explain one of those terms Scott Diekmann has written a 5 part series … Continue reading

Should a Pastor Participate in the Gay Games? by Pr. Robert Niehus

(Pr. Niehus is one of our regular columnists. His column is titled “Church News Watch and Commentary.” His beat is the Chicago area, the Northern Illinois District and the church at large. His posts can be found on the Regular … Continue reading

A New Hymn for Christmastide, by Pr. Fred Baue

(Editor’s Note: In the last few days we have  emphasized the gay agenda in the LCMS, and there is more to come on this,  but remembering that BJS is  more about building up the church than  it is critiquing the … Continue reading

Will President Kieschnick Put His Strong Stance Against Homosexuality Into Practice In Our Own Synodical Backyard? by Pr. Rossow

President Kieschnick has spent a lot of time and energy in the last few months fighting against the passage of gay marriage initiatives around the country. Even though we wish that he would spend more time fighting within the synod … Continue reading

The LCMS is Sick: Music Director at Bethlehem – Renton, Washington is a Homosexual/Lesbian Promoter, by Pr. Rossow

As a part of my visit to the Northwest last week I was alerted to an alarming situation in our sister LCMS congregation, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Renton, Washington. The Music Director is involved in the sinful homosexual and lesbian … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #11 – The Hymn & Hymns

This entry is part 11 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 11 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy(One of the goals of Brothers of John the Steadfast is to train the Brothers in good practice and theology. This article is one in a series that … Continue reading

New Quiz / Issues Etc Promotion

Two items of note: Book of Concord Quiz Updated! We have published a new quiz on the site! I know you have been waiting for it since we opened; but we finally came through! Thanks to Pastor Stephen Schumacher of … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 8th

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

As We Predicted Pentecostal Woman Pastor Who Led Worship at Texas LCMS Youth Gathering was More than an Organist (Details on the Wittenberg Trail), by Pr. Rossow

As we predicted would happen, Kari Jobe was more than an organist at the Texas LCMS Youth Gathering last week. She gave commentary in between her songs as is typical of musicians leading “contemporary” worship. She is a pentecostal, woman … Continue reading

News to come

Okay, I’m getting reports from all over about the most recent Board of Directors meeting. One of the more interesting details from the meeting is that the financials for the Ablaze! fundraising component (called Fan Into Flame) were released and … Continue reading

Missions Appeal for CLEF, by Klemet Preus

The following story tells you the wonderful things which CLEF is able to do with the dollars you contribute to it. CLEF is the Confessional Lutheran Educational Foundation.   The pastor’s wife was nine months pregnant. They lived in a … Continue reading

THIS is just odd (Mollie)

The LCMS Reporter staff didn’t publish any letters to the editor this month. Instead, they published something that makes me wonder just how bad their mail must be. Check out what I mean: ‘Reporter’ still gets letters Although there is … Continue reading

Why Can’t the LCMS be Managed with Fiscal Efficiency Like the Augustana Ministerium?

(Editor’s Note: This is a comment from another string. It is Pastor Stefanski’s response (comment#25) to a request to have more of the Ministerium’s dues go to support for their cause. We here at BJS admire the work of the … Continue reading

Task Force on Structure ““ Don’t Get Rid of the Program Boards, by Christian Preus (from the November, 2008 Edition of LCA’s Clarion)

(Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome to the BJS website one of the longest operating confessional groups in the LCMS – The Lutheran Concerns Association. We will be posting their newsletters on their page on this site: http://steadfastlutherans.org/lca and … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 1: What’s Emerging? by Scott Diekmann

(Editor’s Note: The posts and comments on this site often include jargon and terms that are not understood by all of our readers. In an effort to explain one of those terms Scott Diekmann has written a 5 part series … Continue reading

BJS is Now Officially an International Organization with a New Chapter in Canada.

From the outset we have intended  that the Brothers of John the Steadfast  be an international group. Since its inception we have had website readers from around the world, most of whom are Americans living abroad. Now we can officially … Continue reading

Burgers and justification . . . MMMMMMM (Mollie)

Why couldn’t these be named after Martin Luther instead of Luther Vandross? Also, what would replace the doughnut if it were named after Luther? … Continue reading

The Best and the Worst of Lutheranism in the Great Northwest: Jim Pierce, the New Breed of Confessional Lutheran, by Pr. Rossow

On my visit to the Pacific Northwest the last few days I have found the best and the worst of Lutheranism. Laymen Jim Pierce from Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle is an example of the best and he has an … Continue reading

Easier Path to Join BJS

Thanks to our  computer guru Norm Fisher and our treasurer Linda Ratliff, the “Join Now” button is now easier to use. It now takes you to an easy to read form that gives you two paths to joining – a … Continue reading

A New New Testament Translation, Buyer, Beware! By Rev. Andy Simcak

(Rev. Simcak writes on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. His posts can be found on the Regular Columns page of the website.) The HOUSTON CHRONICLE has reported that a new translation of the New Testament has been completed and … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 1st

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