Getting Tied Up in Our Legal Briefs – Issues Etc Trademark Filing Information, by Norm Fisher

Thanks to  BJS website reader Stan Slonkosky we have the web locations for the various legal filings on the Issues, Etc. lawsuit matter. They are posted on the  US Patent and Trademark Office website. To find these documents, go here, … Continue reading

It’s OK to Bring Lawsuits–When They Suit You, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

During the last few years we heard plenty from the Kieschnick administration about lawsuits being really bad. Of course, that was when the Kieschnick administration was on the receiving end of a lawsuit. So, for instance, at the 2007 convention … Continue reading

Issues, Etc. is ABLAZE! (Mollie)

One of my favorite pasttimes is reading the odd Ablaze! stories. Usually they’re about having a completely uncomfortable-sounding conversation about something vaguely religious. And up they go on the counter. I just saw this one from December, though: Radio Ministries … Continue reading

“Issues, Etc.” web extra (Mollie)

Pr. Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz have more on how the LCMS is threatening legal action against them on their web site. Go listen for yourselves! … Continue reading

Sign up for Friday Night Parties at the Conference

Just a quick announcement .. our latest posting about the Conference asked that you sign up for one of the four parties, but didn’t indicate how to find the parties. Here is a link to the parties. Contact us with … Continue reading

Personal Testimony from a Reader about The Alley’s Way of Doing Church

(Editor’s Note: The following is a very powerful testimony as to what is actually going on at Woodbury Lutheran Church and its offspring, The Alley. We have have devoted a lot verbiage to this issue in the last week but … Continue reading

Last Minute Details on the Conference – Still Time to Register

Still Time to Register – The national conference  is this coming weekend, February 13 – 14. We are very pleased with our registration numbers for a first time out but we can still make room for more. We received  five … Continue reading

New resource –

Brothers — We are in the process of developing a new resource, .. if you are interested in helping us develop this, please register on the site then drop me a note telling me what area you would like … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Feb 9th

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

Pastor Stefanski Checks in from Sri Lanka with a Question about The Alley from Persecuted Lutherans

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Erik Stefanski is in Sri Lanka teaching the faith. He took the time to weigh in on The Alley issue commenting on one of our psots. Apparently it was a point of discussion amongst Sri Lanka Lutherans. … Continue reading

President Kieschnick’s Stimulus Package, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

The news is filled these days with stories about President Obama’s “Stimulus Package.” The funny thing is, he’s not the only president pushing one. Right here in the Missouri Synod, President Kieschnick has a “Stimulus Package” of his own that … Continue reading

Speaking of Worship, a Few Thoughts on “All Things to All People” A Favorite of President Kieschnick, by Pastor Rossow

We have had some vigorous discussions about worship on the posts on The Alley church this past week. One of the scriptures often cited in defense of “contemporary” worship is I Corinthians 9:22 where Paul says “I have become all … Continue reading

Pastor Messer Writes a Nice Summary of What’s Wrong with Churches Like The Alley

I have been thinking that it would be good to write a summary critique of the problems with the move toward the “unchurch” church in the LCMS and other denominations. I have not had that time but noticed that Pastor … Continue reading

Are you listening to Issues, Etc.?

Pr. Wilken just said something about LCMS, Inc. opposing the application for the trademark of Issues, Etc. The trademark that LCMS, Inc. failed to renew since, um, 1999. And he said something about LCMS, Inc. threatening Pr. Wilken and Jeff … Continue reading

Statement of Belief at The Alley Church has Some Substance but does not Mention the Sacraments, by Pr. Rossow

The Biblical Convictions statement from The Alley (see below) has some meat to it but does not mention Baptism or the the Lord’s Supper. It has some good solid stuff on the depravity of man and the existence of the … Continue reading

Details on the Alley Church and the Minnesota South District, by Pr. Rossow

On  Tuesday I introduced you to a troubling situation in the Minnesota South District of the LCMS. There is a new congregation in the twin cities in that district named The  Alley. It was  started by Pastor Dean Nadasdy’s church, … Continue reading

Business will save us! (Mollie)

I keep a Google News Alert out on the word “Lutheran” which yields many amazingly boring stories about church fundraisers and basketball games. But one story, a news release, caught my eye the other day: CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ … Continue reading

Teach, Confess, and Organize, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

The Brothers of John the Steadfast are all about “defending and promoting confessional Lutheranism,” and so am I. That’s why I joined. That’s why I’ll be attending the BJS conference next week. And that’s why I’ll be blogging here at … Continue reading

Confessing the Faith, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is post four of a four post series on evangelism. The other posts are archived in the Pr. Klemet Preus section of the Brothers’ Café.)   “Tell” often has connotations of saying something that only you or a limited … Continue reading

A Congregation that Gets Ablaze Grants from Synod but does not Qualify for Membership in its District, by Pr. Rossow

The Minnesota South District of the LCMS has an interesting situation that characterizes the conflict that has been brought about in our church through the laissez faire supervision of President Kieschnick. In the name of innovation and the pursuit of … Continue reading

Conference Goers – Please Sign Up for a No Pietists Allowed Party

The “No Pietists Allowed” parties for the upcoming National Conference will be first-come, first-served. If you are attending the conference we need to have you send us an e-mail with the party of your choice. To make your choice, contact … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Feb 2nd

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

Issue #3 of the Quarterly Mailed This Week: Sneak Peak – New Denomination Mocked as “The Episcopal Church Missouri Synod”

Issue #3 of our Steadfast Quarterly is printed and will be   mailed this week. Included in the “Church Watch” section is a derisive comment that editor Jeniffer Jordan dug up about the new conservative Anglican denomination which mocks the … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #17 — Sanctus

This entry is part 17 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 teaches about the liturgy. … Continue reading

Big Fan of Chris Rosebrough to Record National Conference for Downloading

James Blasius, a volunteer sound technician at Bethany Lutheran, site of the BJS National Conference, told me this morning that he was available to record the conference for those who cannot attend. James is a Brother of John the Steadfast … Continue reading