Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 23rd

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

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism #4: The Eucharist, by Bethany Tanis

(Editor’s Note: Bethany Tanis has authored many great comments on the BJS website, particularly concerning Calvinism and so we asked her to do a little writing for us on the relationship between Calvinism and Evangelicalism. It is a good thing … Continue reading

When sermon illustrations go awry

With all due respect to those who use them, I can not STAND sermon illustrations that use props. I always feel like my intelligence is being insulted. But here’s a great illustration of why they’re even more dangerous than you … Continue reading

Who’s in charge around here? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part seven in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.)   On December 2, 2008 the LCMS went to the secular government in a disputed matter with … Continue reading

What if Paul wrote the Letter to the Galatians today?

We found the following on the web on sacredsandwich.com, and found it a thought provoking piece on what the contemporary reaction might be if Paul wrote the letter to the Galatians and submitted it to Christianity Today for publication. It’s … Continue reading

A story worth your while

This is a great story about a Catholic high school teacher who was honored by the school for his work with students and the community. This is the part that grabbed me: What Mr. Skerl is probably best known for, … Continue reading

“It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism), 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 “It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism) The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s … Continue reading

BJS Reviews Issues Etc Interview with Dr. Martin Noland

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

The Secret History of the Blue Ribbon Plan, by Pastor Noland of the LCA

(Technology Editor’s Note: We are pleased to post articles on the BJS website from one of the longest operating confessional groups in the LCMS – The Lutheran Concerns Association  – LCA. This article is by BJS Advisory Board member Rev. … Continue reading

Was the Synod’s “Notice of Opposition” Contrary to the Word of God? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part six in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) Now let’s look at the synod’s action which was “taken before the ungodly for judgment” (I Corinthians … Continue reading

Hmm. What does this Flame effort remind me of?

You have to check out this hilarious video over at the CyberBrethren site. It’s a satire about what it takes to do successful youth ministry. Editor: Paul McCain has deleted his old blog, so the link no longer works; try … Continue reading

“Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:18-31), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I think this text from 1 Corinthians 1 speaks to the issues we’re dealing with in the church today, and so I address that in this sermon. CH) “Weak Power and Foolish Wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:18-31) A few days ago, … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 16th

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

CONCORD BOUND? by Rev. Andy Simcak

(Rev. Simcak’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the heading of Texas Confessional Lutherans.) Tucked away in the “Board Briefs of the LCMS Board of Directors,” which was tucked away in the “Reporter” of February, 2009, which … Continue reading

Financial problems, by Mollie

While Synod, Inc. highlights how much money it has raised through it’s Ablaze! fundraising arm (somehow neglecting to mention that they’ve only netted a few million after all the consultants and other expenses were paid), here’s some sad news out … Continue reading

They Really are Harmless Little Dust Bunnies: A Review of the Recent St. Louis Seminary Faculty Commentary on the Blue Ribbon Proposals, by Pastor Tim Rossow

The just published winter issue of the Concordia Journal from the seminary in St. Louis is devoted in great part to a review of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s proposals on structure. Instead of offering hard-hitting critique based on Scripture and … Continue reading

Cranach painting found! By Mollie

I’m sure we’ve all experienced some thefts at our congregations, but imagine if you lost your Cranach painting. A Lutheran church in Norway was robbed of a beautiful painting this week. But, it seems, it’s been recovered: The painting, estimated … Continue reading

KFUO-AM and KFUO-FM, by Mollie

Until I served on the Board for Communication Services, I wasn’t actually aware of the profound difference between the AM and FM stations. Not only is the FM station more or less secular, but it also has the vast majority … Continue reading

And Sad is the Life of a Reactionary, by Jon Townsend

(Jon Townsend’s posts are archived on the Regular Columns page under the title “I Desire Mercy and Not Satire but a Little Satire is Good for the Soul.” Jon is also the writer,  producer and even the voice of  our … Continue reading

“A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer), 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 “A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer) Suppose you were commanded … Continue reading

The motives in Legal Action Or Why the Synod Owes us an Explanation, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part five in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) It is almost impossible to know what a person’s motives are especially in legal matters. Luther says … Continue reading

A New Column: Checking In from the ELS, by Norman Teigen

(Editor’s Note: Norman Teigen’s posts will be archived on the Regular Columns page under the heading “Checking in from the ELS.” The ELS   –  The Evangelical Lutheran Synod – is a small confessional synod headquartered in Mankato, Minnesota. We … Continue reading

Steadfast Parish of the Quarter, by Elaine Gavin

(Editor’s Note: Each quarter The Brothers of John the Steadfast identifies a steadfast parish and highlights it for the readers of our quarterly. In an effort to make sure this website is proactively promoting good confessional parish traits we like … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Mar 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

Was the “Notice of Opposition” Sinful? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part four in a series. To view the other posts in this series click on “Klemet Preus” in the Brothers Café.) I Corinthians 6 never explicitly mentions “Lawsuits.” What it speaks against is bringing “matters” before the judges … Continue reading