Two Helpful Responses to the Genetic Defense of Homosexuality, by Pr. Rossow

One of the responses to our ongoing string of articles on the LCMS music director who is a gay and lesbian activist was a scientific defense of homosexuality. Both Pastor Eric Stefanski and I responded to this assertion that homosexuality … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #15 – The Offering

This entry is part 15 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 15 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

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 5th

For those of you who have said that you want to start the Online Reading Group when we start at the beginning of the Book of Concord — START READING THIS WEEK! We are in week 2, so we are … Continue reading

Straight from Their Official Website: ELCA Members No Longer Need to Believe in the Devil, by Pastor Rossow

I had a really interesting question in Bible class today that led me to this post on the ELCA. As I was talking about the ELCA’s quatenus subscription to the Lutheran Confessions, as opposed to the proper quia subscription, and … Continue reading

Our New LutheranWiktionary Has A Definition of Confessional Lutheranism to which We Invite Comments

I’ve noticed on a few boards recently, discussions on the different terms, confessional, conservative, liturgical, etc. I found this definition from Pastor Dick Bolland, and through it might help clarify what we mean when we use the term “confessional”. It’s … Continue reading

What’s More Important: Doctrine or Missions? Rev. Matt Harrison Gets it Right, by Rev. Andy Simcak

(Rev. Simcak writes this regular column on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. His other posts can be seen by clicking here or viewing the “Related Posts” in the right column.) This has become in our church body a serious … Continue reading

Introducing LutheranWiktionary.org – A Confessional Lutheran Dictionary Created by You Our Readers

We would like you our readers to help us create a confessional theology dictionary. Many of you pastors and laymen are sufficiently knowledgeable to contribute. Even if you are not so knowledgeable this is your opportunity to take a term, … Continue reading

Some Website Statistics from 2008

We are happy to announce that our website visits have increased each of the last three months. (Because  we  changed stat counters a couple of times since we went live last June, it is difficult to give consistent statistics for … Continue reading

Website Highlights A. D. 2008 and Thoughts on A. D. 2009, by Pr. Rossow

We would really appreciate your comments on this post as we reflect on the past six months and look ahead to the coming year. Let us know what we have done well and what needs improvement. Before we review the … Continue reading

Tragedy and Triumph – Bishop Elisa Called to Heaven

We just received word through Brother of John the Steadfast Jon Townsend that Bishop Andrew Elisa has been called to heaven. There is very little information at this time. You can check the Lutheran Heritage website for updates. We learned … Continue reading

Ablaze Update: Using Policy Analysis to Get Rid of Policy ““ This is Just Warmed Over 60’s Anti-authoritarianism, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday Mollie introduced us to a fascinating article on the Ablaze program written by insider Rev. David Vaughn. Rev. Vaughn is a mission executive working for the synod. His article is a self-proclaimed policy analysis of Ablaze. There are many … Continue reading

Policy Analysis Cited by Mollie Now Available Here

The article Mollie referred to in her last post is now available on the site. You will most likely have the same love/hate response to this article as I had. On the one hand it states that Ablaze is failing. … Continue reading

Analyzing Ablaze! (Mollie)

You may be interested in an fascinating analysis of the Ablaze! program from an LCMS mission executive. The Rev. David Vaughn served as director of Ablaze! Connection and is currently getting his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Saint Louis University. … Continue reading

New edition of the Book of Concord – Henkel German to English translation

As a word or three of introduction, my Mother-in-law, my wife, and I were involved in the project that BJS is promoting below. I cannot tell you the enjoyment that it brought to us as we typed, read, and proofread … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 5: A Generous Orthodoxy?

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final post in this series on the Emerging Church by lay theologian Scott Diekmann. Check out his blog at Stand-Firm.) The phrase “a generous orthodoxy” comes from the pen of Emerging Church leader … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Dec 29th

For those of you who have said that you want to start the Online Reading Group when we start at the beginning of the Book of Concord — START READING THIS WEEK! We are in week 1, so we are … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #14 – The Prayers

This entry is part 14 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 14 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

How Does Anybody Get a 10 Week Preaching Series on Fatherhood?, by Pr. Rossow

Here’s a  quick note while I take a break from finishing the sermon for this week. I have some statistics that undermine the church-growth movement’s proclivity for “practical” sermon series. The re-making of the Christian church by those interested in … Continue reading

If I were the Devil, by Pr. Klemet Preus

If I were the devil I would try to get people to stop singing hymns. What a great idea, if I were the devil. It seems like such a benign idea. That’s what makes it so diabolically clever. It’s not … Continue reading

The Property of Congregations, by Rev. Andrew Simcak

(Rev. Simcak writes on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. Their other posts can be found on the Regular Columns page of the website.)   Even if our church body were not in doctrinal turmoil, it would be meet, right, … Continue reading

Another New Chapter Founded – St. Paul Lutheran – Lockport, Illinois

The Brothers of John the Steadfast have added another chapter. It is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lockport, Illinois. This is now our tenth chapter. As we have reported before, we are pleased to have chapters far and … Continue reading

The Manly Side of Christmas and Some Stories to Watch in the Next Few Days

Manly Christmas Christmas has turned into a holiday for kids and women. The kids have their toys while Hallmark and HGTV have seen to it that the holiday has been appropriately  feminized to keep pace with the rest of our … Continue reading

Bishop Andrew Elisa of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sudan is Gravely Ill ““ and Could Use our Help and Prayers, by Jon Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jon writes a column for us titled “I Desire Mercy and Not Satire but a Little Satire is Good for the Soul.” This post has no satire but describes a very serious situation that calls for our support … Continue reading

A Lesson on the Two Kingdoms from Rick Warren, A Lesson on What Not to Do, by Pr. Rossow

Picking on Rick Warren’s theology of the two kingdoms is like shooting ducks on a pond. For that matter, picking on Rick Warren’s theology of anything is like shooting ducks on a pond, but I thought that  his recent comments … Continue reading

Remember to keep your Pastor in your prayers at this busy time; new BoC edition coming out!

An item came across my desk from the Cyberbrethren email list this morning that I thought would be excellent to share with the Brothers of John the Steadfast. First: Let’s be sure to remember our pastors in our prayers as … Continue reading