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

Still Time to Register for the National Conference

There is still time to register for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference. Our theme is “The Real Courageous Ones of Lutheranism” featuring Lutheran new media pioneers Pastor Todd Wilken (host of Issues, Etc.) and Chris Rosebrough (founder … Continue reading

How should we Talk About Speaking the Gospel? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is post three of a four post series on evangelism. The other posts are archived in the Pr. Klemet Preus section of the Brothers’ Café.)   I have a theory about one of the great challenges facing our church … Continue reading

Steadfast Lessons from the Past: Is the Book of Jonah Really Historical? by Rev. Walt Otten

(Some of our readers may be unfamiliar with the ‘battle for the Bible” in the LCMS during the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Many in the synod, even seminary professors, fell prey to the false teaching that the Bible contains errors … Continue reading

Graphic Fun and Games with Kieschnick and Harrison Papers Reveals Profound Differences, by Pr. Rossow

There is a website called Wordle (www.wordle.net) that allows you to submit a document and it will turn it into a graphic featuring the major words of the text. The interesting thing is that it weights the words according to … Continue reading

St. Louis Pizzas Already in the Freezer for Conference Pizza Contest

Registrations for our National Conference are still coming in and it is not too late. We just got another eight registrations today. Because our meals are all being homemade, (except for the pizza that will be ordered the night of … Continue reading

A Tale of Two Surveys, by Scott Diekmann

This Synodical restructuring thing is serious business.   We’re not just deciding how to route the interoffice mail here.   As several fellow LCMS members whom I trust have pointed out, what we decide at the 2010 Synodical Convention may … Continue reading

More on church loyalty (Mollie)

I’ve studied the differences between the Lutheran Confessions and other church body’s teaching enough to know that it’s highly unlikely I would ever convert to something else. Sometimes I play the game of asking myself what I’d do if there … Continue reading

Accuracy in Academia Cites Ayers Petition (Signed by Concordia Faculty) as the Most Dubious Move of the Year, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday we followed up on the gay activist story in the Northwest District of the LCMS. Today we offer this interesting perspective as a follow-up on another travesty of supervision in the LCMS – the Ayers petition signing at Concordia … Continue reading

New ULMA Post: Report from Indianapolis: January 2009 General Meeting

(Editor’s Note: ULMA is the United Lutheran Mission Association. They are an independent confessional Lutheran group that is dedicated to establishing new confessional churches. Their posts are archived on the “Regular Columns” portion of the website.)   January 20, 2009 … Continue reading

More Contact with the Northwest District on Gay Activist Situation, by Pr. Rossow

I took some time today to call President Schumacher in the Northwest District Office. There is an on-going problem at Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Renton, Washington (LCMS). The biography for the music director on the congregation’s website lists as a … Continue reading

The jobs of Pastors and People In Bringing People into the Communion of the Church, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the  second in a four part series from Pastor Preus. It also builds on his previous series on Ablaze. All of his posts can be found archived in the Brothers’ Cafe.) In my previous six blogs … Continue reading

Newly Crowned Miss America Attended Lutheran Elementary School in Indiana

BJS website reader Joe Hildreth reports that the new Miss America, Katie Stam is from Seymour, Indiana and attended one of the local LCMS elementary schools. Here is Joe’s report. I was hoping you could post a congratulations to the … Continue reading

“Men of Faith” Chapter in Plano, Texas Raises Over $800 for Issues, Etc.

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to raise funds for new Lutheran media, particularly the radio show Issues, Etc. The “Men of Faith” BJS chapter in Plano, Texas recently had an “Oktoberfest in January” … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 26th

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

New Column: Welcome Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor – Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne

(Editor’s Note: We are very honored to have Dr. Daniel Gard, Professor of Exegetical Theology and Dean of Military Chaplaincy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne – Indiana,  writing a new column for us. We are also eating a little … Continue reading