Petition Reaches 2,000 and has Done the Job! A Few Select Quotes…

Yesterday morning the petition to ask the LCMS Board of Directors, which includes President Kieschnick and First Vice President William Dinkelman, to stop haranguing Issues, Etc. with threatened legal action reached 2,000 signers. In just nine days over 2,000 people … Continue reading

Clarity on the Rightness or Wrongness of Lawsuits Among Christians from our BJS Theologian-Blogger Pastor Klemet Preus

(This is the first post of several on this topic.)   Here we go again with a discussion about the rightness or wrongness of Lawsuits.   The last time the question of Lawsuits was discussed in our circles was in … Continue reading

The Key Question Still Remains Unanswered: Rev. Wilken’s Response to President Kieschnick’s Memo is Now Posted on the Issues, Etc. Website

There are some new posts on the Issues, Etc. website  that will interest you. There is  an audio Web Extra of Pastor Wilken’s response to President Kieschnick’s memo today. There are also a couple of other goodies there as listed … Continue reading

President Kieschnick Releases Statement on the Trademark Issue; He Pleads Innocent to a Charge No One has Made (by Pastor Rossow)

Here is a memo issued moments ago from President Kieschnick. Take a moment and read through it and I will provide a few comments below. MEMO To:                           … Continue reading

Changes to Your Website – Search Box and “Related Articles” Features Added for Your Convenience

Two items have been added to the Brothers of John the Steadfast site that we wanted to call your attention to. In the right sidebar is now a search box that looks like the following: Type a word or phrase … Continue reading

The Moving Target: The North Dakota and Southern Illinois Blue Ribbon Presentations Transcribed

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Randy Bosch, who has prepared a current text version of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance restructuring PowerPoint presentation given at the Southern Illinois District Convention, and compares … Continue reading

Ash Wednesday reflection, by Mollie

I have a brief entry in an Ash Wednesday symposium over at National Review Online, in case you are interested. … Continue reading

A Little Liturgical Victory, by Pastor Rossow

Sometimes it’s the little things that can mean so much. We had a little girl in kindergarten become ill this morning. Her mother had to come to pick her up. She told the teacher that she was sorry that she … Continue reading

The Sin of the Synod Board of Directors, by Pr. Rossow

This Ash Wednesday in the year of our Lord 2009 would be a great opportunity for President Kieschnick, Vice President Dinkelman and the rest of the LCMS Board of Directors to confess their sin so that there can be healing … Continue reading

Calvinism, Modern American Evangelicalism, and Lutheranism: The Role of Reason in Calvinism, 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

Task Force Proposals and Treatise 55

This paper was originally published on the Wittenberg Trail by Rev. Scott Hojnacki; we at BJS thought our readership would like to review it. This analysis is based on the North Dakota presentation. The papacy is the most efficient form … Continue reading


(The Augustana Ministerium is one of many confessional groups that reports regularly here on the Brothers of John the Steadfast website. For a complete list see our Regular Columns page.) The Fourth Annual Theological Conference and Plenary Session of The … Continue reading

Report from the Southern Illinois District (SID) Convention: A Model for Other Districts, by Pr. Rossow

We interviewed Pastor Michael Kumm of  Trinity Lutheran Church – Millstadt, Illinois,  this  evening to get a fresh word from the SID convention that just ended this afternoon. This was a model convention for others to follow since the convention … Continue reading

The Blue Ribbon Task Farce Comes to SID, by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(Note: While many of us are upset about the treatment of Todd and Jeffâ„¢, and rightly so, we need to connect the dots and see this IE issue as a symptom of a larger problem, i.e. [id est, “that is”], … Continue reading

Who Said Conservatives Aren’t Creative? Check Out this YouTube in Support of Issues

We thank Pastor David Gallas for passing this along to us this afternoon. Even the Beatles are getting into the act of defending Issues, Etc. Enjoy and sign the petition! If clicking on the link does not take you … Continue reading

Oh, you mean that legal threat!

President Kieschnick continues to claim that he is “not aware of any …threat of any lawsuit against Rev. Todd Wilken or Jeff Schwarz.” This is odd, since, on three separate occasions before Dr. Kieschnick made that statement, Pastor Wilken and … Continue reading

The True Comfort of Steadfast Fathers, by Jon Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jon writes our “I Desire Mercy not Sarcasm…” column but there is no sarcasm in this post. I thought it would be a nice change of pace with all the legaleze we have been reading in the last … Continue reading

Latest ELCA Revisionist Opinion on Sexuality Rejected by Matt Harrison, by Pr. Rossow

It has been called to our attention that Matt Harrison, who some have touted for the presidency of the LCMS in 2010, has written a strong statement against  an unbiblical position  on sexuality released by the ELCA today. The ELCA … Continue reading

Petition has 1000 signatories and it’s not yet up 24 hours! Here are Some Choice Comments Like “Leave My Daddy Alone”

The petition to ask the LCMS Board of Directors to back off from their threats of legal action against Issues, Etc. radio show host Pastor Todd Wilken and show producer  Jeff Scwharz is not even 24 hours old and we … Continue reading

Voice Your Opinion Against the Threatened Legal Action – Sign the New Petition

Our apologetics columnist Scott Diekmann has organized an online petition and posted the link on his blog Stand Firm. Click here to sign the petition. Below is a letter that gives some background information about the petition and why we … Continue reading

Kieschnick shocked, shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment (Mollie)

So we have some minor updates on the issue of legal threats made against Issues, Etc. Apparently a gazillion people have been emailing LCMS, Inc., upset about the bad form and waste of money involved with these legal threats. President … Continue reading

See the “Join Now” Button in the Upper Right Hand Corner? We Hope You Click It

One of the reasons we have been able to become a real “go to place” for Lutheran News is because of our members. We invite you to join the Brothers of John the Steadfast in order to help us promote … Continue reading

Immediate Action Required – Get Your E-mails/Phone Calls In to Synod!

It has been brought to our attention that the Board of Directors meets this week (Feb. 19-20), and the Council of Presidents meets this weekend. Let them know of your displeasure with the way the Board of Directors is wasting … Continue reading

Rev. Cwirla Chimes in with the Vocation Angle on the Issues, Etc. Lawsuit

(Editor’s Note: About a month ago I chatted with Rev. Bill Cwirla, president of Higher Things and well known in the blogoshpere, even beyond Lutheran circles. He agreed to write for us on occassion. With the business of the conference … Continue reading

To threaten or not to threaten; The full letter

Since LCMS Inc. is denying that it has threatened legal action against Pastor Wilken and Jeff Schwarz, we at BJS thought that you should see the actual letter that LCMS Inc. sent them. Read it for yourself. We have posted … Continue reading