Pastor Wilken to be Installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity, Millstadt

Pastor Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc., will be installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Millstadt, Illinois on Sunday, October 5 at 7 PM. The service will be followed with a coffee and cake reception. Trinity … Continue reading

Why duplicate efforts? (from Mollie)

I think the Ablaze! folks should check this out. Why duplicate efforts? … Continue reading

Why do We have Worship Wars? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you every wondered why we have worship wars in the Missouri Synod? I’m going to explain to you why this is so … Continue reading

Missions or Pure Doctrine? by Pr. Andrew Simcak, (regular columnists for the Texas Confessional Lutherans)

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Simcak touches on a theme that will get much attention on this site in the weeks to come. Defining “missions” and understanding its place in the church is a fundamental part of the LCMS Task Force’s justification … Continue reading

Chosen and Precious Stones, by Pr. Toby Byrd (regular columnist for the Lutheran Mission Alliance)

The pretense is over, the jig is up, and the powers to be within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have played their hand and have shown us their hole cards. As we suspected, it is now becoming questionable to speak of … Continue reading

Why do the Evangelicals Worship that Way? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: With this post Pastor Preus begins a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you ever wondered why American Evangelicals tend to have an expectation that their worship services will have an emotional impact upon … Continue reading

Requiring User Registration on the BJS website

We at Brothers of John the Steadfast have made the decision to require registration to comment on the site. The reason for this change is the massive amount of spam comments we are receiving.  We have worked hard to prevent … Continue reading

But other than these mistakes, the story is correct (Mollie)

There was an interesting story in The Reporter the other day: In other actions, the Board: authorized its general counsel to prepare a release for use of the LCMS-owned trademark for the radio program “Issues, Etc.,” the archived programs, and … Continue reading

Thick Skin, by Jonathan Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jonathan is on our BJS steering committee. He is the author, producer and voice of our fine promotional spots on Issues, Etc. We also introduce him here as one of our regular columnists. His column is titled  “I … Continue reading

Introducing “I Desire Mercy, Not Satire…”

Mercy is an oft redefined word; so much so that people use it in conjunction with killing and do not laugh themselves silly at the oxyMORONIC nature of language in the post-modern age. Sarcasm is a piece of steel that … Continue reading

What Happens to the Intellectual Property in an LCMS Divorce? by Attorney Craig Parton

(Editor’s Note: BJS is proud to have attorney Craig Parton on our advisory board. Mr. Parton is a former evangelical who catechized into  Lutheranism a few years ago when he came to understand  the Biblical teaching of the sacraments. He … Continue reading

A Tent is not a Castle, by Gene White of the CLCC

(Editor’s Note: Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission (CLCC) is one of the many confessional   organizations  that have a regular column on the BJS website. Their special concern is to educate laymen and women of the LCMS through seminars and … Continue reading

Brief Update on BJS Chapter Start-Ups

I just got word of a chapter starting up in Pennsacola, Florida. James Neiswonger informs us that their group is unamed as yet but had thier first meeting last week. They are starting out with six members. They have been … Continue reading

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire! (Mollie)

Pastor Joel Brondos has written a fascinating test that analyzes the theology of the Ablaze! movement by offering side-by-side statements. The first statement represents positions which are clearly in line with the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions while the second statement … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans Checking In from Southern California ““ Welcome SOCO

(Editor’s Introduction: We thank David Atkinson, a BJS steering committee member, for this description of the confessional group that meets regularly out in Orange County, California. They will be keeping us abreast of their activities via their entry on the … Continue reading

New Confessional Reading Groups Added to the Counter

Ablaze has its evangelism counter and BJS has its Confessional Reading Groups counter. The news in the synod lately and my recent vacation have distracted me from keeping the counter up to date. It is important for us to keep … Continue reading

Description of the Convocation, by Pr. Rossow

A few of the comments to various stories about the synod convocation have asked for a description of what went on. The following is based on  discussions with  a  pastor who attended.   Overall, it was perceived by this person … Continue reading

It’s Not all a Bed of Luther Roses Out There, by Pr. Ben Ball

(Editor’s Note: we welcome Pastor Ben Ball from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brookfield, Illinois. He will be offering analysis and commentary on the church in this regular column.)   Calls and Catechesis   I received a letter in the … Continue reading

Breaking: Restructuring up on Web site

Check it out here. Update: A reader sends along his highlights from an initial reading: No more decision making boards in the Synod. All boards merely advisory. All executives report to The LCMS President, who would also hire them. All … Continue reading

An Allegory On Restructuring, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s note: Pr. Preus’ spot in the Brothers’ Cafe has several posts about synodical restructuring that you may want to re-read.) One upon a time there was pastor. He had been leading a church for a half a dozen years … Continue reading

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

Listening to Issues in the Canadian Shield, by Pastor Rossow

Driving through the radio broadcast wasteland in the Canadian Shield north of Lake Superior in Canada could be a mind-numbing trip if not for some great friends and their wonderful son-in-law Erich K. (For those of you in New Haven … Continue reading

Being Steadfast Includes Being Vigilant: Preview of the LCMS Convocation on Structure, by Pr. Tim Rossow

Being steadfast in part means being vigilant, i.e. keeping watch. For the next three days it is crucial for steadfast laymen (and pastors) to keep watch on what is going on in St. Louis at the synod’s third theological convocation … Continue reading

The Holly Spirit, by Mollie

So now that Kari Jobe (who I’m sure is very nice and dedicated but not, you know, Lutheran) is no longer the “lead worshiper” at “Glorybound 2008” — the Texas Lutheran Youth Gathering, who’s “leading” the worship? Kari’s now just … Continue reading

Mission Mosaic

(Editor’s note: We thank Pastor Dennis Bestul from Cupertino, California for this excellent article reminding us that traditional, liturgical worship exemplifies true diversity, reaching the lost from every background and walk of life.) After our 11:00 divine service one Sunday, … Continue reading