Reading through the Book of Concord, October 20th

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

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(Twice a month we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The number in the title of the quote refers to the order in which it was recorded on the petition site.) I … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #5 – Introit, Psalm or Hymn

This entry is part 5 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 5 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

Remembering Collective Shame, by Uwe Siemon-Netto

(Editor’s Note: Uwe is an Advisory member of the BJS Board of Directors. This article has appeared on other sites  including  Concordia Seminary Institute on Lay Vocation at the St. Louis seminary. He has given us permission to reprint it.) … Continue reading

More International News – Sisters Group Started in Czech Republic

Here is a comment we recieved yesterday on the site from Ashley in the Czech Republic. From a reader in the Czech Republic: I don’t know if you have more than one reader in CZ, but if not, then I’m … Continue reading

Sight-seeing vs. missions, by Mollie

Washington Post: Churches Retool Mission Trips Work Abroad Criticized for High Cost and Lack of Value Wall Street Journal: The ‘Great Commission’ or Glorified Sightseeing? LCMS Reporter: Missions seeks 20 short-term teams to serve in Poland As the LCMS brings … Continue reading

Steadfast Quarterly Vol. I, #2 On the Website

Because one should not have to pay for good steadfast theology, once our dues paying members get the Steadfast Quarterly we like to put it up on the site for everyone’s edification. Click here for the online pdf version. This … Continue reading

Foreign Visitors Reading the Website

We are very blessed to have several foreign visitors to the Brothers of John the Steadfast website. As I write this post we have a viewer from Mikkeli, Finland viewing the website. We welcome all our foreign visitors and look … Continue reading

Shoot don’t Shoot: The Proper Distinction between Law and Taunting, by Jonathan Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jonathan is a laymen from Michigan. His posts can be found in his regular column “I Desire Mercy and Not Satire…” He also writes and produces the John the Steadfast radio spots heard on Issues, Etc.)   It … Continue reading

New Cartoon from Pastor Blazek

Sorry for the long wait for a new cartoon. As usual, Pastor Blazek has given us much food for thought. Enjoy and be edified. (you can click on the cartoon to make it larger) Pastor Rossow … Continue reading

Important Comment on Benke Issue from BJS Website Reader “Bloviator Observer”

(Editor’s Note: Once in a while we get comments on posts that need to be shared for all to read. A comment this evening from BJS website reader “Bloviator Observer” is just one of those comments – actually I just … Continue reading

Book of Concord Website Additions

We previously announced here about the update to the Book of Concord website, and how excited we are with the new look. Much has happened since our initial announcement, including (hopefully) an even easier to read and navigate layout. We … Continue reading

Brothers of John the Steadfast Story Told on Another Great Show on Pirate Christian Radio ““ “Table Talk Radio”

Recently I had a chance to tell the story of the founding of the Brothers of John the Steadfast on Table Talk Radio on a feature they call “Table Scraps.” You can hear the interview with Table Talk Radio host … Continue reading

Pictures and Report from the Installation of The Rev. Todd A. Wilken, from Pr. Michael Kumm

In thanksgiving to the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Pastor Todd Wilken was installed as Assistant Pastor of Trinity on October 5, 2008. Pastor Wilken graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 1990, and was called to serve … Continue reading

Breaking News: Benke’s Retraction, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: We will publish Pastor Preus’ fifth and final post on closed communion later this week. For now we interrupt that series with this timely commentary on breaking news.) Over the weekend David Benke retracted his five year old … Continue reading

BJS Newsreel: Quad Cities Steadfast Group has its Fourth Meeting

(From the BJS Newsreel) Pastor Gary Wright called me yesterday to request BJS materials for the Central Illinois District pastors conference. When I asked him how the Quad Cities Chapter was going he informed me that they have already had … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, October 13th

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

Notes on the Liturgy #4 – Absolution

This entry is part 4 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 4 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

Wilken responds to the fiction, by Mollie

As mentioned the other day, the October Reporter contains an article titled “Issues, Etc.” The article reports “an agreement has been reached” between the synodical BOD and Pr. Wilken and Jeff Schwarz over the name “Issues, Etc.” THIS IS UNTRUE. … Continue reading

Are We Following Luther or Arminius? by Joseph Herl

(My choir director pointed out this article written by a friend of mine (a prior choir director) at practice before church this morning .. I thought it so well written that I asked permission to post it for the edification … Continue reading

Editor’s Notes: New Journal Issue Out, Member Packets Up to Date, Etc., by Pr. Rossow

Latest Issue of the Steadfast Quarterly is Hitting Mailboxes and Getting Great Reviews We mailed the latest issue of the Quarterly on Monday and already I am hearing great reviews of it. I encourage BJS members to use this post … Continue reading

Fiction reading: LCMS Board Briefs, by Mollie

The “Board Briefs” article in the print edition of the October Reporter on the request for the “Issues, Etc.” name is fiction. It states: …the former host and producer would like to continue using the name “Issues, Etc.” in connection … Continue reading

Crumbling explanations at Synod, Inc., by Mollie

Remember the various explanations developed by Board for Communication Services Executive Director David Strand as to why Issues, Etc. was canceled? Remember how he scrambled to come up with some numbers after the immediate outcry regarding the situation? The Board … Continue reading

Happel and Gebauer ““ Steadfast Brothers of the 60’s, by Pr. Walt Otten

(This is another of Pastor Otten’s posts in his regular column: Steadfast Lessons from the Past. The others can be viewed here. This column is a follow up to his column from September 23. We encourage the Brothers to read … Continue reading

Why Pastors Practice Open Communion? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the fourth post of a five part series on closed communion.)   I am convinced that most pastors who practice a type of functionally open communion or who are lax in implementing a closed communion practice do so … Continue reading