Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 19th

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

Update from Pastor Gary Wright and the Quad Cities Chapter of John the Steadfast

At our January chapter meeting, the brothers feasted on biscuits and sausage gravy as we discussed Article IV of the Augsburg Confession and its Apology. We had a new individual attend from Holy Cross, Moline, Illinois. We look forward to … Continue reading

Steadfast Lessons of the Past – A Poem by Kurt Marquart

(Editor’s Note: The Brothers of John the Steadfast are honored to let this beautiful little poem see the light of the public eye  for the very first time.)   What appears below are the words of a true Brother of … Continue reading

High Honor for the Brothers – District President Dan Gilbert to Preach at the National Conference

Northern Illinois District President Dan Gilbert will be preaching the Vespers service Friday evening, February 13 at the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference. This is truly a high honor for the Brothers. We are also pleased to announce … Continue reading

BJS Booth at the Ft. Wayne Confessional Symposium Next Week

If you are going to the Symposia next week in Ft. Wayne be sure to look us up among the vendor booths during the Confessions part of the week. We will be upstairs in Loehe Hall, one floor above the … Continue reading

Epic Ablaze! money fail, by Mollie

We’ve discussed before how poorly Ablaze! has done according to its own rigid counting criteria. We’re supposed to Gospel touch 100 million people by 2017 and are less than 10 percent of the way to the goal — even though … Continue reading

Study Guide Available for Rev. Matthew Harrison’s “It’s Time”

There is  a study guide available to help individuals and groups (elders, church councils, confessions reading groups, Bible classes, etc.) work through Rev. Harrison’s popular paper titled “It’s Time.” Click here for the study guide. Harrison’s paper is finding fans … Continue reading

How Helpful is it to Criticize our Mission Heritage? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part four in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.)   In a recent article entitled, “A Policy analysis of the Ablaze! Movement,” written by David Vaughn, the … Continue reading

Speeding through the liturgy, by Mollie

A couple of Sundays ago, I visited a Romanian Orthodox church to witness the chrismation of some of my friends. I have been to more than a few Orthodox services, owing to my grandfather’s business partnership with an Orthodox gentleman … Continue reading

BJS Muse Responds Poetically to the Recent Deaths of Neuhaus and Elisa: Paralell Lives – Ein Lutherisches Märchen, by Jon Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jon Townsend is a creative brother. He is the one who writes and produces the BJS ads on Issues, Etc. His posts can be found on our Regular Columns page under the title of “I Desire Mercy and … Continue reading

Clarification on “Dog Ministry,” by Pr. Rossow

I just got a phone call from  a good confessional laymen who checks in periodically and he was concerned that too many posts like the “dog ministry” one would make us come off as whiners. It is a good concern. … Continue reading

Syncretism of any kind, by Mollie

I’m bunkering down here in the nation’s capital, preparing for the road closures, bridge closures, parking restrictions and general mayhem that will come with the inaugural festivities for our new president. I have no plans to attend (have you been … Continue reading

Dog Ministry? You Can’t Make this Stuff Up, by Pr. Tim Rossow

(Editor’s Note: In addition to the editor’s blog on occassion I update my column “The LCMS in Her Own Words.” It can be found on the “Regular Columns Page.”) Just this morning I received the following e-mail story as a … Continue reading

Has World Evangelism Failed in the LC-MS before the Ablaze! Movement? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part three in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.) In a recent article entitled, “A Policy analysis of the Ablaze! Movement,” written by David Vaughn, the author … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 12th

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 3, so we are … Continue reading

Thinking Theologically and the LCMS Presidency, by Pr. Rossow

I am interested in learning more about Matt Harrision who many are saying would make a great LCMS president. One of the things that I look for is someone who thinks theologically. I am impressed that Rev. Harrison has a … Continue reading

LutheranWiktionary Definition of “Worldview” Invites Your Comments, by Pr. Rossow

A few days ago a reader requested a definition of “worldview” on our LutheranWiktionary. I have obliged. (To view the LutheranWiktionary click here. If you want to participate in this community  developed Lutheran dictionary click here.) My definition addresses a … Continue reading

We Look Forward to Meeting You at Our National Conference Feb. 13-14

Registrations for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference are already coming in. We have people registered from as close as Naperville and central Illinois, and as far away as Florida and the state of Washington. Since we are … Continue reading

V.D.M.A. and John the Steadfast – Another New Entry in the LutheranWiktionary

Our LutheranWiktionary continues to grow and we are slowly but surely adding entries from more of you, our readers. Our computer guy Norm Fisher is one of the editors and he recently did a little digging on the Latin acronym … Continue reading

WWJD? How about WWJBD? (Mollie)

As in, what would James Bond do? … Continue reading

Lutherans in Congress, by Mollie

Recently, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released data on the religious makeup of Congress. While some groups were over-represented (Catholics, Jews, Mormons) and other groups were under-represented, (evangelicals, Pentecostals, unaffiliated), Lutherans were pretty well represented. We makeup … Continue reading

+Father Richard John Neuhaus, by Mollie

This morning I asked my daughter to go get a book off of her shelf and bring it to me so we could read together. Usually the request to my 16-month-old leads to such well-known books as “That’s Not My … Continue reading

The Blue Ribbon Plan, by Rev. Martin R. Noland

(Editor’ s Note: We have had a lot of interest shown in Rev. Noland’s article and so we thought we would publish it as a post. You can also find it on the site in Issue 2 of the BJS … Continue reading

What does Evangelize mean in the Bible and is David Vaughn on target with his understanding of Evangelism? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part two in a five part series based on insider David Vaughn’s unique critique of the Ablaze program.) In the New Testament the noun “evangel” is simply translated “gospel.” It is a word which is made … Continue reading

Ablaze, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: Last week Mollie broke a story on an interesting assessment of Ablaze written by an insider. I followed up with a philosophical critique and now Pr. Preus offers this five part churchly analysis of Ablaze based on this … Continue reading