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

Local John the Steadfast Chapter Raises $700 for Issues, Etc. at Oktoberfest

These Schnitzel and Brats have Issues. Who would’ve thought a little schnitzel and spaetzle could turn into $700 for Issues, Etc.? Actually it was a lot of schnitzel, 250 pieces to be exact, and 3 large boiling pots of spaetzle, … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, October 6th

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 – Confession

This entry is part 3 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 3 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

The Importance of Closed Communion, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the third in a five part series on closed communion) Closed communion is a crucial practice for the church to follow because the gospel is at stake. This is why. Really there are two types of … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, Online

One of the goals of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is the creation of reading groups all around the country whose intention is to get with a Pastor and read through the Book of Concord. This, though, is a … Continue reading

New Issue of Steadfast Quarterly to be Mailed to All Members This Week

The new issue of the Steadfast Quarterly is being printed as I write this. It will be mailed out to our nearly 200  members later this week. This quarter’s issue is 36 pages and includes Dr. Noland’s review of the … Continue reading

The Augustana Ministerium by Pr. Eric Stefanski

In mid-September, I wrote a note in response to a comment that had been made regarding an article on this site (about the wacky ‘Jefferson Hills Church’, where Missouri District mission offerings are being wasted on anti-Lutheran theology and practice). … Continue reading

A few random requests (Mollie)

1) I’m on a committee at church that runs a small bookstore. We are hoping to offer a small selection of CPH books that would be helpful to the congregation. Any ideas for what we should include? 2) If you … Continue reading

Do We Really Practice Closed Communion in the LCMS, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of five posts by Pastor Preus on  Holy Communion.)   In May of 2007, a graduate of the Ft. Wayne seminary named Clint Stark produced a paper based on a questionnaire … Continue reading

Where do Ablaze!® funds go? (Mollie)

According to the LCMS Web site, “Ablaze! ® began as a vision of LCMS World Mission to involve every member of the LCMS, its partner church bodies, and partner mission agencies in one focused and concentrated effort to share the … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(We’ve said that “Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site”, but we haven’t kept it up. We are a month late now. . This … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

This is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to … Continue reading

Communion: Close or Closed? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of five posts on Holy Communion by Pastor Preus.) What is going on in the synod regarding the practice of who is admitted to the Lord’s Supper? First of all let’s settle the question … Continue reading

Signatures for the Manifesto are Slow but Website Activity is Brisk

We have had “A Lutheran Manifesto” up for 24 hours and there aren’t many signatures on the petition  but it has created a lot of activity on the website. We had over 1,000 visits yesterday which is the most we … Continue reading

BREAKING NEWS – “A Lutheran Manifesto” For Consideration by All Lutherans, from The Rev. Dr. Fred Baue

(Editor’s Note:  The Brothers of John the Steadfast are honored to have the privilege to bring this Lutheran Manifesto to the world. We ask our readers to  take a serious look at it, offer your expert commentary – there are … Continue reading

Trademarking love (Mollie)

So I hear that the LCMS has obtained a legal trademark on the phrase: HIS LOVE IS HERE FOR YOU ® When I served on the Board for Communication Services, the unelected corporate executives who more or less control the … Continue reading

Unsung Steadfast Heroes of Past LCMS Battles, by Pr. Walt Otten

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Otten writes the BJS regular column “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.” The columns are archived here. Walter Bouman, well known liberal, of whom he writes here left the LCMS and became an ALC pastor in 1977. He … Continue reading

What If Do Not See My Comment Published?

Brethren — we are still receiving hundreds of spam comments every day, and are using automated software to filter those so we don’t have to manually delete them. The problem with this is that a few comments written by real … Continue reading

Laity Reaching Laity, by Pr. Rob Jarvis of the CLCC

In the last column I had written (which was a couple months ago) I started talking about recruiting laity–to be exact laity recruiting laity. It must be happening. The number of concerned laity is growing, but slowly. Maybe it’s not … Continue reading

First Chapter Fund-Raiser for Issues, Etc. Scheduled

The Brothers of John the Steadfast chapter at Bethany Lutheran in Naperville, Illinois (the church Pastor Rossow serves) has scheduled a fund-raiser for Issues, Etc. The congregation is having an Octoberfest on Sunday, October 5 and the newly formed chapter … Continue reading

An Ablaze! Fundraising update (Mollie)

Here’s an interesting update from the August 21-22 Board of Directors meeting: 70. Fan Into Flame Report Jeff Craig-Meyer, Associate Executive Director of LCMS World Mission Development Services, provided an updated report of the Fan Into Flame fundraising effort, noting … Continue reading

New Book of Concord Website Online!

One of the things we at Brothers of John the Steadfast are trying to do is encourage the laity to read the Lutheran Confessions. I have for many years personally provided technical and web space support for the Book of … Continue reading