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

United Lutheran Mission Association Added to Our List of Confessional Groups – Meeting January 10 in Indianapolis

 In our on-going efforts to bring confessional groups together we are pleased to announce that the ULMA (United Lutheran Mission Association) will be submitting regular updates about their work to our site. This is a very active group that is … Continue reading

Join the Growing Group of LutheranWiktionary Contributors

So far we have had over a half dozen folks contribute definitions for our new LutheranWiktionary. Don’t be timid. Join in the fun. We have pastors who are reviewing the entries and editing where as necessary so you need not … Continue reading

Two Helpful Responses to the Genetic Defense of Homosexuality, by Pr. Rossow

One of the responses to our ongoing string of articles on the LCMS music director who is a gay and lesbian activist was a scientific defense of homosexuality. Both Pastor Eric Stefanski and I responded to this assertion that homosexuality … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #15 – The Offering

This entry is part 15 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 teaches about the liturgy. … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Jan 5th

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 2, so we are … Continue reading

Straight from Their Official Website: ELCA Members No Longer Need to Believe in the Devil, by Pastor Rossow

I had a really interesting question in Bible class today that led me to this post on the ELCA. As I was talking about the ELCA’s quatenus subscription to the Lutheran Confessions, as opposed to the proper quia subscription, and … Continue reading

Our New LutheranWiktionary Has A Definition of Confessional Lutheranism to which We Invite Comments

I’ve noticed on a few boards recently, discussions on the different terms, confessional, conservative, liturgical, etc. I found this definition from Pastor Dick Bolland, and through it might help clarify what we mean when we use the term “confessional”. It’s … Continue reading

What’s More Important: Doctrine or Missions? Rev. Matt Harrison Gets it Right, by Rev. Andy Simcak

(Rev. Simcak writes this regular column on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. His other posts can be seen by clicking here or viewing the “Related Posts” in the right column.) This has become in our church body a serious … Continue reading

Introducing LutheranWiktionary.org – A Confessional Lutheran Dictionary Created by You Our Readers

We would like you our readers to help us create a confessional theology dictionary. Many of you pastors and laymen are sufficiently knowledgeable to contribute. Even if you are not so knowledgeable this is your opportunity to take a term, … Continue reading

Some Website Statistics from 2008

We are happy to announce that our website visits have increased each of the last three months. (Because  we  changed stat counters a couple of times since we went live last June, it is difficult to give consistent statistics for … Continue reading

Website Highlights A. D. 2008 and Thoughts on A. D. 2009, by Pr. Rossow

We would really appreciate your comments on this post as we reflect on the past six months and look ahead to the coming year. Let us know what we have done well and what needs improvement. Before we review the … Continue reading

Tragedy and Triumph – Bishop Elisa Called to Heaven

We just received word through Brother of John the Steadfast Jon Townsend that Bishop Andrew Elisa has been called to heaven. There is very little information at this time. You can check the Lutheran Heritage website for updates. We learned … Continue reading

Ablaze Update: Using Policy Analysis to Get Rid of Policy ““ This is Just Warmed Over 60’s Anti-authoritarianism, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday Mollie introduced us to a fascinating article on the Ablaze program written by insider Rev. David Vaughn. Rev. Vaughn is a mission executive working for the synod. His article is a self-proclaimed policy analysis of Ablaze. There are many … Continue reading

Policy Analysis Cited by Mollie Now Available Here

The article Mollie referred to in her last post is now available on the site. You will most likely have the same love/hate response to this article as I had. On the one hand it states that Ablaze is failing. … Continue reading

Analyzing Ablaze! (Mollie)

You may be interested in an fascinating analysis of the Ablaze! program from an LCMS mission executive. The Rev. David Vaughn served as director of Ablaze! Connection and is currently getting his Ph.D. in Public Policy at Saint Louis University. … Continue reading

New edition of the Book of Concord – Henkel German to English translation

As a word or three of introduction, my Mother-in-law, my wife, and I were involved in the project that BJS is promoting below. I cannot tell you the enjoyment that it brought to us as we typed, read, and proofread … Continue reading

The Emerging Church, Part 5: A Generous Orthodoxy?

(Editor’s Note: This is the fifth and final post in this series on the Emerging Church by lay theologian Scott Diekmann. Check out his blog at Stand-Firm.) The phrase “a generous orthodoxy” comes from the pen of Emerging Church leader … Continue reading