Notes on the Liturgy #8 – Collect

This entry is part 8 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

Bad news for Augsburg Fortress, from Mollie

Sometimes we focus on things that aren’t managed well at Synodical headquarters. But we should also note things that are done well. I am thinking of our wonderful Concordia Publishing House. I doubt people have any idea how much the … Continue reading

Ulrich Zwingli, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is part  two of a seven part series on Christology and why it is important for each of us to understand it.) Shortly after Luther had begun his reformation in Germany another reformer gained prominence in Switzerland. His name … Continue reading

Ablaze!(tm) hymn, from Mollie

I don’t know why but I love visiting the Ablaze!(tm) site to read the latest Ablaze!(tm) stories. These are where people share their examples of faith-sharing. And that’s how it’s written: “Share your Ablaze! faith-sharing.” It’s like the Ablaze!(tm) counter … Continue reading

Chris Rosebrough, CEO of Pirate Christian Radio will be the Featured Speaker at the First Annual BJS National Conference, February 13-14

Chris Rosebrough is not only the courageous and generous man who spearheaded the effort to get Issues, Etc. back on the air, he also has a great “testimony” about how he converted to Lutheranism out of American Evangelicalism, in which, … Continue reading

Hearing This Makes it All Worth It…

In our first few months the Lord has accomplished some fine things through the Brothers of John the Steadfast (BJS). We have established a new theological quarterly for laymen, we have got great bloggers and columnists writng several articles a … Continue reading

A Funny and Scary Video

(Editor’s Note: This video and introduction is brought to us by our BJS columnist Cantor Phillip Magness. He got the video  from fellow cantor and BJS chapter founder in New York, Stephen R. Johnson. Cantor Magness writes the  “Not Your … Continue reading

Steadfast Lessons from the Past ““ A Past Steadfast Professor from Concordia ““ Chicago: Dr. Neelak Tjernagel, by The Rev. Walt Otten

(Editor’s note: The Rev. Otten offers a timely post in these days when we struggle with professors at Concordia Chicago who have signed a petition in support of the Marxist-anarchist William Ayers. We thank him for this story of a … Continue reading

Confessions Reading Group Ticker Update: They’re Reading the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church and there’s Now a Group in the Tetons I Wish I Could Attend Each Monday

How appropriate – they are studying the Augsburg Confession at Augsburg Lutheran Church in Shawnee, Kansas. We have added them and four other groups to the Confessions Reading Group Ticker. All of us should be studying the Augsburg Confession and … Continue reading

BJS Blogger Pastor Klemet Preus to Speak in Missouri

Klemet Preus, author of the book, “The Fire and the Staff: Lutheran Theology in Practice,” and one of our BJS bloggers will be speaking in Missouri–in Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis–Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22. Rev. Preus will address such issues … Continue reading

Luther’s “Bondage of the Will” Topic at Nebraska Confessional Lutherans Monthly Meeting

The Nebraska Confessional Lutherans are one of the many groups listed on our Confessions Study Group Counter  which can be viewed on the Confessional Growth section of the website. We recently received information on their next meeting. (We will be … Continue reading

Number of Concordia Signatures on Ayers Petition is Growing, by Pastor Rossow

As of our last count there were six Concordia Chicago (formerly Concordia River Forest) professors who had signed a petition supporting the Marxist-anarchist William Ayers. The count should be shrinking under the supervision of Dr. Johnson, the president of Concordia … Continue reading

Reading through the Book of Concord, week of Nov 3rd

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

Christological Aberrations in the Lutheran Church Today, by Pr. Klemet Preus

For those of you who still do not think that the problems in the synod are deeply and fundamentally theological please read on. In the next seven blogs I will show that the theology of many within our synod is … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy #7 – Salutation

This entry is part 7 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

7,062 Visitors to the Website in October, An Old Internet Periodical Back Again, And Several Conferences to Announce

BJS Website Statistics We had 7,062 unique visitors come to our site in the month of October. Since our first day back in June we estimate that we have had well over 10,000 unique visitors. That is a conservative estimate. … Continue reading

Crushing Satan Today ““ Reformation Reflection, by Pr. Klemet Preus

In the last chapter of his letter to the Romans Paul says a very strange thing. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20) What makes … Continue reading

Reformation ““ A Festival for the Brothers of John the Steadfast, by Pr. Rossow

(October 31 is Reformation Day)   Reformation is a great day for men. It is a festival for men to exhale with all the breath in their lungs the strong notes and vigorous rhythms of “A Mighty Fortress,” until they … Continue reading

“Putting Out the Fire (Ablaze) with the Cold Waters of Baptism”

That is the subtitle of satirical southerner Frank Gillespie’s blog – “Putting Out the Fire“. The reason I am highlighting it this morning is not only because of the clever name but more importantly because of two posts by Frank … Continue reading

An Unnatural Faith, by Kari Anderson of the CLCC

(This is one of our regular columns from the CLCC — Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission) I have been thinking lately about why our faith is so difficult to keep pure in a truly confessional way. I think the Lutheran … Continue reading

Is there Academic Freedom at our Concordias? By Pr. Tim Rossow

Six of our Concordia Chicago professors signed a petition supporting the person and educational theory of Marxist-anarchist William Ayers. We contacted the president’s office and in a part of his reply he stated that “there is nothing in the Limits … Continue reading

Cub Scouts Ablaze!(tm), from Mollie

I am back with an update on the attempt in Northern Virginia to fund the launch of a Cub Scout troop with Ablaze! funds. I am displeased to report that the attempt passed unanimously. … Continue reading

Reformation Day Rap! from Mollie

This isn’t the most Confessional Lutheran take on the Reformation, but it’s a must watch as you complete your Reformation Week celebrations! … Continue reading

President of Concordia Chicago Defends Signing of Ayers Petition, by Pr. Rossow

There is a struggle going on in our synod over supervision. Dr. John Johnson, president of Concordia Chicago, has taken a weak position in this struggle. We have argued that it is wrong for the professors of our colleges to … Continue reading

Klemet Preus to speak in MO

KLEMET PREUS author of the book The FIRE and the STAFF LUTHERAN THEOLOGY IN PRACTICE and frequent BJS commentator will be speaking in Missouri in Kansas City, Columbia, and St. Louis Thursday-Saturday, November 20-22 Rev. Preus will address such issues … Continue reading