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

Notes on the Liturgy – Introduction to the Divine Service

This entry is part 1 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 critique bad theology and practice but to also  proactively  train the Brothers … Continue reading

In Case You Wondered What Mollie Does for a Living

We here at BJS are grateful to God for the accomplished writers who blog for us, Pastor Wilken, Pastor Preus and Mollie. Mollie is a professional writer whose resume includes several articles published in the Houses of Worship column in … Continue reading

DOCTRINAL STABILITY? By Pr. Andy Simcak, Texas Confessional Lutherans

A few months ago THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE featured an article about the Greek Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Isaiah, the spiritual head of the 14-state Metropolis of Denver, which includes Texas, boldly stated, “One feature of Orthodox Christianity that newcomers find attractive … Continue reading

More Motivation to Start a Confessions Reading Group

(Editor’s Note: This is from Jim Claybourn commenting on a previous post here on the site.) We are planning on beginning a weekly study group in October. I am an adult convert (escaped from United Methodism) and have been getting … Continue reading

New Column: “Church-Wide News and Commentary”

(Editor’s Note: We welcome Pastor Robert Niehus to our list of columnists. Each day as a part of his normal routine Pastor Niehus scours the secular and religious news to see what is going on in the church and the … Continue reading

Apologetics Conference in Dearborn, MI on Islam Sponsored by Emmanuel Lutheran

CHRISTIANS & THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAM: A BALANCED VIEW This will be the theme of the Second Annual Apologetics Conference to be held October 11, 2008 from 1-4pm at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium in Dearborn, Michigan. Dr. Adam … Continue reading

I have a bar ministry* (from Mollie)

Could we discuss the theology included in this Reporter story: Mark Couser, 26, has been working with the Lutheran Inner-City Network Coalition (LINC) North Texas, in Dallas-Fort Worth, for the past five years, helping to train church planters and other … Continue reading

Motivation from Rosemarie to Start or Join a Confessions Reading Group, by Pr. Rossow

Rosemarie does not know it yet but she had a part in starting the Brothers of John the Steadfast. I have not seen her in a few years but she is coming to our parish Confessions Reading Group tonight and … Continue reading

What is the Liturgical Future of our Synod? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(This is the final post of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is the future of the LCMS in the aftermath of the last two decades of worship wars within our church? I’m going to … Continue reading

Great Article on Task Force Proposals by Martin Noland in Upcoming BJS Steadfast Quarterly

I just got a look at one of the key articles in the upcoming issue of the Steadfast Quarterly and it is superb. It is Dr. Martin Noland’s review of the Proposals from the Blue Ribbon Task Force. (Click here … Continue reading

Why those who use “œBlended Worship” Might Want to Reconsider, by Pr. Preus

(Editor’s note: this is part four of a five part series on worship by Pr. Preus.)   Many pastors and congregations in our synod employ what has been called “blended worship?” It is a combination of the historic liturgy and … Continue reading

This is Not Your “Grandmothers” Church, by Pr. Walt Otten

(Pr. Otten writes the “Steadfast Lessons from the Past” column found on the “Regular Columns” page.)   We have heard that it is no longer your grandfather’s church, but it is also no longer your grandmother’s church.   This grandmother, … Continue reading

Blended Worship in our Midst, by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part three of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   What is this trend in our synod where churches are following the liturgy sort of? They have most of the parts but they … Continue reading

The Lutheran Confessions and a Pizza Buffet – The Ticker Keeps Moving Up

Check out our Confessions Reading Groups Ticker on the  Confessional Growth  page of the website. It continues to go up, not as fast as the Ablaze counter, but its not about numbers but about confessing the truth. We welcome to … Continue reading

For Jefferson Hills’ next trick . . . (Mollie)

Here’s the latest on the JeffersonHills Church (apparently affiliated with the LCMS and best known for their Satan billboard campaign): If you missed this weekend you missed something huge that God has called JH to launch. Beginning in September we … Continue reading

Pastor Wilken to be Installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity, Millstadt

Pastor Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc., will be installed as Assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Millstadt, Illinois on Sunday, October 5 at 7 PM. The service will be followed with a coffee and cake reception. Trinity … Continue reading

Why duplicate efforts? (from Mollie)

I think the Ablaze! folks should check this out. Why duplicate efforts? … Continue reading

Why do We have Worship Wars? by Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: This is part two of a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you every wondered why we have worship wars in the Missouri Synod? I’m going to explain to you why this is so … Continue reading

Missions or Pure Doctrine? by Pr. Andrew Simcak, (regular columnists for the Texas Confessional Lutherans)

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Simcak touches on a theme that will get much attention on this site in the weeks to come. Defining “missions” and understanding its place in the church is a fundamental part of the LCMS Task Force’s justification … Continue reading

Chosen and Precious Stones, by Pr. Toby Byrd (regular columnist for the Lutheran Mission Alliance)

The pretense is over, the jig is up, and the powers to be within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod have played their hand and have shown us their hole cards. As we suspected, it is now becoming questionable to speak of … Continue reading

Why do the Evangelicals Worship that Way? By Pr. Klemet Preus

(Editor’s Note: With this post Pastor Preus begins a five part series on worship in the LCMS.)   Have you ever wondered why American Evangelicals tend to have an expectation that their worship services will have an emotional impact upon … Continue reading

Requiring User Registration on the BJS website

We at Brothers of John the Steadfast have made the decision to require registration to comment on the site. The reason for this change is the massive amount of spam comments we are receiving.  We have worked hard to prevent … Continue reading

But other than these mistakes, the story is correct (Mollie)

There was an interesting story in The Reporter the other day: In other actions, the Board: authorized its general counsel to prepare a release for use of the LCMS-owned trademark for the radio program “Issues, Etc.,” the archived programs, and … Continue reading

Thick Skin, by Jonathan Townsend

(Editor’s Note: Jonathan is on our BJS steering committee. He is the author, producer and voice of our fine promotional spots on Issues, Etc. We also introduce him here as one of our regular columnists. His column is titled  “I … Continue reading