This Was Your Grandfather’s Church

by Pastor Walt Otten The Brothers of John the Steadfast have asked this 1959 Concordia, St. Louis graduate to prepare a bi-monthly post for this website entitled “This Was Your Grandfather’s Church.” The editor’s instructions to me were, “Just Look … Continue reading

The Feast of St. Mary the Mother of Our Lord

By Rev. Klemet Preus August 15 is the Feast of St. Mary the mother of our Lord. Now I know that at Glory of Christ in Plymouth, Minnesota, my congregation, we tend not to observe the saints days even when … Continue reading

I Do Not want My Grandfather’s Church Nor Captain Kirk, by Pastor Klemet Preus

While theology does not change, management style and theory do. And these days we are experiencing a leadership style which is painfully similar to that of my Grandfather’s church but without effectiveness.   The Baby Boom took place from 1946-1964. … Continue reading

Editor’s Update: Over 5,000 Readers, Worldwide Interest, Discussion of the Nature of this Website

Readership Totals We have some great statistics from the month of July for the John the Steadfast website. We had 5,358 unique visitors in the month of July, making 19,490 visits and viewing 95,079 pages. (Some readers may be checking … Continue reading

More on KFUO’s budget

I found out a little bit more about the KFUO budget situation. Recently we discussed how odd it is that the 2008/2009 budget for KFUO would increase over the previous year. Remember that BCS Executive Director David Strand claimed that … Continue reading

More Good Things Coming Out of Texas – The TCL Free Conference September 5-6

Our good friends down in the nation of Texas, the Texas Confessional Lutherans, are holding a free conference early next month, September 5-6 at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, Texas. The theme is “Ministry and Priesthood: A Distinction of Kind.” … Continue reading

Response to the Texas District President, by Pastor Rossow

I will be sending President Hennings a personal e-mail and giving him a phone call on Monday to address the issue that we have been discussing for the past few days here concerning the Texas District Youth Gathering. This is … Continue reading

Good Things Do Come Out of Texas – Our Steadfast Parish of the Month, by Elaine Gavin

Steadfast Parish of the Month – Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas Once upon a time – a half century ago, to be exact – a little boy named Scott Murray was born in Kitchener, Ontario. He can’t remember wanting to … Continue reading

We Need Some Levity – A New Cartoon by Pastor Blazek

After all this serious (but necessary) discussion of the Texas “Lutheran” Youth Gathering, we need some levity. If it strikes his fancy I am sure Pastor Blazek will draw a cartoon based on the gathering but for now we will … Continue reading

KFUO’s budget increase, from Mollie

Recently we discussed how odd it was that the KFUO budget would increase for the coming year when David Strand claimed that Issues, Etc. had to be canceled for financial reasons. It gets stranger. One of my sources tells me … Continue reading

Programmatic Reasons, by Mollie Z. Hemingway

Mollie here. Remember how David Strand claimed that Issues, Etc. was terminated for “programmatic” reasons? Remember how everybody wondered what in the heck he meant? Remember what he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the programming at KFUO-AM? The church … Continue reading

Special Texas Lutheran Youth Gathering Edition of “The LCMS in Her Own Words” by Pastor Rossow

Where do I start? Pastor Wilken has introduced us to a nightmare called the Texas Lutheran Youth Gathering. The problems with this event go far beyond the fact that they have chosen a non-Lutheran, woman pastor to be the Lead … Continue reading

What’s in a name?: Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans

(This is another of our regular posts from Confessional groups around the synod and beyond.) The name really says it all. Northern Illinois Confessional Lutherans (NICL) is a group of pastors in the northern Illinois area (not only the Northern … Continue reading

Spiritual Headship in the Church and Home, Article #2

“Jesus is Lord” Our Lord said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:19) What part of that do we not understand? In regard to the whole topic at hand, when it comes to … Continue reading

Our Favorite Petition Comments

(Twice a month for the next few months we will be featuring our favorite quotes from the “Bring Back Issues, Etc.” petition site. The quotes are selected and introduced by BJS Steering Committee member Ron Revels. The number in the … Continue reading

“Mighty Ignorant One” Please Read This

Someone with the handle “Mighty Ignorant One” wrote a comment last night or this morning and it got accidentally deleted. “Mighty Ignorant One” we apologize and ask that you resubmit your comment. You can email me at trossow@steadfastlutherans.org if you … Continue reading

Prediction on the Restructuring

(from Pr. Preus) OK, we are all waiting on baited breath for the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod’s Structure and Governance which, reportedly, will be unveiled at the upcoming confab in Phoenix later this month. I … Continue reading

The LCMS In Her Own Words – Leadership has Replaced Faithfulness

(from Pr. Rossow) In this column we will be passing on extended quotes from various LCMS communications from around the synod. The intention is to establish that the LCMS has moved away from its historic Lutheran and Confessional character. Here … Continue reading

A Journey Back to Confessional Lutheranism – From the CLCC

I’m a lay person who has been constantly being educated in what it truly means to be a confessional Lutheran. I love it! It’s been a slow learning, growing process over more than a decade now. I have always been … Continue reading

KFUO finances

Mollie here. So the July 2008 issue of Board Briefs indicates that the 2008/2009 budget for KFUO is $3,761,960. A reader notes that the 2007/2008 budget for KFUO was $3,690,792. Remember that David Strand keeps making the claim that Issues, … Continue reading

Two more Board items

Mollie here. One of the two most discouraging things to happen in Synod this year was the resignation in March of Pastor Edward Balfour from the board of directors. Balfour is this larger-than-life force of nature with a rather unlikely … Continue reading

Reading the Reporter

Mollie here. So I was reading my copy of the Reporter tonight and see that the quarterly newsletter from the LCMS Board of Directors is included in the July issue. A copy of the 2008/2009 Mission and Ministry Operating Budget … Continue reading

Johann Sebastian Bach

(from Mollie) Today we commemmorate Johann Sebastian Bach, the most wonderful composer of all time. Or, as the Aardvark put it last year: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers … Continue reading

Top Ten Bad Jobs in the Synod If you are a Confessional Lutheran

(From Pr. Preus) 10. Overseas missionary. Really bad job security. 9. Any one whose sole job is working for Fan into Flame. “How do you explain that two year gap in your resume during the years 2007-2009?” 8. Executive director … Continue reading

Good Question from Bruce B On Issues and BJS

(from Pastor Rossow) Because the relationship between BJS and Issues, Etc. is informal, based on mutual benefit, (BJS does not manage Issues and Issues does not manage BJS but each benefits from mutual support) questions often arise about the nature … Continue reading