Solus Christus – A free Reformation Devotion for Advent

Celebrate Advent this year by using a devotion that is also in tune with the coming 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  Solus Christus is a devotion written by Lutheran pastors and provided via Steadfast in the Parish for congregations and … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Proper 28

November 13, 2016 — Proper 28 Sermon Text — Luke 21:5-35 Sermon Audio — http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/sikora/Dr._Sikora,_11-12-16,_Luke_21_5-36.m4a   Change is Coming November 13, 2016 Grace, mercy, and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus … Continue reading

“Signs of the End” (Sermon on Luke 21:5-36, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Signs of the End” (Luke 21:5-36) Tomorrow night, if the sky is clear, you will be able to see what is called a “Supermoon.” This Supermoon is a full moon, but it will appear about 15% larger than average, because … Continue reading

Review of Rev. Dr. Frederic Baue’s book “The Pilgrim”

“The Pilgrim” by F.W. Baue.  Available from Pergola Press and for sale at Amazon.com Review by Holly Scheer The Pilgrim is, in many ways, a book about baseball. Beyond baseball, it’s a book about a very Lutheran family, a family that … Continue reading

Leonard Cohen

  Canadian born Leonard Cohen, musician and songwriter, passed away in Los Angeles at 82 years of age. Known as “the master of erotic despair”, Cohen’s sexual 1984 song “Hallelujah” continues to be embraced by Christians for worship services.   … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Last Sunday of the Church Year

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

My Father’s House: A Poem about Freedom

I wrote this poem back in June, not knowing how this election would turn out.  I thank God that the pro-baby-murderers did not win the day.  I pray that God continues to have mercy on our nation and draw us to … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Hymnal in a Time of Persecution

Another great post found over on Pr. Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt:   I didn’t even notice it missing. But then I wasn’t looking for it. For the first Ten years, I didn’t need it. When I did, I looked only … Continue reading

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Greatest Victory Celebration” (Revelation 7:9-17) On Wednesday night, late on Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. As I was sitting there watching it on TV, as soon as the ball went into Anthony Rizzo’s glove for … Continue reading

10 Signs a Church May Be Trying Too Hard to Be Hipster

Nobody wants to be on the losing team.  In an effort to attract a larger clientele, many businesses attempt to project that their services or products are a lot more popular than they necessarily are, in order to leverage peer … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity

The Gospel Notes for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Trinity from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, … Continue reading

I Know My Faith is Founded

I know my faith is founded On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord; And this my faith confessing,  Unmoved I stand on His sure Word. Our reason cannot fathom The truth of God profound; Who trusts in human wisdom  Relies … Continue reading

Should Churches Be Tax Exempt?

By Pastor Travis Berg Recently, I’ve seen quite a few memes arguing for the taxation of churches. These memes have pictures of mansions or of Joel Osteen on them. So, I thought I’d write a “little” post on tax exemption … Continue reading

Sermon by Robert Preus Preached at CTS Chapel April 26, 1983

The following sermon was preached by my grandfather, who was a pastor, seminary professor and president of Concordia Theological Seminary. He died on November 4, 1995 and will be remembered by many this All Saints Day. This sermon is about … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — All Saints

With the eyes of faith and the Word of God we are given this morning to see what the apostle sees.  Like Moses standing atop Mt. Nebo we gaze in one direction and we see mighty Israel gathered for war.  12,000 from each tribe.  144,000 from the 12 tribes; Christ’s mighty Church symbolically portrayed as an army arrayed for battle, the Church militant.  Clothed with the whole armor of God they wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12 ESV).   Theirs is a righteous battle, a just war, a good fight for whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,  (Phi 4:8 ESV).

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The Imperishable Charm of Lutheran Hymns

We just celebrated the Festival of the Reformation. A central part to the success of the Reformation was the hymnody. Lutheran hymnody took the world by storm nearly 500 years ago. Though one of the first hymnals only contained 25 … Continue reading

Steadfast Lutheran posts on Halloween / All Saints’ Day/Eve

Here are a few resources from our archive regarding Halloween       … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Lutheran Treasures of the Old Missouri Synod

Here is an oldie posted in 2014 that was found over on Pr David Ramirez’s blog, l-toms.blogspot.com:   Luther in English Poetry Note: Thank you to Pr. Andrew Gray for providing us with an intriguing post about Luther and poetry … Continue reading

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Sermon on Revelation 14:6-7 and Romans 3:19-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“An Eternal Gospel to Reclaim and Proclaim” (Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28) It was 499 years ago tomorrow, on October 31, 1517, that Martin Luther nailed Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, thus beginning the movement … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Reformation

Four hundred ninety nine years ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church doors in Wittenberg he wasn’t just making a statement.  He wasn’t just stating an opinion or putting forth some pious idea about how things should be in the church.  No!  Luther was making an assertion the first of which read, “when our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said, ‘repent’ He willed that the whole life of the Christian be one of repentance.”   He was following the Savior’s pattern.  For when Jesus said, “If you abide in my Word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”  Jesus made an assertion.  That’s what truth does. That’s what truth is.  Truth is an assertion of reality in the face of its denial.  Jesus was asserting the truth of His Word and the power of the gospel to set captives free and He was asserting that truth in the face of those who would justify themselves.

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Dr. Montgomery’s post-debate statement

Editor’s Note: I have asked the debate participants to provide some final thoughts about their debate experience. Below is what Dr. Montgomery provided. I want to thank both Dr. Kloha and Dr. Montgomery  for participating. I think it has advanced … Continue reading

God’s Forgetful Forgiveness

3Sometimes we struggle to forgive. When someone sins against us, we can have trouble forgiving. Especially when we have been really badly hurt, we feel that the offending party doesn’t deserve forgiveness from us. Even when we try to forgive, … Continue reading

Flashback Posts working again

  Because people have commented on it, I felt the need to announce a change to the BJS homepage. The “Flashback” feature was originally designed to bring some of our “oldie but goodie” posts to your attention periodically. Unfortunately for … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for the Festival of All Saints

The Gospel Notes for All Saints’ Day from the Lutheran Service Book’s One-Year Lectionary is now available. You may download the Color PDF, the Black and White PDF, the Bi-Fold Color PDF, the Bi-Fold Black and White PDF, the Legal … Continue reading

A Poem on the Cuts at Carmel

The heathen gladly cut themselves while to their gods they cry – It gives their spirits courage, as they give and groan and sigh; Though human praise and accolades is all the prize they’ve won It gives their left hand … Continue reading