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

Kloha / Montgomery Debate Audio

For those who want to listen to the debate in the car, a friend of Steadfast Lutherans has submitting this MP3 file for our use. http://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/Kloha-Montgomery-Debate-Edited-audio.mp3 or download it here   … Continue reading

Idiotic Theology

In Greek the word ἰδιώτης (idiotes) is used to refer to that which belongs to one’s own self. The English word idiom is a derivative. So is the word idiot, meaning someone who is uneducated or unskilled. This Greek word … Continue reading

Welcome to a new Associate Editor – Pastor Andrew Packer

The past few months have been rather busy on the organizational side of the Brothers of John the Steadfast (or Steadfast Lutherans).  We have restarted much of the organization, including having a new Board of Directors.  At our first meeting, … Continue reading

Advent 2016 – with a Reformation Series

Coming up in a little over a month, the new Church Year gets started with Advent.  It is a very common thing to have a midweek service in the congregation with a special theme.  This year, for Steadfast in the … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 3, Fatal Flaws and a Prescription for Recovery

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In Part 1, I reviewed some of the strengths of the Revised Catechism Field Test. In Part 2, I looked at some new things that didn’t quite work. In Part 3, … Continue reading

The Preeminence Within the Simul (Iustus > Peccator)

I would like to give some thoughts concerning what we often refer to as the simul, short for simul iustus et peccator, “at the same time righteous and sinner.” When we think of this paradox we might think of Romans … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — Commandments 1-3

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   I have been asked to offer a critique of the Revision of our Explanation to Luther’s Small Catechism.  Below are criticisms.  There is much to commend in … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 3rd Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   THE THIRD ARTICLE (PART 1) Article and Explanation Text (top p. 89)   Perhaps just a typo, but “Christ” is missing after “Jesus” in the first paragraph … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 2nd Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   The Second Article of the Creed is the beating heart of the Christian confession. It concerns the person and work of Jesus Christ. Here Christ is revealed … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Distinction Between Law and Gospel

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism. Note that the deadline for comments on the revision is coming up fast — October 31st! Download the catechism or comment on it by clicking here.   “The … Continue reading

The Truth Makes Us Enemies?

It is a profound and disturbing commentary on our situation in the LCMS when two pastors who have never met each other before and know nothing about each other get that opportunity.  What typically takes place very quickly?  It is … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The 1st Article of the Creed

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   This review is in no way intended to be the final say in a discussion of the Revision.  The intention is merely to begin a conversation that … Continue reading

A Clarification on Justification Before God and Justification Before the World: It is God Who Justifies

St. Paul makes the distinction between justification before men and justification before God in Romans chapter 4.  He says that Abraham had reason for boasting by being justified by his works, but not before God. He did have reason to … Continue reading

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Pharisee and the Tax Collector” (Luke 18:9-17) “The one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Now I don’t know if our Lord was talking about my Chicago Cubs there or not, but finally my humble Cubbies have been exalted. … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision — The Office of the Keys

Here is another guest article on the proposed revisions to the Catechism:   The 1912 and 1943 Small Catechism published by Concordia Publishing House called the fifth chief part “The Office of the Keys, Confession.” In 1991, the explanation of … Continue reading

I don’t trust the guy

Dr. Martin Luther of blessed and holy memory writes in his Galatians lectures saying, “The call, therefore, is not to be despised. For it is not sufficient if a man has the Word and the pure doctrine. Hs must also … Continue reading

Great Stuff — A Foundation and Structure for Faith

Great Stuff found over on LutheranReformation by Rev. A. Brian Flamme.   Books are like buildings. Think of them as constructed with words and thoughts rather than with bricks and mortar. The author lays one idea upon the other to … Continue reading

Encouragement for the Scared Father

Not long ago in a discussion in an online Lutheran group, one father did a manly thing. He admitted he was scared in his role as father. He said, “Nothing scares me quite like teaching my children.” Hallelujah! I told … Continue reading

Gospel Notes for The Reformation

The Gospel Notes for The Reformation 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 Half-Page … Continue reading

Kloha / Montgomery Debate Video

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin and Dr. Jeffrey John Kloha, Provost and Professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, conducted a debate about the philosophies of Biblical textual criticism on … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reviewing the “Field Test”: Part 2, Needs Improvement

Found over on Pastor Lincoln Winter’s blog, Predigtamt.wordpress.com:   In part 1, I examined the changes that I thought were good in the catechism revision. In part 2, I take a look at some of the more challenging parts of … Continue reading

Election 2016: The Political Incarnation of American Values

Every day, the level of political discourse in our country seems to hit a new low. As much as Secretary Clinton likes to quote Michelle Obama’s dictum, “when they go low, we go high,” both candidates have shown themselves to … Continue reading

Proposed Catechism Explanation Revision – Commandments 7-10.

General comments The “Central Thought” could be helpful but the questions involved in this section turns the focus on the student’s experience of the Law rather than what God says in the Law.  Perhaps the questions could be combined towards … Continue reading