Recent Comments

We’ve restored the function of this page, but it isn’t as nice looking as it used to be; we’ll correct it when we get a chance.

 

The following are the latest 30 comments on Steadfast Lutherans.

The Secret to Church Growth
Somehow I missed this article–along with everyone else. 🙂 Hard to believe there isn’t more argument (errr… discussion) after Rev. Andersen’s borderline heretical statement:

Do not be deceived: any Church that throws Scripture out the window and starts deciding for itself what’s right and wrong is no longer a church, but a synagogue of Satan—even if it says LCMS on the sign outside. Christians more devout than us have fallen prey to …
    mac at Aug 29 2016 02:40 pm

Fundagelical Newness of Life
Dear Mr. Klotz: Thank you, from one layman to another, for writing a great piece on the Lutheran view of Baptism.
I have just two areas of disagreement: When you write, “we should, to quote Luther, ‘…by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever,’” (Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation …
    George A. Marquart at Aug 29 2016 11:25 am

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Steve #36

…The meter markings, such as C.M. (8,6,8,6), L.M. (8,8,8,8), 8.7.8.7.5.5.5.6.7., etc., indicate syllables per phrase using a full singing voice. These are at the top of the page in TLH, bottom right in LW, and bottom right in LSB. Generally, if you can’t easily get through a phrase in one breath, using a …
    helen at Aug 29 2016 09:02 am

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
If anyone wants a copy of the suggested tempos for Lutheran Worship and Hymn Supplement 98, send me an email ([email protected]) and I will send it to you. I received a hard copy at an Organists’ Workshop in Fort Wayne and scanned it into PDF.

Blessings,
Ginny …
    Ginny Valleau at Aug 29 2016 08:51 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
@Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) #5

I do have to plead guilty myself to occasionally having “shoehorned” ideas into sermons and leaning at times to eisegesis rather than exegesis. My mistakes don’t justify the mistakes of others, though. We all need some correction along the way to help us keep on the “straight and narrow” road …
    Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) at Aug 29 2016 07:28 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
@Rev. Dr. Tony Sikora #2

You have to admit, Rev. Sikora, that the Calvinist remarks were “shoehorned” into the sermon. Jesus wasn’t speaking about Calvinism (of course!). I know that Reformed congregations are numerous in your part of the country, especially just west of you; so I’m sure that this is on your mind more than on …
    Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) at Aug 29 2016 06:17 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
You can do …
    Ted Badje at Aug 29 2016 05:44 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
The Calvinist remark is hyperbole. Just when the Confessionals are getting a voice and creditability, you have …
    Ted Badje at Aug 29 2016 05:42 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
Carl, you’re right, there are many Calvinists missionaries, churches, schools, etc. However, the point of the sentence and the thrust of the sermon is that Calvin’s doctrine of limited atonement goes against Jesus and the gospels. According to a strict Calvinist interpretation of Luke 14 the man with dropsy was surely one of the reprobate as evidenced by his dropsy. Jesus turns all of this upside down by healing the man on the Sabbath, real …
    Rev. Dr. Tony Sikora at Aug 29 2016 05:31 am

“Friend, Move Up Higher” (Sermon on Luke 14:1-14, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
Remember that the Pharisees trusted in their works to earn them a better seat. The application is that all people imagine to at least some degree that their works will get them “a better seat”. Maybe because they give a lot of money to the church, or because they sacrificed and became a pastor, serving a small church with a small salary. Or maybe its because they have been faithful all their lives, bringing their children up in the church, …
    Rev. Loren Zell at Aug 29 2016 01:52 am

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — They were Watching Him
“The door was open, but no one really was offering any love or compassion, any food or sustenance. The gospel calls our host a Pharisee, but you can also call him a Calvinist.”

I would rather not, on account of the Calvinists that I know personally and the various Calvinist missionaries, churches and schools that I have come to respect. Among them, expressions of love, compassion, and charity are not …
    Carl H at Aug 28 2016 08:18 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
How can I get a hold of a copy of this: Suggested Tempos for Hymns in Lutheran Worship and Hymnal Supplement …
    Lil Spilde at Aug 27 2016 08:48 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
There are no tempo markings in TLH, LW, or LSB. Time signatures do not indicate tempo. 6/8 “marches” better than 2/4 any day of the week, but in hymnody it tends to to have a lilting “Morning Has Broken”, “Come Saturday Morning” CoWo kind of feel. The meter markings, such as C.M. (8,6,8,6), L.M. (8,8,8,8), 8.7.8.7.5.5.5.6.7., etc., indicate syllables per phrase using a full singing voice. These are at the top of the page in TLH, bottom right in …
    Steve at Aug 27 2016 06:52 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Gregjgrose …
    Diane at Aug 27 2016 03:14 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Diane #33

May be a better/easier link: …
    Gregjgrose at Aug 27 2016 03:12 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@helen #29

Helen, I found the piece on time signatures. It is at www.blogs.lcms.org, titled ‘Where’s the Time Signature? Playing the Rhythmic Chorales’, May 6,2012 by Phil Gehring, author of Service-Playing Resource Book. …
    Diane at Aug 27 2016 08:45 am

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Diane #30

Diane wrote, “At an organist workshop this past summer in Fort Wayne, we received a hand-out called Suggested Tempos for Hymns in Lutheran Worship and Hymnal Supplement ’98.”

Good to know, Diane! Thanks for the info!

While it’s true that the organist is generally the one to set the tempo, I have known …
    Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) at Aug 27 2016 07:04 am

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@helen #29

Hi Helen,
Lutheran Worship doesn’t have time signatures either. It has something to do with the ‘pulse’ of a hymn. For example, if the last note of the hymn is a dotted half note, it would normally get three beats. However, organists are suppose to hold that note longer so that the congregation has time to …
    Diane at Aug 27 2016 06:26 am

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) #28

At an organist workshop this past summer in Fort Wayne, we received a hand-out called Suggested Tempos for Hymns in Lutheran Worship and Hymnal Supplement ’98. The new hymns in LSB that weren’t in HS’98 aren’t listed, but that’s a minority. It gives a suggested range for tempo such as the …
    Diane at Aug 27 2016 06:16 am

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
Social policies aside, it is also not clear that Republican economic policies are wholly Christian and Democratic policies are not. One can make a clear case that socialism in some ways subverts the family structure, and of course eliminates private ownership. But, one can also make the case that pure, unbridled capitalism, which leads to a concentration of power among a select few who own camels and very large needles, and whom consequently …
    Jerald Truesdell at Aug 27 2016 12:16 am

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
@helen #70

Helen, “Carl” has been banned from BJS. With regards to your departure you can be gone next if you choose to not come back – neither I nor the admins/moderators of the site who make such decisions have any plan to ban you.

By the way, Steadfast continues to have 3-6K visitors a day and is currently expanding on the conference …
    Pastor Joshua Scheer at Aug 26 2016 11:56 pm

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
Apparently the Rev Scheer grows more despotic as his kingdom shrinks!

Carl Vehse will not be able to answer you, Jerald. One of the better minds (not to mention research people) has been banned from BJS.

WHY? Good question!

No doubt I’ll be gone next, for telling …
    helen at Aug 26 2016 09:35 pm

Tuesday with Luther
Thank you Pastor Hull,

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” Jn 1:29

Blessings,
Ginny …
    Ginny Valleau at Aug 26 2016 09:33 pm

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
@Jerald Truesdell #68

Like both of them? [Parties, that …
    helen at Aug 26 2016 09:27 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Lil Spilde #27

Does LCMS have the list of the LSB hymns with the tempo which should be used with each hymn?

Until you asked that, Lil, I hadn’t paid attention to the LSB and the fact that it has entirely omitted the directives usually found in the left of the first line! [Thanks a lot, CPH]

Pr. Fischer has given you …
    helen at Aug 26 2016 09:19 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
@Lil Spilde #27

Lil wrote, “Does LCMS have the list of the LSB hymns with the tempo which should be used with each hymn?”

Lil, I believe that the tempo for each hymn will always be decided by the delicate balance of organist, congregation, and pastor (listed in order of influence). I’ve seen no official or unofficial …
    Rev. Robert Fischer (Emeritus) at Aug 26 2016 08:36 pm

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
@Carl Vehse #58

So, what are we to make of a Lutheran who supports a hawkish, racist regime that can potentially roast a significant percentage of the world population with nuclear weapons, will promote chaos by breaking down international arms treaties, and will incite and unleash violence and mayhem at home? What are we to make of a Lutheran …
    Jerald Truesdell at Aug 26 2016 08:27 pm

Are There Democrats in Heaven?
I enjoyed reading this. Well …
    Jerald Truesdell at Aug 26 2016 08:16 pm

Teaching Lutheran Hymnody: Learn 29 Hymns in 2 Years!
Does LCMS have the list of the LSB hymns with the tempo which should be used with each hymn?
If so, where can I get such a …
    Lil Spilde at Aug 26 2016 07:32 pm

“Strive to Enter through the Narrow Door” (Sermon on Luke 13:22-30, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
@George A. Marquart #8

George,
“Sibling rivalry” is something that goes on in every family, in different ways. Those who are merely parents observe it and deal with it. My use of the term was not meant to carry anything like the weight you have loaded on it. I sincerely apologize!!!

Mea …
    helen at Aug 25 2016 04:28 pm