The Role of Human Experience In Reading The Written Word of God

I remember a pastor at seminary giving us the terrible advice that you shouldn’t preach against abortion because you will have members who have had abortions—“they might get hurt or be offended.” I said, “So we shouldn’t preach against sins … Continue reading

New Revelation Bible Study, from Around the Word

Revelation is perhaps one of the most popular, yet least understood books in the entire Bible. In an effort to correct that, Around the Word has begun offering a new study called “The Seven Churches” by Pastor Travis Loeslie. An introduction … Continue reading

Bible Study on Marriage & Homosexuality

As the world gets further and further away from God’s design for marriage and human sexuality, the more important it becomes for Christians to know what God has to say about these things. Pornography, pre-marital sex, adultery, divorce, and same-sex marriage … Continue reading

A Bible Study Every MegaChurch Pastor Will Hate

Do you love uplifting praise music that focuses all on your feelings and not on the Gospel at all? Do you like it when church services and Bible studies replace the Gospel with catchy themes and clever cultural references? So does … Continue reading

Bible Studies That Don’t Ask You to Talk about Your Feelings

This Lent I began editing and co-authoring a weekly free, downloadable PDF Bible study with Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller on the Penitential Psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143) for Around the Word. We’ve had a number of people tell us how useful they’ve … Continue reading

Where could you spend 2.3% of your time?

Associate Editor’s Note:  The following was written for the newsletter of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Long Prairie, MN (Independent) which is served by LCMS Pastor and BJS Contributor Pr. Nathan Higgins. The article is a good reminder of spending time … Continue reading

“We Are Baptized for This Moment”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

To go with this summer’s LCMS Convention theme, Baptized for This Moment: A Bible Study, is being made available for free through the synod’s website, where you can download a pdf file of the study. The study’s five lessons are: … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study available in July

Found on Reporter Online:   Each LCMS congregation will receive this summer a free copy of a new Bible study on the Synod’s threefold “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis, including a video version on DVD. The mid-July mailing, funded by … Continue reading

New Walther Film coming to your Church in September

Thanks to Kari Anderson who found this on Facebook. It says that Concordia Seminary will distribute this film on Walther to each LCMS church in September 2011. That’s coming soon! I hope a lot of churches will show it, so … Continue reading