Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two

This is the second part of my response to the blog article, “How Lutherans Implicitly Deny Faith Alone in Christ Alone.” Three Examples of How Lutherans Deny Justification by Faith Alone: A Response – Part Two of Two 3) Loss … Continue reading

Inviting Tullian Tchividjian Gave the Wrong Impression

In a recent article highlighting examples of how LCMS institutions sow confusion among members, the comments overwhelmingly concerned Tullian Tchividjian’s recent address at Concordia Seminary St. Louis (CSL). The comments were quite balanced in favor of and against Tchividjian’s appearance … Continue reading

Sisters of Katie Luther — Book of Concord for Sunday

31] Neither have the bishops the power to institute services, as though they justified, or were necessary for justification. Yea, the apostles, Acts 15:10, say: Why tempt ye God to put a yoke, etc., where Peter declares this purpose to … Continue reading

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Book Of Concord, Sunday Edition!

Continuing from yesterday, we have more awesomeness from the Confessions. Article XV (VIII): Of Human Traditions in the Church. 13] However, what need is there of a long discussion? No tradition was instituted by the holy Fathers with the design … Continue reading

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Sisters of Katie Luther — Book of Concord for Saturday

if you’re like me, you just don’t have enough time spent reading our Confessions. It’s OK- we’re here for you. What better time than the present to read some great theology? Saturdays and Sundays at SKL we’re going to post … Continue reading

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Concord Matters on KFUO: Recap and Preview (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

UPDATE, MONDAY, DEC. 16 . . . I just received this word from on high: The show that was snowed out on Saturday–with host Craig Donofrio and guests Steve Cholak and Ellie Corrow, picking up at paragraph 7 of the … Continue reading

“Concord Matters” premieres on Saturday! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Concord Matters,” a new radio/internet program taking listeners through the Book of Concord, premieres tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Central), live on KFUO, AM 850 in the St. Louis area, and streaming online worldwide at kfuoam.org. The four rotating … Continue reading

Ever want to be a part of a Book of Concord Reading Group?

You will have the chance very soon.  At the end of this month a new endeavor sponsored by the Brothers of John the Steadfast will launch — not on the blog although you will see a lot of posts related … Continue reading

Lutherans: The Confessing Church

Lutherans confess their faith in Christ; that is, we actively give reasons for the hope of Christ in us. Evidence of this is clearly seen with the Book of Concord which spans fifty years and displays the profound seriousness Luther … Continue reading

CPH — Concordia Triglotta back in print by popular demand!

Concordia Publishing House has re-published by popular demand an out-of-print edition of the Book of Concord, Bente’s Triglotta. Get your copy here. This is a unique edition of the Book of Concord featuring the text of the Lutheran Confessions in … Continue reading

Listen to Luther, Melancthon, and Chemnitz on your mp3 player for free!

On my way to the 2013 BJS Conference I had some time to listen to stuff on my cheap mp3 player while I sat in the airport and flew on the planes.  So since I was working on catechizing my … Continue reading

Steadfast in the Pew: Do We Really Want Reform?

Confessional Lutheranism during the middle to late 19th century, when the “New Measures” of Charles Finney were wreaking havoc within American Lutheranism, was threatened with extinction. At that time, American Lutheranism was undergoing an identity crisis and looked to Revivalism … Continue reading

How to Confess Christ

With this post we welcome Jim Pierce to the BJS stable of writers. I have known Jim for years adn have had the pleasure of worshipping with him and his pastor in Seattle while visiting my in-laws. Jim has been … Continue reading

Wawa Theology

A dear colleague, friend and mentor, Rev. Arthur J. Henne is a ’57 graduate of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).  He is a retired ELCA pastor.  In the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), a predecessor denom to the … Continue reading

Minnesota North Encourages Its Congregations to Study the Book of Concord (Communion in One Kind — Part One)

One feature of District and Synodical Conventions is the “mom and apple pie” resolution. These are the kinds of resolutions that no sensible person can really vote against. Cynics suspect that such resolutions are set forward in order to get … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Three Words about Worship in the Lutheran Confessions

 I would like to spend a little time with three words mentioned by Pastor Martin Noland in his response (comment #32) to my previous post.  Thank you (and everyone) for your comments! In the Missouri Synod’s latest Rite of Ordination … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — The Book of Concord on the Internet

Not that this is a bit of self-promotion, but .. I couldn’t resist this post from Cyberbrethren. Note some resources not mentioned below are the Daily Readings (available by twitter or email), the bulletin inserts for 3-year and 1-year series, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Considering all of the Confessions.

When I became a pastor in the Lutheran Church, I said that I would perform the duties of my office in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions. I promised, with the help of God, to preach and teach and administer the … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — It begins on paper

I’ve been graciously asked to bring a little bit of WELS history and an occasional WELS perspective to the Steadfast readers. I’m quite sure most of my brothers in the WELS would agree that I’m not exactly your stereotypical (or … Continue reading

“These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “These Words” (The Sacrament of the Altar) Tonight we conclude our series on “The … Continue reading

“Frequently Asked Questions about an Infrequently Used Practice” (Confession), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

(I’ve been doing this series on the Catechism, especially because we have a Book of Concord Reading Group that has just finished reading the Small and Large Catechisms. This coming Monday, March 30, we start the Augsburg Confession. Anyone in … Continue reading

“It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “It Works” (The Sacrament of Holy Baptism) The Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s … Continue reading

“A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “A Prayer That Sums It All Up” (The Lord’s Prayer) Suppose you were commanded … Continue reading

“To Know and Believe in God” (The Creed), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“The Six Chief Parts of Lenten Catechesis” The Ten Commandments The Creed The Lord’s Prayer The Sacrament of Holy Baptism Confession The Sacrament of the Altar “To Know and Believe in God” (The Creed) The Pew Forum on Religion and … Continue reading

“Aware of an Idol” (The Ten Commandments), by Pr. Charles Henrickson

Getting people to read through the Book of Concord–this is one of the laudable goals of BJS. And so, for example, we have a Book of Concord Reading Group this year at our congregation (St. Matthew-Bonne Terre, MO), meeting weekly … Continue reading