Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option

Lutheran Reflections on The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher Rev. John A. Frahm III Rod Dreher is senior editor of The American Conservative magazine.   He was an adult convert to Roman Catholicism … Continue reading

Monergism of Grace and the Lord’s Supper

Monergism of Grace and the Lord’s Supper Rev. John A. Frahm III In our context “monergism” means the “sole working” of Christ in giving His gifts and fulfilling the promises of His institution of the Lord’s Supper of His body and … Continue reading

Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales

Restoring and Paying Forward the Lutheran Chorales: An Item for Reformation Repentance Rev. John A. Frahm III When Luther nailed the 95 Theses up on the church door in Wittenberg, he nailed them not on someone else’s church but his own.   … Continue reading

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods

Monergism of the Third Article and Evangelism Methods Rev. John A Frahm III The modern history of the LCMS is rife with a sundry of evangelism programs, many of which look to be “Lutheranized” versions (or so it is said) … Continue reading

Book Review — My First Exorcism

Book Review:   My First Exorcism:  What the Devil Taught a Lutheran Pastor about Counter-cultural Spirituality by Harold Ristau, Foreword by John W. Kleinig  (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications/Wipf & Stock, 2016) Review by Rev. John A. Frahm III Rev. Dr. Harold … Continue reading

The Vocation of Music in the Divine Service

We Lutherans, who are heirs of Johann Sebastian Bach and so many other great composers of sacred music, certainly understand that various instruments can be used faithfully in the liturgical context to God’s glory.   But what are some important considerations … Continue reading

Reasons for Reverence in the Divine Service

Nowadays we hear promoted the idea of “dignified informality” for the services of God’s House.  This nonsensical slogan to promote a casual attitude in attending the Service of Word and Sacrament is quite disjointed from the theological reality of what … Continue reading

Is it wrong for the pastor to “commune himself” in the Divine Service?

Thanks to Rev. John A. Frahm for submitting this newsletter article for posting on BJS. We welcome other submissions that would be of interest to our readership and perhaps generate discussion. His newsletters can be found here.   Distinguishing Between … Continue reading