“What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith” in Bloomington, April 21-23 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confessing the Faith: In Light of the Lutheran Confessions” will be the theme for what looks to be an outstanding conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, Wednesday-Friday, April 21-23. Two sessions by Matt Harrison, and a speaker from Sweden! What more could … Continue reading

“Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel)

One of the nice aspects of the BJS Conference is how much fun we have outside of the main program. Getting to meet and visit with folks in the hallways and at the meals and the parties–it’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading … Continue reading

Nominating ballots have now arrived! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Late last week the Secretary of the Synod mailed out to each congregation the official nominating ballot for the offices of President, First Vice-President, and Other Vice-Presidents. That official ballot is one of the most important pieces of mail your … Continue reading

“Following in the Train of the Confessors” (Psalm 119:46), Reformation sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“Following in the Train of the Confessors”(Psalm 119:46) Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came. Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: At Home in Concordia, Missouri (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, was the main speaker for the West Missouri Pastors’ Conference. Although not serving in that half of the district, several of … Continue reading

Last Call for Convention Nominations! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This Saturday, October 10, is the deadline for submitting nominations for the  various  officers, boards, and commissions to be elected at the convention in Houston.   Can you give this important matter an hour or two of your time between … Continue reading

“Goin’ Back to Houston” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We had our circuit forum yesterday. I get to spend a week down in Habitat for Humidity again next July. GOIN’ BACK TO HOUSTON Tune: “Houston” Original Well, our forum time came around Everybody put me down Put a check … Continue reading

“Oh, Blest the Homosexual” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Before I get to the song, let me post my responses first. Pick the one that fits best: A. Yes, I know I’m a sinner too. B. Yes, I want homosexuals to repent and be saved. C. Yes, I’m well … Continue reading

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Ephesians 5:22-33) You know, it’s really kind of stupid when we think we know better than our Creator. I mean, think about it: Doesn’t it make sense that the God who created us would know … Continue reading

“NOT political” Jesus First sends out more political spam (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

                          The lady doth protest too much, methinks.                                         … Continue reading

“E.L.C.A.” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Click the music link and sing along! E.L.C.A. Tune: “Y.M.C.A.” “Luth’ran” Doesn’t mean quite the same As what you’ve been Taught to know by that name. We’re removin’ All the scandal and shame Of a church that stands for something. … Continue reading

Jesus First, “Spamming the Globe . . .” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus First” is the political action committee that wants to keep the synod moving . . . in a power-centralizing, liberal-driven, church growther-oriented direction. In the last couple of weeks, Jesus First has been “spamming the globe” with a mass … Continue reading

“Unity and Growth, through Unified Doctrine and Practice” (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Unity and Growth, through Unified Doctrine and Practice” (Ephesians 4:1-16) Today in our series on Ephesians we move into the second half of the epistle. In the first half of this letter, St. Paul has laid down the foundation of … Continue reading

Electing Circuit Delegates: The Key to the Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The next national convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod begins one year from today, on July 10, 2010. But that convention will effectively be decided three months from today, on October 10, 2009. For October 10 of this year is … Continue reading

Harold Hill Comes to the Show-Me State: Convention Review, Part Two (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In Part One, “MoDist Gains,” I reviewed the elections and resolutions that took place at the Missouri District Convention last week. Now in Part Two, I will review the other major business at the convention, which was the presentation and … Continue reading

MoDist Gains: Convention Review, Part One (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Last week the Missouri District held its convention, and, I am happy to report, it went even better than expected! In terms of elections and resolutions, we made more than “MoDist Gains.” ELECTIONS True, the incumbent DP was reelected, but … Continue reading

As conventions resume, read the latest version of the BRTFSSG survey (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On June 4, the Missouri Synod kicks off “District Convention Month,” with the remaining 26 (of the 35) conventions being held in a span of 34 days! (Here or here is a convention schedule.) At those district conventions, representatives of … Continue reading

Missouri District Convention Preview, May 31 and June 2 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Missouri District Convention Preview: Convention delegates and any others interested are welcome to attend a Missouri District Convention Preview (unofficial and voluntary) this Sunday, May 31, and/or Tuesday, June 2, both in the St. Louis area. We will look at … Continue reading

Invited Guests from Around the Synod Take the BRTFSSG Survey and Share their Responses with Commentary ““ Today’s Guest: Pr. Charles Henrickson

We have invited over thirty people from around the synod to take the BRTFSSG survey and share with us their responses and comments. (You can take the survey yourself by clicking here.) Our list of invitees includes seminary professors, congregation … Continue reading

“Pure Doctrine and Love for People” (1 John 4:1-11)

I don’t always post my sermons here, but I do occasionally, especially when they intersect with the particular interests of the Brothers of John the Steadfast. One such interest is “Defending and Promoting Confessional Lutheranism.” This sermon is from May … Continue reading

Hey, Dave: “It’s OK to Survey!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Atlantic District President Dave Benke has long portrayed himself as a champion of “dialogue” and “freedom.” After he engaged in the unionistic and syncretistic interfaith prayer service, “A Prayer for America,” he insisted, “It’s OK to Pray.” Indeed, it appears … Continue reading

“Alleluia Now Is Our Song,” an Easter hymn by Pr. Charles Henrickson

OK, OK, so I’ll get back to synodical politics in a day or two. But today is Sunday, and it’s still Easter, so I can’t help but celebrate a little more. A few days ago my friend Tom Engler asked … 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