“God’s Word Does What God Wants” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, … Continue reading

“Between God and the Devil” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

“Between God and the Devil” + + + The First Sunday in Lent February 14, 2016 St. Matthew 4:4 Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, Montana St John Lutheran Church, Fairview, Montana Pastor Rolf Preus “But He answered and said, ‘It is … Continue reading

A Remembrance and a Reflection on a Mentor: Pastor Louis A. Smith

Introduction:  On the Festival of St. Andrew, Apostle, in 2004, at a joint chapter retreat of the Society of the Holy Trinity in Hickory, North Carolina,  a dear mentor and friend, Pastor Louis A. Smith died. On the 29th, after Compline, we had … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 3)

Associate editor’s note: In the part 1, we saw Dr. Becker pit Jesus against Scripture and his dismissal of certain biblical books (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation), saying that they cannot serve as principal sources or norms for … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God (Part 2)

Associate editor’s note: In the part 1, we saw Dr. Becker pit Jesus against Scripture and his dismissal of certain biblical books (Hebrews, James, 2 Peter, 2 John, 3 John, Jude, and Revelation), saying that they cannot serve as principal sources or norms for … Continue reading

Dr. Becker’s Ever Shrinking Word of God

Dr. Matthew L. Becker[1] is known for teaching publicly that qualified women should be ordained as pastors.[2] Many wonder how he can reach this conclusion, since they believe God’s Word plainly says pastors should be qualified men. The explanation lies … Continue reading

Sermon — Pr. Rolf Preus — Our Victory over the Devil

Sermon Text: Matt 4:1-11 February 22, 2015 — Lent 1   The temptation of Christ is one of the most wonderful events in all of human history. In the cosmic battle between God and the devil, this event displays God’s … Continue reading

An Initial, but Visceral, Response to the Murder of the Jordanian Pilot

The following may or may not be of any use to you, except perhaps to say, “Hey, look at what that pastor wrote. He said something that could get him on some government list.” Well, whatever. If I see it show … Continue reading

You know what happens when you assume, right?

I received a phone call from a member of my congregation, one who is not necessarily regular in her attendance, but she does attend often enough that I’ve never felt the need to question her devotion. She left a message, … Continue reading

If you are a pietist …

IF YOU ARE A PIETIST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LUTHERANS, PLEASE REMAIN ONE. PLEASE. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is nearly empty. That’s not entirely my fault. I purchased this whisky on my way to … Continue reading

God’s Word, A Javelin: An Essay Contending for the Javelin like Nature of the Word of God

Here is an essay that I wrote about the javelin like nature of the Word of God that’s a bit too long for an article on BJS. I’ve included the excerpt here and then included the PDF file for you … Continue reading

Keeping the Two-Edged Sword Sharp

The author of Hebrews says, “The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword,” (Hebrews 4:12).  A sharp sword is a powerful and dangerous weapon.  It’s something that must be handled with care, lest it … Continue reading