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Concordia’s Diversity Resource Guide
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Concordia University Wisconsin (and now Ann Arbor) has a Diversity Resource Guide, where students and faculty are encouraged to learn about diversity, as though we aren’t constantly beaten over the head with that kind of thing from infancy through 12th Grade. You can find that page here. I don’t intend … Continue reading

Lent 2020 – Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified – Service Plan
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This year, continuing our effort to bring the catechism part by part to Confessional Lutherans and their congregations we are going to be focusing on the Apostles’ Creed.  Borrowing the language from the Large Catechism we are using the theme of “Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified”.  Authors are working … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Epiphany – “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”
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The Second Sunday after Epiphany   January 16, 2011   “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”   John 2:1-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Now both Jesus and … Continue reading

The First Sunday after Epiphany – “Why Did You Seek Me?”
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The First Sunday after Epiphany   January 13, 2019   “Why Did You Seek Me?”   Luke 2:41-52   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they … Continue reading

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary – the “Northern Option” for training to be a pastor
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Editors Note: If you enjoy some of the articles on Steadfast over the years, chances are you have encountered articles written by a graduate of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary.  No, not St. Louis.  No, not Fort Wayne.  Canada.  Yes, they train some very faithful pastors up there.  As our Lord … Continue reading

Flashback

A Historical Review of the Relationship Between District and Synod, by August Suelflow, Summarized by Dr. Ken Schurb

Pastor Charles Henrickson passed along this timely summary of a report given to the synod back in 1961 when structural changes were being considered. It was written by LCMS historian August Suelflow and is summarized for us here by Dr. … Continue reading

Notes on the Liturgy – The Invocation

This entry is part 2 of 22 in the series Notes on the Liturgy

(Editor’s Note: Early on this website has included much in the way of theological critique. Our goal is to not only teach the Brothers (and others) how to critique bad theology and practice but to also proactively train the Brothers … Continue reading

It’s More About the ‘Heart’ Knowledge than it is About the ‘Head’ Knowledge According to St. Louis Sem Magazine, by Pr. Rossow

In this Fall’s edition of “Concordia Seminary,” the magazine of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, it is reported that the professors remind the students that “it’s more about the ‘heart’ knowledge than it is about the ‘head’ knowledge” (p. 21). This … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

Christ Myth Theory [Jesus is a copy-cat]

This particular claim toward pagan sources for Christianity and Christian Holy Days goes under various names: Jesus Myth Theory, Jesus Mythicism, Mythicism, Copy-cat Theory, and probably other terms. The basic claim is that Christ is a fake: an unoriginal copy-cat … Continue reading

Parallels of Pornography and “Praise” Music

Warning: this post contains sexually explicit material Pornography is wicked. So is the sinful flesh, which is why porn sells. One source reported a “conservative estimate” of U.S. pornography revenues around $8 billion in 2012. Pornography is just as damnable a sin … Continue reading

Concordia University Plan for the Future? A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud.  It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.).  He stated that student … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Church

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XII. Of the Church. 1] We do not concede to them that they are the Church, and [in truth] they are not [the Church]; nor will we listen to those things which, under the name of Church, … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Christmas – “Fleeing for Justice”

The Second Sunday after Christmas   January 5, 2014   “Fleeing for Justice”   Matthew 2:13-21   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to … Continue reading

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon – “Christmas from God’s Perspective”

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon   December 24 & 25, 2011   “Christmas from God’s Perspective”   Luke 2:1-14   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   And it came to pass in those days that a decree … Continue reading

The Fourth Sunday in Advent – “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”

The Fourth Sunday in Advent   December 18, 2011   “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”   John 1:19-28   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now this is the testimony of John, when the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XI. Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] To prohibit marriage, and to burden the divine order of priests with perpetual celibacy, they have had neither authority nor right [they have done out of malice, without any honest … Continue reading

Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Barrick, William D., “Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.” (article, 12 pp.) (PDF, and online edition is here). Carson, D. A., Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996). Franzmann, Martin H., The Word … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

UPDATE NOTE: Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography. Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline. Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of … Continue reading

Defending Concordia University System Schools from Ideologies

Introduction This article provides a thumbnail sketch of what Kenneth Minogue calls the “pure theory” of ideology and applies it to destructive ideological mobilization on the campuses of Concordia University System schools. This is the barest introduction, but we have … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary of the Smalcald Articles: Ordination and Call

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article X. Of Ordination and the Call. 1] If the bishops would be true bishops [would rightly discharge their office], and would devote themselves to the Church and the Gospel, it might be granted to them for the … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year – “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity   November 25, 2018   “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading