About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

Where is the Love? Introducing Innovation and Breaking Uniformity

I just finished re-reading one of my favorite papers on liturgy and indifferent matters written by our now Synod President.  It can be found here: https://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=6532 What is striking about this paper is that it points out how we have … Continue reading

Comfort and Praise for Rural Pastors, the two types of growth.

Many times at conferences and conventions certain congregations and pastors are paraded forward as fine examples for the rest of us to emulate.  I remember such a presentation at the 2010 Synod Convention.  I have heard other pastors remark about … Continue reading

Best work on “Evangelism” in a long while – are you a functional Arminian?

Rev. Heath Curtis has rendered a great service to the Church.  He has published his papers and audio recordings from his presentation to a pastor’s conference in Indiana. Here is the link to his Gottesdienst Online post: http://gottesdienstonline.blogspot.com/2011/05/freed-from-shopkeepers-prison-in.html   I … Continue reading

The Fruit of Doctrinal Indifference… a sad story.

I stumbled across this story on the ELCA and how the great turbulence after the 2009 Assembly has largely disappeared. Here is the link to the article in the Great Falls, MT newspaper: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011105080301 What saddened me most is a … Continue reading

Open Communion and the Assassination of Souls UPDATED

Update: A fellow pastor helped raise attention to the original article on some points that I needed to make more clear – thanks to that brother. We Lutherans are really good at understanding Jesus’ clear words concerning His body and … Continue reading

Synod and its real estate businesses.

Recently, there has been a lot of posts about the campus ministry situation in Minneapolis.  If you look at all of the various posts here on BJS you will find a number of “testimonials” of former members of ULC and … Continue reading

The Confessions teach us to preach: Sin

Over the past years of my personal study of the Lutheran Confessions, I have noticed something that I think I have often experienced pastors overlooking and also myself overlooked as a pastor, more specifically as a preacher. It is overwhelming … Continue reading

Pulpit Shortage and Prayer: UPDATED

One of the first postings I wrote on BJS had to do with the ongoing pulpit shortage in the LCMS (other Lutherans are suffering from it as well).  It seems like this year’s seminary placement will reflect the same problem … Continue reading

Age of Accountability, Believer’s Baptism, and Abortion

Many erring church bodies accept the idea of believer’s baptism on the premise that there is a certain amount of innocence in children until they reach a certain age (usually around 8).  In the Scriptures, you can find no such … Continue reading

Avoiding Unnecesary Conflict in Congregations

Whenever a new pastor arrives at a parish, there is built-in change that just comes with the change in man.  Then there are the changes that happen because the man doesn’t know all of the traditions of the congregation that … Continue reading

Can’t we just remove Illinois? Or maybe Iowa? LCMS, WELS, ELS

  A friend of mine in the ELS let me know a few weeks ago about a conference which deserves attention.  It is called the Emmaus Conference.  On May 5-6th this year in Tacoma, Washington the Presidents of the three … Continue reading

Dr. Seuss birthday observations…

I am not witty enough to write in his style (but it shouldn’t stop anyone from trying in the comments), but today (Mar 2) is his 107th birthday.  In researching the man who wrote many of my kids favorite books, … Continue reading

An encouragement for single pastors (and their congregations)

This came to me from a dear friend who faithfully serves without a helper (yet) suitable for him.  I post it here to help those who are single and those whom they serve.  – Pastor Scheer The first preacher, the … Continue reading

How Satan took down the first preacher… Guard the pastor’s wife.

This article is about an often neglected part of a congregation, the pastor’s wife.  A man who is called to be a pastor has the first vocation of being a husband and then also a father (if God has blessed … Continue reading

What the picture doesn’t show (fatherhood and a Synodical President)

Since BJS is dedicated to helping restore fatherhood, I thought I would share a moment from the BJS Conference this past weekend.  While attending the first lecture on Witness, my wife and children accompanied me into the sanctuary of Bethany … Continue reading

Pre-Lent and Witness, Mercy, Life Together

Doing my future preparations the other day, I encountered something interesting with the Pre-Lent (Gesimas) Gospel lessons.  For those of you wondering about Pre-Lent, it’s a part of the Historic One-Year Lectionary. [ Go here for a brief description.  For … Continue reading

2011 Symposia Reflections

I recently got back from the 2011 Symposia at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.  I was only able to attend the second half of the week, so I will not be able to give comment on the Exegetical lectures. The … Continue reading

New Lutheran Hour Speaker

Lutheran Hour Ministries has chosen Rev. Gregory Seltz to be their new Speaker.  For their press release: http://www.lhm.org/newsroom/enewsstory.asp?ArticleID=16561 The Lutheran Hour link has some biographical information for Rev. Seltz.  From that I have compiled some resources to help us get … Continue reading

Marriage – the lower estate?

I was heading back from Symposia in Fort Wayne (another post on that to come soon) and tuning through the radio (AM) when I came across an interview with a Roman Catholic Priest concerning marriage.  He went through many “proofs” … Continue reading

Reflections on Fargo (not the movie)

I just returned from Fargo, ND attending the Joint North Theological Conference (Minnesota North and North Dakota Districts).  While the weather barely cooperated (snow and ice), the conference was outstanding.  The teacher for the conference was President Harrison, who taught … Continue reading

Remembering a Forgotten Father

98 years ago on January 9th, one of our great fathers in the faith passed into the Church Triumphant: Karl George Stoeckhardt does not receive a lot of mention in LCMS circles nowadays (Sadly he is not one of the … Continue reading

Is it Cooperation in Externals if Only One Side Views it as an External?

Recently I read an article at the Reporter Online about the continued discussions between the ELCA and LCMS regarding their “Cooperation in Externals”.  This concept largely has to do with disaster relief, taking care of refugees and immigrants, and so … Continue reading

Supper for Thirteen, Halos for Twelve

One of the big problems being tolerated in our Synod is a wide variety of practices in communion fellowship.  Some examples are blatant “open” communion, “real presence believer” communion, “agree to these five points” communion, and “I know I am … Continue reading

A Christmas Wish (Prayer) List

A Wish List in no particular order: Men and women would consider the Word of God once again as authoritative and efficacious Preachers would remain preachers, and hearers remain hearers (stop the spiritual abuse) Pastors take the Word seriously which … Continue reading

A Synod by Another Name…

In another article here on BJS someone commented that because of the mess with ELCA/NALC/LCMC we should change our name.  The frustration of the commenter is valid and as the alphabet soup of more liberal bodies expands, it is harder … Continue reading