Steadfast On Campus — A Common Order

I couldn’t help but follow the discussion on BJS concerning the topic of worship wars titled “Every Sunday Pro-Choice Sunday?” (Who cares that it’s March Madness!—I’m becoming a BJS addict and I admit it.) This topic captivated me because of … Continue reading

An open letter to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Concerning Campus Ministry

The following is “An open letter to the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Concerning Campus Ministry” written by a LCMS college student at the University of Tulsa. Phillip Fischaber, a member at Grace-Tulsa, is a representative of Lutheran Student Fellowship, … Continue reading

Steadfast in Worship — Three Words about Worship in the Lutheran Confessions

 I would like to spend a little time with three words mentioned by Pastor Martin Noland in his response (comment #32) to my previous post.  Thank you (and everyone) for your comments! In the Missouri Synod’s latest Rite of Ordination … Continue reading

Forty Days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!

Far from putting ULC in the place of Nineveh, this post is about the fact that ULC-Minneapolis has forty days left before they have to vacate their building.  I cannot believe that in our Synod I have to talk about … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together — District Convention Representation

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   With three district conventions down and 32 to go, delegate representation is a subject of considerable interest and conversation in the Synod. This blog provides an opportunity to address five frequently asked questions. Q: How has … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Men Love Darkness But God Loves Men (and Women and Children too!)

  Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the 3rd chapter (John 3:14-21).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

Theological Cataracts and Cholesterol

This is an article written by Pastor Karl Weber, author of our posts on Reliability of Scripture, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If you have written an article that you think might be useful to a wider audience, please submit … Continue reading

Seeking Sanctuary and Finding None…

One of those old words used for a church building was “sanctuary”.  This word means “sacred place” and has also been noted as a place of refuge, most notably in providing a safe haven for those who are being hounded … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — City Hall Opposition: A Response

While hanging rafters in a Chicago suburb seven years ago, I decided I would go to seminary to be a pastor in the LCMS. I never thought much of my work in my first call would be illegal. I serve … Continue reading

Steadfast WELS — New Bible Translation or Bust – or Both

It was almost a year ago when the Brothers of John the Steadfast alerted their readers to some of the controversy surrounding the updated NIV translation of the Bible, published one year ago this month. The 1984 version, which has … Continue reading

Seminex and the Sovereignty of Scripture

Forty years ago, in September 1972, the “sleeping giant” of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod “blew its volcanic top.”  “Tremors, rumblings, and vents of hot air” had warned of things to come for thirty years, but the vast majority of “sleepy … Continue reading

“Oh, for God’s Sake, Don’t Argue!”

This posting is a reflection on a portion of C. S. Lewis’ first Screwtape letter.  (The John Cleese reading of this letter is at the end of the post) MY DEAR WORMWOOD, I note what you say about guiding our … Continue reading

Excellence in Lutheran Education

In the comments section of Pastor Rossow’s recent post about President Harrison’s taking questions directly from the microphones at a district convention, Pastor Scheer notified me that the comments section was steering toward matters of Lutheran education, and as it … Continue reading

Steadfast LCMS — Lutheran by conviction.

Several years ago, on a mission trip to Haiti, I had an opportunity to spend some extra time with the now sainted Rev. Dr. Doris Jean Louis.  Many consider him to be the “father” of the Lutheran church in Haiti … Continue reading

Steadfast ELS — It is written.

Gegraptai, “it is written.”  This was the motto found on the seal of the old Norwegian Synod.  It has served as the byline for the Lutheran Sentinel, the official monthly publication for the laity of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, for … Continue reading

Sermon — Rev. Tony Sikora — Who Needs Idols When the Lord Gives Jesus?

Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this morning’s sermon is taken from St. John’s gospel account the second chapter (John 2:13-25).   Beloved in the … Continue reading

President Harrison Takes Questions Directly from the Delegates and Builds Trust, by Pr. Rossow

It has been three district conventions cycles since delegates got to ask questions of the synod president without his handlers working them over, the questions that is. In recent memory questions for the synod president had to be written out, … Continue reading

Harrison Teaches and Wows Delegates at NID Convention, by Pr. Rossow

President Matthew Harrison taught and wowed the delegates at the Northern Illinois District (NID) convention Friday afternoon. He started his presentation with an insightful study of Scriptures that taught the Biblical basis for the Witness, Mercy, Life Together emphasis for … Continue reading

Every Sunday Pro-Choice Sunday?

            Rev. Paul McCain has a very good posting on the topic of “worship wars”:   The High Church Danger to the Lutheran Church-A Fraternal Warning   with a germane quote from Hermann Sasse and on the … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Introduction to Theology

A new blog from Pastor Brian Kachelmeier, a frequent guest on Table Talk Radio, is found at He is Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The goal of the Redeemer Theological Academy is to … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Resurrecting A Crucifix

Found on Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni‘s blog, We are All Beggers.   Sometime after the inception of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Standish MI, in 1903 a crucifix was placed on the altar.  [A crucifix is a cross upon which the statue … Continue reading

“Lutheran” finds new adjective use — what are your thoughts?

Alright, we are all used to hearing and seeing “Lutheran” used as a noun.  We are even used to seeing it as an adjective before words like “Confessions” and “fathers” and so forth.  Lately, it has now being used as … Continue reading

Bowing, Genuflecting, A Little Green Hill Far Away and Other Liturgical Miscellany, by Pr. Rossow

I categorize the following as the semi-rational musings of a once pietist (childhood), once contemporary worship practitioner (first call) current devotee of traditional, Scriptural and Lutheran worship (last twenty years). I would advise against reading any further unless you have … Continue reading

Steadfast Dads — The First Duty of a Dad

I would like to thank Pastor Scheer for this opportunity to contribute to Steadfast Lutherans.  The topic of Christian fatherhood is always a vital one, and this is so especially today in the midst of confusion – also among Christians … Continue reading

Steadfast Moms — God’s Word among the tasks of the household.

God’s Word is our great heritage, And shall be ours forever; To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor. Through life it guides our way; In death it is our stay. Lord, grant, while worlds … Continue reading