A Small Window to Save the Concordias and LCMS Seminaries

The defeat of Hillary Clinton in this year’s Presidential Election temporarily removes the target on the Concordia University System (CUS) and the two Synod seminaries. Whilst we no longer face an emergency from a capricious Title IX assault, the reprieve … Continue reading

Idiotic Theology

In Greek the word ἰδιώτης (idiotes) is used to refer to that which belongs to one’s own self. The English word idiom is a derivative. So is the word idiot, meaning someone who is uneducated or unskilled. This Greek word … Continue reading

Who was this John the Steadfast, anyway?

Kick off your Reformation celebration this year at the annual Reformation Lectures at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, Thursday, October 27 to Friday, October 28, 2016.  This year’s topic is “The Cost of Confessing: Luther and the Three Princes.”  Hear what … Continue reading

A Good Conference on Goodness

No, really! Not just a good conference, but a well-done conference on the topic of goodness! July 19-21, 2016 on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) will be holding … Continue reading

Short-Term Trends in the Concordia University System

I recently received extensive data on the Concordia University System (CUS), which supplements a previous report that relied on publicly available information. The new data provides a great deal of insight on the CUS, and suggests where the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod … Continue reading

Ranking & Measuring the LCMS Concordias

Update – please see ‘Short-Term Trends in the Concordia University System‘. We have entered the college shopping phase for our oldest daughter, and have run the rule on several dozen options to find the best fit for her and us. … Continue reading

Satan’s Catechism

A thought-provoking article in Touchstone magazine gave me inspiration for this article. Dr. Marcus Johnson wrote “Who’s Your Teacher?” in the September / October issue of Touchstone. The by-line of the article was “Our Sacred Duty to Teach the Devil … Continue reading

Multum non multa – A principle for parish life

“The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much … Continue reading

Bible History — 1947

This, friends, is how the Synod used to teach Bible history, circa 1927. Unashamed to make the good confession — we could learn a lot from these guys. (scanned image to the right is typed in below; any typos below, … Continue reading

Great Stuff — St. Silas (North Liberty, IA) Now Having Sunday School

Found over on stSilasLutheran.org; we previously posted an announcement of this new mission start (parts shown below). It’s great to see the growth of a new church, starting to teach the little ones. (found here on BJS) There’s a new … Continue reading

Our Language is a Confession

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” goes the well-known cliche, first written by Gerald Seymour in 1975 in his book Harry’s Game. Journalists who take their trade seriously know this well: descriptive words reveal what the speaker thinks … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education: Why Lutheran Schools and Why Lutheran Teachers?

Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North … Continue reading

Luther on Idolatry in the Appendix to the First Commandment

We all know the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods” (or more literally, You shall have no other gods before My face). Although we don’t recite these words when listing the Commandments in the Small Catechism, Moses records … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor: A Tale of Two Synods

Subscribers to the magazine Lutheran Witness, the official magazine of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, are no doubt aware of recent improvements to that periodical. From clean and sharp graphics to new authors, Lutheran Witness has been putting out … Continue reading

Mormon Church Softens on Homosexuality

or, Divine Revelation Evidently Done by Internal Polling and Focus Groups The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have launched a website and program to encourage LDS members to be compassionate when discussing … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education: John Milton, Classical Christian Educator

One of the presenters at this month’s conference of the Consortium for Classical and Christian Education (CCLE) was Dr. E. Christian Kopff, whose list of accolades and qualifications to speak to such an audience is far too long to list. … Continue reading

Wittenberg Academy: Classical Lutheran High School for the World

Introducing Wittenberg Academy – the world’s first online, Lutheran High School in the classical tradition: www.wittenbergacademy.org. Listen to an interview with Head Teacher Mrs. Jocelyn Benson and Latin and Greek teacher Rev. H. R. Curtis on Issues, Etc., Monday, May … Continue reading

Steadfast in Education – The Classical and Lutheran Educator

Author’s note: This post begins a series that describes those things necessary for classical and Lutheran education. Many confessional Lutherans, including me, see a strong commitment to Lutheran education with a classical pedagogy as part of our identity as confessional … 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 in School — In Praise of Vocational Education

We Lutherans speak a lot about vocation. In a nutshell, these are the various callings the Lord gives to each of His children to serve Him by serving one’s neighbor: one person might be at the same time a son, … Continue reading