Worldwide KFUO Sharathon 2016, April 21-23

[A number of BJS bloggers appear on Worldwide KFUO quite often. For instance, Joshua Scheer and Charles Henrickson are hosts of the “Concord Matters” program. The following announcement comes from the KFUO Facebook page.] SUPPORT KFUO AND HELP US REACH … Continue reading

Tune in to Concord Matters, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 Central (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Join me Tuesday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Central), as I host “Concord Matters” on KFUO, AM 850 in St. Louis, and streaming online worldwide at My guests will be Matt Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Leopoldo … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Ash Wednesday and Lent

Image via Wikipedia Falat Julian Ash Wednesday, watercolor, 78 x 113 cm (detail) So, what are the supposed pagan origins of Ash Wednesday and Lent? There are two aspects of Ash Wednesday and Lent that need to be emphasized. First … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Conclusion

Part I     Part II In September 1915, Sanger returned to America and began working again on publishing a new journal titled, Birth Control Review. At that time, she also opened the first reproductive clinic in Brooklyn, New York. … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger Part II

For Part I click here. Margaret and her husband Bill arrived in New York City in 1910.  Upon arrival, the Sangers became involved in the Socialist Party Local 5, Bill going so far as to run for municipal alderman in … Continue reading

Life Sunday Stuff — Margaret Sanger, part I

This is the first part in a series on Margaret Sanger. This is not a complete study on Sanger, but rather an introduction into the worldview espoused by Sanger. This paper asserts that Saner was a eugenicist and was driven … Continue reading

Concord Matters on KFUO: Recap and Preview (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

UPDATE, MONDAY, DEC. 16 . . . I just received this word from on high: The show that was snowed out on Saturday–with host Craig Donofrio and guests Steve Cholak and Ellie Corrow, picking up at paragraph 7 of the … Continue reading

“Concord Matters” premieres on Saturday! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Concord Matters,” a new radio/internet program taking listeners through the Book of Concord, premieres tomorrow, Saturday, November 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Central), live on KFUO, AM 850 in the St. Louis area, and streaming online worldwide at The four rotating … Continue reading

60 Men, a campground, firearms, and some unhappy women…

This past couple days I had the opportunity to sit and listen to presentations and also present at the Wyoming District Men’s Retreat.  The theme for this year’s retreat (first one in a few years) was “Guns, the Catechism, and … Continue reading

Can I help you?

Visitors? Do pastors and congregations do all they can to make the visitor’s time of worship a Christ-centered time on Sunday mornings? As a pastor, I would like some feedback on what other pastors do in the congregations they serve … Continue reading

The Anti-Church

New ideas require new ways of speaking.  Old terminology doesn’t cut it when it comes to modern conceptions of church, especially when those modern approaches represent a radical break from traditional ecclesiology.  To be sure, it is helpful when this … Continue reading

Establishing the Family Altar

    This is a part of Steadfast in the Parish   A printable copy can be found here. We have a problem in the Church.  Our children are not learning the Faith or how that finds expression in our … Continue reading

With Great Liberty Comes Great Responsibility

Quoting C.F.W. Walther from the 16th Central District Convention in 1871: We would emphasize particularly that confession by deed and action is here demanded of every Christian. Many are often of the opinion that they are not responsible for what … 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

One Question Satan Wants Every Church to Ask

Not all questions are good questions.  Godly curiosity has limitations.  The serpent’s question, “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) resulted in the fall into sin.  The question seemed innocent enough, which is exactly what Satan wanted.  After all, the tree … Continue reading

Is Infant Baptism the Ancient Practice of the Church?

We claim in our Lutheran Confessions that “The Baptism of infants is pleasing to Christ” (LC IV, 49). But is our claim the historic claim of the church? Has this been the consistent claim and practice of the church throughout … Continue reading

Is This Sermon Over Yet?

It was sometime in 2006, I was looking for a Lutheran Church to visit and possibly join. I grew up in an ELCA church so I checked out those first. I didn’t really know what I was looking for. I … Continue reading

The Small Catechism Snippets on YouTube – a New BJS Project

Great news to our readers (and watchers!).  Some of our authors here at BJS are working diligently on what we are calling “The Brothers of John the Steadfast Catechism Series”, which are 2-5 minute video segment summaries of the Small … Continue reading

Confronting those angry at Christianity

There is no shortage of folks out there who are angry at the Church and at “Christianity” in general.  Where did these people come from?  What has caused such a rage and hatred for things.  There are some variations out … Continue reading

DOXOLOGY: the One Program Satan Doesn’t Want Your Pastor to Attend

In “Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness”,[1] Harold Senkbeil makes the observation that when a Christian is baptized, Satan puts a target on their back.  Since we cannot see the flaming darts Satan is constantly hurling at us (Ephesians … Continue reading

Sanctify Them by the Truth – Hallowed be Thy Name: Prayers for Doctrine and Practice

“These are Your Words, Heavenly Father. Sanctify us by the Truth. Your Word is Truth. Amen.” I cannot count how many times I have heard this prayer. My dad, who was my pastor for the first eighteen years of my … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Pentecost

So we can see there is an anti-God bias affected the way academics and popular writers from that time to today portray Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, Ash Wednesday, and Hallow E’en (All Saint’s Eve) as having “evolved” somehow from pagan origins. … Continue reading

Bound to abort

Many Lutherans are involved in the pro-life movement in America. We attend rallies and have a Life Sunday at our church. This is a good thing. It is good to be pro rather than anti-life. God is pleased with those … Continue reading

Rev. Jonathan Fisk to Host a Live, Worldwide Prayer Vigil for the Lutherans in Africa Capital Campaign, by Pr. Rossow

The Vigil for Africa will be a live, worldwide event involving as many congregations as possible in a single worship service. Join us in prayer for the future of Christianity in Africa through a live Youtube stream, and together hear … Continue reading

The Small Catechism: A Treasury of Daily Prayer

Good prayer books are hard to find.  While good prayer books are available, [endnote 1] most people are after convenience.  Just as many people “nourish” their bodies with whatever they can find at the local fast food establishment, so also … Continue reading