BJS Conference 2013 Highlights — Day One

The Conference is underway and day one is complete.  Yesterday we gathered to hear Pr. Jonathan Fisk speak and discuss the crisis we have in catechizing our young ones (in homes, churches, and schools).  He skillfully addressed the problems and … Continue reading

Article Review: Top 10 Reasons Our Kids Leave Church

This catchy title piqued my attention on Facebook recently. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this blog post.  I found – to my delight – some candid observations about the way Christians minister to youth in the church. This … Continue reading

Like the blog? Check out the conference! Register by Monday night for the 2013 BJS Conference

Among the flood of stories going on right now at BJS I wanted to remind all of our readers (and many of the new ones) that if you want to have some great times among Lutherans come to the National … Continue reading

Women in Combat: Overture for the 2013 Synodical Convention

The following overture concerning women in combat is already being considered by congregations in several districts (and hopefully more soon). I pass it on in the hopes that the pastors and congregations of the synod will consider it in prayer and … Continue reading

Be Fruitful and Multiply: Second Thoughts on Birth Control

In writing something about birth control, I enter into a battlefield in disarray. There are personal issues hidden beneath many’s opinions on the matter, and there is often guilt, real or imagined, in the consciences of many Christians as they … Continue reading

Women in combat? The Law has been changed – But the original question must still be answered by Rev. William Foy

Associate Editor’s note:  This article is a guest article by Rev. William Foy, pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN.  He was my wife’s pastor and is also the godparent of my second child.  As a former … Continue reading

They are Coming from the Four Corners of the Country to the BJS Conference, by Pr. Rossow

As usual, we have people from far and wide coming to the BJS conference. Registrants currently touch all four borders of the country, north, south east and west. we’ve got people coming from the state of Washington, Connecticut, Texas and … Continue reading

What’s Divorce?

Recently in preparing for teaching on 1 Corinthians 7 (marriage, divorce, and remarriage) I ran across some things that deserve reflection.  The first of which came from G.K. Chesterton who wrote something to the effect of “to answer the question … Continue reading

BJS Conference “No Pietists” Parties Set: Scotch Tasting, Beer Tasting, Cigars and an Irish Pub, by Pr. Rossow

The “No Pietists Allowed Parties” are now set for the 2013 Annual BJS Conference. They feature scotch, beer, cigars and an Irish pub. Scotch Tasting – The Gavin family has once again graciously opened their home for a wonderful party. Come … Continue reading

DPS: Defensive Pastor Syndrome Part 1

After His resurrection, Christ the Lord appeared to the Apostles saying, “On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood … Continue reading

Advice From A Young Pastor

It seems to me that the Steadfast Lutheran website has had a lot of conversation lately on the age and experience of pastors.  Pastor Wilken recently wrote an article titled, “These Young Confessors.”  This was followed up by a wonderful … Continue reading

Thoughts from a Young Pastor

I’m a young Pastor. I’m not apologetic about it. It is what it is. I haven’t been through the wars. I haven’t seen all that there is too see. I haven’t been in the old fashion trenches. There is much … Continue reading

Looking Beyond Just Numerical Church Growth

There is no doubt about it that most American churches have felt the effects of the church growth movement, the pressure to expand the kingdom by filling the pews with more people through sociological and quantitative methods. While I can … Continue reading

Satirical and Direct Preaching at the BJS Conference: Fiene and Sikora, by Pr. Rossow

When we plan a BJS conference we not only focus on the speakers but also try to recruit preachers who will fill your ears with Christ and his doctrine. This year is no different. We are happy that Revs. Hans … Continue reading

Steadfast Marquart — Abortion and Luther’s Two Kingdoms Theology

The following is an excerpt from a paper of the late Professor Kurt Marquart. It was given at Mequon in 2002 and is titled, “Abortion and Luther’s Two Kingdoms Theology.” With the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I thought … Continue reading

I Just got Out of the BJS Conference Planning Meeting and Heard the Phrase “Maid-Rite Sliders” Not to Mention “Manly Man’s Breakfast,” by Pr. Rossow

The food at the annual BJS Conference is always great and this year it will be no different. For lunch on Saturday we are serving two varieties of sliders – pulled pork and maid-rite/sloppy joe. The meal will be rounded … Continue reading

Steadfast on Campus- So What Did Your Students Think of UNWRAPPED?

He began to walk away from the podium and said, “[You are] all damned sinners, one and all,” to which, the assembled college students rose to their feet and gave him a standing ovation. This is why confessional Lutheranism resonates … Continue reading

Jesus and His Gifts: UNWRAPPED Conference Reflections

There aren’t a whole lot of reasons this Southern Californian can think of to head off to St. Louis, MO for a few days in early January. But there is at least one good reason: UNWRAPPED. And apparently I wasn’t … Continue reading

When is the Last Time you Heard a Lutheran Comedian? The BJS Conference is Your Chance, by Pr. Rossow

Of course there are much better reasons to attend the BJS conference, like great Bible teaching, time-tested worship, comraderie with fellow copnfessional Lutherans, great food and great parties. This year howver, we are pleased to debut the comedic stylings of Pastor … Continue reading

Unwrapped–A Review and Encouragement

How should I put this?  I’m an insufferable pessimist.  I find it easier to just assume at best a neutral outcome.  It drives my wife nuts, but I usually greet those feel-good personal interest stories on the news with an … Continue reading

Thanks to Our Associate Editor and Our Newest Authors BJS Approached Two Million Page Loads in A. D. 2012, by Pr. Rossow

Thank you all of our readers, those who agree with our editorial approach and those who don’t, for the continued success of the BJS Blog.  Thanks to you we had 1,751,718 page loads in the year of our Lord 2012. Since our … Continue reading

Beware “testimonies” of heaven from outside of Scripture

The fad of “Heaven is for Real” is starting to pass, but there is always more effort by the devil to distract people away from God’s Word and onto their own fancies.  FoxNews magazine reported recently that a neurosurgeon had … Continue reading

2013 – a Year to hear three great Lutherans speak at the BJS Conference…

This year take the opportunity to come to the 5th Annual Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference on February 15-16th.  This year the theme is simple, “Lutherans in Africa, Out of Evangelicalism, and in the LCMS” and it describes … Continue reading

We Need The Lutheran Confessions Because A Theology Of Experience Is Not Easily Transferable

This past week I had a dialogue with a gentleman on Facebook over a theological topic. Part way through the discussion he asked me to define my position so that he could properly understand my context and perspective. I also … Continue reading

A Hymn on Holy Absolution

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I wrote this hymn with two men in mind. First, my father, Pr. Rolf Preus, who was my pastor who absolved me in the divine service throughout my youth and taught me what the absolution is; … Continue reading