A Year without Television, Part I: The Church Fathers

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

It all started back in Advent 2016 as I was preparing for the midweek services. Our congregation was going to spend the three Wednesday nights in Advent on the theme “Life with an Eye on the End.” We would consider … Continue reading

Movie Review: Is Genesis History?

Is Genesis History? is a film produced by Thomas Purifoy and hosted by Del Tackett that purports to look into this titular question.  The description on Netflix reads “Del Tackett travels the world to interview scientists and scholars to determine … Continue reading

An example of broken dialogue by Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Editor’s Note: It doesn’t take long trying to wade through the muddy mess of doctrine and practice in the LCMS before you are accused of violating “dialogue” or that solutions to problems can only happen through such “dialogue”.  Recent examples … Continue reading

Great News – Dr. Jurchen confesses, CUNE gives Christian example.

UPDATE – The Editors of Concordia Journal have also asked for forgiveness for the article in question. In a Sunday evening post over at Concordia Theology the CSL blog released two statements, one by Dr. Jurchen, who wrote the original … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Clearing up the Confusion

Found over on Predigtamt – Musings of a Country Pastor: In the words of Jimmy Stewart, “This is a very interesting situation!” Briefly, the Saint Louis Seminary published an article which proposed damnable heresy (day does not mean day). The … Continue reading

2018 Steadfast Lutherans Lenten Series – The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion

The time has come to release our theme and service plan for the 2018 Steadfast Lutherans Lenten Series titled “The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”.  The initial thought for this series comes from a volume called “Sermon Texts” by … Continue reading

Schedule for Steadfast Conference in Orlando, January 26 and 27

The following is the schedule for our Orlando Conference, “Strangers in a Strange Land.”  If you want to get away from the arctic air this January then come down to Orlando to get together with confessional Lutheran friends.  You can … Continue reading

Great Stuff – President Harrison speaks out on Creation.

Found over at blogs.lcms.org Concerning the Six-Day Creation by Matthew C. Harrison Creation is a mystery. Just as science will forever have a problem with Jesus being God and man, with His virgin birth, or with His resurrection, so science … Continue reading

Mountain West Young Adult Retreat – The Herring Barrel for Lutherans

Editor’s Note:  This is a last minute opportunity for folks to come!  It’s called “Herring Barrel” after the story that Katie von Bora was smuggled out of her convent in an empty herring barrel.  To find a godly spouse is … Continue reading

Sermon — Christmas Day — Titus 3; Luke 2

https://steadfastlutherans.org/clips/ChristmasDay.m4a     The angel did not tell the shepherds how they can make Jesus their Lord and Savior. Instead, he told them that Christ their Lord and Savior had been born for them already that day. He did not … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Seventh Commandment

This entry is part 9 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

        Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! 2 For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb. 3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land … Continue reading

The Flacian Fallacy

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part five of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

Phoenix or Orlando? Your choice, but come to one of our conferences in January and February.

Take your pick.  Both conferences promise to be good opportunities for socialization with other Confessional Lutherans and learning from good teachers.  Both conferences will host excellent preaching.  Both conferences will offer Friday night parties.  It’s just a matter of distance … Continue reading

Advent 3 Midweek “For unto Us a Son Is Given” : The Blessing of Zechariah

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 3 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The altar of incense stood … Continue reading

Wyoming District President Responds to CSL Faculty Rebuke Letter

On behalf of the Wyoming District’s pastors our District President, Rev. John Hill  wrote and sent the following letter (and cover letter) in reply to the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis faculty rebuke of the Wyoming District pastors. If you do … Continue reading

The Synergistic Fallacy

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part four of a series of twelve newsletter articles written by Rev. Neil L. Carlson for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Rev. Carlson is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church in Sidney and Chappell, … Continue reading

Concordia Bronxville Publishes Devotions including Female “Pastors”

Why does the Missouri Synod smell like the ELCA right now? Am I just an ungrateful person? After all, we have so many blessings in the Synod. But sometimes there are things that are just so mind-numblingly absurd, the only … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Sixth Commandment

This entry is part 8 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;     I address my verses to the king;     my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;     grace is poured upon … Continue reading

Advent 2 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Answer of Samuel

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 2 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil loved barrenness. In … Continue reading

‘Something you need to watch’: Evolutionists in Seminary Classrooms

Dr. David Menton, a speaker, writer, and researcher at Answers in Genesis, spoke at the 2015 Issues, Etc., “Making the Case Conference” on the topic of Creationism vs. Naturalism. He concluded his remarks by speaking of the way in which … Continue reading

TECHNICAL NOTE: New Host is now up and Running Fast!

Thanks in large part to some people behind the scenes who gave up much of their weekend, we have moved the Steadfast Lutherans blog to a new host. So far the site runs much faster; we have hopes that this … Continue reading

Lutheran Quotes on Creation

Lutheran Quotes on Creation: Below are a number of great quotes from Lutheran Theologians on the six days of Creation. Dr. Martin Luther: “Hilary and Augustine, two great lights in the Church, believed that the world was made of a … Continue reading

AAAS “Science for Seminaries” Program Entering Phase 2 – CSL News

In November 2016, the committee for Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science issued their final report on the “Science for Seminaries” program. Concordia St. Louis was one of the Seminaries selected … Continue reading

On the Proper Use of Reason

There was a certain commander of an army who led his troops well. He would command the soldiers, “You go here, you do this, you take this with you, you bring this back, you say this to that person,” and … Continue reading

Great Stuff – Some more backstory to the current creation-evolution issue in the LCMS from a Country Parson

From Musings of a Country Parson At the 2013 synod convention, an overture was brought to the floor to commend the universities of our synod for their faithfulness. This happens every three years. It is a pro-forma thing to commend … Continue reading