CSL sends letter of rebuke to Wyoming and South Wisconsin District Pastors

This past Friday the faculty of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis sent a letter via email to every pastor in the Wyoming District (81 of them by a quick LCMS locator count).  A similar letter was sent to the pastors of … Continue reading

Advent 1 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Laughter of Isaac

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 1 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. “Long ago, your fathers lived … Continue reading

Great Stuff – “Hard Cases and Bad Laws – 8th Commandment Edition”

from Musings of a Country Parson: Some years ago, our “flagship” seminary had a spot of trouble. The one job they were given – training pastors to faithfully teach the Word of God to our parishes – became too much … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 7 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

O Lord, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;     you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down     and are acquainted with all … Continue reading

For Giving Tuesday support conscientious organizations like Lutherans For Life!

Last week I wrote an article exposing the willful acceptance by FiveTwo of monies from the Gates Foundation, a known worldwide supporter of abortion.  One reader asked me privately about the hypocrisy involved since he thought Lutherans for Life was … Continue reading

FiveTwo partners with abortion supporting organization.

It’s Time to start asking your Districts and also the LCMS International Center why they either work with FiveTwo actively or tacitly allow them to infiltrate and leaven the entire synod. This “Giving Tuesday” FiveTwo will be receiving matching funds … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 6 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  Unless the Lord builds the house,     those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city,     the watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is in vain that you rise up early     and go late to … Continue reading

Prayers Requested for the publishers of GOOD NEWS magazine.

Dear readers of Steadfast, It is with great sadness that I want to report to you that over the past day a fire has raged in the St. Louis area and it still smolders tonight.  The fired claimed a warehouse … Continue reading

The Post-Reformation Reformation: 1546-1580

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series 2017 Reformation Newsletter Articles

This is part one 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

A few organizational changes going on at Steadfast…

There are a few things that have been happening behind the scenes here at Steadfast.  We have now for the past year or so renewed our 501c3 non-profit status (Steadfast Lutherans, Inc.) and have been operating with a Board of … Continue reading

Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

On Miracles and Science

When reading Scripture one is immediately struck by the plethora of miracles one finds.  From the relatively minor miracle of changing a staff into a snake to the creation of the whole universe and the resurrection of the dead, Scripture … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Christ Alone.

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fifth article in a series published in local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Christ alone is our salvation. This means that he is the essence and sole sum of all that we confess from the Bible. Our … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Grace Alone.

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the fourth article in a series published for local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. The Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not disagree with the following statement: “We are saved by grace alone.” But we have different definitions of … Continue reading

Ecclesiastical Supervisors as the Devil’s Accomplices

It is just another normal day as yet another pastor is thrown out by the congregation God has called him to serve. Is he being ousted for Biblical reasons? Is he being thrown out because he is teaching heresy? Is … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 5 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

  How lovely is your dwelling place,     O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, faints     for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy     to the living God. 3 Even the sparrow finds a home,     and … Continue reading

Optative Semi-Universalism

Many Christians unfortunately believe a certain strange doctrine at the deathbeds of their loved ones. Perhaps this doctrine already has a name, though if it does I’m not aware of it. I shall call it Optative Semi-Universalism (OSU for short). … Continue reading

Help Lutherans in Africa get French Hymnals for $5 a piece!

There is a great opportunity for those willing to work fast.  CPH has published a great hymnal in French that is quite useful for mission work in Africa.  As such, Lutherans in Africa would be happy to receive as many … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Faith Alone.

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the third article in a series published in local newspapers in Clayton County, IA. “Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28.  “But he who does not work … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Scripture Alone.

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

This is the second article in a series published in the local newspapers of Clayton County, IA. Luther was brought before the Emperor, Charles V, at the Diet of Worms in 1521.  They told him to recant his writings about … Continue reading

What’s So Special About the Reformation? Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series What's So Special About the Reformation?

The following is the first of a series of articles written for the local papers in Clayton County, Iowa. This October 31st is the 500th anniversary of what is known as the Reformation. On this day, the eve of All … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 4 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

    O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to … Continue reading

On Proof Texting

When I was a young warthog, in college to be precise, I was drinking beer with a co-worker and one of his friends at a little hole-in-the-wall called “Sportsman’s Pub.” I tip my hat to Pr. Ryan Loeslie, who joined … Continue reading

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

This entry is part 3 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,     for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! 2 Why should the nations say,     “Where is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens;     he … Continue reading

Broadening Your Devotion With Lutheran Hymns

Sometimes I get the vibe that Lutherans are dissatisfied with their own devotion and piety, as if it were too narrow or restricting.  It makes me think of a phenomenon I’ve seen in our hymnals in several places – the … Continue reading