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Concordia’s Diversity Resource Guide
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Concordia University Wisconsin (and now Ann Arbor) has a Diversity Resource Guide, where students and faculty are encouraged to learn about diversity, as though we aren’t constantly beaten over the head with that kind of thing from infancy through 12th Grade. You can find that page here. I don’t intend … Continue reading

Lent 2020 – Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified – Service Plan
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This year, continuing our effort to bring the catechism part by part to Confessional Lutherans and their congregations we are going to be focusing on the Apostles’ Creed.  Borrowing the language from the Large Catechism we are using the theme of “Created to be Redeemed and Sanctified”.  Authors are working … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Epiphany – “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”
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The Second Sunday after Epiphany   January 16, 2011   “Jesus Sanctifies Marriage”   John 2:1-11   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Now both Jesus and … Continue reading

The First Sunday after Epiphany – “Why Did You Seek Me?”
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The First Sunday after Epiphany   January 13, 2019   “Why Did You Seek Me?”   Luke 2:41-52   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they … Continue reading

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary – the “Northern Option” for training to be a pastor
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Editors Note: If you enjoy some of the articles on Steadfast over the years, chances are you have encountered articles written by a graduate of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary.  No, not St. Louis.  No, not Fort Wayne.  Canada.  Yes, they train some very faithful pastors up there.  As our Lord … Continue reading

Flashback

LCMS prof calls maleness of Jesus/pastors “inconsequential” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I came across an interesting blog article written by Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyperson serving as a professor at Valparaiso University. The article is called “The Being of Adam, the New Adam, and the Ontology of Pastors.” In it, … Continue reading

Christ Myth Theory: Horus? Born of a Virgin? Not!

One of the many points falsely claimed in Christ Myth Theory about the supposed dependence of Christ upon the legends of Egypt is the claim that Horus was born of a virgin. The claim is utterly false. Egyptian mythology is … Continue reading

It’s More About the ‘Heart’ Knowledge than it is About the ‘Head’ Knowledge According to St. Louis Sem Magazine, by Pr. Rossow

In this Fall’s edition of “Concordia Seminary,” the magazine of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, it is reported that the professors remind the students that “it’s more about the ‘heart’ knowledge than it is about the ‘head’ knowledge” (p. 21). This … Continue reading

Does your worship prepare you for death?

I had the opportunity to hear an excellent presentation this afternoon from a neighboring pastor (Rev. Shawn Kumm of Zion, Laramie) on Lutheran worship.  One of the best points that he made was related to how worship is meant to … Continue reading

Parallels of Pornography and “Praise” Music

Warning: this post contains sexually explicit material Pornography is wicked. So is the sinful flesh, which is why porn sells. One source reported a “conservative estimate” of U.S. pornography revenues around $8 billion in 2012. Pornography is just as damnable a sin … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Saints’ Day/Eve and Samhain

All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day: Origins and Samhain-ization Today it seems that everyone knows that Halloween is originally a Celtic pagan holy day named Samhain [pronounced: Sow-in] which the Christian Church supplanted for the sake of forcing pagans to … Continue reading

The Call Process Primer

Calling a new pastor is a great and glorious occasion.  It can however be a hard time as well.  Your congregation is going through a lot of things after losing its pastor.  There is grief in many situations at his … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies: All Hallows’ Eve in the Mediaeval Church and the Reformation

On All Hallows’ Eve 1517 a monk named Martin Luther posted a list of points for discussion and debate at the University of Wittenberg campus church. The campus church is named All Saints’ Church. The regular bulletin board for such … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Church

This entry is part 18 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XII. Of the Church. 1] We do not concede to them that they are the Church, and [in truth] they are not [the Church]; nor will we listen to those things which, under the name of Church, … Continue reading

The Second Sunday after Christmas – “Fleeing for Justice”

The Second Sunday after Christmas   January 5, 2014   “Fleeing for Justice”   Matthew 2:13-21   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to … Continue reading

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon – “Christmas from God’s Perspective”

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Sermon   December 24 & 25, 2011   “Christmas from God’s Perspective”   Luke 2:1-14   Click here to listen audio of this sermon.   And it came to pass in those days that a decree … Continue reading

The Fourth Sunday in Advent – “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”

The Fourth Sunday in Advent   December 18, 2011   “Make Straight the Way of the Lord”   John 1:19-28   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now this is the testimony of John, when the … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Marriage of Priests

This entry is part 17 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article XI. Of the Marriage of Priests. 1] To prohibit marriage, and to burden the divine order of priests with perpetual celibacy, they have had neither authority nor right [they have done out of malice, without any honest … Continue reading

Scriptural Hermeneutics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Barrick, William D., “Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid.” (article, 12 pp.) (PDF, and online edition is here). Carson, D. A., Exegetical Fallacies, 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996). Franzmann, Martin H., The Word … Continue reading

Christian Dogmatics Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

UPDATE NOTE: Thanks to Eric Obermeyer for contributing links to online editions that we have added since the original publication of this bibliography. Thanks to Phillip F who reminded us to include Graebner’s outline. Allison, C. FitzSimons, The Cruelty of … Continue reading

Defending Concordia University System Schools from Ideologies

Introduction This article provides a thumbnail sketch of what Kenneth Minogue calls the “pure theory” of ideology and applies it to destructive ideological mobilization on the campuses of Concordia University System schools. This is the barest introduction, but we have … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary of the Smalcald Articles: Ordination and Call

This entry is part 16 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article X. Of Ordination and the Call. 1] If the bishops would be true bishops [would rightly discharge their office], and would devote themselves to the Church and the Gospel, it might be granted to them for the … Continue reading

Last Sunday of the Church Year – “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”

The Twenty Seventh Sunday after Trinity   November 25, 2018   “Wisdom and Folly in Light of God’s Word”   Matthew 25:1-13   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be … Continue reading