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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

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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

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A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: The Church
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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, they enjoin or forbid. 2] For, thank God, [to-day] a … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday after Christmas – “Fleeing for Justice”
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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 Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child … Continue reading

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Baptism: More Common Questions Answered, Part 2
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Introduction In Part 1, we introduced a set of sermons by Martin Luther that answer many common questions about Baptism that are both classic and contemporary. The classic questions asked in his day continue to be asked in ours. His sermons speak for today . To bring Luther’s help to … Continue reading

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Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies-Easter 2

This is a reposting of a pair of articles published last year on the origins of Easter and some Easter traditions. The sources are given so that the reader can better be able to debunk the popular “historical” nonsense about … Continue reading

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Sinful Removal of Pastors — Let me count the ways…

If you or your congregation are considering taking that “vote” to remove a pastor (or using such a vote to coerce his resignation), check to make sure that it is for legitimate reasons (persistent adherence to false doctrine; great public … Continue reading

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9.5 Things That Hold Lutheranism Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Yours truly was the guest on the “Studio A” radio program on KFUO, AM 850, on Monday, October 25, to discuss “What Holds Lutheranism Together.” You can listen to the interview below. The 25-minute segment runs from about the 29:00 … Continue reading

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Johann Sebastian Bach

(from Mollie) Today we commemmorate Johann Sebastian Bach, the most wonderful composer of all time. Or, as the Aardvark put it last year: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted of all composers … Continue reading

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Why Do Many Evangelicals Find It Difficult To Accept Infant Baptism?

During my past 9 years of pastoral ministry the discussion with Evangelicals that has resulted in the most confusion, tension, and conflict is most definitely the dialog over infant baptism. Otherwise stated, in my humble opinion there is nothing more … Continue reading

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Steadfast in Education: Why Lutheran Schools and Why Lutheran Teachers?

Why do we need Lutheran schools? Why do Lutheran schools need Lutheran teachers? Though these are simple questions, their answers get at the whole reason that the extensive system of Lutheran schools exists in the first place. Lutherans in North … Continue reading

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Light from Light — Pictures from the 2015 BJS Conference

Thanks to BJS reader Rick Techlin for posting this pictoral review of the BJS conference on his blog, Light from Light:   The Brothers Of John the Steadfast held their annual conference in Naperville, Illinois on February 20 & 21, … Continue reading

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week— A Pick in Exile

A Pick in Exile I was too young to remember the struggles in the church during the 1970’s and I’ve never been too interested in diving into this part of LCMS history. But Pr. Scheer recommended a debate to me … Continue reading

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Being a Man in the Church

I presented on this topic for the 3rd annual Wyoming District Men’s Retreat this past weekend. ?What follows are my thoughts which I expanded for the presentation. ?Sadly, the recording of this was lost due to technical errors. Being a … Continue reading

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Unsung Steadfast Heroes of Past LCMS Battles, by Pr. Walt Otten

(Editor’s Note: Pastor Otten writes the BJS regular column “Steadfast Lessons from the Past.” The columns are archived here. Walter Bouman, well known liberal, of whom he writes here left the LCMS and became an ALC pastor in 1977. He … Continue reading

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Grading President Harrison’s First Term: A-, by Pr. Rossow

In light of the recent encouragement of District President Linnemann of the Northwest District, to unseat President Matthew Harrison and replace him with David Maier, I thought it would be helpful to grade Harrison’s first term according to the standard … Continue reading

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A Journey Back to Confessional Lutheranism – From the CLCC

I’m a lay person who has been constantly being educated in what it truly means to be a confessional Lutheran. I love it! It’s been a slow learning, growing process over more than a decade now. I have always been … Continue reading

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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

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Some Clarifications in Articulating Objective Justification

First, Objective Justification and Subjective Justification are not two different justifications, but rather two parts of the act of Justification. ? My brother David has put it well: ?Objective Justification = God justifies the sinner [through faith]. ?Subjective Justification = … Continue reading

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The Athanasian Creed

(from Pastor Preus) I had an experience a couple of weeks ago which made me believe that the church and possibly even the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod is getting stronger and more vibrant. After Divine Services on Trinity Sunday a … Continue reading

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Beautiful Baptismal Certificates from Wolfson Creative, by Pastor Thomas Messer

Pastor Messer wrote this on his blog and submitted it to us for posting here: ? A few weeks back, I contacted Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller for information regarding the beautiful baptismal certificates I saw him advertising here. He responded quickly, … Continue reading

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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

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The Challenges of Church Growth and Decline

When my wife Karla and I were first married, over twenty years ago, I invited her to join me for the banquet at our annual LCMS district pastor’s conference. The food was great, but the banquet speaker was not. His … Continue reading

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THE Issue: AC XIV and Lay Ministry

Also found on facebook:   Ecclesia semper reformanda est – I don’t know who coined that phrase, but it’s ever so true. And always has been – see Galatians. In this sense, there has never been a golden age and … Continue reading

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Best Practices for “Ministry”?Report from Rev. Brian Flamme

The “Best Practices for Ministry” description is brief on the convention website. “A FREE conference encouraging pastors, church workers and lay people as we reach out with the Gospel of Christ.? For those who love: the local church, the unchurched, … Continue reading

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Concordia University Plan for the Future?A consolidated Concordia?

What I mention in this article is my opinion and thinking out loud. ?It was prompted by the Synod President’s comments after the same-sex marriage decision of the Supreme Court (see his interview with Issues Etc.). ?He stated that student … Continue reading

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Justification Central to Lutheran Hymnody

My parents did not teach my siblings and me to be hymn-Nazis. Rather, they simply taught us good hymns and good theology, and they encouraged us to keep singing good hymns and to read good theology. So for my first … Continue reading

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Why Christians Make the Sign of the Holy Cross (and a word on genuflection)

In The Small Catechism, Martin?Luther encouraged Christians to retain the practice of making the sign of the cross. The Missouri Synod, following Luther’s advice, has encouraged Christians to continue making the sign of the cross, notably at?a number of places?during … Continue reading

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A Statement on Justification from the ACLC

A while back, the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America adopted a statement on the doctrine of justification that decisively rejected the teaching of objective/subjective justification – which had been an earmark of the “Synodical Conference” tradition of Lutheranism. The … Continue reading

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The Blessings of Weekly Communion

My church has “forever” had communion every Sunday, but at alternate services. Early service for the 1st and 3rd Sundays, and late service for the 2nd and 4th Sundays. So people who wanted every-Sunday communion could do it by simply … Continue reading

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The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus – “The Name Jesus”

The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus January 1, 2017 “The Name Jesus” Luke 2:21   And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He … Continue reading

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The Sunday after Christmas – “The Fullness of Time Is Come!”

The Sunday after Christmas   December 30, 2018   “The Fullness of Time Is Come!”   Galatians 4:1-7   Click here to listen to audio of a sermon.   Now I say that the heir, as long as he is … Continue reading

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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

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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

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The Third Sunday in Advent – “The Signs of Christ”

The Third Sunday in Advent   December 16, 2018   “The Signs of Christ”   Matthew 11:2-6   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday in Advent – “Free at Last!”

The Second Sunday in Advent   December 6, 2015   “Free at Last!”   Luke 21:25-36 ? Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in … Continue reading

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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

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On Unionism

Unionism is the practice of participating in fellowship with those with whom there is not unity in Christian doctrine. It is a false show of unity with those with whom there is no agreement concerning the teaching of the Gospel … Continue reading

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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

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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

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LCMS Commentary on Mark – the good and the horrible of it.

The last volume of the Concordia Commentary on the Gospel of Mark is out.? Some interesting things appear to have taken place to produce this volume. First, the main author, Dr. Voelz, apparently would not finish out the Gospel, believing … Continue reading

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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

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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

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The First Sunday in Advent – “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?”

The First Sunday in Advent   December 2, 2018   “O Lord, How Shall I Meet You?”   Matthew 21:1-9   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, and came … Continue reading

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Advent Devotional for 2019 – Picture of a Profound Mystery – Downloadable and Print copies available

Dear readers – The devotion for Advent this year is finally ready for release.? This year we are using Advent related texts to teach on the blessed estate of marriage, along with God’s Words for husbands and wives. Thanks to … Continue reading

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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

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Baptism: Common Questions Answered, Part 1

Introduction You hear questions about Baptism. You have your own questions. Many of these questions are common and are asked repeatedly. Many of these questions also are classic. They have been asked for centuries. Dr. Martin Luther answered these questions … Continue reading

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A Laymen’s Commentary on the Smalcald Articles: Excommunication

This entry is part 15 of 18 in the series A Laymen's Commentary on the Smalcald Articles

Part III, Article IX. Of Excommunication. The greater excommunication, as the Pope calls it, we regard only as a civil penalty, and it does not concern us ministers of the Church. But the lesser, that is, the true Christian excommunication, … Continue reading

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Baptism Bibliography for the English-Reading Layperson

Buchanan, Colin, A Case for Infant Baptism, rev. ed. (Cambridge: Grove Books Limited, 1984). Chemnitz, Martin, “Original Sin” in The Doctrine of Man in the Writings of Martin Chemnitz and Johann Gerhard (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005). Das, A. … Continue reading

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The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity – “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”

The Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity   October 23, 2016   “I Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins”   Matthew 18:23-35   Click here to listen to audio of this sermon.   Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a … Continue reading

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