Archive for Steadfast Lutherans

Introducing… The Church Growth Translation of the Bible!

Do you want to grow your congregation? It’s simple! Just follow these two easy steps. 1) Read the Bible. 2) Do the exact opposite. See! Easy peasy lemon squeezy. But don’t worry, if you’re so apathetic to the Bible that you won’t … Continue reading . . . Read All

A Great Resolution on “Lay Pastors” from the Northern Illinois District Convention that other Districts Ought to Pass, by Pr. Rossow

The Northern Illinois District is not what I would call a liberal district but it is certainly a Church Growth district. That is why it was surprising that the convention passed a clear motion regarding the Mathew Becker case. Here … Continue reading . . . Read All

Sisters of Katie Luther — Celebrating the Church Year — April

Another post on Sisters of Katie Luther:   Life is busy. Sometimes in all the hustle and bustle the urgent takes priority, and the important is put off until another day. Keeping Christ at the center of our households is … Continue reading . . . Read All

Christian Worship: Palm Sunday Sermon

What is worship? How do you worship? Well, the word worship literally means to ascribe worth to someone or something. And this is certainly what we do when we worship God. We ascribe to him worth. We confess that he … Continue reading . . . Read All

Wearing Jean Shorts to a Wedding: 7 Problems with CoWo

Originally posted over on JonRodebaugh.wordpress.com:   Music is one of my favorite indulgences. Thanks to my parents, I grew up on a healthy dose of Motown, British Invasion, CCR and Abba. Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s, my … Continue reading . . . Read All

Photos of Bishops, Delegates, and First Pastor of the Kenyan Lutheran Church Locked Out by Obare, by Pr. Rossow

Here are a few photos from the debacle in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya (ELCK). I have been posting stories about Walter Obare locking duly elected delegates out of the recent ELCK convention. This morning I received photographic documentation. … Continue reading . . . Read All

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Easter, Eggs, and Nowruz

By now most Americans have probably heard of the Iranian/Persian New Year festival called Nowruz, or No Ruz. One of the more recent claims against Easter is that this Christian Holy Day is merely a hijacked version of the Persian … Continue reading . . . Read All

“Your Committed and Determined King” (Sermon on Mark 11:1-10; 14:12-26; by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Your Committed and Determined King” (Mark 11:1-10; 14:12-26) Today is a Sunday that goes by two names, “Palm Sunday” and the “Sunday of the Passion.” As such, we get readings for both of these emphases. There is the Palm Sunday … Continue reading . . . Read All

What Does the LCMS Reap by Sowing Confusion Among its Members?

Anecdotal evidence indicates that the average LCMS pew-dweller has a superficial grasp of Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, mixed with a distaste for Synodical machinations. What happens to this half of the Synod membership when they are confused by the … Continue reading . . . Read All

ACELC — Why a Synod?

This is the latest ACELC email blast. Visit the ACELC website to sign up for the emails if you don’t already receive them.   Why a Synod? The question is not how to save our synod, but whether or not … Continue reading . . . Read All

Just the Facts, Ma’am: Ordain Women Now Post Public Support for Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker

Unless you’ve been on a trip to the moon recently, you are no doubt aware of a movement by some who seek to push the LCMS towards the theology and confession of the ELCA. The movement calls itself Ordain Women Now … Continue reading . . . Read All

Update on the Ecclesiastical Battle in Kenya, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday I wrote about Bishop Obare of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya (ELCK), a sister church of the LCMS, hiring police to bar legitimate delegates from the electoral convention there. The five bus loads of legitimate delegates have now … Continue reading . . . Read All

Using Freedom to Steal Freedom: Mob Beauty

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 NKJV) These are wonderful words! Don’t let anyone steal away your freedom in the … Continue reading . . . Read All

Sermon — Pr. Tony Sikora — Power Undone by the Weakness of a Lamb

Palm Sunday — March 29, 2015 Sermon Text — John 12:12-19 Audio — Come back later for the audio of this sermon.   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, … Continue reading . . . Read All

Why the McDonald’s Bathroom Isn’t as Holy as the Divine Service

Prolegomena: This is the sixth and what will likely be the final chapter of the recent discussion on praise bands between Pr. Reeder and myself, as he has indicated that he will not be making any further response. For my part, … Continue reading . . . Read All

The Most Dangerous Situation You’ll Ever Encounter: A Sermon for Wednesday of Judica on Psalm 130

Click here for a free, downloadable Bible study of Psalm 130 from Around the Word. Out | of the depths*      I cry to you, | O LORD! O Lord, | hear my voice!*      Let your ears be attentive … Continue reading . . . Read All

Ecclesiastical War Looming in the Kenyan Lutheran Church as Obare Hires Guards to Keep People from the Electoral Convention, by Pr. Rossow

Lutherans gathered for worship a Fiew Weeks Ago at the Cathedral in the Southwest District of the ELCK[/caption]While we are fighting our worship war here in the LCMS, a worthy fight indeed, the Lutherans we are in fellowship with in … Continue reading . . . Read All

“The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14)

“The Tree of Life in the Paradise of God” (Revelation 21:22 – 22:5, 22:14) And so we come full circle. One month ago, we began this series on “The Tree of Life” back there, at the tree of life in … Continue reading . . . Read All

Christian Anderson’s 3rd and 4th Points

Originally posted Feb 14, 2007 on diatheke.blogspot.com:   [The following is from a paper by Pr. Christian Anderson found in The Clergy Bulletin September 1953, Vol. 13 entitled “Underlying Causes of the Deterioration and Breakdown of the Old Norwegian Synod” … Continue reading . . . Read All

Well-Digging Missions Project for Day Schools, Sunday Schools and VBS, by Pr. Rossow

This is an invitation for your Day School, Sunday School or VBS to join with children from all around the country to give offerings to the digging of a well for the new Lutheran Center in Nairobi, Kenya in Africa. … Continue reading . . . Read All

The Original Synod’s view on worship…

From: http://www.ctsfw.net/media/pdfs/lcmsconstitution.pdf The original constitution of the LCMS put it this way when considering uniformity of worship within the Synod: 14. Synod holds in accordance with the 7th article of the Augsburg Confession that uniformity in ceremonies is not essential; yet … Continue reading . . . Read All

Whose liturgy is it anyway?

I was reading in Rev. Eric Andersen’s article‘s comments section when I happened across a very enlightening comment from a BJS reader who said, “I know you will join my prayers that God will continue to work through each of … Continue reading . . . Read All

Sermon on the Agnus Dei

Title: Preaching the Ordinaries – The Agnus Dei Text: John 1:29-37 Fourth Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 This evening we come to our fourth “Ordinary”—of those five pieces ordinarily sung in the Sunday Morning Divine Service. The fourth … Continue reading . . . Read All

Great Stuff — Quid Est Veritas?

Another great post over on GottesdienstOnline by Pastor Larry Beane:   I just read a statement by a professor on the LCMS clergy roster who favors the ‘ordination’ of women. He made a curious reference to passages of Scripture perhaps … Continue reading . . . Read All

Great Stuff — Quid Est Veritas?

Another great post over on GottesdienstOnline by Pastor Larry Beane:   I just read a statement by a professor on the LCMS clergy roster who favors the ‘ordination’ of women. He made a curious reference to passages of Scripture perhaps … Continue reading . . . Read All

Great Stuff — Quid Est Veritas?

Another great post over on GottesdienstOnline by Pastor Larry Beane:   I just read a statement by a professor on the LCMS clergy roster who favors the ‘ordination’ of women. He made a curious reference to passages of Scripture perhaps … Continue reading . . . Read All
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