The following is an email sent out this morning to the Reclaim News list. It is a quote from St. Louis Seminary professor Jeffrey Kloha followed with a commentary by Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, aka the “Wardog.” (You can view the Wardog’s bio by clicking here.)
These things do not surprise me. A few years ago the president of Concordia St. Louis invited me down to the seminary to get an earful from his faculty because I had pointed out here on BJS that the seminary was now endorsing small group ministry and contemporary worship. My little field trip taught me that it was true that they were outright endorsing these things and that the faculty was in concurrence. . . . Read All
After three months in the making, the weekly program “Steadfast Throwdown” is now hitting the airwaves on KNGN, AM 1360, broadcasting from McCook, Nebraska, and on Pirate Christian Radio. Co-hosts Pr. Eric Andersen and Pr. Randy Asburry seek to confess the truth of God’s Word, fight the good fight of the faith, and give the smack down to false teaching.
The first episode of “Steadfast Throwdown” will debut on KNGN on Monday, March 10 at 11:00am (CT). Andersen and Asburry will interview Pr. Joshua Scheer from steadfastlutherans.org, and then will “throw down” against the “Pagan Lies” related to Ash Wednesday and Lent. Pr. Joseph Abrahamson will be the guest for that segment.
The Concordia University System (CUS) is a mess from the standpoint of hiring faculty, program expansion and confessing the faith to the world. Money and growth have been placed above confessional integrity.
As we reported last week, an internship at Planned Parenthood (an abortion mill) was advertised as a part of the curriculum at Concordia, Chicago. I therefore found it ironic that the synod sent out a solicitation today via email for LCMS congregations to have a CUS Sunday on April 27.
Like many congregations we stopped recognizing these special Sundays years ago so we won’t be doing anything for CUS Sunday just as we don’t do anything for Armed Forces Sunday, Valpariaso Sunday, LLL Sunday, LWML Sunday, etc. For . . . Read All
I can recall hearing, as a first year seminarian, one of my professors criticize Pastor Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life. Upon hearing this critical assessment, I was deeply angered. I thought that his actions were severely inappropriate and that it was not proper to disparage another fellow Christian who was simply attempting to promote the Christian faith. From my reasoning, the presence of a Christian voice was better than the absence of a Christian voice and it was certainly better than a voice speaking contrary to Christian truths. Even though my professor took the time to show me the countless errors in Warren’s book, I still concluded that a faulty Christian voice was better than no Christian voice . . . Read All
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. – Jude 3
You may note that some major “Christian” movies are coming out over the next months. At the close of February “Son of God” was released (from the same people who made “The Bible” on the History Channel last year). “Noah” is also coming out at the end of March. There is also talk of a film version of the book “Heaven is for Real”, a movie called “Exodus”, and one called “Mary, the Mother of Christ”. All of these will . . . Read All
Videos from the 2014 Symposia conference have been posted at the CTS Media site. Here’s a presentation from the always thought-provoking Dr. David Scaer entitled “Lutheran Distinctives as Theological Substitutes.”
“Our Father Who Art in Heaven” (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord’s Prayer)
You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And that’s what we’re going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. I’m calling it “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lord’s Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks it’s important. He gives us instruction to guide us and many precious promises to move us to pray. Not just so that we will know . . . Read All
Dr. Martin Luther’s Small Catechism has been associated with the season of Lent since the time Luther first published in chart in time for Lent in 1529.
In his sermon of March 25, 1529, he says: “This exhortation ought not only to move us older ones, but also the young and the children. Therefore you parents ought to instruct and educate them in the doctrine of the Lord: the Decalog, the Creed, the Prayer, and the Sacraments. Such children ought also to be admitted to the Table that they may be partakers” [of the Lord's Supper]. (W. 30, 1, 233.)
(Bente, Historical Introductions, IX sec. 104 )
Our parish is one of many that has a long standing practice of . . . Read All
Readers of BJS – every once in a while we ask you to consider supporting situations of need. This is one of those times. An LCMS family of 8 just lost their home to a fire on Thursday, Feb 27. The Wolf family could use your support at this time of need. Please pray for them. Please consider donating to help.
They are words as old as sin – words that are now as natural as life itself. Yet, they are words that are fought against, denied, and ignored. They are words that hang over every man, woman, child, infant, and embryo. “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19).
We sinners are loathe to face our mortality, but face it we will. “On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone will drop to zero.” The dust from which we were taken will become simple dust once again.
Sinners’ lives are a pendulum swinging from the dreadful knowledge of this fact on the one side to a loathsome yet blissful ignorance on the other.
The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part five of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be foundat this link.)
The Problem of Evil
If you were to talk with an atheist of any stripe about the existence of God, the foremost objection he would raise against God’s existence is the problem of evil.
What is the problem of evil? One of the most heralded atheists of the 20th century was the late Australian philosopher J.L. Mackie, who succinctly describes the importance . . . Read All
Sermon Text: 6:1-6, 16-21
March 6, 2014 AD
In the Name + of Jesus. AMEN!
Beloved in the Lord,
The Way of Wisdom
The way of Jesus is the way of wisdom. It is the way of the cross. It is the way of suffering, death, and resurrection. There is no other way, for there is no other savior. This way is not the way of man. Man’s wisdom goes another way, his own way. God’s Word teaches: “All we like sheep have gone astray we’ve turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). But we don’t really go our own way, we go man’s way thinking it’s our own way. We go after those who have . . . Read All
This week on LampLight Conversations, Pastor Randy Asburry, who serves at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis MO, and also co–hosts Steadfast Throwdown (which will debut on KNGN.org the first week of Lent), joined our conversation on the lessons for the First Sunday in Lent, which are:
Matthew 4:1–11. . . Read All
In the course of discussing the ethics of abortion, there’s a question I’ve found to be helpful in framing the Christian viewpoint, and it’s simply this: What is a baby? Of course, we all know a baby is a young human being, but there seem to be, broadly speaking, two ways to answer this question:
1. A baby is a breather of air, drinker of water, producer of waste, consumer of energy, and competitor for resources, one more on a planet of billions of other breathers, drinkers, producers, consumers, and competitors.
2. A baby is a unique creation, a fully-human being, with intrinsic value that cannot be measured or weighed, a possessor of numerous rights which are afforded him by . . . Read All
“God does not want to redeem us through our own, but through external, righteousness and wisdom; not through one that comes from us and grows in us, but through one that comes from outside; not through one that originates here on earth, but through one that comes from heaven. Therefore, we must be taught a righteousness that comes from the outside and is foreign.” –Martin Luther (LW, 25: 136)
Lent is a dangerous time. It can bring out the enthusiast in us all.
The enthusiast shifts the focus of Lent to himself. His own death to sin looms larger than Christ’s. . . . Read All
Grace and Peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
You have heard it said, that we are to read the Bible daily and to follow Jesus’ examples at all times. You have heard it said that we are to choose to think positive thoughts and to be patient with people in our lives. You have heard it said that we are to hold the door open for our elders and to give up parking spaces close to buildings for those who struggle with physical ailments. You have heard it said that random acts of kindness will be paid forward and a smile goes along way. However, . . . Read All
In today’s world uniqueness and individuality are praised and encouraged ad nauseam. You can be anything you want to be, do whatever makes you happy, or as the Fleetwood Mac song says “You Can Go Your Own Way.” I really have no problem with being unique, but sometimes I think our hearts aren’t in the right place. What are we really trying to prove by standing out from the crowd? Have our personal preferences and unique personalities become the only thing people see when they see us? Sports, hobbies, games, relationships and everything else we spend time on sure shine a light on what’s truly important to us. Making yourself happy isn’t unique at all. In fact it’s the gold . . . Read All
This post is meant to be fun, but it also makes a serious point.
In the course of writing for and serving as Associate Editor here at BJS I have found that lots of folks take issue with our Editor, Pastor Timothy Rossow for a number of things. Some folks think he is just downright mean. Others have ascribed to him the work of the devil. Over the years at BJS he has even received death threats.
Well, after four years of knowing and working with him I am not sure that is an accurate picture of the cat-loving ecclesiastical critic. But in order to try and understand this mean-poopie phenomenon, I and the regular crew of BJS Authors have . . . Read All
Last weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the ‘Making Disciples Conference’ in Fairview Heights, IL. This was one of the conferences sponsored by Brothers of John the Steadfast. At the conference both Rev. James May and I spoke on role of the liturgy and catechesis in the task of making disciples in American and in Africa.
As a part of the conference, both Rev. May and I had the opportunity to speak on our topics with Issues, Etc. You can access the Issues, Etc. interviews below:
“Full of Good Works, Dearly Missed, in Resurrection Hope” (Acts 9:36-42)
Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But . . . Read All
Every week at divine service and maybe every day at home, we pray the Lord’s Prayer, but do we realize its meaning for our faith and life and how it relates to Jesus’ redemptive work for us? As a daily devotional for Lent, I have compiled these daily readings, interspersed with the portions of the Lord’s Prayer and their meaning from Luther’s Small Catechism from the 2001 edition of the ELS Catechism and Explanation. This pdf is printable into double-sided, tri-fold brochure.
In the British television show, Doc Martin, the newly arrived doctor in a small village is annoyed by villagers using the waiting room of his surgery as a social club. They assemble without having medical complaints. Doc Martin rudely tells them, “If you don’t have an actual medical complaint, just get out.”
If you don’t have an actual medical complaint, just get out!
John the Baptist did that too, with people who came without spiritual confessions.
John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. People were baptized by him, “confessing their sins.” (Matthew 3:6)
But then John saw some coming without confessing sin, without repenting. He said, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from . . . Read All
Today we hear Jesus say, “He who has ears to hear, let Him hear!” But what should you listen to? Better yet: how should you listen? And right after Jesus explains the Parable of the Sower, he says, “Take care then how you hear.” As we continue preparing for the Lenten journey, we need to take care how we hear.
Do you hear as the wayside soil—the seed of the Word bounces off of you and the devil rushes in to gobble it up before it even has a chance to grow? Or do you hear as the rocky soil—receiving the Word with joy but also with little root, and thus falling away in time of trial? Or do you . . . Read All
The following article is taken from Mr. Jim Pierce’s presentation at the Wyoming District’s Tell the Good News About Jesus Convocation held on January 31, 2014 through February 1, 2014. This is part four of his speech, “What the Atheist Can Know About God.” (Each article of this series may be foundat this link.)
The Objection from Wish Fulfillment
We now come to the second objection raised by the strong atheist in their effort to show why it is not likely God exists and that is belief in God is mere wish fulfillment.
In his book God: A Critical Enquiry, Antony Flew cites Sigmund Freud who wrote in his The Future of an Illusion that the . . . Read All
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