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What is Objective Justification?

October 14th, 2012 160 comments

What is justification? For Lutherans, the central teaching of the Bible is justification by faith apart from the works of the law. The classic expression of this doctrine is found in Article IV of the Augsburg Confession, “Also they teach that men cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works, but are freely justified for  Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor, and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake, who, by His death, has made satisfaction for our sins.  This faith God imputes for righteousness in His sight.   More…

Intrepid Lutherans Conference: A Review

The first annual (hopefully!) Intrepid Lutherans Conference was held on June 1st and 2nd at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The theme of the conference was “Church and Continuity,” obviously an expression of our theology and worldview that run counter to the theology and worldview of those who espouse the “Church and Change” position that the Church must “Change or Die!” There were about 55 people in attendance at the conference, most of whom were WELS laymen, although about a dozen WELS pastors and a few ELS, LCMS and Protes’tant members also joined us.  We packed a lot (probably   More…

Steadfast ELS — Contending for the Faith

February 26th, 2012 21 comments

It is an honor to be asked to add the occasional ELS perspective to the Steadfast Lutherans. The ELS is the little “sister synod” of the Wisconsin Synod (WELS). The ELS consists of 132 member congregations in 19 states, for a baptized membership of just over 19,000. Not to be overshadowed by its big sister, the ELS has its own history, identity and character. The ELS traces its roots to the original “Norwegian Synod” of 1853.  Among the leaders of the Norwegian Synod were Hermann Amberg Preus, Jacob Aal Otteson, and Ulrick Vilhelm Koren aka, “The Norwegian Walther.”  The Norwegian   More…

Steadfast WELS — It begins on paper

February 23rd, 2012 48 comments

I’ve been graciously asked to bring a little bit of WELS history and an occasional WELS perspective to the Steadfast readers. I’m quite sure most of my brothers in the WELS would agree that I’m not exactly your stereotypical (or even typical) WELS pastor. There. Now you know. This should be interesting. Let’s begin with the most important thing in the Holy Christian Church on earth – numbers. Here’s how the WELS looks on paper: Congregational membership: 389,545 Churches: 1279 Elementary Schools:334 Pastors: 1305 Teachers: 1846 Staff ministers: 106 The synod operates one seminary, one pastor/teacher training college and two   More…

WELS National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts — Gustavus Adulphus College

July 20th, 2011 7 comments

We previously announced this conference on the Lutheran Calendar. Be sure to submit your events to the calendar. We found information on the conference posted at Witness, Mercy, Life Together Blog. This is the conference that we posted on our facebook page: Our steadfast brothers Johnson & Magness at Liturgy Solutions are having a great time at the WELS national worship conference – along with over 1000 conference attendees. With this many in attendance, perhaps this conference isn’t such a “secret.” Many familiar faces have been seen among the crowd: Jon Vieker, Al Collver, Raymond Hartwig, Larry Vogel, and John   More…