Posts Tagged ‘Harrison’

Paging Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison……….

January 19th, 2015 151 comments

Silence can be a good thing. Everyone needs a little peace and quiet every now and then. Yet, the fact remains that there are certainly times when one must use his voice. When it comes to the defense of God’s Word and Sacraments and the teachings of the church (Doctrine), we must never be silent. “He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” Titus 1:9 The LCMS was founded on, and grounded in, Word and Sacrament ministry with   More…

It’s Time and Unnecessary Wrangling. What is the State of the Synod?

April 9th, 2014 26 comments

In this article regarding the ACELC a commenter makes an excellent point, writing “…the district would not feel the need to hide such things…”. I think the comment raises a real issue we have in the synod over transparency. President Harrison certainly talked quite a bit about how the IC ought to have an open door policy, but where is this transparency? For example, the latest updates coming out of the IC regarding the KP have not been anything other than obscure. President Matt Harrison states in his “It’s Time” a solution to working out the issues we face in   More…

Sasse, Harrison, and Inerrancy

December 2nd, 2013 5 comments

It has been a long time since I have been so thoroughly edified, educated, and stimulated by one book.  I am talking about Hermann Sasse’s Letters to Lutheran Pastors, Volume 1, 1948-1951 (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2013) (available here in print:; also in Kindle ed.).  Confessional Lutherans of all types are looking forward to the second volume, to be released soon by CPH! Like other works by master theologians, this volume has not been a “quick read” for me.  I now have two letters more to read in the “Letters to Lutheran Pastors” section, as well as the letters   More…

Harrison re-elected with 66% of the vote (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It was announced this morning that LCMS President Matthew Harrison was re-elected, with 66% of the vote. Here are the results: Candidate / Votes / Percentage Matthew C. Harrison / 4,262 / 66.26% David P. E. Maier / 1,906 / 29.63% Herbert C. Mueller, Jr. / 264 / 4.10% So, rounding off: Harrison 66% Maier 30% Mueller: 4% This is pretty much what I expected. Before the election I was predicting: Harrison 65% Maier 34% Mueller 1% So 66% for Harrison–and another 4% for Mueller–70% is a very strong showing for this team. That the candidate backed by Daystar (Matt   More…

President Harrison’s Video on the Newtown, Conn., Statement of Unity and Pastoral Letters (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 11th, 2013 102 comments

President Harrison’s Video on the Newtown, Conn., Statement of Unity and Pastoral Letters “LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison summarizes the events following the Newton, Conn., tragedy that involved Christ Lutheran Church, the LCMS congregation in Newtown, and her pastor, the Rev. Robert Morris. Harrison offers his personal apology for the way the matter was handled, which brought negative national media attention to the congregation and pastor of Christ Lutheran Church as well as to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. The video mentions several documents.” President Harrison on the Newtown, Conn., Statement of Unity and Pastoral Letters

A Statement of Unity and Pastoral Letters on the Newtown Tragedy (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 9th, 2013 74 comments

[“A Statement of Unity” and “Pastoral Letters on the Newtown Tragedy” today have been issued by Pastor Rob Morris, District President Timothy Yeadon, and Synod President Matthew Harrison. I will post below, in full, “A Statement of Unity.” To read the pastoral letters from President Harrison and President Yeadon, follow the link. A statement from Pastor Morris and his congregation is linked also. I encourage everyone to read all of these statements in full. And I rejoice over, and give thanks to God for, the peaceful resolution that these fine men have brought to this matter. CH] A Statement of   More…

LCMS Newtown story hits the national media (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

February 7th, 2013 58 comments

The national media have picked up on LCMS President Matthew Harrison’s response to the participation of Pastor Robert Morris in an interfaith prayer service in Newtown, Connecticut. The interfaith service took place on December 16, a letter from Pastor Morris regarding his participation was issued on January 31, and a letter from President Harrison on his handling of the situation was issued on February 1. Now, in the last 24 hours, an article by Caleb Bell of Religion News Service (RNS), “Lutheran pastor apologizes for praying at Newtown vigil,” has appeared in the Washington Post and other news outlets. And   More…

Sasse: “But the church has a special understanding of time. She can wait.”

October 20th, 2012 4 comments

Found on MercyJourney by President Harrison:   It is certainly not an accident that in the modern world the church year and the secular year, which at the time of Luther still coincided, have moved further away from each other. When we today celebrate the beginning of a new church year there is a hint of the fact that the church has a different division of time than the world has. The church lives in the world and there the law of the creator is in force expressed in the Old Testament in the great words: “There is a time   More…

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Harrison and other leaders sign “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison is one of 25 religious leaders who have signed an “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” in protest of the recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate restricting religious liberty. Other Lutheran signatories are WELS President Mark Schroeder, ELS President John Moldstad, NALC Bishop John Bradosky, and LCMS Concordia Deaconess Conference President Cheryl Naumann. What follows is first President Harrison’s cover message, and then the letter itself. CH – – – – – – – – – – Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection and the Life. In response to   More…

Dr. Harrison Shares Lenten Greetings

February 21st, 2012 1 comment

Here are Lenten Greetings from our Synod President Dr. Matthew Harrison.   You can download the Litany in pamphlet form here; print it double-sided to one 8.5×11 sheet you can fold in the middle to have a pamphlet. If you have a double-sided printer and this prints the second side backwards, print this version. A version formatted for 8.5×11 can be be found here. Another resource for Lent is available from Pastor Scheer here.

#1 reason to give our Synod President some slack (and applause)…

February 18th, 2012 58 comments

There are some confessional Lutherans who have expressed their criticism of various things that President Harrison has done or not done.  After this past few weeks, I will say that I have found a new level of patience due to what I think is an unprecedented task that our Synod President has to deal with.  No – I am not talking about restructuring.  No – I am not talking about renegade districts doing as they please regardless of how it affects our Witness, Mercy, or Life Together.  I am talking about the unprecedented offensive of Caesar upon the Church in   More…

Harrison defends freedoms before House committee (Reporter article)

February 16th, 2012 2 comments

Harrison defends freedoms before House committee By Adriane Dorr LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison spoke in defense of religion and conscience before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a Capitol Hill hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Feb. 16. Expressing concern over the Jan. 20 U.S. Health and Human Services ruling regarding health-insurance plans and the recently required coverage of contraceptives, Harrison said, “We confess there are two realms: the church and state. They shouldn’t be mixed. The church is governed by the Word of God, the state by natural law and reason, the Constitution.” Harrison   More…

Harrison Speaks Before House Committee: Video and Transcript

February 16th, 2012 5 comments

Video: Harrison Speaks Before House Committee Transcript: Transcript of LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison’s Feb. 16 Testimony before House Committee on Government and Oversight Article including transcript: Missouri Synod President tells House Committee: LCMS ‘religiously opposed to supporting abortion-causing drugs’ ST. LOUIS—February 16, 2012—The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, was one of several witnesses to give testimony today during the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” Following are   More…

Harrison issues “A Statement on Recent HHS Decision and Religious Freedom”

February 3rd, 2012 26 comments

February 3, 2012 A Statement on Recent HHS Decision and Religious Freedom We are deeply distressed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) recent decision to require nearly all private health plans, including those offered by religious employers, to cover contraceptives. This will include controversial birth-control products such as “Ella” and the “morning after” pill, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that such drugs can cause the death of a baby developing in the womb. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) objects to the use of drugs and procedures that are used to take   More…

Message for September from President Harrison

September 21st, 2011 5 comments

Found on the Office of the President section of the LCMS website, here. In his September message to the Synod, President Harrison emphasizes how vital it is for the church to help families keep their children in the faith.