About Pastor Charles Henrickson

Rev. Charles Henrickson currently serves at St Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He is a 1990 graduate (M.Div.) of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, where he also received an S.T.M. in Exegetical Theology (Old Testament concentration) and is “All But Dissertation” on a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament concentration).

Central Illinois District elects Rev. Mark Miller as president (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[I was curious to see how the last of the 35 district conventions was going, so I went to the CID website and noticed this news, dated today. Besides the election news, you can find resolutions that have been passed … Continue reading

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Sermon on Mark 6:1-13, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Astonishing Wisdom, Astonishing Works, Astonishing Unbelief” (Mark 6:1-13) What was the last astonishing, amazing thing you’ve seen or heard about that caused you to marvel? Something jaw-dropping, eye-popping astonishing. Was it video of the tsunami in Japan last year? That … Continue reading

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Sermon for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, on Luke 1:57-80, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“St. John the Baptist: Born to Forerun” (Luke 1:57-80) Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! “What?” you say, “What did he say?” I said, Merry Saintjohnthebaptistmas! You heard me right. If we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ, on December 25, then six months … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

The Luther Academy goes to Indonesia (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The Luther Academy goes to Indonesia By Pastor Charles Henrickson On March 8, Luther Academy Executive Director Daniel Preus and I boarded a plane and flew–and flew and flew–halfway around the world to Indonesia, from St. Louis to Minneapolis to … Continue reading

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Sermon on Acts 4:32-35, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Acts of Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Acts 4:32-35) As many of you may know, for the last couple of years our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has been organizing its work under the banner of “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” You can see … Continue reading

“I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Sermon on Rev. 1:4-18 and 2:8-11, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“I Will Give You the Crown of Life” (Revelation 1:4-18; 2:8-11) Alleluia! Christ is risen! (He is risen indeed! Alleluia!) What a joyful day this is, this Easter Day, the greatest day of the year! For today we celebrate, with … Continue reading

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Who Are the April Fools? How Do You View Jesus?” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and … Continue reading

Harrison defends freedoms before House committee (Reporter article)

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 … Continue reading

Harrison Speaks Before House Committee: Video and Transcript

Video: Harrison Speaks Before House Committee [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=527spTZiwBU&rel=0&w=600] 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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Megadeth bassist studying for Lutheran ordination at Concordia” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a story in the January 19 edition (written by reporter Tim Townsend) about David Ellefson, a student in the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program of Concordia Seminary-St. Louis. I’ll post some excerpts below, but go … Continue reading

“Can Anything Good Come out of Nazareth?” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on John 1:43-51)

[This is a sermon of encouragement for all the “little churches,” the small, struggling congregations that seem to make up most of our synod (like the two that make up my dual parish). But I think it applies to big … Continue reading

“Home for the Holidays” (Sermon for Christmas Eve, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Home for the Holidays” (Luke 2:1-20) “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” So goes the familiar Christmas song. And it is good to be home, with family, at Christmas time. Renewed relations, good food, smiles on all … Continue reading

Benke participates in worship service with ELCA, according to ELCA news release (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It was ten years ago today, on September 23, 2001, that Atlantic District President David Benke participated in the interfaith prayer service “A Prayer for America” in New York City. Benke had previously participated in an interfaith prayer service on … Continue reading

Preparing for the 2012 District Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Now is the time to prepare for your 2012 District Convention. The first step is to find out the dates for your District Convention and then work backward from that, because there are a number of deadlines to be met … Continue reading

Convention Procedure Updates (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS Secretary Ray Hartwig (pictured, right) has begun sending out mailings to alert congregations of various procedural changes that were enacted at the 2010 national convention, but which will affect the 2013 NATIONAL convention and also the 2012 DISTRICT conventions, … Continue reading