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).

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 1, Missions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Believe it or not, there will be more business to conduct in Houston than electing a new president and dealing with restructuring proposals. Other elections and other resolutions are on the agenda, as well. So in this series of articles, … Continue reading

Bible or Bylaws? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In reading the answers of the candidates for synod president, a number of people have noted how the leading candidate, Rev. Matt Harrison, makes frequent and able use of the Bible, while Rev. Jerry Kieschnick does not. This is not … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Pfotenhauer: Building the Church the Right Way (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the last in a series of excerpts from the writings of the first five presidents of the Missouri Synod–Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper, and Pfotenhauer–all included in a very interesting book compiled and largely translated by Pastor Matthew Harrison, … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Pieper: Now is the Moment for “Ecumenical Lutheranism” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from writings of the first five presidents of our synod–Walther, Wyneken, Schwan, Pieper, and Pfotenhauer–all included in a book by Pastor Matt Harrison, “At Home in the House of My Fathers” … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Schwan: On Church Fellowship (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, May 29, is the 105th anniversary of the death in 1905 of Heinrich Schwan, the third president of the Missouri Synod. We honor his memory today by listening to his wise counsel. This is the third in a series … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Wyneken: Put Doctrine into Practice (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Happy 200th birthday, Friedrich Wyneken! Well, happy belated-by-a-day birthday, at least. It was 200 years ago yesterday that Wyneken was born, on May 13, 1810. Next to Walther, F. C. D. Wyneken is probably the most important figure in the … Continue reading

At Home in the House of Walther: No Power But the Word (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, May 7, is the Commemoration of C. F. W. Walther, Theologian–and really, the leading figure in the history of the Missouri Synod–who died on this date in 1887. It’s fitting on this day, therefore, to listen to some Walther! … Continue reading

“Fathers’ Day” in May with Pastor Weedon (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I received a note about an upcoming seminar in the St. Louis area and thought I’d pass it on. Pastor Weedon is a knowledgeable and engaging speaker, and his topic sounds interesting. CH What the Early Church Fathers Have to … Continue reading

My “bad”: How a desperate Jesus First will distort and deflect (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The political machine known as “Jesus First” is revving up into high gear and has begun sending newsletters to convention delegates. Their “Special Edition” Delegate Letter #1 (a pdf file) is a case study in how a desperate Jesus First … Continue reading

Jesus First on low nominations: We meant to do that! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m sure you’ve seen a TV show or movie where the character slips and falls awkwardly, and then, in an attempt to save face, gets up and says, “I meant to do that!” Well, that’s kind of what the political … Continue reading

Kieschnick: Low Nominations Mean High Satisfaction (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Down is up, low is high, in President Kieschnick’s world. At least when it comes to nomination numbers. Low nominations mean high satisfaction. That’s the gist of President Kieschnick’s explanation for the nomination totals, according to a new story in … Continue reading

Live Blog from the ACL Conference (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“CONFESSING THE FAITH: IN LIGHT OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS” is the theme for “A Congress on the Lutheran Confessions,” sponsored by the Association of Confessional Lutherans and the Luther Academy, held in Bloomington, Minnesota. Excellent line-up of speakers: Holger Sonntag, … Continue reading

More info on declinations, nominations, and nominees (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In our article, Nominations announced: Harrison tops ballot by wide margin, we reported and gave some analysis on the official notice of nominations for president and vice-presidents. Now, via a story in the Reporter Online, comes further information on the … Continue reading

Nominations announced: Harrison tops ballot by wide margin (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The names and numbers of nominations for Synod President were announced today, and the results are stunning. Matthew Harrison tops the ballot, and by a wide margin. The incumbent, Gerald Kieschnick, is second in nominations, his numbers far down from … Continue reading

“Twenty Questions, One Answer: Go to the Sacrament Frequently” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fifth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“How Do We Receive It Worthily? The Reception of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the fourth in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“How Can It Do Such Great Things? The Power of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the third in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: Likely in Texas Rotation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Matt Harrison: Likely Rotation Member Update: Harrison appears to have earned a spot in the Texas rotation. . . . Recommendation: Harrison has enjoyed a very successful spring, and is expected to begin the year in Texas’ rotation as a … Continue reading

“What Does It Give? The Benefit of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the second in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“What Is It? The Nature of the Sacrament of the Altar” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This is the first in a five-part catechetical sermon series on the Sacrament of the Altar. One of the purposes of the Brothers of John the Steadfast is to promote the faith as it is taught in the Lutheran Confessions, … Continue reading

“Confessing the Faith” in Bloomington, April 21-23 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Confessing the Faith: In Light of the Lutheran Confessions” will be the theme for what looks to be an outstanding conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, Wednesday-Friday, April 21-23. Two sessions by Matt Harrison, and a speaker from Sweden! What more could … Continue reading

“Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel)

One of the nice aspects of the BJS Conference is how much fun we have outside of the main program. Getting to meet and visit with folks in the hallways and at the meals and the parties–it’s a great opportunity … Continue reading

One congregation’s nominations and overtures (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Below is an example of one congregation’s nominations and overtures for the Synod convention, from St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Bonne Terre, Missouri, on January 31, 2010. (The deadline for nominations to be received is March 10, and the deadline … Continue reading

Harrison back from Haiti, interviewed on St. Louis radio, TV (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, has returned from Haiti and, along with medical team coordinator Jacob Fiene, was interviewed Wednesday on St. Louis radio and TV. Click here to hear the KMOX radio … Continue reading

Lutheran get-together in Orange County CA, Saturday, February 6 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Lutheran laypeople and pastors are invited to attend a get-together in Orange County, California, on Saturday, February 6. The gathering will take place at the home of Georgann McKee in Santa Ana and go from 1:00, through the afternoon, to … Continue reading