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

Live Blog from the Lutheran Concerns Association Conference (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS” is the theme for the annual conference of the Lutheran Concerns Association (LCA), being held today in Fort Wayne, Indiana. (Seems like about 80 people here right now, many of them convention delegates, both … Continue reading

Nominations are heating up! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It may be bitterly cold outside this January, but in the Missouri Synod, nominations are heating up! These next few weeks are prime time for congregational nominations for the offices of President, First Vice-President, and other Vice-Presidents. Some congregations nominated … Continue reading

Read through the Bible: A Good Time to Start!

Have you ever read through the Bible? This is a good time to start! Many of us have just finished reading through the Book of Concord. Well, now The Lutheran Study Bible has been published, which has “A Two-Year Reading … Continue reading

Nominating ballots have now arrived! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Late last week the Secretary of the Synod mailed out to each congregation the official nominating ballot for the offices of President, First Vice-President, and Other Vice-Presidents. That official ballot is one of the most important pieces of mail your … Continue reading

The Ministry of Silly Walking Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

President Kieschnick’s Blue Ribbon Task Force Final Report It’s . . . Monty Python’s Flying Task Force . . . Man: I’d like to have an argument, please. Receptionist: Certainly, sir. Do you want to have a thorough, well-reasoned argument … Continue reading

“Following in the Train of the Confessors” (Psalm 119:46), Reformation sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson

“Following in the Train of the Confessors”(Psalm 119:46) Confessors, princes, duty bound, To Augsburg bold they came. Before the king they stood their ground And were not put to shame. Their good confession made that day Proved not to be … Continue reading

Matt Harrison: At Home in Concordia, Missouri (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, was the main speaker for the West Missouri Pastors’ Conference. Although not serving in that half of the district, several of … Continue reading

Last Call for Convention Nominations! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

This Saturday, October 10, is the deadline for submitting nominations for the  various  officers, boards, and commissions to be elected at the convention in Houston.   Can you give this important matter an hour or two of your time between … Continue reading

The eighth anniversary of “A Prayer for America” and President Kieschnick’s “leadership” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In President Kieschnick’s recent “Leadership News,” he lists what he sees as “matters about which we in the LCMS are not in agreement.” Among these items is the question of how “to avoid unionism and syncretism.” Well, frankly, this is … Continue reading

“Goin’ Back to Houston” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We had our circuit forum yesterday. I get to spend a week down in Habitat for Humidity again next July. GOIN’ BACK TO HOUSTON Tune: “Houston” Original Well, our forum time came around Everybody put me down Put a check … Continue reading

Let’s Not Forget about the Convention Nominations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Right now we’re at the peak of the circuit forum season, with the election of convention delegates to be completed by October 10. But there’s another October 10 deadline we should not forget, and that’s the one for submitting recommendations … Continue reading

“Oh, Blest the Homosexual” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Before I get to the song, let me post my responses first. Pick the one that fits best: A. Yes, I know I’m a sinner too. B. Yes, I want homosexuals to repent and be saved. C. Yes, I’m well … Continue reading

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-33, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“God’s Good Order of–and in–Marriage” (Ephesians 5:22-33) You know, it’s really kind of stupid when we think we know better than our Creator. I mean, think about it: Doesn’t it make sense that the God who created us would know … Continue reading

“NOT political” Jesus First sends out more political spam (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

                          The lady doth protest too much, methinks.                                         … Continue reading

“E.L.C.A.” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Click the music link and sing along! E.L.C.A. Tune: “Y.M.C.A.” “Luth’ran” Doesn’t mean quite the same As what you’ve been Taught to know by that name. We’re removin’ All the scandal and shame Of a church that stands for something. … Continue reading

Jesus First, “Spamming the Globe . . .” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus First” is the political action committee that wants to keep the synod moving . . . in a power-centralizing, liberal-driven, church growther-oriented direction. In the last couple of weeks, Jesus First has been “spamming the globe” with a mass … Continue reading

“Unity and Growth, through Unified Doctrine and Practice” (Sermon on Ephesians 4:1-16, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Unity and Growth, through Unified Doctrine and Practice” (Ephesians 4:1-16) Today in our series on Ephesians we move into the second half of the epistle. In the first half of this letter, St. Paul has laid down the foundation of … Continue reading

Electing Circuit Delegates: The Key to the Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The next national convention of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod begins one year from today, on July 10, 2010. But that convention will effectively be decided three months from today, on October 10, 2009. For October 10 of this year is … Continue reading

Harold Hill Comes to the Show-Me State: Convention Review, Part Two (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In Part One, “MoDist Gains,” I reviewed the elections and resolutions that took place at the Missouri District Convention last week. Now in Part Two, I will review the other major business at the convention, which was the presentation and … Continue reading

MoDist Gains: Convention Review, Part One (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Last week the Missouri District held its convention, and, I am happy to report, it went even better than expected! In terms of elections and resolutions, we made more than “MoDist Gains.” ELECTIONS True, the incumbent DP was reelected, but … Continue reading

As conventions resume, read the latest version of the BRTFSSG survey (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On June 4, the Missouri Synod kicks off “District Convention Month,” with the remaining 26 (of the 35) conventions being held in a span of 34 days! (Here or here is a convention schedule.) At those district conventions, representatives of … Continue reading

Missouri District Convention Preview, May 31 and June 2 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Missouri District Convention Preview: Convention delegates and any others interested are welcome to attend a Missouri District Convention Preview (unofficial and voluntary) this Sunday, May 31, and/or Tuesday, June 2, both in the St. Louis area. We will look at … Continue reading

“Pure Doctrine and Love for People” (1 John 4:1-11)

I don’t always post my sermons here, but I do occasionally, especially when they intersect with the particular interests of the Brothers of John the Steadfast. One such interest is “Defending and Promoting Confessional Lutheranism.” This sermon is from May … Continue reading

Hey, Dave: “It’s OK to Survey!” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Atlantic District President Dave Benke has long portrayed himself as a champion of “dialogue” and “freedom.” After he engaged in the unionistic and syncretistic interfaith prayer service, “A Prayer for America,” he insisted, “It’s OK to Pray.” Indeed, it appears … Continue reading