Vote for Synod President: How to do it, and how I’ll vote (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It’s nearly time to elect the President of our Synod. June 11-14 is the window for eligible voters to cast their electronic ballot. Eligible voters are those from your congregation who attended your district’s 2015 convention as delegates. If you … Continue reading

Tune in to Concord Matters, Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 Central (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Join me Tuesday, April 5, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Central), as I host “Concord Matters” on KFUO, AM 850 in St. Louis, and streaming online worldwide at My guests will be Matt Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Leopoldo … Continue reading

Paging Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison……….

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 … Continue reading

Sasse, Harrison, and Inerrancy

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 … Continue reading

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 / … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

[“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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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. … 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

Dr. Harrison Shares Lenten Greetings

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … 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 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 … 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

Message for September from President Harrison

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. … Continue reading

Now on CPH — Rev Matthew Harrison Bio and Links

Found on CPH at this link is a new page giving Matthew Harrison’s Bio and links to books, videos, Recommended reading, and other sections. One of the videos found on this section of the CPH website: And the Bio: Dr. … Continue reading

President Harrison’s “Little Book of Joy” now available through CPH

Several people have written comments on this website and elsewhere, “Where can I order Little Book of Joy?” .. well, as found on Cyberbrethren, it is now available from CPH! I have it on good authority that “At Home in … Continue reading

Comments requested from those who attended the Emmaus Conference

I found this on email list TableTalk from Cat41 (send an email to: [email protected] to subscribe). BJS posted information on it prior to the conference here and on the Lutheran Calendar here. Pastor Randy VanMehren talking: I just returned from … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — Partners in the Gospel: Rev. Seltz and LCMS President Harrison Meet Face-to-Face

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog; this video is well worth a listen.     Partners in the Gospel Rev. Seltz and LCMS President Harrison Meet Face-to-Face The President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Speaker of The Lutheran … Continue reading

“Blessed Holy Week”: A message from President Harrison (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison has posted a video message for our meditation this week, “Blessed Holy Week.” Click to watch. And I’ve posted a transcript below. Matthew Harrison, President, The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod “Blessed Holy Week” This is a miniature … Continue reading

“The Ballad of Matt Harrison” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

THE BALLAD OF MATT HARRISON Tune: “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” Part 1 Part 2 By Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel Come and listen to my story about a man named Matt A poor pulpiteer, Indiana he was … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer on Harrison’s call to local church

[St. Louis Post-Dispatch/ religion writer Tim Townsend has a new article today on LCMS President Matt Harrison (right) accepting a call as an assistant pastor at a local church here in St. Louis. You can click the link to go … 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