“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

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

The Missouri Synod is rebranding! The familiar LCMS cross is changing colors. Out goes the burgundy, in comes the blue! You can read about it here at the LCMS Brand and Logo Center: “A new emphasis and a new look … 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 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

“And He Healed Many” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“And He Healed Many” (Mark 1:29-39) Yesterday, on a pastors’ e-mail list that I’m a part of, one of the men, Pastor Jay Webber of Arizona, brought a prayer request to our group on behalf of his son Paul and … Continue reading

“Net Growth” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Mark 1:14-20)

“Net Growth” (Mark 1:14-20) Where are the fish? Where have all the fish gone? This is the question on the mind of most every church in America these days. And no, I’m not talking about trout and catfish. I’m talking … 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

LCMS prof calls maleness of Jesus/pastors “inconsequential” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I came across an interesting blog article written by Dr. Matthew Becker, an LCMS clergyperson serving as a professor at Valparaiso University. The article is called “The Being of Adam, the New Adam, and the Ontology of Pastors.” In it, … Continue reading

“Hangin’ Out with Fritz” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

One of our Steadfast crew over these past few years has been the Rev. Dr. Frederic W. Baue–or “Fritz,” as we all call him. Fritz is an interesting fellow, to say the least: Doctor of literature, professional musician, published author, … Continue reading

Missionary Sending Service (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Friday afternoon I attended the Missionary Sending Service at the LCMS International Center Chapel. The occasion was the sending out of 34 missionaries, some career, some shorter-term. The missionaries had just completed ten days of orientation and training, with a … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (A sermon on Acts, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: Our Life as Church” (Acts) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is the threefold emphasis now being used for our national church body, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” has also served well as the … Continue reading

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 17)

“Making Known the Unknown God: Paul at the Areopagus” (Acts 17:16-31) “Witness” has been a major theme running through the readings from the Book of Acts that we’ve had this Easter season. We’ve heard the church bearing witness to the … Continue reading

Tuesdays with Norman (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

About a decade ago, there was a bestselling book called “Tuesdays with Morrie.” I haven’t read the book, but from what I know, it’s the story of a man who goes to visit his old professor from college and discovers … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 6-7)

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together: The Case of Stephen” (Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60) “Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: This is an emphasis right now for our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, since the work of our national church body can be gathered under these … Continue reading

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:42-47)

“Koinonia: The Church’s Life Together” (Acts 2:42-47) During this Easter season, we’re tracking the readings from the Book of Acts, under the theme, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together.” Witness: The church bearing verbal witness to Christ the Savior. Mercy: The church … Continue reading

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Lutheran school thrives in E. St. Louis” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a nice story today (by reporter Elisa Crouch) about Unity Lutheran School in East St. Louis. This is a school supported by many of the congregations of the Southern Illinois District. I’ll post some excerpts … Continue reading

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 2:14a, 36-41)

“Witnesses Preach Law and Gospel” (Acts 2:14a, 36-41) Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t: The hymn we just sang, “He’s Risen, He’s Risen,” was written by C. F. W. Walther. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was, of course, the first president … Continue reading

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (A sermon by Pr. Charles Henrickson, on Acts 5:29-42)

“Witnesses Worthy of the Name” (Acts 5:29-42) Today we begin a series of sermons based on readings from the Book of Acts. Recently many of you went through a several-month-long Bible study on the Book of Acts, and hopefully that … Continue reading

“Witness, Mercy, Life Together”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

President Harrison’s “Emphasis for the Church” is summed up in three terms, “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” (Martyria, Diakonia, Koinonia are the related Greek terms). The President’s Office has set up a blog, wmlt.org, to carry forward the theme of “Witness, … Continue reading