“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

The Evangelical Lutheran Church — A No Guilt Zone.

This past week the University of Nebraska announced that a new men’s basketball coach had been hired. Tim Miles, formerly at Colorado State University, would replace the recently fired lovable looser, Doc Sadler.  With the NCAA basketball world deeply focused … Continue reading

Just over 30 days to go and ULC is still conducting faithful ministry in their building.

I just received word that tonight the saints of ULC have joined for a momentous occasion in the life of the congregation as well as in the lives of six catechumens who are being examined in order to be confirmed … Continue reading

LCMS Congregation Becoming an ELCA Congregation

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gilroy, California, is changing denominational affiliations from the LCMS to the ELCA. Although Good Shepherd is Missouri Synod, the congregation doesn’t function like one, says Ron. Callers “need to know that we use the worship … Continue reading

Seminex and the Sovereignty of Scripture

Forty years ago, in September 1972, the “sleeping giant” of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod “blew its volcanic top.”  “Tremors, rumblings, and vents of hot air” had warned of things to come for thirty years, but the vast majority of “sleepy … Continue reading

Weedon goes to Saint Louis: Hamel’s loss is YOUR gain by Rev. Charles Lehmann

Every time the Verba are spoken by one of the Lord’s pastors over the bread and wine, heaven comes down to earth.  Angels, archangels, and all the company of heaven sing before the Lamb who was slain but is alive … Continue reading

Why didn’t this business model come with Church Growth?

On my recent trip out east for the Brothers of John the Steadfast National Conference my family and I had the fine opportunity to eat at one of our favorite “eastern” restaurants, Steak n Shake.  At the second location my … 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

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

Schedule of 2012 District Conventions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The 35 districts of the LCMS will hold their conventions during the year 2012, with the earliest in January (North Dakota) and the latest in July (Central Illinois). So why is it important to know the date of your 2012 … 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

The Two Amendments: Why I’m Recommending “Against” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Sunday, March 6, at a special voters’ assembly, our congregation will be voting on two proposed amendments to the Constitution of our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. (The deadline for the ballot to be received is March 15.) I am recommending … 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

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

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

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

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

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