Steadfast in the City–Building Update

We have reached a joyous milestone here at Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries.  After a year of a complicated and at times frustrating process, we have acquired our first set of buildings in Northeast Philadelphia.  The buildings belonged to an existing LCMS … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City — The Story

Everyone seems to get a little piece of what I do out here in Philadelphia.  I wanted to take this chance to tell the story of the last year, an where we are going.  Since Lutherans across the nation know … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City–Food Ban Update

Today in Philadelphia, a federal judge blocked the enforcement of the ban to prohibit feeding the homeless in public.  Since much of a homeless person’s food supply is distributed outside due to high costs for downtown kitchens, and much of … Continue reading

Steadfast in the City– “Mercy or Ulterior Motives”

My friend and brother in the ministry, Matt Lorfeld, recently wrote a short, marvelous post on his church’s blog about the nature of mercy work and its possible “ulterior motives.” As a pastor who spends most of his time with … Continue reading

“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

“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

WELS National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts — Gustavus Adulphus College

We previously announced this conference on the Lutheran Calendar. Be sure to submit your events to the calendar. We found information on the conference posted at Witness, Mercy, Life Together Blog. This is the conference that we posted on our … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study Available Now

As previously announced here, The Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study is now available. From the WMLT blog:   Yesterday, Concordia Publishing House received the Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study from the printer. The first shipment arrived at the … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together Bible Study available in July

Found on Reporter Online:   Each LCMS congregation will receive this summer a free copy of a new Bible study on the Synod’s threefold “Witness, Mercy, Life Together” emphasis, including a video version on DVD. The mid-July mailing, funded by … 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