Great Stuff — Response to Court Opinion on Clergy Housing Allowance

Found over on WMLTblog.org:   On November 22, 2013, a Federal District Court in Wisconsin held that the clergy housing allowance is unconstitutional. Specifically, the judge entered an Order and Opinion declaring 26 U.S.C. Section 107(2) unenforceable because it violates … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Gutachten: The Word of Forgiveness Spoken by a Lay Person

Great stuff found over on WMLTblog.org:   Two pastors in the Nebraska District requested the opinion of the Department of Pastoral Ministry and Missions of Concordia Theological Seminary on the following issue: “There is considerable discussion and confusion in our … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Boy Scouts of America: Why the Proposed Policy Change Matters

Found on the WMLTblog. President Harrison speaks of a possible change that will affect hundreds of LCMS churches across the country, including my own. Our leadership is very concerned with what we will do if this change takes place.   … Continue reading

WMLTblog — LCMS Campus Ministry Conference Largest in 30 Years

Found on WMLTblog:   God the Father gives His Son as a gift to the world, and His Word unwraps that gift and holds Christ up for the whole world to see! Life is anything but normal for Lutheran college … Continue reading

“Koinonia Project” – Brief Report – October 2012

Found on WMLTblog:   Purpose:   The “Koinonia Project” is a long term initiative of the Office of the President of the Synod developing spiritual and theological solutions under the Word of God for some of our long term spiritual and … 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

WMLTblog — Latest from CPH: The What?

Found on WMLTblog:   As a child attending Lutheran school, I remember our annual parading outside the school building on October 31, all children, pastors, and staff lining up on the west side of the building (facing the Roman Catholic church four blocks away) … Continue reading

St. Paul on Visitation

Found on Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison:   St. Paul If we try to discover something like visiting activity with Paul, it is necessary to realize what role, according to his own words, he had to play in “his” congregations. … Continue reading

WMLTblog — What’s Your Definition of Marriage?

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Which is better?  To enter into marriage or to take a vow of celibacy to serve God as a priest? That was the question at the time of the Reformation 500 years ago. … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together — District Convention Representation

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   With three district conventions down and 32 to go, delegate representation is a subject of considerable interest and conversation in the Synod. This blog provides an opportunity to address five frequently asked questions. Q: How has … Continue reading

WMLT — Helping Pastors Be Better Pastors

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Neither a vacation nor a pastors’ conference, DOXOLOGY retreats help pastors be better pastors. By Adriane Dorr Pastors spend their days caring for others: praying, counseling, writing sermons, picking hymns, visiting the … Continue reading

Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog — Chaplain Greg Williamson Installation — CMO

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog: The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison introduces Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, who joined the LCMS in January 2012 as the Chief Mission Officer. Learn more in a Reporter … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Who Is A Missionary?

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   NOTE: Because different church bodies have different definitions of what a missionary is, the LCMS frequently receives questions from partner and sister churches regarding who the LCMS considers to be a missionary. … Continue reading

WMLTblog — Think Tank on Campus Ministry Announced

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Last month, President Harrison wrote a “Pastoral Letter about Campus Ministry” to the church and signaled that the Office of National Mission (ONM) was prepared to … Continue reading

Theological Dialogue with Other Christian Church Bodies

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   In light of the third installment of dialogue between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), October 27–28, which focuses on “Contemporary Issues Facing the Church … Continue reading

WMLT — National Mission Conference

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   The National Mission Conference (September 20-22, 2011) began today with worship and a sermon by President Harrison based on Acts 2:14-28. In his sermon, the task of Christians is to bring … Continue reading

WMLT — Featured Missionary — Rev. Alan Ludwig

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:     The Lutheran church has a tremendous missionary heritage. President Emeritus Pfotenhauer said in 1937, “Here and there it is asserted that Luther and the Lutheran Church of his time neglected … Continue reading

WMLT — They’ll Be In the Mail

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:     As conventions season approaches, we are faced with a bit of a Synod-wide dilemma. How shall our congregations become informed in a timely manner of convention- and election-related changes made … Continue reading

WMLT — Lunch With The Saint Louis Archbishop

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:     Today, ecumenical relations between The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis began with a good start when President Harrison had lunch with Archbishop Robert J. … Continue reading

WMLT — Life Together and the Koinonia Project

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:     You already know that Witness, Mercy, and Life Together describe what we, as the Body of Christ, do for the sake of the world. Each of the three depends on … Continue reading

WMLT — What about Bob?

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:   Since July 1 we have been using the name Restructuring Phase 2 to describe the work being done across the IC to put our new organizational structure to work. Bob Gleason, … Continue reading

WMLT — “Don’t Sweat the Weeds!”

Found on the Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog:     The following homily was preached today in chapel at the International Center. A similar homily was also preached last week at the National LCMS Worship Conference held at Concordia University—Nebraska. … Continue reading

The Lord Gives. Christians Manage.

The May 2011 Lutheran Witness is hot off the press. You can get it from the Lutheran Witness site. (Download here). Jerald C. Wulf Why do we give to the church? Is it because it makes us feel good or because everything … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — LCMS Responds to Southern Storms

Found on Witness, Mercy, Life Together blog: LCMS President Rev. Matthew C. Harrison explains what we know about the safety of LCMS members and the extent of damage to LCMS congregations and schools as a result of recent storms in … Continue reading

Great Stuff Found on the Web — 1st V.P. Mueller Talks Plainly about the Koinonia Project

There has been a lot of talk about the Missouri Synod’s Koinonia Project, not all of it helpful or well-informed. The head of the project, First Vice President Herb Mueller, Junior often contributes to the President’s Office blog “Witness, Mercy, … Continue reading