About Rev. Rodney Zwonitzer

he Rev. Rodney Zwonitzer graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Wyoming in 1971. From 1971 to 1975 he served as executive trainee for Westinghouse in Denver, CO. Then from 1975 to 1979 he was marketing director/administrator for Storage Technology Corporation of Louisville, Colorado. From 1979 to 1984 he was Product Marketing Manager for United Technologies/Mostek of Carrollton, Texas. Then another calling came into his life. After attending four years of seminary at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he was called in 1988 to serve as Pastor of Peace and Trinity Lutheran Churches in Trail, British Columbia, Canada. He served there until he was called to be Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan in 1991. In 2012 he was called to be Director of Broadcast Services for the LCMS. The Rev. Rod Zwonitzer is author of Testing the Claims of Church Growth (CPH, 2002). He is co-founder of the Peacemakers Dialogue Group, has served on the Board of Directors of LATINO (Lutheran Action Improving Native Spanish Outreach), is a co-founder of the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society, and has served as an adjunct professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. Rev. Zwonitzer retired in 2015 and resides in Florida.

The Lord Be With You

“FOR THE LORD’S SPEAKING OF HIS WORDS” That’s what Dr. Norman Nagel says is going on in the Divine Liturgy when: “The Lord be with you,” is spoken by the presiding minister, the man put there as the instrument for … Continue reading

God Tirelessly Working for Humanity

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God for us in Christ trumps it all

We as poor, miserable sinners are prone to let minor events and conditions dominate our thinking and morale rather than the Gospel.  To cite just a few of these challenger replacement to Christ crucified for us: declining health, relational problems, … Continue reading

The Truth Makes Us Enemies?

It is a profound and disturbing commentary on our situation in the LCMS when two pastors who have never met each other before and know nothing about each other get that opportunity.  What typically takes place very quickly?  It is … Continue reading

Solidifying our Lutheran Trinitarian Preaching & Teaching

Outside of Holy Trinity Sunday, when was the last time you preached on the Scriptural teachings on the Trinity?  In your Bible teaching, do you spend much more time than just quoting the normal proof passages such as Matthew 28:19, … Continue reading

Why not a Formula of Concord for Today?

It should not be disputed today that unfortunately there is much doctrinal divergence still in the LCMS.  One easily discovers this when traveling to other congregations and discovering the wide range of belief, confession and practice of various doctrines.  Some … Continue reading

The Utter Failure of the Church Growth Movement

In what had been touted for decades as the movement able to rescue the American Christian Church from extinction, The Church Growth Movement (CGM) has itself become extinct.  Yes, the Church Growth Movement has lost its movement.  It had been … Continue reading