Kieschnick and Benke comment on Newtown (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Yesterday both former Synod President Gerald Kieschnick and current Atlantic District President David Benke made public comment on the Newtown situation, Kieschnick in his “Perspectives” column and Benke in an article in the New York Times. In his column, Kieschnick … Continue reading

Women in Combat: Overture for the 2013 Synodical Convention

The following overture concerning women in combat is already being considered by congregations in several districts (and hopefully more soon). I pass it on in the hopes that the pastors and congregations of the synod will consider it in prayer and … Continue reading

LCMS Newtown story hits the national media (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The national media have picked up on LCMS President Matthew Harrison’s response to the participation of Pastor Robert Morris in an interfaith prayer service in Newtown, Connecticut. The interfaith service took place on December 16, a letter from Pastor Morris … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominations Ballots, by February 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25 In early October all LCMS congregations were sent a mailing from the Office of the Secretary containing Official Nominations Ballots and return envelopes for the 2013 Elections. These ballots must be voted on, filled out, returned, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Submitting overtures, by March 2–better, by February 1 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 SUBMITTING CONVENTION OVERTURES 1. What is an “overture”? An overture would be comparable to a motion made at a congregational voters’ assembly, except that an overture is submitted to the Synod’s “voters’ assembly” (i.e., the … Continue reading

Letters to the Editor: A Tale of Two Synods

Subscribers to the magazine Lutheran Witness, the official magazine of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, are no doubt aware of recent improvements to that periodical. From clean and sharp graphics to new authors, Lutheran Witness has been putting out … Continue reading

Continued conversations — an offense to the Gospel?…

A word from Flacius about the current desires to have more debates about things which are clearly taught in Scripture: “A year ago, in the Christmas season, when an assembly was held in the marketplace about the new Interim at … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Test of Presidential Voters List, October 15 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 This Monday, October 15, Secretary Hartwig will be testing the e-mail system for the LCMS presidential vote in June. The electors who will cast a vote for Synod President–that is, the delegates who attended their … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominating for various positions, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 In a previous post, “Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20,” I outlined the steps for electing delegates to the national convention. Those elections have been happening at the circuit forums, and they will all … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It’s that time again, time to prepare for the LCMS national convention. The convention will be held in St. Louis July 20-25, 2013, but there are a number of things that need to take place before then, especially these: electing delegates; nominating for various boards, commissions, etc.; nominating for synod president and vice-presidents; and submitting overtures. (Electing the synod president also will take place, oddly enough, before the convention. That’s a new procedure we’ll explain at another time.)

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Caesar’s continued war against the Church…

In 2007 the United States House of Representatives passed “The College Cost Reduction and Access Act.”  This act established the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Under the provisions of this program, Federal Direct student loans of those who are in … Continue reading

Harrison and other leaders sign “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

LCMS President Matthew Harrison is one of 25 religious leaders who have signed an “Open Letter on Religious Freedom” in protest of the recent Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate restricting religious liberty. Other Lutheran signatories are WELS President Mark Schroeder, … Continue reading