A Statement of Unity and Pastoral Letters on the Newtown Tragedy (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[“A Statement of Unity” and “Pastoral Letters on the Newtown Tragedy” today have been issued by Pastor Rob Morris, District President Timothy Yeadon, and Synod President Matthew Harrison. I will post below, in full, “A Statement of Unity.” To read … Continue reading

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

LCMS pastor scheduled to participate in interfaith service tonight

(( Editors: We have re-posted this article since the apology has been issued )) An LCMS pastor is scheduled to participate in an interfaith service tonight in Newtown, Connecticut. The Rev. Rob Morris, pastor of Christ the King-Newtown, is listed … 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

Table Talk: Ordain Women Now

Recently there has arisen a group in the LCMS who believes that there should be a peaceful discussion concerning the ordination of women. Should the LCMS have further discussion concerning this topic, or is the debate itself a rejection of … Continue reading

Women’s Ordination — Getting Lost in Hypotheticals – by Dcs. Mary Moerbe

Associate Editor’s Note:  This article was written for us by Deaconess Mary Moerbe, the wife of Rev. Ned Moerbe, who serves in Oklahoma.  It is wonderful to have faithful women who confess the truth against the heresy of women’s ordination. … 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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Campus Ministry Announcement

Text from Facebook: Join us in upholding in prayer Pastor Ian Pacey, Pastor Jay Winters and Pastor Marcus Zill, new campus ministry coordinators for the LCMS affirmed today in chapel. We pray the Lord blesses their efforts to strengthen and … Continue reading

Women preachers/deacons in the LCMS

[Note: Cross-posted from Gottesdienst Online.] [UPDATE: See my comment #19] In a way, my heart is strangely warmed by the fact that the Atlantic District now officially has women preachers (deacons). For a long time those of us who have … Continue reading

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

Differences between the ELCA and LCMS, with links, being updated

A few years back I took on the task of researching the official beliefs of the ELCA and comparing them to official beliefs of the LCMS.  I went through their websites and tried to cite literally and reference where things … 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

Steadfast Office – Seminary or Bust!

DISCLAIMER: As the author, I do not place any blame on the men who now serve in the preaching office who went through and alternate route instead of going to the seminary. It’s not your fault! On the front page … Continue reading

Steadfast Office – The Divine Call

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive … Continue reading

Doctrine means nothing when Practice can mean anything.

Recently I was discussing some things with a fellow pastor and I uttered the phrase above.  Many comments recently on this blog have been directed to the belief that solid Lutheran beliefs (expressed in the Book of Concord) can find … Continue reading

The LCMS goes to Indonesia (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The LCMS goes to Indonesia By Pastor Charles Henrickson Last time I told you about the Luther Academy conference I taught in Medan, Indonesia, March 12-16. (See my post from April 24, “The LCMS goes to Indonesia.”) Today I’ll tell … Continue reading

Charles Porterfield Krauth’s Three Steps to Doctrinal and Ecclesial “Nihilism”

In an excellent paper by Rev. Prof. David  Jay Webber,   Charles Porterfield Krauth: The American Chemnitz, Prof. Webber gives a concise history of Rev. Krauth and his immense contribution to the true Evangelical Lutheran Church and as it is … Continue reading

Is the Lectio Divina a Practice to Be Encouraged?

Recently, there has been some attention drawn to the advice of Dr. Bruce Hartung of Concordia Seminary to a reader’s comment as published in a recent edition of the Reporter: [Reader:]I have prayed in the Lectio Divina process for a number of … Continue reading