We are called to responsible and agreeable citizenry. However, should the government require something of us that violates our Christian conscience, which is shaped, guided and normed by the Word of God, our honoring the First Commandment (and the rest of Scripture too) would overrule any civic ordinance.
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The Lutheran Witness — November 2015
Not long ago, I was speaking with a young pastor in a small town who was a bit disheartened by his congregation’s seeming indifference, manifested in part in its lack of desire to bear witness and show mercy to the community. He was downloading books to his iPad on the subject and researching options with fellow pastors, but he was still clearly frustrated. I asked if he’d spoken with the Rev. Todd Kollbaum, director of LCMS Rural & Small-Town Mission, to learn what resources the Synod could provide. He hadn’t. “I didn’t even think of that option,” he admitted.
But that’s exactly what Rural & Small-Town Mission, and the other ministries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, exist to do: to point you to Christ, and in so doing, to all the ways He enables you to care for and serve your neighbor. That’s why, in this issue of The Lutheran Witness, you’ll get an in-depth look at the LCMS ministries, resources and people ready to serve you. You’ll get a clearer look at the work the Lord is accomplishing both nationally and internationally. And you’ll see the challenges we face, the Synod’s financial status and recent trends in giving.
From LCMS Black Ministry to the Global Seminary Initiative, from LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission to LCMS Disaster Response, the Lord is working good for His people. There is much to pray about, to be sure, but there is also great cause for giving thanks. It’s my hope this issue of the magazine will cause you to do both.
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Adriane Heins, Managing Editor
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The flagship magazine of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, The Lutheran Witness is a monthly publication (11 issues per year) that offers Synod news, features, columns, Q&A's, and more.
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