Paul Maier writes sequel to his 1994 bestseller

Dr. Paul L. Maier, Synod fourth vice president and professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, is author of a new book, More than a Skeleton. The new 352-page hardcover volume, a sequel to his 1994 bestselling novel, A…

COP: Seminarians' wives need to be members of LCMS congregations

Should wives of seminary students necessarily be Missouri Synod Lutherans? Yes, says the Synod’s Council of Presidents (COP). The COP Nov. 19 adopted a policy that wives of married seminary students be members “in good standing” of an LCMS congregation…

Black Ministry Convocation set for July in St. Louis

Registrations are now being accepted for the 2004 Black Ministry Family Convocation, July 7-11 at the Millennium Hotel in St. Louis.  Theme of the convocation is “King of Kings.” The convocation, held annually, brings together LCMS members involved in Black…

Third 'Igniting' event looks at worship attendance

 By Joe Isenhower Jr. OMAHA, Neb. — There is no single formula for increasing worship  attendance in Synod congregations, but lots of ideas and a range of approaches to share. That is one way to sum up the Nov. 14-15 “One Mission…

LCEF chief: Get behind 'one' vision

By David L. Mahsman MIAMI, Fla.— Merle Freitag, president of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund, urged participants at this year’s LCEF Fall Leadership Conference to get behind the “one mission, one message, one people” vision laid out by Synod President…

December Letters

Praying in Jesus’ name Regarding my decision to pray in Jesus’ name at the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting (“Letters,” Oct. ’03): I am concerned that some Christian leaders believe that keeping the right and left kingdoms separate…

CPH offers modern translation of Johann Gerhard's prayers

New from Concordia Publishing House is Meditations on Divine Mercy, a contemporary translation of Johann Gerhard’s Daily Exercise of Piety, a collection of more than 40 prayers written in the early 1600s to comfort people as they faced the problems…

World Relief/Human Care offers resources for 2004 Life Sunday

For the first time, LCMS World Relief/Human Care Ministries is offering free online resources for Life Sunday, which marks the anniversary of the date on which the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. The resources for the Jan 18 observance include…

Fort Wayne sem sets January symposia

The registration deadline is Jan. 9 for the 2004 symposia series at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTS), Fort Wayne, Jan. 20-23. “Echoes of Scripture in the Life of the Church” is the theme for the Jan. 20-21 exegetical-theology symposium. The theme…

CPH releases new VBS kits

“Construction INC” (In the Name of Christ), a new vacation Bible school program for 2004, is available this month from Concordia Publishing House. The program is available in two kits that are packaged in “tool boxes”: * The “starter kit” ($54.99,…

ALDE to meet Feb. 27-March 1

The founder of Habitat for Humanity International and a former Miss America who is now a broadcast journalist are scheduled keynote speakers for the 2004 educational conference of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). Marking ALDE’s 25th anniversary, the…

Missions reduces 12 director posts to four

In an attempt to further streamline its administrative structure — matching staffing needs to its new strategic plan — LCMS World Mission has eliminated a dozen area-director positions and is replacing them with “regional directors” for four world areas. Eliminated,…

Board declares 8 CCM opinions 'of no effect'

By David L. Mahsman The Synod’s Board of Directors has taken issue with eight opinions rendered by the Commission on Constitutional Matters (CCM) and declared them to be “of no effect.” Five of the opinions define limits to the Board’s…

Directors adopt funding policy 'in principle'

Dec. 1, 2003 — The Synod’s Board of Directors has adopted in principle a policy intended to increase the amount of contributions forwarded to the Synod’s national budget by its 35 districts. The Board plans to ask next summer’s Synod…