Bible study evaluates Left Behind theology

Offering both a Lutheran response and critique of the popular Left Behind series, a Bible study from the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations is now available online. Adopted by the CTCR in May, the study can be obtained…

Lutheran trucker to repeat Christmas delivery

After Hurricane Katrina, trucker Craig Hansen delivered everything from diapers to generators to families on the Gulf Coast as part of 15 relief shipments sponsored by LCMS World Relief/Human Care and Orphan Grain Train. Now the 30-year trucking veteran hopes…

Workshops to introduce hymnal draw 23,000-plus

More than 23,000 laypeople, pastors, and other church leaders participated in some 280 workshops this fall to introduce Lutheran Service Book (LSB), the Synod’s new hymnal. “The total number of registrants exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Dr. Paul Grime, executive director…

60-plus Servant Events set for next summer

LCMS Youth Ministry announced in November that more than 60 events next summer will comprise the Synod’s 2007 line-up of Servant Events, under the theme “CHOSEN to the World.” “CHOSEN” is the theme of the 2007 National LCMS Youth and…

Without compromising Gospel, Lutherans also seek fellowship

While insisting on church fellowship based on agreement in the confession of the Christian faith handed down as taught in the Scriptures, Lutherans also need to guard against arrogance or separatism, Dr. Samuel H. Nafzger told those gathered for a…

Roegner: Other church leaders `amazed` at Ablaze!

Participants in a symposium hosted last month by the American Bible Society expressed “a little bit of shock and amazement” that the Missouri Synod is reaching out with the Gospel through the Ablaze! movement, says LCMS World Mission Executive Director…

COP eyes `harmony and trust,` OKs proposed alternate-route

ORLANDO, Fla. — The LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) focused on “restoring harmony and trust in the … Synod for the sake of Christ’s mission” at its Nov. 12-14 meeting here.  The council also “approved in principle” a proposed alternate-route program…

Board approves missions fundraising change

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Synod’s Board of Directors has approved a resolution that, starting no sooner than next July 1, will transfer “Level 1” fundraising activities for the Synod’s Board for Mission Services (BFMS) from the LCMS Foundation to the…

LCEF Fall conference focus: `Serving One People Ablaze!`

By Joe Isenhower Jr.  ORLANDO, Fla. —   “This is a wonderful event,” said Carol Oetting of Seward, Neb., as she sat in the meeting hall between sessions of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) Fall Leadership Conference here. Attending the annual…

Wanted: LCMS hams for new amateur radio support network

By Kim Krull Hurricane Katrina changed many lives in many heartbreaking ways.  But for Rev. Larry Beane, one surprisingly positive change is his return to a boyhood hobby. “Hurricane Katrina convinced me to become active in ham radio once again,”…

Lutheran seniors show strength despite fire

By Kim Krull The woman who lost everything in the fire that devastated a Concordia Lutheran Ministries retirement building in Cabot, Pa. — yet donated $100 to help fellow homeless residents — is just one example of these senior citizens’ strength…

First Mercy Conference to equip, energize for compassionate ministry

LCMS World Relief/Human Care wants to make 2007 the year of mercy. The ministry will host the first LCMS Conference on Mercy April 30-May 2 in St. Louis as a national platform to equip and energize caring Christians for what…

Need more information about `Consecrated Stewards`?

Growing stewardship is a growing interest, judging from the response to the November Reporter story about the new Consecrated Stewards emphasis developed by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) Capital Funding Services. Pastors seeking more Consecrated Stewards information can directly…

Commentary: Reaching out to the immigrants among us

By Karen Boettcher This commentary is in response to the “Statement Regarding Immigration Concerns” issued June 2 by Dr. Gerald Kieschnick, LCMS president, and Rev. Matthew Harrison, executive director of LCMS World Relief/Human Care.  The commentary — written from the…

Observe `Life Sunday` with resources

Lutherans For Life (LFL) and LCMS Life Ministries are offering an array of resources to help congregations and other groups observe “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday” on Jan. 21.  The materials also are suitable to use any time of the…

Web sites offer information about Synod schools, church careers

As the son of a pastor and a church worker himself, Dr. Kurt Krueger says serving God as a pastor, teacher, or other professional church worker can be extremely fulfilling. “It’s a great life for those of us who’ve been…