Presidential appointees join commissions, board

Four Synod commissions and one board with members appointed by Synod President Gerald B. Kieschnick have held their first meetings of the 2007-10 triennium, electing their chairmen and other officers for the next three years. Kieschnick appointed all 13 members…

CTCR: equip Christians to speak out on issues

“Christian participation in public debate requires the use of language, argumentation, and strategies that — according to Scripture itself — are most appropriate and effective for interaction in the public realm, where God’s Word is not regarded as authoritative.”  The…

LCMS, LCC dialogue reviews relationship

Representatives of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and The Lutheran Church–-Missouri Synod met at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis Nov. 1 to review the formal partnership agreement that has existed since 1988 between the two church bodies. At the conclusion…

Lutherans in England embrace 'Lutheran Service Book'

Delegates to the annual synod, or convention, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE) got a chance to examine copies of Lutheran Service Book, the latest hymnal of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, and passed a resolution officially adopting it…

Resources available for 'Schools Week' in March

Promotional resources are available from LCMS District and Congregational Services — School Ministry to help Lutheran Schools and their sponsoring congregations observe “National Lutheran Schools Week” 2008, set for March 2-8. The theme for that observance is “Securing Each Child’s…

CPH slashes prices on 'Big Books'

Concordia Publishing House is offering its Big Books for children for $5 each through Dec. 18.  The 15-by-18-inch Big Books are regularly priced at $15 to $20 each. The oversized books can be used in the classroom, in church or…

District disaster-response reps to meet

District disaster-response coordinators will meet for first-time training Jan. 9-10 in St. Louis — a key step toward a comprehensive, collaborative concept to help LCMS congregations help communities when lives are turned upside down. “This concept enables local congregations to…

Dr. Samuel Hoard, Black ministry pioneer, dies

Longtime Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastor, military chaplain, and social activist Dr. Samuel L. Hoard died of cancer Nov. 30 in Orlando, Fla.  He was 80. A funeral service was held Dec. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Orlando. In a Dec. 4 editorial,…

World Mission sponsors tour to Russia

LCMS World Mission is sponsoring April 22-May 5 an Ablaze! tour to Russia and the Baltics, where the collapse of European communism brought the Synod in touch — and in partnership — with fellow Lutherans who remained steadfast in their…

Offering exceeds goal's halfway point

The Synod’s National Offering that will be used to fund the training of Lutheran pastors in the United States and abroad has reached $593,771.26 and is now more than halfway toward its $1 million goal.  The total includes 6,176 separate…

Lumpe begins work as LHM director

Laurence E. “Larry” Lumpe of St. Louis began serving Dec. 4 as executive director of Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM). Lumpe succeeds Greg E. Lewis, who resigned Dec. 1 after serving three years in the post.  LHM is a ministry of…

Lutherans, Roman Catholics start report on dialogue

Participants in the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue started work on the writing process for a report on their latest round of discussions when they met Oct. 10-14 at St. Paul’s College, Washington, D.C. Dr. Samuel H. Nafzger, executive director of…

From Dark to Light

I would like to commend Susan Senechal for her brief but compelling article, “A Light in a World Gone Dark” (December, 2007). Unlike many of your contributors, Susan began where real life is – often dark and filled with tragedy…

“On Words and Vocations”

I was disappointed in Dr. Siemon-Netto’s article (“On Words and Vocations” – November 2007) and even more disappointed in your decision to print it.  Sounding much like a Lutheran version of Andy Rooney, Dr. Siemon-Netto has served to support the…

More on “Is God Green?”

The letter to the Editor in the August issue of The Lutheran Witness, by Jack Pierce, is very informative and well written. Mr. Pierce’s letter was in reference to the article in the May issue of The Lutheran Witness, “Is…

Lutheran Ministry in Wittenberg

I was in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, in September serving with the Wittenberg English Ministry.  I question Pastor Torgerson when he says it will be wonderful when someone can say, “There is a Lutheran church here” (Lutheran Witness, October 2007). There…