CPH donates Christmas books to Toys for Tots

Concordia Publishing House has donated 2,600 children’s Christmas books to the “Marine Toys for Tots” annual drive in St. Louis as part of the company’s “Give a Gift, Share a Gift” campaign. The books were delivered Dec. 19 by CPH…

Thrivent names Hewitt to new post

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced Nov. 20 that Dr. Brad Hewitt has been promoted to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Hewitt, 48, most recently served as Thrivent’s senior vice president of Fraternal Operations.  Prior to joining Thrivent…

LCMS president releases Christmas message

Gerald B. Kieschnick, president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, released a special Christmas message Dec. 12.  Following is the text of that message. “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the…

New Austin campus includes nature preserve

The new home of Concordia University Texas, Austin — some 12 miles from its former 23-acre site — includes a nearly 250-acre nature preserve with wetlands, caves, and dense woods.  The preserve gives the university a unique character, say the…

Work complete on first AALC-LCMS operating agreement

The AALC/LCMS Commission on Fellowship finished work on the first of several planned operating agreements between The American Association of Lutheran Churches and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod at a Nov. 11 meeting in St. Louis. The commission has seven members…

LCEF conference: How Christians handle challenging economy

By Joe Isenhower Jr.  INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — As the economy continued to grab headlines and cause widespread stress and uncertainty, Missouri Synod leaders meeting here Nov. 21-23 emphasized that Christian leaders react differently —  because of their faith —…

Position: church camp executive director

The Board of Directors of the Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association (Camp CILCA) is seeking an energetic person to serve as executive director for its outdoor ministries. For nearly 60 years Camp CILCA, located outside Springfield, Ill., has worked to…

CPH reduces staff in reorganization

Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, has reduced its staff and reorganized its departments in order to remain “fiscally healthy,” according to CPH President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce G. Kintz. CPH, the Synod’s publisher, employs about 300 people.  Twenty-eight employees…

LFC offers new summer ministry opportunity for students

Finding an opportunity for summer employment that pays, fits with school schedules, and offers a life-enriching experience can be a challenge for college students. But that’s the opportunity available to Concordia college and seminary students through a new young adult…

CPH offers Christmas book at reduced price

Concordia Publishing House is offering the children’s picture book, The Christmas List, by Susan K. Leigh, for $6.99, now through Dec. 15.  That’s nearly half off the book’s regular price of $12.99. The Christmas List reminds children — who might…

Seminary offers pro-life workshop

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is offering a workshop titled “Making Abortion Unthinkable” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. The workshop will be led and moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs, professor of exegetical theology at the seminary. …

Christmas from the Angle of Angels

by Rev. Terence Groth Angels play such a prominent role in the story of our Lord’s birth that we might even tell the Christmas story from their perspective. The evangelist Luke sets the stage with the story of John the…

Shedding Some Light

Christmas bloopers your spellchecker won’t catch The Festival Choir will present experts from Handel’s Messiah today at 2 p.m. We ask your help if you play an instrument, sin, or do liturgical dance. The Christmas decorating party begins Sunday at…

Reaching Out for Help

by Dr. Leslie (Jack) Fyans My husband and I have been married 20 years. Ten years ago I was unfaithful to him, but he is unaware of it. I have repented of this sin and have never repeated it, nor…

Celebrating partnerships

Regarding your October mission story, “A New Era”: This past spring, my wife and I were privileged to travel to Russia and the Baltics with an LCMS tour hosted by Rev. Robert Roegner. It was a great experience to see…

Engaging the culture

I am responding to the October letter in which the writer discussed the reasons for the moral decline in our country. (See the section “God’s Design for Marriage” in the Letters department of the October Lutheran Witness.) I agree that…