Sem to host 'Making Abortion Unthinkable' workshop

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will host a workshop titled “Making Abortion Unthinkable” Jan. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The event is designed for adults and older teens. The workshop will be led and moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs,…

Seminary's Kantorei announces Florida tour

The Kantorei of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., will perform in eight Florida cities during its winter tour of “Epiphany Lessons and Carols,” Jan. 3-10.  The 16-member choir is composed of men studying to become Lutheran pastors. Kantor Richard…

LCC, LCMS leaders discuss church relations

Relationships with partner churches, fiscal realities, theological and ecclesiastical issues, and seminary education were among topics discussed by representatives of Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) and the LCMS during a Nov. 10 meeting in St. Louis. The gathering was “a good meeting,”…

LCMS World Relief provides $102,770 in grants

The same week Americans gathered at Thanksgiving dinner tables across the country, LCMS World Relief and Human Care (WR-HC) continued distributing emergency food supplies to families in Andhra Pradesh, India, still reeling from devastating floods. Some 1,000 families are receiving…

CPH offers giving opportunity

Concordia Publishing House is offering Christians an opportunity to “support outreach and literacy this Christmas season” by donating $5 to send a copy of Hear Me Read Bible Stories to a child in Appalachia. As part of its 2009 “simply…

Directors, COP call for study of task forces' reports

TAMPA, Fla. — On the first day of the Nov. 19-20 LCMS Board of Directors meeting here, a half-day session with the Council of Presidents resulted in both groups jointly calling for “serious prayerful study and discussion” of the reports of…

Responsibility: a two-way street

I was disappointed with Dr. Randy Schroeder’s response to the worried wife in the October Family Counselor section of The Lutheran Witness. It suggests a sin-and fear-based stance leading to control and limitations. The husband is encouraged to modify and…

Mission multiplication at sea

The Lutheran Witness’ October stories on “Mission Multiplication” and the Reformation surfaced online on a Norwegian cruise ship during a recent holiday. The ship carried about 2,000 people from 60 countries. After visiting about a dozen countries and historic places…

A song to treasure

I received my copy of the October Lutheran Witness today and was skimming through the articles. Seth Long’s “Foolish Things of the World” caught my eye, and I began to read the story. I got to the line that all…

Affirming God’s law

We were blessed by President Kieschnick’s clear explanation of a biblical stance on homosexuality in his “Our Synod and Recent ELCA Actions” article in the October Lutheran Witness. We have shared this article with church friends confused by headlines about…

A mighty fortress: comfort multiplied

Thank you for the most salubrious article on Luther’s hymn, “Ein feste Burg,” by Dr. Albert Collver. I view the church as a MASH unit, so I especially relish that particular hymn as care to those whose fortresses have fallen.…

Singing at the gates of eternity

Dr. Mark Press penned a touching article in the August 2009 issue of The Lutheran Witness. He tells of being with his mother in the final moments of her life and the privilege he and his family members had of…

With me, not for me!

As someone living with Asperger’s syndrome, I feel compelled to write a few words regarding the “Foolish Things of the World” article in the October Lutheran Witness. Autism is a spectrum disorder, with degrees of severity and variance. This means…

Regarding trust

This is a response to Pastor Michael Brockman’s October letter regarding distrust in the Missouri Synod. Over the years, I consistently told the people in my congregation that one of the great things about the Missouri Synod is that regardless…

Being deeply thankful

Dr. Albert Collver’s October Lutheran Witness article, “A Mighty Fortress,” clearly pinpoints why we should be deeply thankful to call ourselves “Lutheran.” This is not because we follow Martin Luther as someone more than a man, but because we share…

Sunshine and Peace

‘Jesus came to bring sunshine to a dark world. What a great picture! Shine on us, O Lord!’