Pressure Points (January 2013)

With Dr. Bruce Hartung This month’s “Pressure Points” addresses two perspectives on the same theme, from different vantage points. Q: Have you ever heard of anything like this? … Some members of our church that hold elected positions are trying…

Letters to the Editor (January 2013)

NIV disappointment I am very disappointed to hear that the 1984 New International Version translation of the Bible will no longer be used in the various worship and education materials. In my opinion, another new translation creates a greater distance…

LCC Comfort Dogs bring smiles back to Newtown

By Paula Schlueter Ross Abbi, Barnabas, Chewie, Hannah, Maggie, Ruthie, Luther, Prince and Shami — the nine four-legged disaster-response workers who arrived in Newtown, Conn., on Saturday, Dec. 15, to assist the shaken residents — “have brought peace and comfort everywhere…

One school shooting victim has LCMS ties

A child who had attended Sunday school at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Conn., was among those killed by a gunman Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown. The Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, director of Disaster Response for…

STL neighborhood boosted by grant dollars, plans for new housing

ST. LOUIS, December 11, 2012 – The historic College Hill neighborhood on St. Louis’ north side is getting a $50,000 boost through a Wells Fargo grant program designed to help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods hard-hit by the economy.

National Lutheran Schools Week resources available

ST. LOUIS, December 6, 2012—Resource materials designed to help The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) schools celebrate “National Lutheran Schools Week” Jan. 27-Feb. 2 are now available free online.

Going the Distance from Missouri to India

From its earliest days, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has been a church of missions. Our first overseas missionaries were sent to India. Learn how the seeds planted through their 19th century missionary efforts continue to blossom today.

Registration deadline draws near for first Life Conference

By Sarah Schafer January 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion for any reason. Since the 1973 decision, more than 53 million children have been aborted in the United States. To mark…

Synod to share Christmas presents, 'presence' with Sandy survivors

By Kim Plummer Krull As the struggles continue for many Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Northeast, two LCMS districts are joining forces with the Synod’s national office to share a special Christmas gift of help and hope with families who are…

Pastor’s son among those suffering after typhoon in Philippines

By Kim Plummer Krull As the death toll from Typhoon Bopha continues to climb, a Lutheran Filipino pastor is asking for prayers for his young son who suffered a serious injury after the powerful storm blew the roof off the…

10 Questions with Seminarian Eric Ekong

Meet Eric Ekong, a fourth-year student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, who is preparing for pastoral ministry and following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, the founder of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria.

Going the Distance from Indiana to Papua New Guinea

Before Rev. Jeffrey Horn accepted the call to serve as an LCMS career missionary in Papua New Guinea, he considered the challenges, though ultimately felt a “pressing need” on his heart. Find out how the Horn family is preparing for their upcoming transition to a new culture and life.

Missouri is on the Move!

Where is Missouri moving? Who drives our movement? Who owns the mission? Rev. Randall Golter, new executive director for the Office of National Mission, explains his bold confidence regarding our work in the world.

Network Enables Missionaries to be Fishers of Men

Soon, 29 new LCMS missionaries will venture out onto mission fields across the globe. Standing behind them is a network of support designed to go the distance in meeting each missionary’s needs so that nothing impedes the proclamation of the Gospel. How does this ‘net’ work and how can you be part of it? It’s all explained here.

LCMS Snapshots November-December 2012

LCMS Snapshots – Witness, Mercy, Life Together – Home & Abroad Feature photos from the Lutherans Engage the World Magazine. November – December 2012 [pydsmugmugslider albumid=”27031171″ albumkey=”x6wg3K” albumtype=”tab” imagesize=”MediumURL” imagelink=”LargeURL” ]

Revitalizing Ministry in Rural America

RSTM helps congregations become aware of the changing demographics around them, and it provides tools and ongoing leadership training for pastors and lay leaders.