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Pastor: Hoax is indication of pain on campus

By Paula Schlueter Ross The case of Audrey Seiler, the University of Wisconsin sophomore who faked her own abduction in late March, is just one example of the deep emotional pain a number of students are experiencing on today’s college…

People in the News

Dr. Robert Rosin, chairman of the historical theology department at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, has accepted a part-time assignment with LCMS World Mission, beginning this summer. While Rosin, 53, will continue teaching at the seminary half time, he also will…

Blind Mission moves toward independence

Lutheran Blind Mission is moving out from under the auspices of LCMS World Mission and becoming an independent mission society May 1.  Although it will continue to receive partial funding from the mission board for two years, Lutheran Blind Mission…

Western fire victims still `sifting ashes`

Although it’s been six months since massive wildfires burned about 750,000 acres and destroyed more than 3,600 houses in Southern California, relief workers say that some people there are still searching for lost belongings. “In fact, some people are still sifting through…

Williams, Gehrke receive 2004 honors from LEA

Judy Williams and Dennis Gehrke were named 2004 Lutheran Education Association (LEA) Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Director and Distinguished Lutheran Principal, respectively, during LEA’s national administrators conference March 21 in Orlando. Williams is minister to families with young children at…

TV special includes Paul Maier

April 5 ABC-TV special includes commentary from Paul Maier Dr. Paul L. Maier is among commentators in a three-hour ABC-TV special focusing on Jesus Christ and St. Paul, scheduled to air 8-11 p.m. (ET), Monday, April 5. The program, hosted…

Requests for Reinstatement

 RUSSELL L. HORN, Bremerton, Wash., and DOUGLAS R. WILLIAMS, Santa Rosa, Calif., have applied for reinstatement to the Minister of Religion-Ordained roster of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.  PAUL E. LARSEN, Tomball, Texas, and LORI A. MARSH, Georgetown, Texas, have applied…

Calls for Nominations

Chief Administrative OfficerLCMS Board of Directors The LCMS Board of Directors (BOD) seeks nominations of candidates for the position of chief administrative officer (CAO).  The CAO acts on behalf of the Board, specifically serving as the Board’s representative and staff person…

Items wanted, available

Note:  Reporter cannot accept notices about items offered for sale or that people wish to purchase.  Items described as “Wanted” or “Available” are sought or may be obtained for shipping costs only. Wanted 75 Lutheran Worship hymnals.  Pastor Timothy Ludwig; (218)…

Congregations nominate for vice presidents two through five

LCMS Secretary Raymond Hartwig March 26 announced the names of the 20 ordained ministers who will be on the ballot at this summer’s Synod convention for election as second through fifth vice president of the Synod. This year’s convention will be…

''Letters'' April 2004

Let the Spirit guide delegates  Does the LCMS believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is really in charge of His body, the Church, or does it not?  We speak of the “divine call” to serve as pastor, teacher, DCE, district…

St. Louis sem receives accreditation extension

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, President John F. Johnson got word from two accrediting agencies last month that the seminary is receiving a 10-year extension of its accreditation, with no notations. That is “the highest level of accreditation renewal possible,” says a…

LFC is like `mission work,` say volunteers

When Dave and Nina Lett sold their four-bedroom house in Englewood, Ohio, three years ago and moved into a fifth-wheel trailer-home full time, it seemed like the sensible thing to do. “When you’re not at home, you can’t do the maintenance,”…

CPH offers VBS planning tips

Want to make sure your congregation and community hear about your vacation Bible school? Here are five tips for effective VBS publicity from Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis: Encourage open invitations — provide fliers to your congregation’s children and ask them…

Pressure Points with Dr. Bruce Hartung

Influence and power are used for personal agendas.  Those who don’t go along are disparaged and disregarded.  Useful projects also are done, but in part perhaps, simply to cover the more insidious agenda.  The way is littered with people who…

Members say network helps family ministry

The new Lutheran Family Ministry Network had signed up more than 30 charter members as this Reporter went to press.  A story in the February Reporter announced its formation. “As I read about what it offered, I realized the network…