Cheryl Magness
Cheryl Magness

Managing Editor of Reporter Online

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Cheryl Magness is managing editor of Reporter and Reporter Online and manager of LCMS News. She has written for a variety of publications, including The Federalist, Touchstone and The Lutheran Witness, and is a contributor to the book He Restores My Soul from Emmanuel Press. She has degrees in English and music and enjoys playing piano and spending time with her husband and three children.

Gard to retire from Concordia University Chicago in 2019

Gard, the 11th person to have served the university as president since its founding in 1864, became president in 2014.

Church workers and spouses invited to participate in online wellness focus groups

The focus groups will provide the opportunity to give feedback crucial to helping workers and their families throughout the Synod.

NLSA accredits 121 schools, names five ‘Schools of Distinction’

Schools of Distinction are rated in the top 5 percent of overall school accreditation ratings.

‘Bells still are chiming and calling’: Damaged LCMS churches carry out ministry while working to rebuild

Three historic LCMS congregations are rebuilding following catastrophic losses earlier this year.

Preach the Word releases new module on sacramental preaching

The sixth module of the Synod’s ongoing program for fostering excellence in preaching is taught by the Rev. Dr. David H. Petersen.

Rain, rain, go away: Deluge in Wisconsin affects LCMS churches and members

More rain is predicted this week, and much of the state remains under a flood warning.

Schmidt ‘deeply honored’ to serve as new director of LCMS School Ministry

Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, former associate director of LCMS School Ministry, has accepted the call to serve as director, replacing Terry Schmidt (no relation), who retired July 2 after 15 years as director.

Data entry for 2019 Youth Gathering registration begins Sept. 5

Registration for the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering — set for July 11–15 in Minneapolis, Minn. — opens Oct. 17, with online data entry beginning Sept. 5.

Registration opens for 2019 National LCMS Campus Ministry Conference

Registration is open for “Witness,” the 2019 National LCMS Campus Ministry Conference, set for Jan. 2-5 on the campuses of Purdue University and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Lutheran Bible Translators and Mekane Yesus Seminary partner to teach translation

Lutheran Bible Translators is partnering with Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to provide select seminarians with the opportunity to pursue a concentration in biblical languages and Bible translation skills as part of their pastoral preparation.

Ries to retire from Concordia, St. Paul, in 2019

The Rev. Dr. Tom Ries, president of Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

Lutheran Friends of the Deaf hosts Gospel Hands Bible Camp

Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is hosting a Bible camp for both deaf and hearing children, Aug. 13–15, in Mill Neck, N.Y.

Two DOXOLOGY ‘More Than Giving’ workshops set for fall

DOXOLOGY, The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, is partnering with the LCMS Office of National Mission to present two opportunities this fall to attend a conference on stewardship.

Lutheran Federal Credit Union announces new Volunteer Leadership Award

Lutheran Federal Credit Union is inviting nominations by Aug. 31 for its newly-created Volunteer Leadership Award, designed to “recognize and thank remarkable volunteer leaders.”

CTCR releases new report on confession and absolution

At its April 26–28 meeting, the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a new report that focuses on the spiritual benefits of individual confession and absolution for both laity and pastors.

Traveling abroad: Serving God’s people while staying safe

The situation in Haiti highlights for Christians how important it is not only to show mercy to the suffering, but also to be guided by wisdom while doing so.