Matthew Harrison
Matthew Harrison
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The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Doctrine and Mission: The Purpose of Synod Meetings

Read one Synod president’s words, which comprise a beautiful, urgent admonition for synod conventions to be, above all, doctrinal and to be doctrinal in order to be about mission.

Christ Is Our Rock. Be Bold!

Our house of faith is built on the Rock!

On Pastors and Spiritual Priests

“Whether proclaimed by a layperson, preacher—indeed by the devil himself,” the Word does its work.

Keep Us Sober and on the Horse

Christ has given us both spiritual priests and pastors. That’s His mission paradigm. When both are functioning as God has given, there is mutual love and complementary support.

Justification, Our ‘Chief Article’

Luther realized it was not about an active righteousness (our actions), but about a passive righteousness (God’s actions in Christ credited to us freely)!

How Shall We Regard the Bible?

The best place for us to get hold of what the Bible is and how to understand it is found in Jesus Himself. How does Jesus regard the Bible?

Why Read the Bible?

What’s the benefit of reading and knowing the Bible? So that the Word of God achieves its purpose in your life too.

Prisoners of Advent Hope

Are you hopeless? Bury yourself in the Scriptures!

2015 State of the Synod

God help us. He does, and He will. End times? Yes, indeed. “God is faithful,” as the apostle says (1 Cor. 1:9). And this faith in Christ is “a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

Does the Lutheran Reformation Have a Future?

The real story of the Reformation is about the march of the Church of Jesus Christ in the face of impossible odds — thirsting for Christ and His means of grace, trusting in the Bible as God’s inerrant Word, struggling in the North but growing tremendously in the South.

Where Is Your God?

The secret to living a good news life in a bad news world is marveling with joy at the vast ordered complexity of all creation and recognizing by faith the God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who created it all for our blessed surprise, enjoyment, and faith.

The Joy of Church

The Church endures because Christ endures, and he will never let his Gospel go un-believed, until the end of time.

Joy of Family

Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son provides the grandest sprint ever recorded. It unveils for us the heart of God the Father in Christ. Our God rejoices over sinners and sprints to show it.

To Rome with Love

The verse that lit the Roman world and sparked the Lutheran Reformation is true still today: “The Gospel . . . is the power of God for salvation” (Rom. 1:17).

Equal Value in God’s Sight

Understanding vocation is critical for the relationship of pastor and people.

Taboo: The Things We’re Not Talking About

You’ll be reminded of Jesus, who sees nothing and no one as taboo, but who loves to forgive and comfort His children.