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‘Unplanned’: Pro-life advocate and author Abby Johnson talks about activism, faith and life

The movie “Unplanned,” based on Johnson’s book, opens in theaters across the country on March 29.

New preaching module studies ‘the baptized life’

The module offers both written and video resources and encourages pastors to spend time together in discussion and practice.

Movie review: ‘Glass’

“Glass” is well made and well acted, but Christian viewers should be careful not to buy into its thesis that truth is found in self-actualization.

Disaster Response deploying $600,000 grant for mercy work in Puerto Rico

The grant, given to the LCMS by the Harold C. Smith Foundation, will be deployed over the course of three years.

‘Joy to the World’ theme of 2019 National Offering

National Offering gifts will benefit both national and international work.

Weber installed as managing director of International Lutheran Center in Wittenberg

The International Lutheran Center is a joint project of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany and Concordia Publishing House.

Armed Forces Sunday resources available for congregations

The deadline for ordering the resources is March 4.

College students gain tools for evangelism at LCMS U ‘Witness’ conference

The conference, held in Fort Wayne, Ind., offered dozens of sectionals, plenty of opportunities for fellowship, and worship at Concordia Theological Seminary and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

New PALS resource aids transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry

Created and led by the directors of LCMS Rural & Small Town and Urban & Inner-City Mission, the course uses a combination of videos, prayers, Bible readings and study questions to guide new pastors in their transition from seminary to rural or urban ministry.

International Lutheran Center in Wittenberg continues mission of sharing the Gospel

Almost four years after its dedication in 2015, the center continues to host visitors, worshipers, students and neighbors who stop by to talk, learn and reflect.

Movie review: ‘Aquaman’

With “Aquaman,” director James Wan avoids the dreary look of previous DC films, providing a bright, vibrant color palette and a deliberately lighthearted and goofy tone reminiscent of 1980s Saturday-morning cartoons.

Movie review: ‘Creed II’

Both “Creed II” and its precursor, “Creed” (2015), build on the Rocky film franchise by elevating a secondary character’s family while including Rocky Balboa in a supporting role.

Rural & Small Town Mission conference a ‘joy’ for attendees

The conference brought in over 170 attendees from 22 states and Canada, including pastors, lay leaders, and district and Synod workers.

Concordia University System schools develop new programs, partnerships

Several CUS schools are also reporting upturns in fall enrollment.

Movie review: ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” the second Harry Potter prequel in the Fantastic Beasts series, attempts but ultimately fails to conjure the magic of the original Harry Potter series.

New wellness webpage offers resources for church workers

One of the seven mission priorities of the LCMS Board for National Mission is to “promote and nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of pastors and professional church workers.”