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How Can I Help?

6 ways to actually help during a natural disaster.

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Thoughts and encouragement from a disaster pro

I am pleased to offer this brief but worthwhile Hurricane Harvey-related commentary by my esteemed predecessor as Director of LCMS Disaster Response, the Rev. Glenn F. Merritt, now retired in Arlington, Texas.

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The Rev. Timothy Mueller, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, kneels to pray at the altar on Sunday, August 9, 2015, during a "Day of Thanksgiving and Rededication"  at the church in New Minden, Ill. Nearly two years ago, a tornado damaged the church and surrounding homes. Mueller is joined by the Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller Jr. (left), first vice-president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of the LCMS (right), and the Rev. Jacob Mueller of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Emma, Mo (next to Harrison). LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford

Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work

*This is Part two of seven in a series of Basic Theology of Mercy Work Series* Lutheran Congregational Mercy Work There has recently been a resurgence of congregational mercy work across the congregations in the LCMS. Much of this was due to the guidance of Harrison, who wrote to pastors and lay leaders of the […]

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Theological Introductions to Mercy Work

*This is Part 1 of 7: A Basic Theology of Mercy Work* “Mercy Work,” as it will be defined herein (Christian care for those in need – in body, mind, or spirit), flows directly from God’s mercy to us. The frequent apostolic blessing of “grace, mercy, and peace” should remind us of the importance of […]

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Celebrate the Reformation by Reading the Bible

Luther and others came to believe that the only thing in this world that is fully trustworthy and infallible is the Bible. It is, of course, subject to abuse, misinterpretation, and misapplication by fallen men, but it is clear and simple enough that Christians can understand it. Everyone then should be urged to read it […]

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Synod demographic studies offer insight despite critiques

In this blog post, I hope to offer some clarifications that will further the efforts of interested readers, as they make plans for the future of their ministries in the challenging cultural landscape of 21st-century America.

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