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Because you care, we share Christ’s love with our neighbors

Together we will reach the least and the lost in MissionField: USA, and we will bring the Gospel to new people in new places across the country. We are going to tell the Good News and love our neighbor.

The End of the World and the Coming of Christ – An Advent Devotion for the Mission of the Church

John 14:25–31 25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.…

The Reformation of the Lutheran Church in America Today

Fast coming up on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, what is the Reformation in its present form – right here and right now?

The Cost of Being a Disciple in Ferguson — Sermon for Installation Service of Rev. Micah Glenn

Rev. Steve Schave preached this sermon at Rev. Micah Glenn’s Installation Service. Rev. Glenn has been called to be a missionary to Ferguson, Mo., and Executive Director of The Lutheran Hope Center of Ferguson.

A Modern Day Lamentation – Is the USA a Lost Cause?

A modern day lamentation based on Lamentations 2:13-22. “What can I say for you, to what should I compare you… Christianity’s ruin is vast as the sea; and the United States, who can heal you?! What a mess… almost seems a lost cause.”

Sending Service Homily – 1/12/16

… it’s a full out Kodak moment that will make the headlines… a new era of LCMS missions, pioneers being sent into Mission Field : USA, what a glorious day with all the pomp and circumstance due to a living, breathing urban missionary. And then she had to come in.

Summer in the City

LCMS Urban & Inner City Mission had the privilege to help support four summer urban vicarages in an effort to train up future urban missionaries. This included Martini Lutheran, Baltimore, MD; Bethlehem, Fort Wayne, IN; First Trinity, Pittsburgh, PA; and Philadelphia Lutheran Ministries, Springfield, PA.

A Night to Highlight

         Al Arnold, a lay leader, put together a night to highlight St. Andrew Lutheran…

Desperate Times don’t Demand Desperate Measures – Keep Calm and Reform On

There is no doubt this was a difficult Summer for Christians in America. It felt…

Wounds, Scars and Bloody Death in the City: A Good Friday Reflection

– Her first day as our deaconess fieldworker, she rushed to the HUD facility on…

A Church Planting Movement

It may sound cliche, or like a sales job, but does the church need a church planting movement?

ALMA Conference Devotion, Jan. 30, 2015, “Loving the Unloveable of the World”

“…spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” we are told by the writer of the letter to the Hebrews. Stirring someone on to serve in good deeds is a noble task and can be achieved by the Law. But to the love the unloveable, that can only come from Christ’s love for you, and is motivated by the Gospel. And it is only by a living, active faith, in love, that a good deed can truly be called good.

Planting a Reformation

“Revitalization of the Synod shall come from neither missions nor more synodical power: The Word is the only remedy,” said Friedrich Pfotenhauer. When we plant churches, we plant the Word, and with it we bring reformation to the church at large.

Missional: What Does This Mean?

If the word ‘missional’ moves us to better serve Christ and our neighbor through a renewed devotion to living out the Gospel and a renewed commitment to answer our call to proclaim it, then it is serving us well.

Revitalization: Abiding as the Declining Church

Revitalizing the declining church is a call to preserve our confession rather than our institution.