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Deputy Rick Johnson of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office carries Joel, 4, and Skylar, 2, through floodwaters outside their home in Cypress, Texas, Aug. 27. The photo — shown repeatedly on national news and morning TV shows — went viral when numerous Facebook and Twitter users also shared it as a symbol of racial harmony. (Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

‘Viral’ photo has Synod connection

The photo of the African-American deputy carrying two white children across floodwaters has been shared widely as a symbol of racial harmony.

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Even if you don’t find horror movies appealing, the current popularity of “It” provides opportunity to talk about fear from a Christian perspective and point to the trust Christians have in God.

Movie review: ‘It’

The new film, based on Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name, tackles, among other things, the topic of fear.

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The Rev. Peter Schmidt, pastor of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Waukesha, Wis., teaches a class at the congregation’s school. Schmidt is this year’s recipient of the NLSA School Shepherd Award. (Photo: Jennifer Wolff)

NLSA honors Schmidt with School Shepherd Award

The award honors a pastor who provides “outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school.”

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Students at Christ Lutheran School, Phoenix, Ariz., take part in a Cancer Walk to raise funds for one of their teachers diagnosed with breast cancer. Christ Lutheran was recently recognized as a 2017-18 School of Distinction by the National Lutheran Schools Association.

NLSA accredits 102 schools, recognizes five as ‘Schools of Distinction’

The accreditation process requires lengthy evaluation and self-study.

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Derek Broten, incoming associate director of LCMS Youth Ministry. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

Broten to serve as LCMS Youth Gathering director

The role was previously filled by the Rev. Mark Kiessling, director of Youth Ministry.

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Young women attend Phoebe Academy High School, a weeklong event exploring the vocation of deaconess, at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., in June. (Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne)

Seminaries sponsor campus visit days

The visits offer a look at seminary life in St. Louis and Fort Wayne, Ind.

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