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Movie review: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The latest entry in the Star Wars universe works best if the audience avoids thinking too much and simply enjoys it for what it is: a straightforward, double-crossing heist film that introduces some beloved characters in a safe and appealing way.

Candidate placement headlines COP meeting

The LCMS Council of Presidents (COP) met April 21–26, traveling from St. Louis to Fort Wayne, Ind., to place pastoral and commissioned candidates, elect new leadership and work through matters of ecclesiastical supervision. 

Blue Ribbon Committee on Lutheran Schools wraps up work

The LCMS Blue Ribbon Committee on Lutheran Schools was created by the Synod in convention in 2013 and directed to continue its work in 2016. It will report its findings and recommendations at the 2019 Synod convention in Tampa, Fla.

Register now for prison ministry conference

Registration is open for “Captive Souls … Mercy for All,” a Synodwide prison ministry conference set for Aug. 17–18 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport.

Texas Lutherans provide quick response to shooting

On May 18, a shooter opened fire on students and faculty at Santa Fe High School, ultimately killing 10 people and injuring 10 more.

Fire guts historic Milwaukee church, pastor sees ‘tremendous opportunity’

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Milwaukee was destroyed by the four-alarm fire on May 15, but there were no injuries.

Seminaries offer summer learning opportunities

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. are offering a series of summer workshops — open to pastors, church workers and laypeople — in various locations across the country.

LCMS members play key role in passing Iowa fetal heartbeat bill

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill — which prohibits most abortions once a heartbeat is detectable by ultrasound — on May 4. Previously in Iowa, most abortions were permitted up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

CPH book focuses on helping the needy

In a book about caring for the poor, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison takes the example of St. Paul and applies it to today’s church.

James Connelly, an industrial technology teacher at Morton West High School in Berwyn, Ill., holds his Award of Excellence. A 2017 graduate of Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., Connelly was named as one of 10 Illinois “Teacher of the Year” finalists for 2018 in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to Illinois education.” (Janelly Corona)
Campus Clips – May 2018

Concordia University Chicago alumnus James Connelly named one of 10 Illinois “Teacher of the Year” finalists in Illinois. Concordia University Texas team claims LCEF National Student Marketing Competition. Concordia University, Nebraska, women’s soccer players doing mission work with Urban Plunge.

Denninger re-elected president of LCMS Southeastern District

The Rev. Dr. John R. Denninger of Springfield, Va., was elected on the first ballot to his third term as president of the Southeastern District during the district’s 38th convention on May 10-12 in Hickory, N.C.

Lange elected to first term as California-Nevada-Hawaii president

The Rev. Michael R. Lange of Brentwood, Calif., was elected on the third ballot to his first term as president of the LCMS California-Nevada-Hawaii District during the district’s 71st convention, May 11–12 in Sacramento, Calif.

Concordia College Alabama closes: ‘Nevertheless,’ Dr. Rosa J. Young’s legacy continues

Students, families, faculty and regents gathered on the campus of Concordia College Alabama on April 28 for the school’s 92nd and final commencement. Founded in 1922, the historically black Lutheran college closed its doors for good following the ceremony after a multi-year effort to stay open.

LCMS national missionary Rebecca Wagner talks with Juncheng, a Chinese student studying philosophy, on Feb. 21, 2018, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Wagner serves alongside the Rev. David Kind at University Lutheran Chapel and focuses on outreach to international students. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)
Photo essay: Introducing international students to Christ

Luther House is home to University Lutheran Chapel, a congregation with a campus ministry led by the Rev. David Kind and Rebecca Wagner, an LCMS national missionary through the Synod’s “Mission Field: USA” initiative.

Resources available to help churches celebrate Armed Forces Sunday

The resources may be used on Armed Forces Sunday, Memorial Day Sunday, Independence Day weekend, Veterans Day or an alternate date.

2018 tax reform: What does it mean for religious employers and workers?

Churches and church workers are not specifically targeted by the changes but will be affected by them.