Photos, video, audio describe Nebraska tornado aftermath

Dual tornadoes pummeled Pilger, Neb., on June 16, 2014, killing one person there, injuring more than two dozen, destroying 40-50 homes, and crushing St. John Lutheran Church and its parsonage. Several LCMS members lost their homes in the storm. The LCMS made an initial $100,000 available to the LCMS Nebraska District to help in the aftermath of the storm.

LCMS Rural & Small Town Mission: Engaging Your Community (KFUO interview with Rev. Todd Kollbaum)

Rev. Todd Kollbaum discusses how rural and small town churches can engage their communities.

Exsultet and the Preface for the Great Vigil of Easter

Learn how to chant the Exsultet and the Preface for the Great Vigil of Easter! Listen here to Pr. Sean Daenzer as he chants it for you.

Audio: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood

LCMS Young Adult Ministry interviews “Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood” authors, Dr. Patricia Herzog and Hilary Davidson. They share their findings from the National Study of Youth and Religion.

Feast of the Purification of Mary

Pastors, this is one of the feasts that (sadly!) tends to be mostly observed only when it falls on Sunday, as it does this year. That means that many are tempted to speak the unfamiliar Proper Preface. If you’d like a little practice learning to sing it, listen here to Pr. Sean Daenzer as he sings it for you.

Karner and Tobias discuss the sanctity of life

Maggie Karner, director LCMS Life and Health Ministries, and Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, talk to KFUO about the sanctity of life and the 2014 March for Life.

Maggie Karner discusses need for Mercy Medical Team volunteers

Maggie Karner, Director of the LCMS Life and Health Ministries, talks about the need for volunteers for the Mercy Medical Teams in 2014. She discusses service opportunities for medical professionals and laity overseas in this program. The geographical areas of service and how the program assists LCMS missionaries and partner churches on the field were also explained.

Typhoon Haiyan: A report from the Philippines

The Rev. Ross Johnson, director of LCMS Disaster Response, provides a report from the Philippines as the church provides immediate relief and begins planning to assist with the long-term recovery.

Pastors: Learn to chant the prefaces for Advent and Christmas

Listen as Pastor Sean Daenzer of Trinity Lutheran, Great Bend, N.D., and Peace Lutheran, Barney, N.D., chants the Advent and Christmas prefaces. Listen a few times through and you will have them down in no time!

Rev. Ross Johnson discusses LCMS Disaster Response

Rev. Ross Johnson discusses his new role as director of LCMS Disaster Response

Rev. Glenn Merritt discusses LCMS Disaster Response and upcoming conference

Rev. Glenn Merritt, director, LCMS Disaster Response discusses the role the LCMS takes in working with local districts and congregations during times of disaster.

Discover how LCMS parish nurses assist with the care of congregations and their surrounding communities

Discover how LCMS parish nurses assist with the care of congregations and their surrounding communities in both body and soul. This in-depth discussion on the vocation of parish nursing includes information on how to become a parish nurse, educational programs, and the theological framework for this work of mercy in the name of Christ.

LCMS President’s First Post-Re-election Interview

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison discusses his hopes for the LCMS’ future and his goals for the next triennium in his first radio interview following his 2013 re-election.

Maggie Karner discusses marriage on KFUO

Maggie Karner, director, LCMS Life and Health Ministries, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court June 26 ruling on marriage on KFUO Radio’s Law & Gospel program.

Unwrapping LSB: Service of Prayer and Preaching

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