Pressure Points (July 2013)

This month’s column explores how a new pastor might best begin ministry with his first congregation.

New ‘Chapel Talks’ highlights ‘Luther’s Small Catechism’

With its focus on “Luther’s Small Catechism,” the 2013-14 edition of “Chapel Talks for Lutheran Schools” is suitable for use in a number of settings.

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.

Fale Explains LCMS’ Unique Disaster Response Work

The Rev. John Fale, associate executive director of LCMS Mercy Operations, explains how The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod shows mercy in the midst of chaos and disaster.

2013 LCMS Mercy Essay Contest Finalist

The annual Mercy Essay Contest is sponsored by the LCMS Office of National Mission to encourage seminary students to engage our Lutheran theology of mercy and its implications in life and ministry. Prof. John Pless of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Ind. coordinates the competition each year.

Website offers tools to link students, campus ministries

A new campus-ministry page on the “LCMS U” website offers two tools designed to help students find LCMS campus ministries at colleges and universities nationwide.

CPH releases ‘On-the-Go Prayers’ for busy families

The one-minute prayers are designed to help families “make prayer part of [their] daily routine,” according to Concordia Publishing House.

International Mission – June 2013

LCMS international mission work abides in and by three tenets of the Christian faith: Baptism, catechesis and the Lord’s Supper. Within this insert, you’ll learn more about those three gifts and the way in which LCMS missionaries are sharing Christ’s Gospel to the ends of the earth!

LCMS National Mission – June 2013

LCMS national mission work is alive and vibrant. Its focus remains Witness, Mercy, Life Together right here in the United States, and staff seek to do that work—from Disaster Response to School Ministry—under a new umbrella: “Strong Faith. Fervent Love.”

Pastoral Education – June 2013

This issue of Pastoral Education highlights some of the continuing education opportunities available through Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Youth Gathering offers ways to ‘stay connected’

There are several ways to “connect” to the Synod’s 2013 National Youth Gathering, July 1-5 in San Antonio, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Gathering website.

LCMS releases marriage ‘toolkit’ to aid discussion

As the Supreme Court deliberates two marriage-related cases, the Synod offers these tools to help congregational members, confirmation classes, Bible study groups and others discuss marriage.

Pressure Points (June 2013)

This month’s “Pressure Points” concentrates on how congregations can support their professional church workers — especially new workers.

Disaster response photos from Oklahoma

After the May 20, 2013, monstrous tornadoes, which devastated parts the Midwest and Moore, Okla., killing at least 24 people — many of them children — LCMS Disaster Response staff are requesting prayers and gifts to help with the Synod’s ongoing relief effort. See how the LCMS is responding by bearing witness to Christ and showing mercy to others.

LCMS, CPH providing free resources following tornadoes

Free resources from the LCMS include a video, a Bible study, worship helps and opportunities to support the work of LCMS Disaster Response.

Caring for Body and Soul in the Name of Jesus

The Midwestern tornadoes, one of which devastated Moore, Okla., call for a strong response of love by the church. Our congregation — St. John’s in Moore — as well as surrounding congregations and the LCMS Oklahoma District are in need of our collective support now and well into the future.