Ministry to the Armed Forces

Operation Barnabas: ‘Life-saving’ help for military families

Begun in 2007 to support Lutheran chaplains serving in the reserves, this Ministry to the Armed Forces program has evolved into a “network of care” for anyone with military connections — both within Synod churches and beyond their walls.

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces – Second Quarter 2018 Newsletter

The So Help Me God newsletter from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces gives encouragement as to the promise and confidence that believers in Jesus Christ receive through His resurrection.

CTCR report: ‘Women and Military Service: A Lutheran Perspective’

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report on “Women and Military Service: A Lutheran Perspective” to address the issue of women serving in the military, particularly in combat roles.

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces – First Quarter 2018 Newsletter

The First Quarter 2018 newsletter from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces shares insight about the meaning of the Latin phrase Sola Scriptura (“Scripture Alone”) and how it can be applied to our lives when we are facing joys and challenges.

KFUO Audio: Christian cake artist’s expression of faith under examination

Listen to Worldwide KFUO’s December’s Free to be Faithful® program as moderator Kip Allen and guest Tim Goeglein, vice president of external relations for Focus on the Family, discussed the implications of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, developments concerning transgenders in the military and other religious freedom lawsuits.

‘Melvin Witt Award’ honors memory of longtime chaplain, World Relief director

The first award was given posthumously to Witt’s family in 2016, and this year’s award was presented to Major (Ret.) Frank Tucker.

Buckman honored for service to military

Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) James Buckman of Lake Forest, Ill., receives the Bronze St. Martin of Tours Medal.

KFUO Audio: U.S. Air Force colonel suspended for marriage beliefs

Free to be Faithful® program on KFUO.org discusses the case of U.S. Air Force Colonel Leland Bohannon, who was suspended from command in May 2017 after he refused to sign a certificate of appreciation and publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate.

Defense Secretary Mattis: DoD/DHS panel will review president’s transgender guidance

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says he will delay implementing President Trump’s military transgender policy pending further review.

So Help Me God: October-November-December 2017 Newsletter

The LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces newsletter highlights the story of Dr. Martin Luther, the Lutheran Reformation and its impact on those who serve God and country in the military.

Commentary: Hurricane Harvey, prayers and God in action

In the middle of one of the worst natural disasters in history, “we have seen honor in action, love in action and service in action through governments, agencies, churches, families and individuals. But we’ve also seen God in action,” writes Greg Seltz.

Boards and Business: International, National Mission

Reports on recent meetings of the Synod’s Boards for International and National Mission.

So Help Me God: July-August-September 2017 Newsletter

This issue of So Help Me God from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces discusses the very real tension between being in the military and being believers in Jesus Christ.

KFUO Audio: Religious freedom in the U.S. military

Roger Drinnon, a U.S. Air Force veteran and LCMS Director of Editorial Services and Media Relations, joined Worldwide KFUO’s Kip Allen during a “Free to be Faithful” program to discuss religious freedom in the U.S. military.