Participants in the Feb. 20 meeting discuss whether Lutherans can help improve the quality of life and economic opportunities in low-income neighborhoods.
“…spur one another on toward love and good deeds…” we are told by the writer of the letter to the Hebrews. Stirring someone on to serve in good deeds is a noble task and can be achieved by the Law. But to the love the unloveable, that can only come from Christ’s love for you, and is motivated by the Gospel. And it is only by a living, active faith, in love, that a good deed can truly be called good.
Toxins may seep into the water supply of our major cities, just as sin is flowing in deep supply. But the church brings water in mercy for the body and the soul.
Neighborhood renewal is a good thing for the church if it is a grassroots effort that does not displace the neighbors we are called to serve. And if done well there is an influx of new neighbors … but how will we engage them?
The LCMS is in the beginning stages of creating a church-planting initiative to help districts, circuits and congregations.
“Revitalization of the Synod shall come from neither missions nor more synodical power: The Word is the only remedy,” said Friedrich Pfotenhauer. When we plant churches, we plant the Word, and with it we bring reformation to the church at large.
To be a witness today and confess our faith is not for the faint of heart as the account of the death of John the Baptist reminds us. And yet we know that Christ has won the victory over death and so there is nothing left to fear or restrain our confession.
In addition to adopting several other actions at its Aug. 22 meeting, the Synod’s Board of Directors held its triennial retreat.
Amid the racially charged protests in Ferguson, Mo., Lutherans are doing what they can to bring peace.
The Rev. Steve Schave, director of Urban & Inner-City Mission, and the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Emil and Elfriede Jochum professor and chair at Valparaiso University, discuss ministry in urban areas as well as the unrest unfolding in Ferguson, Mo., and around the world. KFUO Interview — Aug. 13, 2014.
Rev. Steven Schave, director of LCMS Urban & Inner-City Mission, explains how this ministry works to boost revitalization efforts and spread the Gospel.
At its May 30-31 meeting, the Synod’s Board for National Mission continues work on refining policies and on a theological statement for mission.
The website features what’s happening in LCMS urban mission and a new Facebook page offers updates and a way for followers to connect.
The Rev. James Sharp is a busy Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastor who is leading a dual parish in Maryland.