I watched this video from LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison about a week ago and wanted to share it at the start of worship this weekend in church.
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A friend is over in Germany right now "following in the footsteps of Martin Luther." He's on a ten-day tour of the places that made the Lutheran Reformation the single greatest movement that changed the world forever. The Lutheran Reformation wasn't just an act that changed the Christian Church by releasing the Gospel from its captivity, … Continue reading Without a Shepherd
Good news: Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on religious liberty was even better than we thought. The Justices ruled 7-2 that a church could not be banned from a public benefit program merely because it is a church. On Tuesday the Justices extended that principle by overturning a ruling that struck down Col-orado’s school voucher program … Continue reading Supreme Court Religious Bonus
In 2012, Trinity Lutheran Preschool ranked fifth out of 44 applicants to a Missouri program that recycles old tires for new playground surfaces. Yet Missouri refused to let the school compete for the grant, pointing to the state’s Blaine Amendment—a provision that bans tax money from funding a church in any way—as the reason. The U.S. Supreme Court … Continue reading Trinity Lutheran and Fairness
The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod has seen enough of the worship wars. One side believes there is only one way to "do church," and that is orderly and formal. The other side believes that there is a freedom to do worship. There will never be a uniting of these two camps. In my pastorate, … Continue reading They Should Have Called It, “Divine Service for Dummies”
I believe if you ask a pastor what is the most important part of their ministry, the word "meetings" will not make the list. Meetings are those things pastors and laity put up with because church constitutions mandate them to be held. Whether they are strictly or loosely formal, meetings can get bogged down in … Continue reading Church Meetings