“Zooming In” on Mission

In these days of restricted travel and social distancing, scenes like the one depicted here have become commonplace for many of us. In this case, the participants in the Brady-bunch-style screen are Texas District staff people and a group of FABULOUS new professional church workers in the district over the

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On the Other Hand

In 1937, Rev. E. Eckhardt, the editor of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Statistical Yearbook, looked back at the scattering forces that gripped the nation and the church in the early 1900s. Commenting on the statistics recorded for 1918, he said, “As a result of the flu marriages decreased to the

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3 Cautions About Post-Coronavirus Predictions

Have you been hearing predictions about what life will be like after COVID-19? Some church analysts are voicing grave concerns about church workers and congregations. They forecast a “crash” in congregational sustainability and in the mental health of church workers. Similar commentaries are forecasting a less prosperous, fulfilling and stable

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Generations of Pain

“The riot was a spontaneous overflow of pent-up aggressions.” That quote is not from a news report regarding the protests resulting from George Floyd’s tragic and senseless death in Minneapolis. It is not from a reaction to the Ahmaud Arbery killing in Georgia. It is not a report of events

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But Some Doubted

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted” (Matthew 28:16-17 NIV84). We’re familiar with this portion of Scripture for what follows this passage—the Great Commission—“Go and make disciples…” But these verses

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Honor and Respect in the Midst of COVID-19

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your interests but also to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV84). Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor

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