The Diversities of Gifts

The preamble to the constitution of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod defines two reasons for the “forming of a synodical union”: 1. The example of the apostolic church. Acts 15:1-31. 2. Our Lord’s will that the diversities of gifts should be for the common profit. 1 Cor. 12:4-31. While both reasons

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Retreat or Advance?

Who would have imagined that the COVID-19 pandemic would put the brakes on church participation in such an alarming and abrupt manner? The pandemic posed the question: If habits are disrupted, will people continue to engage in ministry and mission? What will happen to worship attendance, Bible study, Sunday School,

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Equipment Stolen—Praise Remains!

As if shepherding a congregation through a pandemic wasn’t challenging enough, Pastor Frank Hart of NewChurch, Katy is facing the challenge of replacing a significant amount of equipment that was stolen from the congregation. NewChurch is not worshipping in permanent facilities presently and stores its Sunday morning necessities in a

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Start Small

As the effects of a global pandemic linger on, it’s tempting to think we shouldn’t attempt to accomplish anything big. At least not right now. Of course, once “everything gets back to normal,” we will launch that new effort, recruit that new talent, or start that new church. Admittedly, I

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Armored

Just a few mornings ago an armadillo ran across my path while I was running. Out of all the blessings God bestowed on armadillos a sharp vision was not one of them. As the critter scurried in front of me, he realized I was close. So he shifted into a

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