Constituted for Mission!

The shrink-wrap never used to come off the book. Like many, perhaps most, pastors, busy with the demands of congregational ministry, early in my ministry I felt no particular need to take a look at the new triennial edition of the Handbook of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. On to the

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Of Fools and Numbers

Easter falls on April 1 this year. Since this is an interesting date for Easter, I want to share a few of my thoughts. Although April Fools’ Day is always on April 1, its exact origins remain a mystery. Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582,

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Mission Planting Throughout Synod

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (it wasn’t called this at the beginning) has always had an emphasis on planting new congregations in the United States. The Synod was organized in 1847 and in a short period of seven years had to create four districts because of the growth in membership and congregations. This growth pattern continued, with a couple of down periods, all the way

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