CPH donates Christmas books to Toys for Tots

Concordia Publishing House has donated 2,600 children’s Christmas books to the “Marine Toys for Tots” annual drive in St. Louis as part of the company’s “Give a Gift, Share a Gift” campaign. The books were delivered Dec. 19 by CPH…

New Austin campus includes nature preserve

The new home of Concordia University Texas, Austin — some 12 miles from its former 23-acre site — includes a nearly 250-acre nature preserve with wetlands, caves, and dense woods.  The preserve gives the university a unique character, say the…

LCMS president releases Christmas message

Gerald B. Kieschnick, president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, released a special Christmas message Dec. 12.  Following is the text of that message. “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the…

LCEF conference: How Christians handle challenging economy

By Joe Isenhower Jr.  INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — As the economy continued to grab headlines and cause widespread stress and uncertainty, Missouri Synod leaders meeting here Nov. 21-23 emphasized that Christian leaders react differently —  because of their faith —…

Work complete on first AALC-LCMS operating agreement

The AALC/LCMS Commission on Fellowship finished work on the first of several planned operating agreements between The American Association of Lutheran Churches and The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod at a Nov. 11 meeting in St. Louis. The commission has seven members…

Thrivent names Hewitt to new post

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans announced Nov. 20 that Dr. Brad Hewitt has been promoted to senior executive vice president and chief operating officer.  Hewitt, 48, most recently served as Thrivent’s senior vice president of Fraternal Operations.  Prior to joining Thrivent…

Position: church camp executive director

The Board of Directors of the Central Illinois Lutheran Camp Association (Camp CILCA) is seeking an energetic person to serve as executive director for its outdoor ministries. For nearly 60 years Camp CILCA, located outside Springfield, Ill., has worked to…

Seminary offers pro-life workshop

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is offering a workshop titled “Making Abortion Unthinkable” from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. The workshop will be led and moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Gibbs, professor of exegetical theology at the seminary. …

CPH reduces staff in reorganization

Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, has reduced its staff and reorganized its departments in order to remain “fiscally healthy,” according to CPH President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce G. Kintz. CPH, the Synod’s publisher, employs about 300 people.  Twenty-eight employees…

LFC offers new summer ministry opportunity for students

Finding an opportunity for summer employment that pays, fits with school schedules, and offers a life-enriching experience can be a challenge for college students. But that’s the opportunity available to Concordia college and seminary students through a new young adult…

CPH offers Christmas book at reduced price

Concordia Publishing House is offering the children’s picture book, The Christmas List, by Susan K. Leigh, for $6.99, now through Dec. 15.  That’s nearly half off the book’s regular price of $12.99. The Christmas List reminds children — who might…

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

We are familiar with the Christmas story according to Luke, but Matthew has something to tell us also.

Different priorities

The prevailing assumption running through “Priests in Voting Booths” (October 2008) is that the world oil supply will soon run out. I’ve heard estimates that the United States alone has enough oil in its own territory to meet its needs…

An Accidental Missionary

Sometimes, when we’re least prepared, we are called on to witness to our faith.

Supporting church workers

I want to thank The Lutheran Witness for highlighting the great work of healing being offered to the workers of our church body. Kim Krull’s October article, “Recharging with Grace,” was outstanding and will hopefully point our pastors, church professionals,…

Christmas Sitting Down

Sometimes in the rush to celebrate Christmas, we misplace our priorities. I could sense that God again was doing something awesome amidst adversity.