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Meyer elected to ABS board

Dr. Dale A. Meyer, the Gregg H. Benidt Memorial Chair Professor of Homiletics and Literature at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and former speaker for “The Lutheran Hour,” has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Bible Society…

Fowls named 'distinguished principal'

Robert W. “Bob” Fowls, head of school at Trinity Lutheran School, Bend, Ore., is among 65 who have been named “2003 National Distinguished Principals” by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School principals. He and the…

World Mission, partners plan Ablaze! event

By Paula Schlueter Ross If every Lutheran church body is already doing outreach, then what’s so special about the Ablaze! movement?, wondered Dr. David Tswaedi, bishop of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa.  Ablaze! is LCMS World Mission’s initiative to…

Church-work students getting $28.8 million in financial aid

Church-work students at Missouri Synod colleges, universities and seminaries are receiving $26,871,471 in financial aid during the 2003-04 school year. Although this is the first year for which the Synod’s Board for Higher Education has compiled financial-aid statistics for church-work students…

Community support could bring 'Luther' movie back for a week

“Luther,” the recent motion picture about the life and times of Martin Luther that ran in hundreds of theaters this fall, will be reissued for one week to theaters in communities where there is sufficient interest, according to one of…

Sems announce events for high-school youth

The Synod’s two seminaries are sponsoring events this summer for high-school students, as they have for a number of years. Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, is accepting nominations for highschool men and women to attend its July 31-Aug. 3 Exploring Church Careers…

New housing corporation seeks to help inner-city congregations receive grants

By Kim Krull and Joe Isenhower Jr. A new LCMS National Housing Support Corporation is designed to help struggling inner-city congregations receive grants and technical assistance for housing ministries — which has been difficult for them, sources say. The LCMS Board…

12 'themes' to direct education of pastors

By Joe Isenhower Jr.  Twelve “themes” that grew out of suggestions from seminary faculties, board members and focus groups around the church will “be the directive for pastoral education in the LCMS,” says the Synod’s Board for Higher Education (BHE). At…

LCMS Releases New Web Site Design

The new site, launched Dec. 18, consolidates more than 20 individual departmental web sites, including LCMS World Mission, LCMS World Relief, the President’s Office, Higher Education, Black Ministry, and District and Congregational Services. Since the site was last updated in…

Mission focus in January reflects Ablaze! theme

A number of resources – most of them free — are available to help congregations observe “LCMS World Mission Month” in January. Theme of the monthlong mission celebration is Ablaze!, in recognition of the Synod’s Ablaze! initiative that seeks to…

LWF, ILC reps agree to continue to meet, talk

Representatives of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the International Lutheran Council (ILC) have agreed that their organizations should maintain contact and continue to talk with each other. LWF and ILC representatives met Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Jarvenpaa,…

LCMS, ELCA meet for doctrinal talks

Representatives of the Missouri Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) met Nov. 11 for their first formal theological talks since both church bodies elected new leaders in 2001. “We sat down and talked about the hard questions…

Administration officials to speak at deaconess event

Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, will inaugurate its new graduate-level deaconess program Jan. 19 with special events on campus featuring officials of President George W. Bush’s administration. Jim Towey, deputy assistant to Bush and director of the Office of Faith…

Registration remains open for National Youth Gathering

Registration remains open for the 2004 National LCMS Youth Gathering, July 24-28 in Orlando, Fla. Gretchen Jameson, communications manager for the Gathering and its sponsor, LCMS Youth Ministry, said that mailed-in registrations will be accepted “on a space-available basis,” as late…

COP: Seminarians' wives need to be members of LCMS congregations

Should wives of seminary students necessarily be Missouri Synod Lutherans? Yes, says the Synod’s Council of Presidents (COP). The COP Nov. 19 adopted a policy that wives of married seminary students be members “in good standing” of an LCMS congregation…

Paul Maier writes sequel to his 1994 bestseller

Dr. Paul L. Maier, Synod fourth vice president and professor of ancient history at Western Michigan University, is author of a new book, More than a Skeleton. The new 352-page hardcover volume, a sequel to his 1994 bestselling novel, A…