New This Week

Ries to retire from Concordia, St. Paul, in 2019

The Rev. Dr. Tom Ries, president of Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn., has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018–19 academic year.

Lutheran Friends of the Deaf hosts Gospel Hands Bible Camp

Lutheran Friends of the Deaf, a Recognized Service Organization of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, is hosting a Bible camp for both deaf and hearing children, Aug. 13–15, in Mill Neck, N.Y.

Two DOXOLOGY ‘More Than Giving’ workshops set for fall

DOXOLOGY, The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel, is partnering with the LCMS Office of National Mission to present two opportunities this fall to attend a conference on stewardship.

Lutheran Federal Credit Union announces new Volunteer Leadership Award

Lutheran Federal Credit Union is inviting nominations by Aug. 31 for its newly-created Volunteer Leadership Award, designed to “recognize and thank remarkable volunteer leaders.”

LCMS Chaplain Gregory Todd promoted to rear admiral in Washington, D.C.

After a rigorous review and selection process, LCMS Chaplain Gregory Todd has been promoted to the rank of rear admiral (lower half) and will now serve as deputy chief of Navy chaplains and chaplain of the U.S. Marine Corps.

CTCR releases new report on confession and absolution

At its April 26–28 meeting, the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a new report that focuses on the spiritual benefits of individual confession and absolution for both laity and pastors.

Hawaii volcano continues to erupt and disrupt lives

Christ Lutheran Church in Hilo, Hawaii, has been working to help those affected by the eruption of the Kilauea volcano.

LWML sets Sept. 30 deadline for mission-grant requests

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is accepting requests through Sept. 30 for mission grants to be voted on at the 2019 LWML convention.

Traveling abroad: Serving God’s people while staying safe

The situation in Haiti highlights for Christians how important it is not only to show mercy to the suffering, but also to be guided by wisdom while doing so.

Movie review: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” delivers audiences an eye-popping film experience while affirming marriage and family without resorting to clichés.

Central Illinois re-elects Miller

The Rev. Mark Miller of Springfield, Ill., was elected on the first ballot to his third term as president of the LCMS Central Illinois District at the district’s 59th convention.

Saunders re-elected in Iowa East

The Rev. Brian S. Saunders of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was re-elected by affirmation to his fourth term as president of the LCMS Iowa District East.

Northwest District re-elects Linnemann as president

The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Linnemann of Portland, Ore., was elected to his fourth three-year term as president of the LCMS Northwest District at the district’s 65th convention.

Paavola re-elected in Mid-South

The Rev. Dr. Roger C. Paavola of Bartlett, Tenn., was elected to his third three-year term as president of the LCMS Mid-South District at the district’s 20th regular convention.

Gibson elected to first term in Pacific Southwest

The Rev. Dr. Mike Gibson of Huntington Beach, Calif., was elected to his first term as president of the LCMS Pacific Southwest District at the district’s 45th convention.

Ohio District elects Wilson to first term

The Rev. Dr. Kevin A. Wilson of Marysville, Ohio, was elected to his first three-year term as president of the LCMS Ohio District at the district’s 22nd convention.