April ‘Witness’: Four Gospels, one Jesus

All four Gospels tell the story of Jesus’ life, suffering, death and resurrection in a unique way, to a unique audience.

COP agenda includes triennium extension, planning for call services

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Council of Presidents met online the week of Feb. 4 under the Word of God and in prayer.

Additional ‘Take Heart’ retreats planned for 2021

All costs are covered for participating pastors except travel to and from the retreat.

Obituary: Rev. Mandla John Khumalo, bishop of the Confessional Lutheran Church of South Africa

The Rev. Mandla John Khumalo, bishop of the Confessional Lutheran Church in South Africa who fought the apartheid system as a young man, died on March 1.

CSL to hold virtual multiethnic symposium

Set for May 4–5, this year’s event is titled “The Rest and the West: What the West Can Learn From Global South Christianity.”

Mission boards count blessings during tumultuous times

The LCMS Boards for International Mission and National Mission held their first gatherings of 2021 via all-day virtual meetings on Jan. 28 and Feb. 26, respectively. 

Obituaries
Obituary: Roger Drinnon, former director of Editorial Services for LCMS Communications

Roger Allen Drinnon, former director of Editorial Services for the LCMS, died on April 3 in Mascoutah, Ill.

From the mission field: Rwanda

The Lutheran Mission in Africa—Synod of a Thousand Hills is a young Lutheran church body that began in Rwanda about six years ago. 

March ‘Witness’: Superstitions

The March issue of The Lutheran Witness examines superstitions and superstitious practices and beliefs.

Life Ministry conference draws over 700 registrants

The virtual conference, held March 19–20, featured both live sessions and pre-recorded breakout sessions, as well as live question-and-answer opportunities.

Campus clips – Concordias expand space and programs

Updates from LCMS colleges, universities and seminaries.

Synod president releases statement on pending Equality Act legislation

If signed into law, the bill would have a significant and wide-ranging impact on Christian churches, schools, institutions and individuals.

Egger accepts call to serve as CSL president

Egger will transition to his new role in mid-March and be formally installed in August.

CTCR provides updated vaccine fact sheet

The fact sheet, titled “The LCMS and COVID-19 Vaccines: Facts and Considerations,” was first released in January.

BOD advances new CUS governance model

The committee appointed by the Synod’s Board of Directors in response to 2019 Convention Res. 7–03 to conceive of a new governance model for the Concordia University System reported on its progress at the Board’s Feb. 19 meeting.

Photo essay: Sent to Serve—National Lutheran Schools Week 2021

Photo essay: Sent to Serve—National Lutheran Schools Week 2021. An oft-repeated theme of 2020 was “together apart”: finding strength in shared experience even while being physically distant.