The consecration took place amid persecution from the Finnish government stemming from Pohjola’s endorsement of a 2004 booklet written by Dr. Päivi Räsänen, a medical doctor and longstanding member of the Finnish parliament.
20 million confessional Lutherans worldwide were represented at the conference, held Sept. 25–28 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The Rev. Timothy Teuscher, first vice-president of the church body’s East District, succeeds the Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, who is stepping down.
“The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel” features essays by authors from the LCMS, North American Lutheran Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Rev. Berhanu Ofgaa, who experienced persecution at the hands of the Communist government in Ethiopia, encourages delegates to “rejoice in the cross of Jesus,” even in the midst of suffering.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recognizes fellowship with six partner churches on four continents.
Pr. Ferry discusses the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church convention that will make an important decision that could affect the LCMS.
The Feb. 8 Faith and Freedom Forum at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, features presidents of Lutheran Church—Canada, the Anglican Church in North America and the LCMS.
Participants in the Anglican Church in North America, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church—Canada’s ongoing ecumenical dialogue release an interim report on their work so far.
The Communion of Nordic Dioceses has approached the International Lutheran Council about its three member churches joining the council.
They are among a variety of matters covered at the Nov. 16-19 meeting of the LCMS Council of Presidents, which ended in a joint session with the Synod’s Board of Directors.