Learning from the Global Church

Rev. Dr. Paul Mueller Executive Director, Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership (CALL) Concordia University, Portland, OR Paul Mueller is a LCMS pastor who was called to serve as a missionary to Liberia. Later he became the LCMS mission director for all of Africa.  He has a Ph.D. in Missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft….
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A Review of Roland Allen’s The Ministry of Expansion

At its last convention, the Missouri Synod ended the licensed deacon’s program, which previously had authorized lay people, without a seminary education, to administer the Lord’s Supper in smaller congregations when an ordained pastor was unable to be present. Addressing that issue from a Biblical perspective is almost a voice from the grave in a new,…
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The Stumbling Block

Eugene Brueggemann Eugene Brueggemann is a premier historian of Lutheranism in America. This article reflects his rich campus ministry experience at Kent State, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has also served parishes in New York and Colorado. A contributor to the online Daystar conversation posed this classic question: “If God’s…
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The New Tribe

The New Tribe by Robert Schmidt*   The LCMS February Reporter wrestles with the fall off of membership of the Synod. It states that between 1971 and 2010 membership declined by 500,000.  Child baptisms are down 70 per cent and adults received into membership have shrunk 47 percent. (Reporter, 2-28-2017).   President Harrison provided six…
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A Letter from a Gay Christian

Mathew Andersen Dear Pastor: I was going to tell a bit about myself to introduce this letter but, as I spill my guts enough throughout the article, that would be rather like bringing owls to Athens.  I do want to say this one thing about myself, though. I was a pastor in the LCMS for twenty-five…
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