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Those Hands

As Jesus ascends heavenward we are informed, “…lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them…” (Luke 24:50f).  Those raised hands are the hands that had warmly blessed the children, they had caressed the untouchable lepers and healed them, they had touched the unclean dead and raised them to… Read more »

Tribulation Overcome

In the climactic statement of Sunday’s Gospel Jesus avows: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33b) Christians are often given the very wrong impression that their life will be wonderful and peaceful, that if they have enough faith God will see to it that all… Read more »

“I Am Making All Things New”

In Sunday’s Epistle, Jesus—the Alpha and the Omega, the one sitting upon the throne—makes the universal promise: “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5)  Who?  Why?  How?  When? Who is this who makes such an impossible promise?  It is the eternal Son of God by whom all things were made!  As He is… Read more »

The Shepherd’s Voice

Jesus, The Good Shepherd, identified His sheep thus:  “My sheep hear my voice.”  This means of identification was recognized in Jesus’ day.  A shepherd could simply speak and his sheep—and no one else’s sheep—would come running to follow. Sheep recognized their shepherd’s voice. Throughout history the Good Shepherd would speak and His sheep would hear,… Read more »

2019 Indiana District Placements from CSL

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis rejoices with the 116 students who learned of first call placements as pastors and deaconesses, and assignments as vicars and deaconess interns during Call Day services May 1. Calls were issued to 49 pastoral students and one diaconal student during a special worship service at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of… Read more »

Discovering Faith Video – Alana’s Journey to Confirmation

Seven years ago when Kim Trombley, now vice president of Religious Life for Bethesda, asked a young woman supported by Bethesda named Alana if she was interested in attending church. Alana’s answer was surprising: “What is church?” Since then, Alana has become engaged in the life of her church and was recently confirmed in her… Read more »

2019 Indiana District Placements from CTSFW

We are pleased to share the Spring 2019 Calls and vicarage assignments from Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne). The following list is of the candidates, vicars and deaconess interns placed with the Indiana District. Candidates Paul Gaschler, Concordia Ev. Lutheran Church – Greenwood, IN – Pastor Theodore Hoham, Concordia Lutheran High School – Fort Wayne,… Read more »

Installation of the Rev. Jared DeBlieck

The Rev. Jared DeBlieck has been called by the Indiana District Board of Directors to serve as Associate Pastor at University Lutheran, West Lafayette, IN.  He has accepted our call and will be installed on June 2 at 4:00 p.m.  An open invitation  here: click here.

The “Fishy” Christ

The accounts surrounding the Christ are quite fishy.  They are “fishy” not in that their validity is to be questioned, but in that the topic of fish arises repeatedly.  Granted, the life of Christ occurred in a fishy region, but there appears to be more to it.  The theme of fish is part of the… Read more »

Touching Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Thomas is our twin.  We, like him, need something tangible, something to touch through which to realize the risen Savior.  For Thomas, Jesus invited him not only to touch the marks left by the nails of crucifixion, but additionally Thomas was invited to thrust his hand into the spear-opened side of Jesus.  At the cross… Read more »