The Apostles petitioned Jesus, “Increase our faith.” At first glance this seems like an appropriate request, but Jesus does not give the answer we might expect. He does not say, “Remain in my presence,” nor does He encourage them to “Keep hearing God’s Word,” as doing these would have apparently “increased” their faith. In His… Read more »
The Indiana District has launched a mentoring initiative that will help new Lutheran school principals to onboard smoothly into their new roles. This mentoring program provides encouragement and assistance to school leaders who are either transitioning into a new school or shifting into administration for the first time. Dr. Kevin Brockberg, executive counselor for Christian… Read more »
President Brege has requested that we remind you that District congregations need to vote to approve or disapprove a constitutional amendment passed in the 2019 Synod Convention. See https://blogs.lcms.org/2019/official-notice-office-of-the-secretary-the-lutheran-church-missouri-synod/ for the full information.
In Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 18:1-11) Jesus commends the “natural” humility of little children who believe in Him. Indeed by the Spirit they can and do believe in Him, for Jesus warns (v. 6), “…whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a… Read more »
The parable In Sunday’s Gospel seems a little bit “off” as Jesus appears to encourage dishonesty. However as with the parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18:1ff) Jesus is comparing some quality in this evil world with a similar but vastly superior quality in God’s Kingdom. The lesser is compared to the greater, thus magnifying… Read more »
The accusation was leveled against Jesus: “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” (Luke 15:1). What the Pharisees meant by this accusation was that Jesus was eating with those who were identified as public sinners—e.g. tax collectors and harlots. To eat with someone was to demonstrate fellowship with that person. How could Jesus display… Read more »
A century ago, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod sent missionaries to India to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Fast-forward 100 years, and India is sending a missionary to Indiana! “The church in America is struggling, and I am challenging the US church to train and send families into the community to win them… Read more »
Jesus states in Sunday’s mini-parable, “Salt is good.” Salt has been used to illustrate many things. Consider it here to be that which purges, purifies, and ultimately preserves what it has rendered good. Such “good salt” can first be understood to be Christ and His life in this sinful world. He—the good salt—can alone reverse… Read more »
Who is Lutheran Church Extension Fund? Take a look at some of their current numbers. Through the blessings of LCEF’s many investors and dedicated loan customers, they have been able to help make a difference for thousands of ministries. Want to learn more? Contact TJ Mattick, LCEF Vice-President for our Indiana District, at email@example.com.