Calls and Vacancies – Updated Sept. 3, 2019

CONGREGATIONS CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL AURORA, St. John – called Rev. Ronald Stephens – accepted CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry) – DeMOTTE, Faith – served by Rev. Karl Frincke DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) ELLETTSVILLE, Trinity – served by Rev. Alan Scott EVANSVILLE, Trinity – FORT WAYNE, Bethlehem GARRETT, Zion – served by… Read more »

Humbled Then Exalted

Consider the following somewhat theoretical discussion.  In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus declared, “…he who humbles himself will be exalted.”  Reflecting on the entirety of Holy Writ, one can conclude this to be an axiom of God’s kingdom.  It is repeated in similar wording in verses such as 1 Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty… Read more »

Where Do You Come From?

To those pleading to enter through the closed door of Christ’s eternal kingdom the Lord answers:  “I do not know where you come from.” (Luke 12:25).  When they give what they think constitutes eligibility to enter, the Lord repeats:  “I tell you, I do not know where you come from.” (v. 27).  Certainly this gives… Read more »

$17,245 Benefit Gift to University Lutheran, Bloomington

The Indiana District is pleased to announce a gift of $17,245 from Robert and Margaret Seitz for the benefit of University Lutheran Church at Indiana University—Bloomington. Bob and Margaret were good and faithful servants of Christ and, as Bob and Margaret have now been called home, the LCMS Foundation was honored to deliver their gift… Read more »

Immanuel, Avilla, celebrates 175th anniversary

AVILLA —Immanuel Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran church in Noble County, Indiana, will mark the 175th anniversary of its founding at a special church service on Sunday, Oct. 13. Immanuel was established in 1844 through the work of the famous Lutheran missionary, the Rev. Friedrich C. D. Wyneken, who helped found the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod… Read more »

New Sharing Christ through Education Video Available to View

Summer at the Indiana District:  Whoosh! Perhaps your summer might be characterized by the playful poem, Here Comes, by Shel Silverstein: Here comes summer, here comes summer, chirping robin, budding rose. Here comes summer, here comes summer, gentle showers, summer clothes. Here comes summer, here comes summer—Whoosh—school—there it goes! In truth, I inserted “school” in... Read more »

Fire and Baptism

Jesus longingly states in Sunday’s Gospel, “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!”  (Luke 12:49).  Note how Christ longs for this fire-kindling event to be finished. This fire-kindling statement is describing the same event that Christ illustrates in His next statement:  “I have a baptism to be… Read more »

A Pregnant Saying

So often when the Lord Jesus speaks, his preaching is profoundly pregnant, each statement being packed with themes that interconnect with the rest of Scripture.   Thus in Luke 12:32 (from Sunday’s Gospel) Jesus promises: Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Do not be afraid.  God… Read more »

Rich Toward God

Sin is especially seen in selfishness.  As we worship and magnify self, God and our neighbor are pushed out of our lives. Thus they are not loved, and love is the fulfillment of the law.  Jesus thus warns in Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 12:13-21), ““Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness…”   Our self-worshiping… Read more »

On Prayer

The disciples requested of Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1).  To some this seems like a strange question because, to be sure, a child can breathe out a good prayer.  Herein lies the apparent conundrum:  We are to have faith like that of a child (e.g. Mt. 18:3),… Read more »