Cross Words

Jesus, the I AM

But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Mark 6:50 They thought they were seeing a ghost.  After all, who walks on water?  It must be a spirit, because certainly flesh and blood cannot walk upon the waves of a stormy sea, let alone upon the… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated July 21, 2021

CONGREGATIONS/RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL: AVON, Our Shepherd (Senior) BREMEN, St. Paul’s (Senior)- called Rev. Heath Curtis BROWNSTOWN, St. Paul COLUMBUS, St. Peter’s (Senior)- Rev. Mark Teike retiring CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry)/DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – FORT WAYNE, St. Michael (Senior) – FREMONT, Lake George Chapel – called Rev. Paul Shoemaker… Read more »

Pastors Anniversaries – 2021

Here is the listing of special anniversaries we have for Indiana District pastors. Please review the list and let us know of any corrections or additions that need to be made. We will recognize these at the Fall Pastors’ Conference on October 18 at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville.

Like Sheep Without a Shepherd

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”  Mark 6:34 When Jesus looked at the crowd, he was deeply moved. The Greek indicates His observation was gut-wrenching.  The word “compassion” is a good translation because it literally means to suffer… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated July 14, 2021

CONGREGATIONS/RSOs CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL: AVON, Our Shepherd (Senior) BREMEN, St. Paul’s (Senior)- called Rev. Heath Curtis BROWNSTOWN, St. Paul COLUMBUS, St. Peter’s (Senior)- Rev. Mark Teike retiring CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry)/DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) – FORT WAYNE, St. Michael (Senior) – FREMONT, Lake George Chapel – called Rev. Paul Shoemaker… Read more »

Lutherans for Life – Y4Life Transportation Grant Available

Thanks to the generosity of the Indiana LWML, Y4Life plans to offer up to 70 grants to high school and college students from the Indiana District. These grants will be to cover a portion of the transportation costs of getting to Washington D.C. for next year’s March for Life. The Y4Life event will be January… Read more »

Out of the Depths

“And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison.”  Mark 6:27 Arguably Martin Luther’s favorite Psalm was 130.  The last verse of this Psalm predicts the Savior with these words: And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities [v 8].  This verse… Read more »

It’s Still Repentance

“So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent.”  Mark 6:12 The proclamation of repentance has been God’s central proclamation since the Fall of mankind.  Every prophet, apostle and preacher (including the greatest preacher, Jesus Himself) has proclaimed this message. Appropriately, as recorded in Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sends out preachers who proclaimed that people… Read more »