Cross Words

A Lamb Riding a Donkey

“And they brought the [donkey] colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it.” (Mark 11:7)                                                                         Advent means “coming” and on this first Sunday in Advent we are reminded why the Christ came.  He came in order to enter Jerusalem so that He would accomplish our salvation by His… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated Nov. 25, 2020

CONGREGATIONS CALLING OR GETTING READY TO CALL: BREMAN, St. Paul CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry) DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) GEORGETOWN, Shepherd of the Hills INDIANAPOLIS, Trinity KOKOMO, Good Shepherd KOKOMO, Our Redeemer – called Rev. John Dreyer LaPORTE, St. John LEXINGTON, Good Shepherd LOUISVILLE, Concordia – called Rev. Eric Estes – accepted – install…. Read more »

Your Artwork Wanted! – District Logo Contest

Indiana District Convention Logo Contest Rules (Download Rules and Entry Form) The winner of the contest will have their artwork featured in the 2021 Indiana District Convention materials. All entries must be in by December 15, 2020. No entries will be accepted after that date. What types of artwork are eligible?– The artwork must represent… Read more »

Identity of the Saved

“Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.” (Matthew 25:32)                                                                        The Judgment Day scene in this Sunday’s Gospel can be easily misunderstood.  Some may look at those who are “saved” and come to the conclusion that they… Read more »

Calls and Vacancies – Updated Nov. 18, 2020

CONGREGATIONS CALLING OR GETTIN READY TO CALL BREMAN, St. Paul CROSS PLAINS, St. Paul (Dewberry) DILLSBORO, St. John (Farmers Retreat) GEORGETOWN, Shepherd of the Hills INDIANAPOLIS, Trinity KOKOMO, Good Shepherd KOKOMO, Our Redeemer – called Rev. John Dreyer LaPORTE, St. John LEXINGTON, Good Shepherd LOUISVILLE, Concordia – called Rev. Eric Estes – accepted install. 1/31/21… Read more »

Using What He Has Entrusted

“You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed” (Matthew 25:26)                                                                         In Sunday’s parable Jesus gives a hint as to how His stewards are to invest the “money” entrusted to them.  In giving us the response of the wicked steward Jesus highlights a farming metaphor:  Master,… Read more »

The Oil?

“For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:3,4)                                                                         When Jesus spoke in parables He frequently gave no explanation.  No doubt this was intentional, for it caused His people to wrestle with Scripture to discern an appropriate interpretation. … Read more »

They Shall See God

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)                                                                         On this All Saints’ Day briefly consider the promise of Jesus that the pure in heart get to see God! Everyone wants to see God; even unbelievers want to see Him so they can “prove” to themselves He exists.  This longing… Read more »

Abiding in His Word

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31,32)                                                                        Everything begins with God’s Word.  The world began with God’s Word, as Scripture explains, “And God said, Let there be…”   Salvation began with God’s Word, being initiated when God… Read more »

2021 Salary Guidelines

During the Board of Director Meeting on May 22nd 2020, the Board approved the use of the Concordia Plan Services (CPS) Compensation Decision Support Tool as the Indiana District Salary Guidelines beginning January 1, 2021. The Indiana District 2020 Salary Guidelines will run through the current calendar year at which time the CPS Compensation Decision… Read more »