Posts tagged “LCMS Life Conference

LCMS 2017 Life Conference Sermon

Posted on January 27th, 2017

March for Life 2017 January 27, 2017 • Arlington, Virginia Matthew 5:13-19 The trash collectors rumbled away from the suburban neighborhood, and as sometimes happens, they’ve unknowingly dumped some of their garbage in the street. A man who lives there went out to look, and he’s confused. What is that on the pavement? At first he thinks it’s dead birds, then maybe dolls. Finally, he comprehends the horror. These are children: naked bodies scattered on the asphalt – tiny victims of abortion. How did they end up on a garbage truck? This man—Richard Selzer, a physician—goes to the hospital. He speaks with the director, who assures him this was an accident. The little babies were, he says, “mixed up with the other debris.” This…

Communion refused?

Posted on February 6th, 2013

One of the thorniest issues any LCMS pastor has to deal with is admission to the Lord’s Table. As pastor of a congregation in the inner suburbs of a major metropolitan area that sees frequent visitors for work, military service, and vacation, I’ve had all of the following kinds of experiences, sometimes on the same Sunday: Someone communes and I later realize I should not have allowed it Someone refrains from communing when I would have allowed it Someone is discretely asked about their church membership and/or confession but takes offense even when they are admitted to the communion Someone is given a blessing instead of the Sacrament but is profoundly gracious about it There are numerous issues at work, but the most challenging…

Our littlest neighbor needs our help

Posted on January 31st, 2013

Peter Scaer’s presentation at the recently held LCMS Life Conference was pointed and convicting, prophetic speech to a slumbering synod. His article in the recent Lutheran Witness is also vital reading. Here’s a paragraph: Some might say that [abortion] is a religious matter and that we should stay out of politics. But Christians can and must act as we are able. Many of those who fought against slavery or championed civil rights were motivated by Christ’s love for people of every race and tribe. Now, our time has come. We must put our faith into action by defending the most defenseless among us. With Christ, we must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. The child in the womb is our littlest…

[Sermo Dei] LCMS Life Conference: We Must Help the Weak (St. Titus, Acts 20:35)

Posted on January 26th, 2013

“All life is not equal.” These are the words of Mary Elizabeth Williams, in her Jan. 23 Salon article, “So what if abortion ends life?”  Williams acknowledges the humanity of the aborted child, yet justifies the taking of life with that chilling statement, “All life is not equal.” She observes that we make other judgments regarding the taking of life, such as by drone strikes, capital punishment, or allowing a patient with a terminal illness to die. But of course, the unborn babies in question are not criminals or terrorists, nor in the throes of death. “All life is not equal” is the lie that upheld slavery for so long in this great land. “All life is not equal” is the lie that upholds…

Information for Lutherans attending the 2013 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Posted on January 23rd, 2013

For the last eleven years, Immanuel Lutheran in Alexandria, VA has hosted a Divine Service before the March for Life. We expect that will continue in 2014. However, this year the Divine Service is part of the larger LCMS Life Conference being held at the Hyatt Regency in Crystal City (Arlington, VA). You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the Divine Service. The service begins at 9:00 a.m., with LCMS President Matthew Harrison preaching. After the service, we will take the Metro into the District for the March. If you are planning on attending the March for Life but cannot attend the Divine Service, plan on meeting your fellow Lutherans at 7th and Independence at 12:00 noon. Look for the…