Posts tagged “Matthew Harrison

New Book—The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

The Praesidium of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (Synod President and Vice-Presidents) collaborated on a book centered around Christ’s promise to His Church that the gates of hell would not prevail against her. The Gates of Hell: Confessing Christ in a Hostile World contains the sermons and essays of the Praesidium from the 2016 LCMS Convention, plus new chapters on the religion of sex (Scott Murray), Luther and the two kingdoms (Matthew Harrison), the status of the church in western society (John Wohlrabe), defying the devil in international mission work (Daniel Preus), the table of the Lord (Christopher Esget), the urgency of preaching (Nabil Nour), and defending against the gates of hell (Herbert Mueller). As general editor Scott Murray observes in the introduction, our outlook as the…

Adapting the local lifestyle

Posted on August 14th, 2014

In a recent interview on Issues, Etc., LCMS President Matthew Harrison encouraged pastors to get to know their people, spend time in their homes, hospital rooms, lives. Only through this will the preacher be able to truly preach to his people. It reminded me of this quotation from Eric Metaxas’s biography of Bonhoeffer about his time spent in Barcelona: The intellectual dullness and the overwhelmingly languorous atmosphere of Barcelona pushed hard against Bonhoeffer’s hyperactive mind and personality. He was amazed at how people of all ages seemed to while away the hours sitting at cafés in the middle of the day, chattering about little of any real substance. He observed that besides coffee, vermouth-and-sodas were particularly popular, usually served with half a dozen oysters.…

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…

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…

Register Now for LCMS Life Conference

Posted on January 2nd, 2013

The LCMS Life Conference is fast approaching. Held in Arlington, VA, participants will attend the March for Life in Washington, DC, hear President Harrison and other noted Lutheran speakers. Holy Communion, Evening Prayer, Matins, and the Itinerarium will be prayed at the conference. Get more details by clicking here – I hope to see you at the conference!

As available as bottled water

Posted on April 17th, 2012

LCMS President Matthew Harrison in the Lutheran Witness on the Obamacare Mandate and religious freedom: The issue is simple. We are not telling the government not to provide drugs or healthcare for women. We are not pushing for legislation to limit access to anything. Our own health plan does provide medications for specific health needs (which in other cases are used as contraceptives). I would argue that contraceptives (which the LCMS does not reject out of hand) and abortion-causing drugs are as available as bottled water in this culture of death. The “accommodation” offered by the president is a red herring. “Churches and their institutions won’t pay for offensive medications; their insurers will.” Oh? Most Catholic health plans are self-insured, just as the Concordia Health…

Conspiracy? Government to pay upkeep on President Harrison’s mustache

Posted on February 29th, 2012

  Esteemed Lutheran pastor, blogger, and soon-to-be Director of Worship for the LCMS William Weedon likes conspiracy theories. Well, here’s one: The Opportunity Our noble president, Matthew Harrison, recently made his way to our fair capital to testify at a congressional hearing. But did he do anything else? President Harrison swiftly left the hearing room, ostensibly to fly back to St. Louis. Was there time for a quick meeting with Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-MD? One can imagine the terms when President Harrison got the call: “Sure I’ll come to Washington. But quid pro quo. Get me a meeting with ol’ Roscoe.” “No problem, reverend. But why?” “I’ve got some legislation I want to pitch to him.” The Pitch But Roscoe was busy. Being President…