Friends in Christ,

I pray you are well, and just about ready for Christmas! I enjoyed my first official visit to the Ft. Wayne Seminary this week past, at the invitation of President Wenthe. Flew up on Tuesday morning, and back to St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon. Meeting the faculty was a great pleasure. We discussed many issues. I particularly enjoyed hearing from each of them about what they have been working on as of late.

I preached Wednesday at Kramer Chapel, a place and pulpit that hold for me many fond memories. You can listen to the sermon by clicking HERE: Harrison Sermon at CTS Chapel. After chapel the entire student body met for a convocation. I could have spoken interminably (as a Synod official I have that particular ability), but I decided simply to take questions for the entire hour. It was marvelous. Great questions. Good theology. Wonderful humor. We spoke about preaching, pastoral practice, the importance of residential theological education, Luther, and many other topics.

The highlight of the visit was a walk into, through and around the new Ft. Wayne Seminary Library facility, still under construction. Unbelievable. President Wenthe, the faculty and the Board of Regents deserve the Synod’s deepest appreciation and gratitude for their stewardship of this great institution.

Blessed final days of Advent!

Matt Harrison