Dr. Gene E. Veith Jr., provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, Va., and director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., has written a commentary about the death of Steve Jobs in The Lutheran Witness column, “A View From Here.” He writes, in part: “No one can deny that Steve Jobs was gifted. And gifts imply a Giver. No one can deny that Steve Jobs was good at his jobs. He had a vocation, a calling. And a calling implies a Caller.” You can read Veith’s commentary, “The Jobs of Steve Jobs,” here.
|The Installation of Rev. Tony Booker|
On Saturday, 8 October 2011, Rev. Tony Booker was installed as pastor of the Saint Michael’s English congregation in Prague and missionary to Eurasia. Rev. Booker was called by the Board for International Mission (BIM) in June 2011 and was ordained in August. Prior to the call of Pastor Booker to the Saint Michael’s English Congregation, the church had been served for the past five years by retired LCMS pastors. For the past year, Rev. Ronald Stehr has served the congregation. He is scheduled to return to the United States after his last service in Prague on 13 November 2011. Pastor Booker pending funding considerations hopes to arrive in Prague for full time service beginning in January 2012. During the interim period, the English Congregation will be served by another LCMS pastor located in Eurasia. For more information on assisting Rev. Booker please visit www.lcms.orgBooker.
Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill preached the installation sermon.
|Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill Preaching the
Installation of Rev. Tony Booker on John 20:19 – 31.
Dr. Quill’s sermon is provided below.
After the installation sermon, the service continued with the installation liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book Agenda.
Because Pastor Booker’s installation occurred immediately following the Lutheran Theological Conference in Prague, several LCMS and partner church pastors were able to assist in the installation, including pastors from Russia and Kazakhstan.
|Rev. Dr. Brent Smith in the foreground at Saint Michael’s|
|Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Rev. Dr. Timothy Quill,
Rev. Tony Booker, and Rev. Dr. Larry Rast
You can see more information about Rev. Booker below.
— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations
|Group Photo of Participants at
Lutheran Theological Conference in Prague
6 October 2011
The Lutheran Theological Conference attendees gathered for a group photograph. Seated in the first row are Bishops and Presidents of church bodies who attended the conference (from left to right): Rev. Gijsbertus van Hattem, President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belgium (ELCB); Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Independent Lutheran Church (SELK) in Germany; Vsvelod Lytkin, Bishop of the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC); Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod; Kenjebek Botobaev, Bishop Kyrgyzstan, Jonathan Ehlers, Chairman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE); David Jurech, Interim-Superintendent of the Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Czech Republic. (Not all participants were available for the photo.)
Participants represent twenty-one countries including England, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Czech Republic, Hungry, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Norway, and the United States.
Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations
MNN District Fall Pastors Conference
October 4, 2011
WHEREAS, the Minnesota South District (MNS) Board of Directors (BOD) has recently taken actions and executed an agreement to sell the property on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, used for the past 62 years by University Lutheran Chapel (ULC); and
WHEREAS, the Joint Minnesota South/Minnesota North Districts Pastors Conference (May 11, 2011, Brainerd, MN) had requested that the MNS BOD bring this entire matter before the MNS District in convention to deliberate and determine an appropriate course of action regarding the sale of the ULC property; and
WHEREAS, the decision to sell the Lutheran Student Center by the MNS District BOD has resulted in tension, divisions, and a disruption to our life together; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Minnesota North District (MNN) 2011 Fall Pastors Conference humbly express its sincere sadness at the outcomes of these actions of the MNS BOD; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the MNS BOD be urged to communicate caringly and clearly and further explain its rationale, and, if at all possible, reverse or delay its recent decisions regarding ULC, so that the matter may considered by the MNS District Convention; and be it further
RESOLVED, that encouragement be given to individuals, congregations, circuits, and districts across the LCMS to offer solutions to sustain the ongoing ministry and mission of ULC; and be it finally
RESOLVED, that the MNN 2011 Fall Pastors Conference encourage all to fervently pray that the Lord of the Church bless the outcomes of these deliberations and decisions concerning ULC.
Simply put, because Jesus lives, because Jesus gives His Spirit in His Word.
We are more than half way through the season of Pentecost, the “time of the Church” in the Christian year. The Gospels this year are all from Matthew: the confession of Peter; the cost of discipleship; the need to forgive one another as Christ has forgiven us; the last will be first and the first last; the parable of the vineyard, and so forth. Sunday after Sunday the Word of God brings Christ to us, Christ and all He does for us.
For the Lord Jesus Christ, in His Word, is the source of the Church’s life – nothing more, nothing less.
Yet there are times when the Holy Christian Church looks neither holy, nor Christian, nor even like a church. We’ve all experienced this disappointment when people have failed us, or when we have failed others in the church.
Even as the Church proclaims repentance, the Church herself is ever called to repentance. Even as the Church seeks to tell the story of Christ, she is called to hear again the voice of her Master, “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden,” Jesus says, “and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
The Church’s holiness comes from the fact that Christ is holy and daily washes His Church in the water of baptism, daily forgiving and restoring her to Himself. The Church is Christian because Christ puts His name on her, and then calls her to follow Him. She is Church because He has called her His own.
Christ gives His Spirit in His Word daily to call the Church, and the world through the Church, to repentance and faith. This is why the Church remains, and ever shall remain.
Much to the surprise of those in every age who thought the Church would succumb to the prevailing “wisdom” of the day, the Church lives and thrives because Jesus lives to keep His promise, in response to Peter’s confession: “On this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).
Our task, then, our calling is to point people to this life that is really Life, to the living Lord Jesus. He walks among His churches, the Book of Revelation says, assuring us, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:17-18).
This Sunday, when you go to church, take a new look at what is going on. Look past anything that annoys you about your pastor or the people and hear the Word of God afresh as it is: the Word of Jesus directly to you. Remember that Jesus gives His Body and Blood for you. Remember that He put His name on you in your Baptism. He is alive to give you life. Go then with His Life into your daily life. Go and bring to others this life that is the only real Life.
The Church remains because Jesus lives and, in Him, so do you!
+Herbert C. Mueller
LCMS First Vice-President