Commentary: The Jobs of Steve Jobs

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.

Installation of Rev. Tony Booker at Saint Michael's in Prague

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.

John 20.19-31 Installation of Tony Booker in Prague

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.

Booker Czech Rep

— Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, LCMS Director of Church Relations

Lutheran Theological Conference in Prague Group Photo

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

Resolution on ULC from MNN District Fall Pastor's Conference

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.

Action: Adopted