Closer than We Expected


We’re almost there! Our journey to the insignificant town of Bethlehem to celebrate the coming of our Savior is coming to an end. It’s been a journey marked by both repentance and rejoicing. Of expectation and excitement. And now, on this fourth Sunday of Advent, we’re on the last leg of our trip. Continue reading

The Cross Alone is Our Theology


Cristus am Kreuz by Cranach. Photo:

Español | Regardless of the particular capacity in which they serve or the amount of formal theological training they’ve received, every missionary operates with a certain theology that profoundly affects everything they do. What sort of theologians are Confessional Lutheran missionaries? Continue reading

The Mission Belongs to God

Vicor Idjon Fritz of the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (LCMS). Photo from LCMS Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean Facebook Page.

Vicor Idjon Fritz of the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission (LCMS). Photo from LCMS Missions in Latin America and the Caribbean Facebook Page.

Español | The Church is born of water and the Word, and there also is her livelihood. She is the instrument of God’s mission, as stated by Luther in his explanation of Psalm 87, where he writes: “But it is clear that this proclamation is made in churches, parishes, and assemblies of the faithful, and so they themselves are the gates of Zion, because [it is] through them that everyone who is to be saved will enter.” This Church is built on the ministry of the Word. The ministry exists, “in, with, and under” the Church, but should never be confused with the Church. Continue reading

The Gospel of Christ Shall Fly Forth

Over 100 years ago a man named Theodore Naether took his family to be a missionary in India. Who would have thought that the result would be our first international partner church, our first mission plant, a church now with hundreds of thousands of believers in Christ from India? He gave everything he had, and in fact, died there. What an amazing effort! And, you know, efforts like his are still going on all over the world.

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It Doesn’t Get Much Clearer!

Español | On April 23rd, the Spanish-speaking world celebrates the Day of Language, in which they honor the famed Spanish novelist, Miguel de Cervantes (author of Don Quixote and arguably the most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature). In commemoration of Cervantes’ contribution to the Spanish language, the University of Chile published a report based on a 2013 survey which sought to answer the question, “Who speaks the best Spanish of Latin America?” Continue reading

The Focus & Foundation of Christianity

Español | Last month Pastor Tullian Tchividjian spoke at Concordia Seminary as part of the annual speaker series, Reformation500, which commemorates the Quincentenary of the Reformation. In his lecture, the best-selling author and lecturer spoke about both the challenges and opportunities that the theology of the Reformation brings to the current American religious landscape. As the grandson of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, Pastor Tchividjian is able to offer a unique, first-hand perspective on the state of American Evangelicalism. Continue reading