The Concordia Theological Seminary community is pleased to welcome two new members to our faculty and ordained staff.
Freshen Up! Splash on a sweet smelling aroma of God’s mercy and grace as we prepare to receive our guests at the 35th Biennial LWML Convention in Pittsburgh, PA, June 27-30, 2013. We ask God’s guidance that His plans will be our plans. Be sure to send in your registration before the deadline. Convention Logo Polo Shirt mail orders need to be postmarked no later than May 15, 2013. The postmark deadline is June 1, 2013, to be able to pick up your shirt at the convention.
Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
216 Liberty Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
From Debbie Houlihan, Disaster Response Coordinator for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Point Pleasant, NJ)
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
708 Ocean Road, Point Pleasant, NJ
From the Gathering Coordinator for the New Jersey District, Alicia De Sena:
Luther Memorial Lutheran Church
401 Erial Road, Blackwood, NJ
Trinity Lutheran Church - Morris Plains, NJ
131 Mountain Way, Morris Plains, NJ
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Somerset, NJ
1640 Amwell Road, Somerset, NJ
I like to ask Christians (pastors, seminarians and laypeople) what is in Matthew 18. Most biblically knowledgeable Christians respond: “That is the chapter about what we are supposed to do if our neighbor sins against us. Jesus teaches us to follow the three-step process of going to them individually, then with one or two others and then, if they still won’t listen and confess their sin, to tell it to the church.” We American Christians are often quite good at remembering these three steps of admonition. But then I follow up with the question, “What else is in Matthew 18?” People are normally stumped. We remember the three steps, but not the rest. And the rest of Matthew 18, the context of the three steps (which are actually only three verses in a 35-verse chapter), is incredibly important.