November Lutheran Witness Preview

Rev. Roy Askins, Managing Editor of The Lutheran Witness, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the themes in the November issue of LW, why it’s important to have these hard conversations about the Lord’s Supper, and what we can learn about doctrine and practice through this issue. Read this article at

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Beware of Publishers

You can write a masterpiece, only to have it ruined by an inattentive publisher. It would be bad enough if they filled your retelling of Romeo and Juliet with typos, what if you had just penned the ultimate authority on grammar, or perhaps, spelling? Last month, British lexicographer Susie Dent released Word Perfect, a “brilliant […]

Mental Health Monday: Building Industry— Relationships, Ideas, Emotions

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about what it means to build industry with building relationships, thoughts and ideas, and emotions, how we make time for relationships in our vocations, and what contributes to our feelings of purpose.

Hear Mental Health Mondays each Monday at 9am CT! Find all episode with the tag “Mental Health Monday.” View Deaconess Heidi’s Mental Health Playlist on Youtube and find all of her writings at

Hymnody for the End of the Church Year

Matt Machemer, Associate Kantor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, joins Sarah to talk about the themes we hear at the end of the church year, a few of the hymns we sing during this time, and what we learn about our God and the end times in these hymns. Learn about Lutheran Service Book 508, 511, 512, and 516. Find your copy of the Lutheran Service Book Companion to the Hymns at

Jesse Tree: Advent 2020 from CPH

Lisa Clark, Senior Editor for Curriculum Resources with Concordia Publishing House, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about the Advent resources available this year from CPH, the wonderful “Jesse Tree” theme in the materials, and how families and churches can use these materials. Find all of these resources, including the family activity kit, at

Triennial Mission and Ministry Focus

Rev. Kevin Robson— Chief Mission Officer of the LCMS, Rev. Steven Briel— Chair of the Board for National Mission for the LCMS, and Rev. Bernhard Seter— Chair of the Board for International Mission for the LCMS, join Andy and Sarah to talk through Resolution 4-04A from the 2019 LCMS Synodical Convention: “To Expand and Strengthen the Input with Which the Synod’s Triennial Mission and Ministry Emphases Are Determined.” They discuss what this resolution means for these boards, the mission and ministry planning at the synodical level, and what congregations can expect to see in the coming year.

Find the 2019 Convention Proceedings at here.

Adoption Stories: Grant and Sarah De Jong

Grant and Sarah De Jong join Andy and Sarah during the Adoption Stories series to talk about what made adoption important to them, the process of their adoption of a child with Down Syndrome, and what they learned in this experience that would be helpful to other families considering adoption. Learn more about Lutheran Family Service of Iowa at, and find Lutheran Family and Children Services in your area at and search keyword “adoption.”

Honoring Veterans: Chaplain Eric Malmstrom

Chaplain Eric Malmstrom— US Navy, retired, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about his path to becoming a Chaplain in the Armed Forces, the stories of difficult and rewarding times in the service, and how we can support our military veterans. Read more about his story at and view photos of his retirement ceremony at

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News Break – Planned Parenthood drops suit

In today’s News:

Planned Parenthood drops suit 

Planned Parenthood of Arizona has dropped its lawsuit against Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, which sought to have several state regulations on abortion overturned. The suit challenged laws which mandated only physicians commit abortions, banned abortion pills dispensed via telemedicine, and required women to have an ultrasound at least 24 hours before an abortion. Despite dropping the suit, the abortion business is still pressing judges to overturn the laws. In addition, the organization announced on Oct. 24 the resignation of Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard spent 36 years working for the abortion chain, 23 of which were with Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Howard had previously complained about ultrasound legislation, noting that it has led to fewer abortions being committed, meaning women have “had their life substantially disrupted.” He also falsely claimed to provide prenatal care, and opposed legislation banning discriminatory abortions committed based on the race or sex of the child.

Black pro-life leaders tell Planned Parenthood to leave 

Black pro-life leaders are telling the Planned Parenthood abortion chain to get out of their neighborhoods and stop targeting black women and unborn babies. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition recently filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, accusing the abortion chain of decades of racial discrimination, One News Now reports. Planned Parenthood itself recently admitted that its founder, Margaret Sanger, held eugenics beliefs “rooted in racism, ableism and classism” and removed her name from its New York City facility. Hundreds of Planned Parenthood employees also accused its leaders of racism earlier this year. Lori Hoye of the Issues4Life Foundation said the abortion chain needs to do more than just disavow its founder. Though abortions hurt families of every race and culture, statistics indicate that abortions disproportionately hurt the African-American community. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have about 40 percent of all abortions.

Malagasy Lutherans choose a new leader

On Nov. 5, the Malagasy Lutheran Church elected the Rev. Dr. Denis Rakotozafy to serve as its new president. The vote came during the church’s 23rd synodical conference held Nov. 4-8, which gathered under the theme: “and increase the harvest of your righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Same-sex marriage ban overturned 

Nevada voters overturned a ban on same-sex marriage, making it the first state to recognize gay couples’ right to marry in its constitution. The right to same-sex marriage was one four new amendments to the state constitution, which also included a voters’ bill of rights and a renewable energy mandate.