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 lutheranfamilyservice.org, and find Lutheran Family and Children Services in your area at lcms.org/rso 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 blogs.lcms.org/2020/christ-on-the-front-lines-remembering-the-fallen and view photos of his retirement ceremony at facebook.com/MinistryArmedForces.LCMS/posts/3373535976048896.

Learn more about LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces and becoming a chaplain at lcms.org/armedforces.

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.

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.

Daily Chapel – Rev. Peter Ill on Acts 21:1-16

Rev. Peter Ill gives today’s sermon based on Acts 21:1-16. This is a rebroadcast from November 11, 2019.

Today we pray for Anton Lutz who serves the Lord in Papua New Guinea. Read his story and how to support his work at lcms.org/anton.lutz. Find your opportunity to serve at servenow.lcms.org.


>> The broadcast of chapel services is brought to you by LCMS International Mission and Ministry to Armed Forces.
>> Learn more at international.lcms.org and lcms.org/armedforces.


Tune in weekdays at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear daily chapel services from the LCMS International Center. Find service information including the lectionary, hymn, and homilist for the day at kfuo.org/daily-chapel-schedule.

Daily Chapel – Rev. Peter Ill on Acts 21:1-16

Rev. Peter Ill gives today’s sermon based on Acts 21:1-16. This is a rebroadcast from November 11, 2019.

Today we pray for Anton Lutz who serves the Lord in Papua New Guinea. Read his story and how to support his work at lcms.org/anton.lutz. Find your opportunity to serve at servenow.lcms.org.


>> The broadcast of chapel services is brought to you by LCMS International Mission and Ministry to Armed Forces.
>> Learn more at international.lcms.org and lcms.org/armedforces.


Tune in weekdays at 10:00 a.m. CT to hear daily chapel services from the LCMS International Center. Find service information including the lectionary, hymn, and homilist for the day at kfuo.org/daily-chapel-schedule.

Law and Gospel — Sunday’s Lectionary: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28

Pastor Baker discusses theological distinctions between Law & Gospel.

Today’s topic of discussion is Sunday’s Lectionary for Series A of the Three Year Lectionary.

Festival: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
1st Reading: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-12
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30


Learn more about Pastor Tom Baker’s Law & Gospel at lawandgospel101.com.

Law and Gospel — Sunday’s Lectionary: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28

Pastor Baker discusses theological distinctions between Law & Gospel.

Today’s topic of discussion is Sunday’s Lectionary for Series A of the Three Year Lectionary.

Festival: Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28)
1st Reading: Zephaniah 1:7-16
Psalm: Psalm 90:1-12
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 15:20-28
Gospel: Matthew 25:14-30


Learn more about Pastor Tom Baker’s Law & Gospel at lawandgospel101.com.

The Coffee Hour – Mental Health Monday: Industry, Identity, and Vocation

Deaconess Heidi Goehmann, LCSW, joins Andy and Sarah to talk about industry and purpose, industry versus inferiority, identity and vocation, and finding our identity and purpose in Christ.

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 heidigoehmann.com.


The Coffee Hour is underwritten by Concordia University Wisconsin. Live Uncommon. Learn more at cuw.edu.

Have a topic you’d like to hear about on The Coffee Hour? Contact Andy Bates at andrew.bates@kfuo.org or call 314-996-1519.