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About michaelrinehart

Bishop of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Death Penalty

The principles of conservatism are 1. Pro-life 2. Fiscal conservatism 3. Limited government. The death penalty meets none of those standards. Allowing the state to execute its citizens is not limited government. It costs a bundle. And it’s hardly pro … Continue reading

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St. Paul in Shelby and Bethlehem in Round Top Texas

This week I visited Shelby and Round Top. Shelby holds their service at 8 AM. RoundTop at 9:30 AM. They are about 8.7 miles apart. Pastor John David Nedbalek of Bethlehem Round Top has graciously agreed to help St. Paul … Continue reading

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Christians are Disappearing in the Middle East

Can Christianity survive in the Middle East? Christianity is growing globally, but declining in the Middle East. ISIS, yes, but elsewhere as well. This week right wing Jewish groups vandalized a Greek Orthodox Church. Saudi Arabia prohibits Christianity altogether. http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/27/middleeast/christianity-middle-east/index.html

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Fall 2015 Series

Gulf Coast Leaders, This Fall we’re encouraging our congregations to give this series a try. Robert Schnase’s “Five Practices” are radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission and service, and extravagant generosity. Schnase is a Methodist bishop. The … Continue reading

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March 8, 2015 is Lent 3B

Exodus 20:1-17 – Moses’ covenant (age 80?). Ten Commandments. I brought you out of the land of Israel. Psalm 19 – Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You… 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 – The … Continue reading

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Letter to Our Brothers and Sisters in the Coptic Orthodox Church

Father Bishop George St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Bellaire Father Younan William and Father James Gendi St. Mary and Archangel Michael Coptic Orthodox Church in Houston Father Youstos Ghaly St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in New Orleans Dear brothers … Continue reading

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Salem At 60

Salem in Southwest Houston celebrated their 60th anniversary today. Founded in February of 1955. Pastor David Roschke came in May of 1982, the second of only two senior pastors in 60 years. Salem worships in the round, so you’re missing … Continue reading

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