Bishop Michael Rinehart



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

Remote Congregational Meetings

As we approach congregational annual meetings, here is the ELCA’s FAQ on holding remote meetings: The above link directs us to take into account the law of the states in which your congregation is situated for guidance on remote... Continue Reading →

¿Es el Papa Francisco Latin@?

El Papa Francisco es un Papa extraordinario para nuestro tiempo. También es el primer Papa de América, América Latina y el hemisferio sur. "¿Pero es Católico?" un arzobispo católico romano bromeó conmigo. Se ha hecho una pregunta más seria: "¿El... Continue Reading →

Is Pope Francis Latin@? Pope Francis is a remarkable Pope for our time. He’s also the first pope from The Americas, Latin America, and the southern hemisphere. “But is he Catholic?” a Roman Catholic Archbishop joked with me. A more serious question has... Continue Reading →

Rest In Peace Pastor Bob Graetz (1928-2020)

Pastor Bob Gratez and his wife Jeannie were courageous leaders. He was the only white minister in Montgomery to support the bus boycott. Their house was bombed. Rosa Parks came over to help them clear the rubble. They lived through... Continue Reading →

Bubble Church

How would you like a way to leverage the difficulties of this pandemic into something that could make a significant boost in discipleship and relationships in your congregation?  Last month I wrote about the various technologies people are using to get... Continue Reading →

Social Bubbles and the Church

Social Bubbles Bishop Michael Rinehart There are literally hundreds of articles on social bubbles out there right now. Check out Google.  The NBA has successfully employed them, as has Tyler Perry with his production crew.  There has been a lot... Continue Reading →

CAR Sunday: Transforming the Colonial Face of Global Mission

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic (L’Église Évangélique Luthérienne de la République Centrafricaine) is one of our two global companion synods, here in the Gulf Coast Synod. (The other is Peru.) Many of our congregations are setting... Continue Reading →


Listen to the podcast by Bishop Michael Rinehart. October 18, 2020 is Pentecost 20A, Proper 24A/Ordinary 30A Exodus 33:12-23 - Moses asks to see God’s glory. God says, “You cannot see my face,” but allows Moses to see his backside.ORIsaiah 45:1-7... Continue Reading →


Listen to the podcast by Bishop Michael Rinehart. October 11, 2020 is Pentecost 19A/Proper 23A/Ordinary 26A Exodus 32:1-14 – The Hebrew people create a golden calf to worship while Moses is receiving the law and commandments from God on Mt. Sinai.... Continue Reading →

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