Bishop Michael Rinehart



The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church Ordination Service 2023

Lutherans used to ordain at Synod Assembly. Methodists still do. This year the Texas Annual Conference met at the Hilton of the Americas, in Houston, just off La Avenida de las Americas. Walking in, it felt like a synod assembly,... Continue Reading →

Crosier under construction

Russell Halvorsen is a woodworker. He also happens to be the spouse of Pastor Beth Marie Halvorsen. A few years ago I approached him about making a Synod Crozier. He immediately said yes and begin looking for some good local... Continue Reading →

On Juneteenth

My book recommendation for June is On Juneteenth, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed. Get this: Gordon-Reed, who teaches at Harvard, grew up in Conroe Texas. She was the first black student at Conroe’s Anderson Elementary School. Her Texas roots... Continue Reading →

LSTC Graduation

The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago is selling its behemoth building at 1100 E. 55th St. in Hyde Park (to the University of Chicago), and taking up new residence on the fourth floor of the Catholic Theological Union, just... Continue Reading →

Gulf Coast Synod Assembly 2023

This is a work in progress. Just getting started. Many more photos to come. May 19-20, 2023 Lord of Life Lutheran Church, The Woodlands, Texas Where it all began: A gathering of Lord of Life staff and synod staff. Pregame... Continue Reading →

The Ordination of Cassandra Nagle

Photos by Evangeline Dai, Rick Janacek, Jay, Shailer, Chris, Markert, and others. The sermon was delivered by The Rev. Kacey Hahn, Pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Renton, WA The giving of the stole Installation, Pastor David Hansen, Dean of... Continue Reading →

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