Bishop Michael Rinehart



The Hill We Climb

by Poet Amanda Gorman When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the... Continue Reading →

Lord of Life in The Woodlands celebrates 70 years

The Story of Lord of Life 1968 –The beginning. No LCA church between Loop 610 and Dallas going north. Mission Board buys land for new mission north of 1960. 1969 –First wedding at LOL Gifton Underwood and Marilyn Suderman Aug 21, 1969.... Continue Reading →

Installation of Chon Pugh at First Presbyterian and Memorial Lutheran of Texas City

Meet Pastor Chon Pugh. This Sunday, November 15, 2020 Pastor Pugh was installed as the pastor at a unique congregation where Presbyterians and Lutherans worship together: First Memorial, Texas City. When I arrived today, I discovered in Chon’s office a... Continue Reading →

Columbus, Cortés and the Development of Latin@ Popular Religion

I’ve been learning about Latin@ faith and spirituality this month, through a class taught by Dr. Carmen Nanko-Fernández, and through a host of readings, some of which I will mention in this post, and others I will list at the... Continue Reading →


The Gulf Coast Synod Council has been having conversations about reparations. I’ve encouraged this, and am in favor. Here are some questions with which we’ve been grappling. What are reparations from a Christian standpoint? It’s “bearing fruit worthy of repentance.”... Continue Reading →

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 →

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