Bishop Michael Rinehart


Listen to the podcast by Bishop Michael Rinehart. October 4, 2020 is Pentecost 18A/Proper 22A/Ordinary 28A Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 – The Ten CommandmentsORIsaiah 5:1-7 – My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones,... Continue Reading →


Listen to the podcast by Bishop Michael Rinehart. September 27, 2020 is Pentecost 17A/Proper 21A/Ordinary 27A  Exodus 17:1-7 – The people quarrel with Moses: Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?”... Continue Reading →


Listen to the podcast by Bishop Michael Rinehart. September 20, 2020 is Pentecost 16A/Proper 20A/Ordinary 26A Exodus 16:2-15 – The Israelites complain against Moses. They receive manna and quail.ORJonah 3:10 – 4:11 – Nineveh repents and YHWH changes his mind. Jonah gets angry.... Continue Reading →

Coronavirus and the Church

Covid-19 is not going to kill you. Its true. Maybe half of us will get infected. Half will not. Of those who do get infected, 97% will recover. But even those who die, will not die because of the virus.... Continue Reading →

Labor Day: Advances in Labor Rights

Labor Day means barbecue for many of us, but it is a day to give thanks for the dignity of labor, and to remember the rights of workers, who historically have been exploited by management and owners. If we’ve learned... Continue Reading →

The Installation of Jerry Wirtley as Campus Pastor at Brazos Valley Lutheran Campus Ministry (Texas A&M and Blinn)

August 30, 2020

ELCA Bishops Who Happen to Be Women

The fall after I was elected bishop in 2007, I headed to a Chicago for my first 5-day meeting with the Conference of Bishops. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has 65 Synodical Bishops, and one Presiding Bishop. Of the... Continue Reading →

The Ordination of Jonathan Mollenkopf

Jonathan served as musician at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Bellville with Pastor (and Dean) Andrew Bell. He did his internship at Shared Lutheran Ministries of Fayette County with Pastor Marcia Kifer. He has been called to Nordheim, Texas. Jonathan... Continue Reading →

Hurricane Laura (2020): Lake Charles and Bridge City

This is the year Coronavirus, and two hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. Probability cones as of Saturday, August 22, 2020, before Marco fizzled out and Laura shifted west. We packed up the synod office, moving... Continue Reading →

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