It’s here! The 175th anniversary of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod has arrived! The Spring 2022 Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly (Volume 95, no.1) contains five articles which draw our attention to this historic event.
Synod president, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, provides a brief introduction to this issue which focuses our attention on the weaknesses and strength of the Synod. Next, Rev. Mark A. Loest provides a narrative recounting of the day-by-day activities of the first synodical convention in 1847. Rev. Peter K. Lange, current 1st vice-president of the Synod, provides the sermon he preached at First St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago (the congregation which hosted the first synodical convention) for their 175th anniversary.
Rev. Joel R. Baseley, a previous contributor to the CHIQ and a CHI Distinguished Service Award honoree, provides his translation of the first synodical convention report which was written by the first secretary of the LCMS, Rev. F.W. Husmann. Rev. Baseley also provides a translation of an article by Rev. Hermann Fick about two imaginary Lutherans discussing the first constitution. Both of Rev. Baseley’s translations are reprinted by permission. The last article, by Mrs. Rebekah Curtis, is a light-hearted presentation of “The Ballad of the Missouri Synod”.
Three book reviews finish out this issue of the CHIQ. Fred A. Bleeke reviews Carolyn Blum and Betty Knapp’s, “Dedicated! Lutheran Women Grounded in the Word; Growing in God’s Mission,” Armand J. Boehme reviews Mark Granquist’s, “A History of Luther Seminary 1869-2019,” and Timothy Schaar reviews Craig L. Nessan’s, “Wilhelm Loehe and North America, Historical Perspective and Living Legacy.”
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