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Letters From a Pastor's Heart

by Matthew Harrison

Item #: 124505 / 2016 / Paperback / 160 Pages


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What does it mean to be pastoral? Throughout his twenty-five years immersed in congregational life and the inner workings of the The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison learned a humbling thing or two about ministering to the people of God. Being a pastor always comes back to being a shepherd—loving the souls surrounding you and leading by conviction of God's Word of truth.

This collection of pastoral letters penned by Harrison is a window into the heart of a man who cares deeply about the spread of the Gospel and the pastors and church members who do just that on a daily basis. A majority of these letters are taken from The Lutheran Witness articles featured in the “from the president” section, issues September 2010–April 2016.

Each conversational and thought-provoking letter ties into the following topics:

  • Repentance
  • Forgiveness
  • The Bible
  • The Church
  • Congregational Life
  • Witness and Mission
  • Church and State
  • Family and Vocation
  • Prayer
  • Hope and Joy
  • Resurrection

About the Author
Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison is president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Before becoming Synod president, Harrison served for nine years as the executive director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. In addition to his presidential duties, he is a prodigious theologian and scholar, authoring, translating, or editing numerous articles, pamphlets, and books of contemporary and classic Lutheran theology.

Pastor Harrison and Kathy live in Ballwin, Missouri, and are members of Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri, where he serves as assistant pastor. The couple has two sons. Harrison is an avid banjo player and instrumentalist who makes guitars, banjos, and mandolins.

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These reflections from President Matthew Harrison echo years of dedicated service as both a pastor and synod president. Aimed to encourage and uplift, they are evidence of Pastor Harrison's pastoral heart and head. He provides a robust account of what it means to be a Lutheran pastor, grounded in God's Word and centered in Christ. These devotional gems will edify and encourage fellow pastors and all of God's royal priesthood.

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