It sounds so much cooler in the Greek: Martyría, Diakonía, and Koinōnía.
Witness, Mercy, Life Together.
This was the theme of the orientation for the boards newly constituted by some of the Blue Ribbon Take Force proposals passed at the convention in July.
It is a wonderful theme for the LCMS at large.
Two people already have good posts:
The ABC3s of Miscellany (Pr. Collver broke the story)
Of all the activities that people claim that “God told me to do,” witness, mercy, and living together are in fact things that God has given us to do.
The bonus is these are things that God has given to us. He has witnessed to us by the evidence of the crucifixion, the resurrection, and His Word. He has given us mercy in the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation from an eternity of fire, brimstone, and darkness. He has given us this life together, in the Holy Communion, in the ministry of reconciliation, in vocation, and others.
We witness, have mercy, and live together because he has witnessed, has mercy, and lives together with us.
As the President and vice-presidents of the LCMS are installed, my prayers are for God’s men in office as they serve their calls. May they be fine examples of martyría, diakonía, and koinōnía, may they teach these emphases through their actions and their words, and may we learn!