2 Corinthians 5:17
LHS Chooses 2 Corinthians 5:17 as 2017-2018 School Theme
07/19/2017
The theme for the 2017-2018 school year comes from 2 Corinthians 5:17. . . "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (ESV)
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LHSKC Advanced German Students Take a Trip to Germany
06/12/2017
On Saturday, June 10th LHS German Teacher Emily Meier and 17 of her students left Kansas City for a 2-week trip to Germany. On the trip the group plans to visit a number of cities including Berlin, Munich, Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Bonn. They will return on Saturday, June 24th. Interested readers may track their trip by checking back to this page daily. Pictures from the trip may be viewed under the School News tab on this website.
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A+ Program
LHSKC Named an A+ School
03/17/2017
The Lutheran High School of Kansas City has recently been designated an A+ High School in the State of Missouri.
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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

Dr. StelmachowiczFor we maintain that a man is justified by faith - apart from works of the Law. Romans 3:28

Here I Stand . . . 500 years ago a rebel stood up and took a stand.  That rebel and his stand altered the course of religious history for the past 500 years.  Of course, this rebellious, standalone historic figure was none other than our own Martin Luther.  Luther challenged the religious hierarchy of his day because he had searched scripture and discovered the concept of “grace through faith” as the most relevant teaching of the faith.  Now this is a brief simplification of all of Luther’s studies.  But, in short, he opposed any works’ righteousness mentality that had surfaced within portions of the Roman Catholic Church of his time.  His 95 theses nailed to the wooden church door are legendary.  Luther took a stand, paid a price for his stand, and is today revered as a reformer who transformed theological discussion within the Christian Church for centuries.

In my lifetime I have witnessed many a protest in our democratic society.  From the protests of the Vietnam War and Civil rights of the 60’s to the “Black Lives Matter” and other similar protests of today, reformers and would-be reformers have also taken their stands.  Some of those reformers lost their lives because of their beliefs.  We must remember our culture is one which is supportive of individual freedom and expression.  A country built on independent thought and action is always ripe for the next reformer to take his or her ideals to the next level.  The culture of Luther’s day was more condemning of those who might step out of line and upset the status quo, especially inside the sacred walls of the church.  While Luther did not lose his life for his stance, he did lose credibility and was shamed by the majority because of his views.  One wonders how many hours of mental consternation he endured before he concluded he must oppose the most powerful institution of his day, the Church of Rome.

Consequently, Luther’s stance not only created dialogue among new denominations, it also awakened the Catholic Church to react to a line of corruption within its own ranks.  Today Luther stands as a symbol of standing alone in times of challenge and controversy, not comfort and convenience.  He risked everything he had for what he believed and never backed down despite pressure from many a faction.  No endorsements followed his stand.  No book deals were waiting.  No talk shows labeled him a celebrity.  Luther truly was on an island.  His faith bolstered ONLY by the Word of God, the words of Jesus.

As we measure and compare those who stand for higher ideals, changes in tradition,  and equality for all, let us remember and note the life of Martin Luther.  Let us not too quickly judge and condemn those who stand alone, but let us all measure the effort by the sacrifice made.  Luther was not praised nor heralded as a great man when he first posted his theses.  Time would honor him more than the peers of his day. This year we remember the man, his stance, and the changes he championed.  Happy 500th.

In His Service,

                                                                                         Dr. Cary Stelmachowicz