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God doesn’t stop calling God’s people

"In the Lutheran church we talk a lot about callings. Martin Luther preached that everyone is called into the priesthood of believers, bearing witness to Jesus in all we say and do. Luther himself [...]

Christian Education – Is Faith Shifting?

"I’m a religious educator—I have been for more than 30 years—and so I tend to think in terms of memory cues. In a Christian context, that often means thinking in threes: the three persons [...]

Christianity and Safety – Are We Safe?

"I’m sitting at my neighborhood coffee shop, thousands of miles away from the ostensibly dangerous Central American migrants threatening to cross the U.S. border. Miles, even, from the more murderous neighborhoods of my city (Minneapolis), [...]

The Bible – A Historical Document

"Most of us in the religion business can relate to this scenario: you are on a plane and end up sitting next to someone who asks you, “What do you do for a living?” Over [...]

Thanksgiving – An Intergenerational Holiday

"This week, families and friends across the United States will gather to share a meal, to enjoy one another’s presence and to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings we corporately and individually share. Community, [...]

Love of Advent and Christmas

"I have always loved Christmas time and one reason I have is because growing up, Christmas wasn’t just one day. My parents used the time of Advent to build anticipation and tell the story [...]

Reformation Day and Hope

"Today, Oct. 31, is Reformation Day. As the church remembers 501 years of the Protestant Reformation, we are also reminded of our need for Jesus. Given recent incidents of hate, intolerance and violence, Jesus’ message and way of [...]

Lutheran History – Henry Melchior Muhlenberg

"Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787) was a prominent American Lutheran pioneer pastor, church planter, organizer, administrator, liturgist and chronicler. Sent by Halle Pietists in 1742 to counter Moravian incursions among German Lutherans in Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg succeeded [...]