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Why did Jesus die? Questions and Answers

"This Holy Week we’re gearing up for the familiar story of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. We’re about to celebrate the foundational story of who we are as Christians. But why did Jesus die? [...]

As Goes Jesus, So Goes Life

"Jesus does two incredible things in John 11. He weeps at death. He calls forth life. Jesus must know, somehow, that he has the power to raise Lazarus to life. But before he calls [...]

Pondering Eternity – Heaven and Hell

"It is a fundamental conviction of Christians that life as we know it is not all there is—there is more to and beyond our temporal existence. The totality of God’s [...]

As Goes Jesus, So Goes Love

"When I was a little girl, a beloved Sunday school teacher gave me a small ivory cross with the words “John 3:16” etched on one side and the entirety of the verse—“For God so [...]

A ‘Youth Gathering’— For adults

"Three years ago, when Stephen Zeller began his call as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cole Camp, Mo., a member came to him interested in planning an event like the ELCA Youth Gathering—but [...]

Losing Faith – Finding Faith

"Some years ago, just before Christmas, I was sitting and enjoying conversation with a staff member one minute, then lying on the ground the next, completely unaware that my body was in the midst of [...]

Deeper Understandings of Christian Eschatology

"Since the dawn of time, humans have asked these age-old questions: Who are we? Why are we here? In what can we hope? The Scriptures, as well as Christian theology, emerged from wrestling with such [...]

Why are young adults leaving the church?

"There’s an interesting article going around the internet about the absence of young adults in the church. The headline reads “59 percent of millennials raised in a church have dropped out—and they’re trying to tell [...]

Lutheran History – Luther’s Early Life

"Martin Luther was born in Eisleben on November 10, 1483 to Hans and Margarethe Luder. Martin himself later modified the family name “Luder” to “Luther” in the mid-1510s possibly because of its similarity to Eleutherius, [...]