4.13.17

Anita T. Nuetzman is a graduating senior at Wartburg Theological Seminary.  She has been approved for ordination and assigned to the Northeastern Iowa Synod. When I showed up for my entrance interview, I expected the candidacy committee to do its job, that is, to tell me I was unfit for ministry and send me back […]

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As part of our six-year celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is focusing on the Gospel this year.  At the heart of the Lutheranism is our deep commitment to the good news (Gospel) that we are saved by grace through faith. So that we may obtain this faith, the […]

preaching

I got such a great response from asking our synod rostered ministers about their thoughts on preaching that it took two blog posts to share it all.  Here are some more thoughts from our preachers: “How can I help them hear what God is saying?” “One thing I’ve discovered is that there are ways to […]

preaching

In this, our third of a six-year Reformation focus with the theme of “Celebrating Renewal”, the Northeastern Iowa Synod is highlighting the Gospel.  This month we are taking a closer look at what it means to preach the Gospel. In the March STAR, Bishop Steven Ullestad emphasizes the enormity of the responsibility of the preacher […]

Refugees

  ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth’s Eaton’s recent statement addressing President’ Trump’s Executive Order banning refugees from some countries is in line with our church’s tradition of advocating for the welcome and kind treatment of immigrants and refugees.  Since 1939 the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has been a champion for refugees from around the […]

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As printed in the January STAR Throughout this year we will be celebrating the Gospel, using the witness of Martin Luther as a symbol of how that Gospel transforms individuals and the church. The Gospel is woven into what Dr. Luther said and wrote. There are several phrases of Luther’s theology that exemplify this and […]

reformation

2017 marks the 500th commemoration of the Reformation which is traditionally dated October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg to protest what he saw as abuses in the church at the time. Synods and churches throughout the ELCA are planning different ways […]