I wrote this for my personal blog a few years ago.  In 2012, Living Lutheran reposted it.  Here it is again.  For those who prefer a less sentimental Valentine’s Day.  The truth is, we know nothing for sure about anybody named Valentine other than he was martyred, like many other early Christians, on Feb. 14 […]

by Marcia Hahn Reposted from the January 2015 STAR This year marks the 600th anniversary of the execution of Jan Hus, a Czech priest, and reformer who believed that scripture, instead of the Pope, should be used as the most important authority of the church. Hus’ beliefs echoed those expressed by John Wycliffe, a reformer […]

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Executive Staff recently met in retreat to look at and plan for the year ahead. We based our planning on the Synod Council approved theme for the next 6 years called “Celebrating Renewal”, which lifts up characteristics of past church leaders which will help us move toward the future.  They are […]

There really was a King (or Duke) Wenceslas—though his life is shrouded in history and legend. He lived from 907-929 AD in what was known as Bohemia and is now the Czech Republic. It was a dark and violent time. Most people still worshiped a variety of tribal pagan gods. Many of the nobles in Bohemia were opposed […]