highlights

We’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  It takes a village to preach the Gospel. This past weekend, the rostered ministers and members of the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered to do the work that is necessary to ensure that the Gospel is proclaimed in response to Christ’s […]

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It was all Gospel all the time at the opening of the 2017 Synod Assembly.   As a part of our six-year emphasis on  Reformation Renewal,  we are focusing this year on Martin Luther and the Gospel. Bishop Ullestad preached on the importance of preaching the Gospel and only the Gospel.   There are many ways to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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The 2014 Northeastern Iowa Synod began on a beautiful balmy evening.  As people registered and milled about, it soon became clear what was going to be the hit of the assembly. Assembly Jesus.  A little flat Jesus on a stick that assembly goers could take everywhere to remind them Jesus is with them.  Not a […]

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A Review by Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson If you go to see the new Noah movie expecting to see a dutiful and faithful retelling of the exact story-line in Genesis, you will be disappointed.  And apparently many Christians are not just disappointed, but angry, at the creative liberties taken with the story in this movie. But […]