God’s call to neighborly love for the sake of those in need is unequivocal. Migrants and refugees are our neighbors. Exodus 22:21 – “You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien; for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.” and Romans 12:13 – “…Extend hospitality to strangers…” are two of many exhortations to […]

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 […]

  The weekend before Christmas I got the call that my father was dying. A winter storm had already begun and there was no way anyone from the family would be able to travel to the assisted living center where he was. My mother normally lives with Dad but she was two blocks away staying […]

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 […]

The following article was published in the November 2016 Star. Abuse. It comes in so many forms. It usually happens in private but not always. There are horrific public events such as gang rape. Typically, though, the abuse happens in isolation to protect the abuser. Sexual assault against women has entered the very public arena […]

Sermon for Closing Worship at 2016 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly Molly Beck Dean, Program Director, ELCA Youth Gathering   Luke 7:36–8:3 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, […]