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 […]

A past post “Day of Renewal Time to Reflect on Bold Service and Future Directions for ELCA discussed a new process being put forward by ELCA to determine future directions and priorities, “Called Forward Together in Christ”. As was mentioned, this is a process begun by Bishop Eaton to help leaders make decisions about the […]

Earlier this month, Lutherans from all three Iowa Synods gathered to meet with state legislators at the Capitol in Des Moines for the tenth year for “Lutheran Day on the Hill.” The day began early for Northeastern Iowa participants who get on the bus early in the morning at either LSI Bremwood Campus in Waverly […]

If you are taking youth to the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering this summer, you should already know about the Getting Ready Bible Studies. What you may not be aware of is that these are great bible studies that can be used in a variety of settings.  The third lesson is about Detroit itself and may […]

The way I think about God is shaped by what I’ve learned about the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” I’ve sometimes heard people discuss this hymn in a romantic sort of way, speculating that as time passed Luther looked back nostalgically on the security he had experienced while […]

Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go towards the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a wilderness road.) So he got up and went.   Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in […]