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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The ancient church taught that on Holy Saturday Christ stormed the gates of hell to free all the righteous, beginning with Adam and Eve. The following is an ancient sermon from an anonymous priest that expresses this promise of Easter:  If Hell is the place of total darkness and absence from God, Jesus’ invasion of it shows there […]

Lord God, You have appointed me as a pastor in Your Church, but you see how unsuited I am to meet so great and difficult a task. If I had lacked Your help, I would have ruined everything long ago. Therefore, I call upon You: I wish to devote my mouth and my heart to you; […]