January 8, 2015

Resolutions will always come up short in our attempts to remake ourselves

A new year. Time to start over. A fresh set of possibilities. Out with the old, in with thenew. New Year’s resolutions are made—usually along the lines of self-
improvement. And so, with a combina...

December 11, 2014

With Jesus we have peace, we have hope, we are loved—and not just at holiday

I remember this jarring image: It was the Christmas Eve candlelight service at my home congregation. A banner depicting Mary and Jesus in the manger had been hung from the ceiling at the front...

November 23, 2014

Conference of Bishops
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
November 20, 2014

As people of faith and leaders of the church, we support public policy that protects children, reunites families, and cares for the most vulnerable, regardless of their place of birth.

The tre...

October 29, 2014

Disciplines help us glorify God while serving in ways that are abundant, clear

“I’m spiritual, not religious.” How many times have we heard that, usually from people who consider their unchurched status a mark of honor. When I heard this as a parish pastor, I became fru...

October 7, 2014

This is most certainly true: Remember Eighth Commandment explanation

By Elizabeth A. Eaton

I remember a particularly contentious meeting with a church council when I was a synod bishop. It didn’t start out that way, but bit by bit the mood changed. Council members began...

October 1, 2014

Changing the face of stewardship to live richly in faith toward God

by Rev. Scott Schantzenbach, Assistant to the Bishop for Stewardship and Faith Formation


In the ancient myths, Jason and the Argonauts joined in a search for the Golden Fleece. Their journey

would lead t...

July 30, 2014

On September 7, 2014, congregations across the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will celebrate ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ Sunday, an opportunity to serve our neighbors and communities.  This tradition began last year as part of the 25th anniversary of the ELC...

June 18, 2014

A call to all for greater, deeper and unapologetic participation in this church

We are in the middle of synod assembly season. All synods will meet, vote, discuss, worship and sing

. I will be at five of these and can assure you that, though there are delightful regional...

March 10, 2014

The essence of Christ: Loving, selfless suffering and death for the life of the world

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shown like th...

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