Ministry in Context

Merry Christmas!

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Tony Fair

Tony Fair, who was in the midst of a concurrent internship at Messiah Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, died on Dec. 18, 2012, after a long series of health struggles. Tony was a delightful, happy, energetic man who, not long before his death, was working on his approval essays from the intensive care unit.

We join with the entire seminary community in sending sympathy and prayers to Tony’s sons Everett and Maddox and his sister Theresa. May God’s comfort be with those who mourn.

A time

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The unexpected turns

Life takes unexpected turns. We all know that, but it can still be unsettling when those turns involve us.

Many of you are aware of some of those unsettling turns here at Luther. Last week, following the earlier announcement of President Rick Bliese’s resignation, I accepted the invitation to serve as Luther’s interim president, beginning Jan. 1, 2013. I ask you to keep all of us, including Rick and Nina Bliese, in your prayers.

Many of you were also aware that I had made plans to retire

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May the library be with you

By Andy Keck

Ever get stumped by a question in Bible Study? Struggling to develop a sermon topic? Clueless about starting a new ministry in an area you don't know anything about? The Luther Seminary Library is here to help. No matter how distant you happen to be from campus, you can continue to use our growing electronic resources and services, make use of our expanded hours and delivery service, or plug into your local library.

Electronic resource and services include a growing number of databases

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Photo Album

Intern Lynne Ogren with Julie Josund at Island of Faith Lutheran Church in Wrangell, Alaska.

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Not always easy, but good

It happened again. And I love it!

I received a beautiful articulated, deeply reflective communication from one of our interns. This came as part of an ongoing conversation we’ve been having about the stressful situation they are in. This intern reflected on what had happened (neither of us would call it good), what the intern has learned, how God appears to be at work in the midst of it, and what they are doing in response. Wonderful!

One cannot be human, or do ministry, without encountering

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The morning report

If you have seen “The Lion King” (and we hope you have!) you might remember that delightful little song called “The Morning Report,” in which Zazu, the red-billed hornbill who serves as eyes and ears for King Mufasa, comes before the king to give an account of what has happened in Mufasa’s kingdom in the last 24 hours.

Chimps are going ape, giraffes remain above it all
Elephants remember, though just what I can't recall
Crocodiles are snapping up fresh offers from the

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Ready for some bread-breaking?

Want to bake some fine communion bread for the holidays? Or show other folks in the congregation how to do it? Or, to tell the truth…just some good eating bread for yourself or your family or your guests?

Using the official “Luther Seminary Recipe,” one of our fine internship supervisors, Pastor Ron Glusenkamp of Bethany Lutheran, Cherry Hills, Colorado, shows you how in this video:

http://vimeo.com/48145113

Thanks for sharing this, Ron!

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For the lay committee: Thinking about the holidays

Here we are in Advent, that hectic and joyous time. We’ll celebrate Christmas as families gather for gala celebrations, great meals and traditional activities. That’s great.

But for some interns, this could be a hard time. Some interns might not be going home for Christmas for the first time. They’ll be missing out on things they’ve always done and the people they have always enjoyed these holidays with. If the intern has a family, the intern’s spouse will be going through

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To be content

Call me an old softie and a slob. I love Christmas. I love the whole month of December.

I love the scripture and hymns of Advent. I love the “stir up” prayers. (God knows, we need to get stirred up.) I love the candles. I love the concerts. The late service on Christmas Eve has always been one of my two favorite worship services of the whole year. (You didn’t ask, but the answer is the sunrise service on Easter Day.) I love the Sundays after Christmas, with relatively small congregations

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