E-lert - February 2014

Looking to the future

The Luther Seminary boards met for a few days earlier this month. It was cold outside, but the energy inside made up for it. The boards are deeply involved with the life and mission of the seminary, so they took the opportunity to visit with faculty, staff and students while they were on campus. I am grateful for them, as I am grateful for all of you who continue to keep Luther in your prayers and in your life.

As I reflected on the weekend, I was reminded that God seems to do really good work in our midst when we are open to imaginative, even challenging, conversations with one another. That is what is happening at Luther these days, and I love it.

Our spring semester has begun, and students are beginning to look toward such things as internship placements, first call assignments and graduation. These milestones will be upon us quickly, and we will celebrate them.

One of the signs that we are moving quickly into a new future is the ongoing progress of the presidential search committee. The group has just finished interviewing nine candidates for the seminary president position. While I am not part of the search committee, they tell me they are very encouraged by the high caliber and deep commitment of the nominees as they move to the next step in the process.

Although I must admit that (most of the time) I thoroughly enjoy this opportunity to serve as Luther's interim president, I continue to pray for a successful search that will culminate in a new president this summer. Please join me in those prayers.