Story Magazine - First Quarter, 2005
David Tiede loves this place. He loves that it is biblical, confessional and missional---a conduit for the Holy Spirit to call and send leaders throughout the world.
It's been a privilege to teach Luther students. I felt welcomed as their teacher. I now have friends all over the world.
My time was about turning the seminary toward the world--or creating
leaders that turn congregations toward the world. That's important. And always to keep the seminary and my leadership accountable to Scripture
I now know in many ways that being a president is more like being a pastor than being a professor. Like a pastor you are invited into the sacred ground of people's lives, deep hopes and yearnings.
The donors taught me. God was in their lives way before I showed up.
David Tiede has a large vision of theological education, larger than any one theological school.
"Luther's great secret weapon has always been its faculty. God has continued to bless and sustain us in amazing ways. This is a place where all gifts are needed. There is a variety of people, but with a single focus: equipping people to lead in a time of mission."
I hope the kind of church my grandchildren will have will be a lively place where there is a sense of joy for life and hope for everlasting life is deeply nurtured and confident.
...the Apostle Paul expressed thankfulness to God for them and confidence that "the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ." (Phil. 1.3-6)
If there was a "Take Your Faith to Work Day," what or who would you bring? A Bible? Your pastor? Religious music?
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