I’ve been enjoying Garrison Keillor’s latest book, “Life Among the Lutherans.” It’s filled with wit and wisdom from the life and lore of everyday Lutherans. Keillor begins many of the stories in his traditional fashion: “It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon.”
EntertheBible.org is a free online resource that thoroughly explores all 66 books of the Bible in a fun, interactive and completely unique way. It was recently released by Luther Seminary to the public. The process took five years and thousands of hours of preparation by more than 40 people.
A few months ago, the sound of crying brought Efrem Smith out of his office at Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis. A young woman was distraught. She appeared to be searching for someone.
When Julie Hagen accepted her first call as director of children, youth and family ministries at Advent Lutheran in Manhattan, it was a first for the congregation as well. The church didn’t have a full-time staff member devoted to that part of its ministry in the past. Hagen, a Master of Arts grad born and raised in the Midwest, was the first one to fill the position.
While God has shown up in many different ways over the course of Jannie Swart’s life, he has always known that God is present and working miracles in the world—a fact he was especially aware of as he experienced firsthand the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa.
The Answer the Call initiative has made the South Dakota Synod the country’s leader in both seminarians
and the number of scholarships awarded. Its initial aim is to engage young people and encourage them to listen for a call to ministry.