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If God is enough

If God is enough We can be free from attachments to our plans, self-will, success A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP From time to time I am invited to celebrate congregational anniversaries. It’s wonderful to see the church in action and to Read More →

Nourishment on campus

Nourishment on campus by the Rev. Ray Ranker Free food!  That’s often a primary advertisement for the Lutheran Campus Ministry (LCM) sites around the country. And it’s true; most have good, home-cooked meals.  Most also offer a strong, tight-knit community that is loving Read More →

Disabilities Act turns 25

Disabilities Act turns 25 Ushers from Lifeline Partnership* in matching t-shirts welcomed attendees observing the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 to an interfaith worship service on July 26, 2015 at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Read More →

There is no curtain obscuring plots

There is no curtain obscuring plots Rumors, politics on three issues at odds with true discernment A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP At a Conference of Bishops meeting a few years after the 2009 Churchwide Assembly, bishops shared some of the most outrageous suspicions Read More →

Unglamorous yet vital

Unglamorous yet vital Our relationship with money is a profoundly spiritual issue A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP A church in the Northeastern Ohio Synod describes itself as a “50/50” congregation. It gives away half of offerings received. A significant portion Read More →

Luther’s quote got it right

Luther’s quote got it right We’ve fallen but are also raised up—a prescription against paralysis A MONTHLY MESSAGE FROM THE ELCA PRESIDING BISHOP The account of the Ascension in Acts has two great questions. The disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, is this the time when you Read More →