MDC Synod Communications

MDC Synod Communications

Life sustaining spiritual truths

Life sustaining spiritual truths 1 WEEK BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY To mediate a family dispute, Martin Luther travelled in late January 1546, despite various health struggles, to the city of his birth. There in Eiseleben he experienced a severe case of angina and died of Read More →

Art conveys reforms

Art conveys reforms 2 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY By the late 1530s and early 1540s, Martin Luther’s reform efforts in Germany reached even into the world of art. A case in point can be found in the legacy of Lucas Cranach the Elder Read More →

Questioning times

Noting that in suffering, as we have been in recent months, it’s normal to ask: “Oh God, where are you?” the ELCA presiding bishop recollects the Biblical story of the road to Emmaus. In this teaching we find strength to Read More →

Calvin emerges as leader

Calvin emerges as leader 3 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY As Scandinavian Lutheran churches took root during the 1530s and 1540s, a new leader emerged to further expand the Protestant Reformation. In Geneva, Switzerland, French-born John Calvin (1509-1564) assumed control of the Reformed branch of Read More →

Linguistic innovations while translating

Linguistic innovations while translating 4 WEEKS BEFORE REFORMATION SUNDAY As the Turkish threat to Europe receded, Martin Luther’s influence on the unfolding Reformation continued to expand. Impact of his efforts can be tracked in a variety of interesting but often forgotten ways. In 1540-41, the Read More →

Signs of love in Leesburg

Bleakness. That was the “take-away feeling” expressed by Amy Miller from recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where “violent hatred [was] being spewed against people that are our brothers and sisters.” The member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg, Virginia, Read More →