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A Teachable Moment

A colleague stirred her coffee and mused, “I wonder how the new tax law will impact how my people give to the church next year?” She is curious, because the standard deduction has roughly doubled for all filers. (Important resources are available to explain the impact of this tax change.) It’s expected that fewer people [...]

2018-01-08T10:02:58+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Blog|

Prepare Ye the Way of Justice

By Bob Hulteen “Wait. Just wait.” The luminous blaze bouncing off the shiny red ornaments on a Christmas tree adorned with spray-can snow was too enticing. Homemade bows encircled the boxes adorned in green, red, and yellow, filling the space under the tree. I longed to "free" the treasures that awaited by a slow, methodical [...]

2017-12-12T12:59:24+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Blog|

December 24 lands on a Sunday; now what?

By Pastor John Hulden Aren’t we as Minnesotans blessed with the beauty of the changing of the seasons? Thursday was Thanksgiving. Friday was, well, Black. Yesterday was Christ the King Reign of Christ Sunday. That is followed by Cyber Monday. (OMGosh! I forgot to do all my Cyber Monday online shopping!) And now, Advent is [...]

2017-11-27T11:46:42+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Blog|

Seeing Through a Glass, Clearly

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen When my father started his optometric practice, he borrowed $2,000 from a local farmer to purchase equipment. When I asked how far $2,000 went in 1952, he said, “Not far. We spent most of it on the phoropter. You know, the instrument for testing vision, the one with all the lenses. [...]

2017-11-20T13:09:42+00:00 November 20th, 2017|From the Bishop|

A Tribute to Chaplains

By Pastor Craig Pederson Immersed in the major existential questions and day-to-day minutia of congregational life, it is easy for church leaders to forget about some of our most valuable colleagues who are not under the same roof as us.  I’m talking about chaplains – those ministers of the gospel who are called to provide spiritual care in hospitals, senior living facilities, prisons, and other [...]

2017-11-15T10:05:47+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Blog|

Showing Up

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen Every Memorial Day, my mother made her way to the cemetery to place flowers on her parents’ graves. For me, All Saints’ is the day I feel a similar need. Our son, John Amos, died at the age of 30 on May 2, 2015. He is interred in the columbarium located [...]

2017-11-06T18:27:09+00:00 November 6th, 2017|From the Bishop|

An Opportunity for Resurrection: A Reformation Sermon

Bishop Ann Svennungsen offered this sermon during the Reformation worship of the Ministerium gathering of the Minneapolis Area Synod and the Saint Paul Area Synod at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, Minnesota, on October 31, 2017.  I’ve been thinking about what Luther would say if he were here today. How does his [...]

2017-11-04T14:45:20+00:00 November 4th, 2017|From the Bishop|