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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|

Confessions of a Church Newsletter Junkie

By Pastor John Hulden Yep, I love reading church newsletters. I like the pictures, the announcements, and, … the “Pastor’s Page” or “Pastor’s Corner” or “From the Pastor” or “A Word from the Pastor” — whatever it might be called. Did you know that church council minutes are fascinating? After decades of church newsletter reading, [...]

2017-10-16T15:46:04+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Blog|

A Time to Take a Step

The following is an excerpt from Bishop Ann Svennungsen’s sermon preached at the opening worship for 145 synod pastors at the 2017 Bishop’s Theological Conference at Cragun’s Resort near Brainerd, Minnesota, on October 8, 2017. The theme for this conference was “Your Next Bold Step: Faithful Leadership for a Time Such as This.” My best [...]

2017-10-11T15:11:20+00:00 October 11th, 2017|From the Bishop|