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Oct. 22, 2013

Ministry Starts by “being with”

A blog post by Luke Halverson What is one thing I have noticed about young adults? Early on in the book of Job, Satan is granted power over Job’s life. From Job losing his children to having sores inflicted all over his body, Job endured enormous amounts of pain and loss. When Job’s friends heard of his pain, they sought
Oct. 21, 2013

The Next Ninety Five: Being A Young Lutheran in the 21st Century

A blog post by Isaac van Bruggen Picture this: it’s the early 1500s, and you are a young Martin Luther. Disenchanted with some of the Church’s teachings, you begin to form your own ideas and question authority. You go rogue. Do you ever wonder what it must have felt like to completely change the church in your thirties? Look around
Sep. 25, 2013

Blogs, blogs, blogs! Part II

A blog post by Terri Elton As a continuation of yesterday’s post, here are some additional blogs to check out from our ministry leaders who offer their voices of leading from the frontlines of congregations. Enjoy!  Adam Copeland is a Presbyterian pastor who currently serves on the religion faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. But don’t let either of
Sep. 24, 2013

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs!

A blog post by Terri Elton Today’s virtual world is filled with more blogs than we have time to read. But blogs are a great resource for leaders in the church. Many people are aware of the blogs from “ministry stars,” and I encourage you to follow those church leaders because they offer a wide picture of the church. But
Sep. 23, 2013

Play Chess!

A blog post by Nancy Lee Gauche There are so many fascinating people who have lived and contributed to our lives. Peter Drucker is one of those people in my estimation. Drucker was born in a suburb of Vienna, Austria on November 19, 1909 and died in November of 2005, just shy of his 96th birthday.  His kindergarten teacher taught
Aug. 21, 2013

Being Brave: Daring Greatly Part II

A blog post by Megan Clapp Have you heard “Brave” by Sara Bareilles? I’ve been listening to it on repeat all summer. If you haven’t heard it yet, check out the lyrics video below before you keep reading: http://vevo.ly/2AqimM Also on my summer agenda has been reading, processing, and living with Brene Brown’s incredible book, Daring Greatly. She writes about
Aug. 14, 2013

Bringing Justice into the Light

A blog post by Jesse Weiss  Recently, a group of young adults that are serving as camp staff this summer got into a fairly deep conversation about salvation and the question of God’s justice. Their conversation was good, but it was grounded more in cliché answers than in theological understandings. As we further explored the issue of a just God,
Aug. 07, 2013

The Common Thread of Coming Out

A blog post by Sarah Bane Coming out… I cannot claim to know the courage and poise it must take to come out to someone. But, as someone to whom more than one person has come out, I have started to notice a common thread to each story: middle school. For each loved one who has come out to me,
Jul. 31, 2013

Cultivating a culture of service

A blog post by Tim Bowman Last week, I wrote about the different service project ideas that my middle school students came up with. Today, I want to use that experience to spark a new conversation. In varying situations, churches have avoided, wrestled with, rejected, and/or embraced our modern culture and contexts. We live in the modern world, and culture
Jul. 24, 2013

The #1 Threat to Christian Faith (and it’s not Immorality)

A blog post by Aaron Fuller “You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” ~Anne Lamott My faith has been shaken up a bit recently…well, more than a bit. I’ve been engaging with another blog lately, the author of which is an atheist living