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It’s God’s field

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I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow (1 Corinthians 3:6).

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Prayer ventures: June 15

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Tuesday, June 15 “So if anyone […]

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Sharing stories to preserve our past

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Life is too interesting to overlook anything. So says Chris Halbert, whose volunteering life involves preserving history in many forms, from football memorabilia to sheet music. For Chris, each piece tells a story that keeps history alive.

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Living with the thorns

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Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18,19).

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Lectionary blog: Overcoming spiritual evil

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Lectionary for June 20, 2021 Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 1 Samuel 17:32-49; Psalm 9:9-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 This week’s passages tell of two occasions when other-than-human evil attempted to assault and insult God’s people. One instance was in a military confrontation, and another was in an attack involving the weather. I want to […]

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Prayer ventures: June 14

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Monday, June 14 Give thanks for […]

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A trail of altars

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A lot has changed in the decade-plus since I co-wrote They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration (Augsburg Fortress, 2009) with Ralston Deffenbaugh. In the book, we attempted to build a biblical case for embracing immigrants and refugees, tell the history of immigration in the United States and the Lutheran church, highlight policy issues and share […]

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The secret of the kingdom of God

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He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you’ (Mark 4:11a).

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Prayer ventures: June 13

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Sunday, June 13 When we read […]

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What makes seeds grow?

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Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how (Mark 4:26,27).

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Prayer ventures: June 12

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Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Saturday, June 12 Remember in prayer […]

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Lee Miller II elected bishop of ELCA Upstate New York Synod

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Lee M. Miller II, Buffalo, N.Y., was elected June 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA. The election took place during an online synod assembly. Miller was elected on the fifth ballot, with 157 votes. Aileen Robbins, pastor of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rochester, […]

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