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The Ordination of Scott Allen Johnson, Bishop of Nebraska

September 24, 2022 First Lutheran Church Kearney, Nebraska Pregame The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future: Right: Former Bishop Dave DeFreese, Center: Outgoing Bishop Brian Maas, Left: Incoming Bishop Scott Alan Johnson. What a pleasure to reconnect with friends... Continue Reading →

Lima, Peru 2022

Each synod in the ELCA has one or more global companions, Lutheran Churches in other parts of the world with whom we share fellowship. Our companion synods are the Lutheran Church of Peru and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the... Continue Reading →

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Bay City

St. Peter’s is a small town congregation picking up the pieces after the pandemic. Last week, August 28, 2022, I had a great time dreaming and planning with their leaders for the future! Thanks, Butch and Susie for your gracious... Continue Reading →

The 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is the primary decision-making body of this church body. This assembly gathers every three years. Voting members are chosen locally from across the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. There will be around 900... Continue Reading →

A Ride through the Ohio Woods

August 2022 meant the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio. To add spice to a very long meeting, Bishop Jim Hazelwood proposed a little 200-mile ride from Cleveland to Columbus on the Ohio to Erie Trail (OTET). About 50 miles... Continue Reading →

The Quadriga

How does one interpret Scripture? How does one arrive at the “true” or “accurate” meaning? I propose that there is not such thing. The very assumption betrays an arrogant mentality, that there is one and only one meaning, and we... Continue Reading →

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