The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to three African seminaries -
a third one has been sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central Daylight Time.
Wednesdays Romans 1-5 in Greek

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Exploring Faith and Stuff - ELCA/WELS Cross-over


Practically upon reading your recent Ichabod posts re. Glende and Skorzewski, I received this e-mail from Wartburg Seminary.  How apropos!  Scroll down, and check out the Exploring Faith Course taught by Dr. Patricia Young.  Perhaps The Sausage Factory should/would consider making Dr. Young part of its adjunct faculty?  :)

GJ - And Jar Jar Webber could teach UOJ for ELCA.

From: Wartburg Theological Seminary <>
Date: May 4, 2016 12:02:58 PM CDT
Subject: Wartburg Seminary Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Come explore your faith with us!
In the Name of Jesus: Baptized and Called, Fed and Sent
June 5-8

A Learning for Life Event: Open to ALL!
This inspirational event offers participants, both clergy and lay persons, who are serving their neighbors in Jesus' name, time for
  • personal renewal
  • spiritual practices and discernment
  • high quality education and Bible study
  • Spirited worship

Feed your faith, think more deeply about following Jesus, and meet people who share the Christian journey. Be renewed in your commitment to discipleship and experience the Risen Christ!

Speakers include Former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Mark Hanson, Ginger Anderson-Larson, Dr. Diane Jacobson, Dr. Winston Persaud, and the ELCA Revival Team's Rev. CeCee Mills.

The themes of this event-worship, Bible study, catechism instruction, and spiritual practices-support the efforts of the emerging Life of Faith Initiative and furthers the commitments of the ELCA's

When faith is connected to life, congregations will experience renewal in purpose and vitality.

View website here.  

And ILT's Pastor Becky Hand

Exploring Faith Courses
June 6-July 31
Online and intensive courses open to everyone.
Would you like to strengthen your understanding of Scripture, theology, or ministry? Check out our entry level courses for those who are new to theological education, and our advanced level courses for those who may be in ministry and have studied theology before.
Entry level courses (June 6-July 31):
Paso a Paso: Una Historia de la Iglesia en Español (course taught in Spanish)
Dr. Javier Goitia
El curso explorara los tiempos y eventos mas significativos de la historia de la Iglesia desde las primeras comunidades cristianas, los primeros siglos de la era común, la Edad Media, la llegada de la modernidad y hasta nuestro dias. Se enfatizarán  los sucesos relacionados a la Reforma Luterana en la tardía Edad Media y la historia de la Iglesia en Centro y Sur América, el Caribe y las comunidades hispanas en EUA.
Faith & Good Sex: A Holistic Approach to Sexuality    
Dr. Patricia Young

The purpose of this course is to explore the ways Christian faith calls for the nurture and proper formation of our sexual desires and relationships. Many topics will be frankly discussed: pornography and cybersex, loving sexual relationships outside of marriage, healthy sexual boundaries for all, lay and ordained, in positions of leadership in the church, variations in gender and same sex relationships, to name a few. All the sources of moral wisdom available to the community of faith - the Bible, traditional church teachings and practices, insights from scientific disciplines and our own experiences of the Spirit's work among us as people of faith -will be woven into our consideration of what makes for sexual health, integrity and holiness.
Re-Visioning Rural Mission: Leadership in Multi-Point Parishes    
Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen
This course studies the changing patterns of Small Town and Rural (STaR) ministry and the formation of multi-point parishes. In many regions, STaR congregations cooperating with other congregations in various types of configurations is the norm rather than the exception. The area parish, a configuration of multiple congregations with a staff of pastors is a cutting edge and growing model for STaR mission.  This course addresses the challenges, the art, and the opportunities for ministry in these settings. Development, leadership, administration, and planning aspects of this type of ministry will be explored  

Advanced level courses (June 6-July 10):

Church History for the Practice of Ministry
Rev. Philip Forness
This course offers an overview of the history of Christianity from the apostolic age to the twenty-first century. Two central emphases will link the Christian communities surveyed. First, we will discuss and evaluate how churches have responded to broader societal shifts, including responses to different religious traditions, political realities, understandings of gender and sexuality, and globalization. Second, students will be asked to consider what role narratives of the history of Christianity play in contemporary conversations within the church. Students will read, analyze, discuss, and interpret primary readings each week in relation to these two emphases. Recorded lectures, online course modules, and a brief survey of Christian history will provide the overarching narrative. Assignments will include an essay analyzing one or more primary sources, a group project that evaluates the role that narratives of Christianity assume in the church today, and a creative project that presents the history of Christianity to a general audience.
Church Management & Human Resources
Ms. Mary Kay DuChene
The functions of management and Human Resources in the church are dissimilar from the corporate world.  Organizational complexity and the dynamics of human nature add a layer of complexity to the church environment.  This 5-week course will explore techniques and best practices of management and HR in the church.  Some topics include: supervising people, hiring and firing (whether employee or volunteer!), setting expectations (for employees or volunteers!), governance for today's church.  
Visit the website for more information and registration.