Advent – A Time to Point to Jesus

Dear disciples of Jesus throughout the North American Lutheran Church:

The season of Advent is a wondrous time of preparation and anticipation. I encourage you to immerse yourself in this season, instead of enduring it as a necessary requirement in order to get to Christmas — the true focus of our energy and attention. One of the key figures in this season is John the Baptist and his message and ministry. Continue reading “Advent – A Time to Point to Jesus”

The North American Seminary Seeks New President

The North American Lutheran Seminary Presidential Search

The Board of Regents of the North American Seminary and the Presidential Search Committee invite applications for the position of president of the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS) in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. The NALS presidency offers the exciting opportunity to lead an ambitious theological school well-positioned to achieve its next level of success through a continued commitment to academic rigor, student-centered success, the Great Commission and strong articulation of the Core Values of the North American Lutheran Church. The NALS is the sole seminary of the North American Lutheran Church and is yoked with Trinity School for Ministry. Applications are entirely confidential, reviewed by the Presidential Search Committee only, and should be submitted no later than February 15, 2019.  The next president will assume office on or around July 1, 2019. Refer questions about the position to Dr. Roy Schwarz, Chair NALS Board of Regents, at 540-678-8748.

Fulfilling Our Ministry and Mission Through Ecumenical and Inter-Lutheran Efforts

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:1-6)

With these Scriptural words quoted in the Initial Statement on the Ecumenical and Inter-Lutheran Commitment of the North American Lutheran Church, approved at the 2011 NALC Convocation, we acknowledged the goal for which our Lord prayed at the Last Supper, as He said, “Holy Father keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one…that they may all be one, even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” John 17:11b, 22-23. And more than acknowledging our Lord’s prayer, we committed ourselves to working together within the kingdom for unity in the Body of Christ, that increasingly, the world would see that “There is one body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all…”  Continue reading “Fulfilling Our Ministry and Mission Through Ecumenical and Inter-Lutheran Efforts”

Congregations May Nominate Candidates for NALC Bishop

Congregations of the North American Lutheran Church have the opportunity to nominate pastors for the office of Bishop of the NALC.

According to the NALC Constitution, congregations are the primary source of nominees for Bishop. Congregations are encouraged to begin the process of discernment of who they might nominate for Bishop. Any NALC pastor may be nominated.  Continue reading “Congregations May Nominate Candidates for NALC Bishop”

Passing The Baton of Discipleship

Dear Disciples of Jesus,

During my oral report at our Convocation, I compared our journey as followers of Christ Jesus to a relay race in which the runners are required to both receive the baton from one teammate and pass it on to the next runner.

St. Paul uses the image of an athlete to describe the discipline of faithfully following Jesus several times in his letters. He describes the relay of faith being passed on from one generation to the next as he encourages Timothy. Paul reminds Timothy that the faith he received started with his grandmother, Lois. She passed this faith on to his mother, Eunice. Eunice passed it on to her son. Now it was Timothy’s turn to run the next leg of this race.  Continue reading “Passing The Baton of Discipleship”