Norma & Burton EveristEverist is professor of church and ministry at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Burton Everist is pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, East Dubuque, Ill., and director of the Emmaus Center for continuing education. The Everists answered questions from readers in the "You Asked" column through the December 2000 issue of The Lutheran.
Articles by Norma & Burton Everist:
- A letter to our readers
Thanks for your partnership in the gospel
- Faith & politics
We live in two realms; faith informs both
- 'Mass' appeal
Worship practices lead to divisions
- Servant leadership needed
Too much top-down leadership?
- Pro-choice Christian?
ELCA teaching statement offers insight
- Living in harmony?
Community, not winning, is our purpose
- Open the scrolls
They're a good topic for adult education
- Safety first
Check out those working with children
- Flat Psalms
They're prayers of pain and joy
- In whose image?
God isn't 'just like us'
- 20th-century questions
The truth of Scripture is Christ
- Miracle? Or not?
We don't 'decide' but look for God's work
- Denying our name?
Some mission congregations don't say they're ''Lutheran'
- Speak up
'We discovered ... our pastor is not a mind reader'
- Racism in the mirror?
Confront your situation directly, recognize your prejudices
- After the shootings
The church has a role in the wake of school violence
- Dangerous attractions?
God creates us for healthy relationships
- What age for communion?
'There is no command from our Lord'
- Kevorkian OK?
ELCA opposes physician-assisted death
- Withhold offerings?
Too often, money is used to manipulate church decisions
- Foot washing a sacrament?
Christ's example of servanthood intended for all
- Sabbatical or break?
Discuss study leave plans
- Disrupting worship?
Parts of Haugen's liturgy have become popular
- Must they confess?
Without repentance we cannot recieve forgiveness
- Lost confidence?
dThe church expects pastors to respect confidentiality
- Daily communion coming?
Many in our culture are hungry for what we've got
- Discerning the hungry
Christ's real presence directs us to real service
- Successful and faithful?
Our goal is not to be popular but to express the gospel
- A joke too far?
The church fails to claim the power of humor
- Can I pray 'in Jesus' name'?
Don't water down your faith when praying with others
- Mansions or shacks?
No hierarchical housing in heaven
- Are crucifixes Lutheran?
Many churches display them, and they are helpful
- Ash ritual improper?
Ash Wednesday is a good time to remember our baptism
- Former pastor too close?
'His presence is hurting our church'
- Should we help the widow?
'You have Christ in your neighbor. You ought to serve him.'
- Typical troubles
How to respond to four kinds of church conflict
- Can pastors forgive?
The words of absolution grant God's forgiveness
- Ecumenism local or global?
Unity flows from scholarly work and elbow grease
- Both/and worship
Sunday worship needs to be personal, not private
- Soft on sin?
Preaching the gospel while ignoring sin is not good
- We rarely go to church
Do you think our reasons legitimate?
- Why hasn't my pastor called?
Pastoral calling is essential to proper care
- Garden hose baptism?
The sacrament demands faith, not glibness
- Are older pastors wanted?
We often fail to value the wisdom of experience
- Did Jesus think he was God?
The creeds proclaim--not define--the mystery of God
- What's your ministry?
We all become ministers at our baptism
- Advent or Christmas?
Our pastor says no Christmas hymns until Christmas
- What('s) going on?
Name changes on the church sign stir conflict
- Did we expel the catechism?
Luther's summaries aren't kid stuff, but the stuff of life
- How can I give?
My congregation refuses to raise benevolence