The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A tree called Jonathan Rapture

A new apple tree graces the grounds of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Arvada, Colo. It comes in response to those who claimed the world would end May 21.

The congregation acted on the words of theologian Barbara Rossing who, at the Rocky Mountain Synod assembly in May, renounced the claims and quoted Martin Luther, who said that if the world were coming to an end tomorrow, he would plant a tree today.

It's known as the Jonathan Rapture tree: Jonathan for the variety of apples they eventually hope to have, and Rapture for the "event" that prompted its planting.


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