We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace." This confidence is one reason I shared with the 2011 Churchwide Assembly that I have never been so hopeful or so grateful for the ELCA as I am now.
Peter urges us to give an account of the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15). In this and future columns I want to explain why clarity regarding our identity, vocation and mission gives me hope.
Our hope is in the mercy God shows in Jesus Christ and the gifts God pours out through the Spirit. That is why we share a living, daring confidence in God's grace.
Evidence of such faith abounds throughout this church. In late summer I met with pastors, lay leaders and ELCA members whose homes and churches were severely damaged by floods in Minot, N.D. Listening to them I heard confidence in God working to restore communities, an openness to new possibilities for ministry, and gratitude for the generosity of all who are responding.
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