The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Faithful reader, learner also pastor's mentor

Simple gifts, pastors' debts, internships, Alinsky stories stir reaction

When I got to 92-year-old "Shirley's" house recently she had the November and December issues of The Lutheran open to "Deeper understandings" ("Authority of the Bible," November and "The Creeds," December). She asked me about the creeds and the authority of Scripture. She was particularly interested in "he descended into hell" in the Apostles' Creed and what scriptural authority it had. It was incredible, I felt like I was taking a seminary test. Shirley's life has changed recently — now homebound — but she has not let that get her down. She is vigilant in her study of the Scriptures. The Lutheran is a tool for her and a way she stays connected to the church as a whole. Her study gives her purpose. I will make sure I do a good read of The Lutheran before I visit Shirley next time, but mostly I am so thankful for the mentor I have in her, and the fulfillment she gets from reading and studying with The Lutheran.

The Rev. Elisabeth Zant
Munising, Mich.

'Gifts' were a gift

Thanks for the December issue of The Lutheran. It is great. I am grateful for the "Gifts to remember" stories and witness. Inspiring. Real.

David Belasic
Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Share the memories

I asked my children, their spouses and my grandchildren to write me a note about what they remember about dad/grandpa. Vern Swenson, my husband of 59 years, died in October. Needing no material gifts, I decided after reading "Gifts to remember" what I'd most like/need for Christmas. Thanks.

Joyce Swenson
Winnetka, Calif.

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