The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Words packed with meaning

Educational while understandable

Constructive criticism is a good thing. It's like editing. Even the editor needs an editor.

During the six-plus years of serving this publication, perhaps the most consistent criticism encountered has been the charge that The Lutheran is "too lightweight" — that is, there aren't enough articles of substance, stories that challenge the reader to grow intellectually as well as spiritually.

That's why over the past few years the magazine has attempted to increase the flow of ideas and number of news articles that require more consideration than say the typical feature of ELCA members putting into practice the basics of their faith: spreading the good news, feeding the hungry, sheltering the poor and so on. We've expanded the amount of news stories carried each month and have used scholars such as Karl Donfried, whose articles on Paul kicked the content up a notch, to borrow a popular phrase.

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