The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Discerning the hungry

Christ's real presence directs us to real service

My congregation recently made communion more open to visitors. In light of 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (Paul says communicants should examine themselves and discern "the body"), wouldn't the bulletin be a good place to teach visitors--as well as Lutherans--what we profess regarding the eucharist?

Lately there've been baptisms at church in which the children's parents are unmarried. I realize this is not the child's fault, but what kind of message are we giving to children? Wouldn't it be better if the baptism were held in private?

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