The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


First things

Changes in The Lutheran reflect the deep commitments of our faith

Ask most Lutherans about their vocation — their calling — and most likely you'll hear about their job. Vocation has degraded into a secularized concept. Too bad. Our "calling" is not primarily to do something — but to know Someone. Our fundamental human vocation is to abide in God and to have God abide in us.

This was not lost on The Lutheran staff when we reshaped our mission statement. We focused on connections the magazine builds among believers across congregations or half-a-world away. We discussed linking readers with ministries of the broader church and with issues that push and pull at the ELCA.

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