The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Meet our favorite characters

We learn about God's world from these fictional folks

Join us at our dinner table and you'll hear us talking about the inspiring people we've met. They aren't neighbors, friends or family members. They are characters who populate the pages of the novels we love.

We speak about their courage in the face of adversities. We ponder their misdeeds, forgiving them their foibles because they remind us of our own. Novelists put flesh and bone on our unspoken concerns, questions and desires. Like Jesus' parables, fiction clarifies life's mysteries and muddles our certainties. Stories allow us to delight in the messy richness of life in God's world.

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Embracing diversity