The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Altar art

Rod Oppegard's day job is ciculation librarian. His passion is ...

Rod Oppegard barely stops to stomp snow off his galoshes before entering Highland Lutheran Church near Cummings on North Dakota's eastern border.

"Ah-ha," he says, peeking into the sanctuary from the church's entryway. "It looks like a Sarah Kirkeberg Raugland to me."

In front of him a freestanding altar frames a painting of Christ on the cross. But before Oppegard examines the painting, he takes off his quilted coat, places the tools of his trade in a pew and prays for God's guidance.

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