The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A blitz of love & hope

'Master builders of men in Christ' tackle a different kind of construction

From July 22-24 in Charleston, S.C., Lutheran men from across the country not only talked about their faith but put it into action in a sweltering parking lot. There they framed a Habitat for Humanity house in less than four hours. The fast-forward “blitz build ” was just one of many sweeping experiences at the 2005 Lutheran Men in Mission Gathering, which met under the theme “Run the Race: Keep the Faith.”

The gathering also included inspirational speakers on prayer and the Christian life, workshops, worship, an interactive climbing center and varied entertainment from soft rock to hip-hop.

Harvard Stephens Jr., dean of Siebert Chapel at Carthage College, an ELCA school in Kenosha, Wis., discussed types of prayer, sharing that good prayers can be recycled and that Jesus intercedes for praying Christians.

Michael Foss, a pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Burnsville, Minn., prayed, “God help us build lives worth living.”

Clemson [S.C.] University head football coach Tommy Bowden encouraged participants to talk about their faith with friends and family members. And retired NASCAR champion Ned Jarrett, a lifelong Lutheran, did just that, sharing with gathering participants stories of his faith life.

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