The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A call to everyone in the ELCA

Become more fluent in the language of Scripture

The Spirit is stirring up something across our church. It began some years ago at Philadelphia Evangelical Lutheran in Dallas, N.C., when that congregation called on its synod, which in turn called on the whole of the ELCA, to consider more deeply how Lutherans might read the Bible. Their resolution eventually spawned Book of Faith, an initiative adopted by the 2007 Churchwide Assembly.

Book of Faith calls on all of us throughout the church, from kids to adults, to deepen our engagement with the Bible and to explore our Lutheran heritage for the many fruitful ways our tradition helps us in this engagement. Our common vision is this: “That the whole church becomes more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of Scripture, in order that we might live into our calling as a people renewed, enlivened, empowered, and sent by the word.”

The “Our faith” column this year and part of next will be dedicated to helping us further this vision, building on the initial and future Book of Faith resources from Augsburg Fortress, Publishers to explore both helpful insights from our Lutheran heritage and helpful ways of reading and studying the Bible.

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