The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cover story

Gifts to remember Giving

Gifts to remember

Memories show the value of simplicity in our giving


A Christmas meditation Christmas

A Christmas meditation

Once again God pitches a tent in our midst

A warming place Outreach

A warming place

Milwaukee area churches offer 'prayer vigil' and a place to sleep

After the storms Disasters

After the storms

Lutheran partners are in Joplin, Mo., and other states for the long haul

Give 'joy' this season Congregations

Give 'joy' this season

First, recycle a building; second, restore Christmas

Our common fight HIV/AIDS

Our common fight

U.S. and Colombian Lutherans work against the spread of HIV

Save the date Incarnation

Save the date

Getting Christmas right

Treasure the chaos Advent

Treasure the chaos

The Christmas story — even Mary's own exhaustion — can help us refocus

Pass the faith

Communing children Now what?

Communing children

There isn't a standard practice

Hit 'pause' Pass the faith

Hit 'pause'

Advent: A gift of waiting

Two months out

February events have female focus Two months out

February events have female focus

Congregations embrace opportunities to "Go Red" and act boldly

Good one!

Small change for ingenuity Good one!

Small change for ingenuity

Congregation's stewardship emphasis helps those in need

Deeper understandings

The creeds Deeper understandings

The creeds

They're confessional, revelatory, ecumenical, evangelical & delightful


Traveling with God Faces

Traveling with God

Seminarian's path to ministry started in Liberia


Giving talents and gifts Youngchurch

Giving talents and gifts

Children and youth plan pageant, give gifts

Web exclusives

<I>La Navidad</I> The way we were: 1959

La Navidad

Christmas pageant represented Jesus' love for all nations


10 Bible stories that breathe life:

To be a guide



Antidiscrimination law hailed

Bishop writes Obama, Congress

Braille ministry leader dies

Call for climate change

Cash for call committees

Caught reading The Lutheran

ELCA responds to floods in Central America

Go forth and multiply

Hay lift continues

Judge slips away

Mennonites support Lutheran aid

Metal thieves dent churches

More oppose death penalty

Murdoch expands reach

Numbers of refugees down

Quote: Barry W. Lynn

Quote: Liel Leibovitz

Reformation 'flash mobs'

Reformation tree garden

Relating to ethnic churches

Religion & state issues

Religion law opposed

Report: Giving, benevolence spending hit record lows

Seminary overhaul

Shearing for a sheep

Soul and wallet

UMC proposes restructure

Youth event gathers speed

Best this month: Buck
Film explores the spiritual practice of gentleness

Best this month: The Grateful Heart: Living the Christian Message

Best this month: What If Your Best Friend Were Blue?

Higher education: Wartburg College uses trees to offset part of its carbon footprint

Letters: Keep the big questions before the church
Letter writers, cover stories spark variety of opinions

Light Side: Jesus born on Mount Hood?
Children tell the story

E-newsletter: A lesson from Lucy

E-newsletter: All I want for Christmas

E-newsletter: Bread of life

E-newsletter: Christmas solo

E-newsletter: Simple Advent devotions

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Embracing diversity