The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Cover story

Falling into the river Lent

Falling into the river

Lenten spiritual practices invite us to encounter, experience the flow of God's unspeakable grace

The practices for Lent Lent

The practices for Lent

Six ways individuals, groups and congregations can mark the paschal mystery


Addition, not subtraction Lent

Addition, not subtraction

10 things your family can add this Lent

Applesauce communion Eucharist

Applesauce communion

God's hospitality stretches beyond our understanding

Deep in the heart of Texas … Congregations

Deep in the heart of Texas …

start-up congregations move forward in mission

Faith, FROGS & Costa Rica Mission

Faith, FROGS & Costa Rica

How one congregation's mission relationship has changed them

Insiders and outsiders Perspective

Insiders and outsiders

To embrace relevance, mainline churches need to let go of survival

Now the <I>zampoña</I>, <I>charango</I>, <I>flauta</I> and <I>bombo</I>! South America

Now the zampoña, charango, flauta and bombo!

Peruvian Lutherans strike a chord in their neighborhood

The life, times of a churchman Book

The life, times of a churchman

Preus recounts details of hierarchy, politics

What can a Lutheran learn from visiting a monastery? Faith & spirituality

What can a Lutheran learn from visiting a monastery?

The experience includes worship, hospitality, balance and commitment

Pass the faith

Interreligious explorations Pass the faith

Interreligious explorations

Discovering different religions promotes understanding

Tried & true

<I>A faith like mine</I> Tried & true

A faith like mine

New column features parenting resources that work

Two months out

Iowans trash the neighborhood Community

Iowans trash the neighborhood

Congregation helps neighbors with spring cleaning

Good one!

Shakespeare Club Good one!

Shakespeare Club

Congregation opens doors to community group

Deeper understandings

What is sin? Deeper understandings

What is sin?

Still relevant no matter how much society contends it's an outmoded, old-fashioned idea


U2, other popular band lyrics for you too Faces

U2, other popular band lyrics for you too

Christian Scharen studies church engagement among youth


Buddies are a blessing Intergenerational

Buddies are a blessing

New York congregation connects children with older adults

Web exclusives

Icing on the cake The way we were: 1982

Icing on the cake

Virginia congregation celebrated anniversary of arrival of refugees from Southeast Asia


10 Bible stories that breathe life:

Getting what we never deserve



A tree for Kazakhstan

Advent of hope

Atheists are givers

Atheists, unite

Attacks in Nigeria

Bin Laden's death rated top religion news story

Christianity tilts to Africa

Cosby finds Bible nuggets

Debate goes on

Democracy in DRC

Economic justice

Episcopalians welcomed

Feds charge 12

Grief in Dadaab

Heavy lifting

Intentionally interreligious

Leaders: Curb violence in India

Lowe's causes row

No to contraception

Norway: Catholics doubled

Pastor sues over communion

Pioneer in church policy dies

Poll: Most Americans are Christian

Pope challenges Europeans

Quote: Jessica Goldstein

Quote: Jon Bon Jovi

Quote: Mike Huckabee

Ranger's Lutheran ties

Russia: Church vs. corruption

Swept away

Tebow book a winner

Time for peace

U.S. tops charity index

Best this month: A New Year's Reunion

Best this month: Dolphin Tale
Film explores the spiritual experience of mutual healing

Best this month: The Collected Sermons of Walter Brueggemann

Higher education: A win-win at Carthage, MBA offerings at Midland and more …

Letters: Campus ministry big part of church future
Readers write on cover, articles on salvation, immigration, seminary ed.

Light Side: Pew ponderings
Cartoonists take on sermons

E-newsletter: 'This isn't about you'

E-newsletter: A new way to live

E-newsletter: No complaints

E-newsletter: The jigsaw puzzle of life

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Embracing diversity