Discerning Mission

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by Joshua Linman

Take about 3 minutes and watch just the beginning of this video:

What I loved about this sermon starter video is more than the solid production values and great storytelling -- it was the message shared.

Instead of re-reading our original instruction manual we have been trying to produce a discipleship harvest by pushing and pulling the Church under our own power. We have created programs and structures that distort the true purpose of faith communities and box in the Holy Spirit.

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Earthly death = living proclamation?

by Christie Hallenbeck

“Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” The late Steve Jobs’s foreshadowing thoughts now permeate mainstream conversations of death.

So let’s enter the conversation.

In light of public shock over the death of this modern symbol of immortality, it is a missional conversation. With one of the top 10 movies in the United States following a twenty-something

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Nobel Peace Prize awarded

Praise God for the amazing hope, courage and activism of the three women who were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today. I hope that the awarding of the prize brings hope to their movement, and encouragement to women working for peace all over the world. The three women are Leymah Gbowee, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Tawakul Karman. Here's a video interview with one of them, Leymah Gbowee, who is a Liberian Lutheran activist:


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Moving with the Spirit, engaging race and diversity

This week at Luther Seminary we honor Jane Buckley Farlee with the annual Race, Church and Change award. Her work with Trinity Lutheran Congregation, the only Christian community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis (which is predominately Somali Muslim), demonstrates the flow and vibrancy of the Holy Spirit in that context.

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Discerning mission: The Holy Spirit's new challenge and opportunity

By Gary Simpson

In his August 5, 2011, letter to the rostered lay leaders and pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson highlighted the calling "to discern together" what the ELCA's 2011 LIFT Report (Living Into the Future Together) confesses is our "missionary God." It's no accident that the Holy Spirit's renewed call to apostolic mission meets congregations and leaders straining to get a handle on discernment.

The turn to discernment lies in a newly emerging

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