Discerning Mission

Missional outreach in rural contexts

Here's a great site full of useful -- and free! -- resources for engaging in outreach and evangelism in rural contexts. The site is written specifically for the UK context, but there is much that is applicable across rural contexts globally.

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Encountering our book of faith

The ELCA has an enormous number of resources -- a list which is growing every day -- by which congregations and persons individually can approach the Bible through the Book of Faith Project. Thanks to the thoughtful folk at the Eastern North Dakota Synod, here's a handout that lists most of the resources all in one place (including a number of the newly created Bible studies).

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A powerful Bible reference tool

At EntertheBible.org, you'll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible.

This free Bible resource includes commentary, study guides, videos and blog entries by Luther Seminary's expert faculty. You'll find summaries, outlines, backgrounds and theological themes on all 66 books of the Bible.

Sign up for an account and you can track pages, keep notes and access your individual profile.

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The death of Osama bin Laden

President Obama Announces Osama Bin Laden's Death

Two days ago we woke up to the three inch headlines of Osama bin Laden's death. Today all I can feel is grief. This is not a time for jubilation, no matter what the news media may be stirring up. Particularly for those of us who are called to love our enemies, to pray for peace, to do justice, this is a time for prayer and contemplation. Daniel Moran says it better than I can.

Several religious communities have released statements, including the the Vatican and the United Church of Christ

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