Day: May 31, 2013

Two historic firsts in ELCA

The Reverend Dr. R. Guy Erwin was elected bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) becoming the first openly gay and first Native American bishop in the denomination.

Americans avoid church but like religion

The latest Gallup Poll to look at the religiosity of Americans shows that Americans trust religious institutions at level not seen since the last low in 1970 while at the same time Americas appear to want what religion offers more than ever.

Everybody loves Dietrich

If you need a modern day martyr and theologian to bolster your cause (or beat up your enemies) no one is more popular that Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister of Australia, found that out the hard way.

Hannah’s Prayer and Psalm 72

The facts and circumstances of her life have not changed perceptively. She still has no child; she is not pregnant. She is still living with her husband’s other wife who taunts her. She returns from her prayer to the same circumstances that she has lived with for so long. But everything has changed.

Siyahamba

What I came to understand is that the unspoken price of mission in a far away land is that for any of us who do it, we never quite see the world the same, because we come home with hidden cargo in our heart.