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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately have to cancel the 2020 Canadian Rockies Theological Conference. We are terrible sorry for this. Those who have booked travel and hotel should cancel. Refunds for registration will be made in full. Registration reimbursement cheques will be mailed out to all registrants. If any en route registrations come in, the cheques will be destroyed, and the people contacted. We ask for patience as we figure out how best to facilitate this. If you have any questions, please contact conference coordinator, Pastor Karl Johnson.

For years we have heard of how people in our society have been becoming less religious, and we have wondered what we ought to do to about it. However, in our quest to make the Gospel relevant to people’s lives we have all too often come up with all sorts of thinly disguised self improvement programs which simply become another law to condemn us, but with little to no word of grace to accompany it. Unfortunately, this often makes Christians appear to those outside the faith to be hypocrites who do not live according to the very standards which we extol.

But our mission remains the same; To be a community where the love of God in Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all. A community of people who know they don’t measure up, but also know that they are loved. How can we be this sort of Christian community?

Speakers

Adam Francisco is executive editor of 1517 Publishing and scholar in residence at 1517. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 2005 and has taught — and continues to teach — history at Concordia University (Irvine, California) and Concordia College (Bronxville, New York). He is a member of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, the Sixteenth Century Society, the International Society for Christian Apologetics, and sits on the editorial committee of the Concordia Theological Quarterly. He is also the author of Martin Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth-Century Polemics, co-editor of Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and Its Defense, and a contributing scholar for Modern Reformation magazine. Adam and his wife, Rachel, have four children and live with the swallows in San Juan.

Chad Bird holds master’s degrees from Concordia Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College. He draws upon his expertise as a former professor of Old Testament and Hebrew to cohost the podcast, 40 Minutes in the OT. Chad has authored several books, including The Infant Priest: Hymns and Poems, Christ Alone: Meditations and Sermons, Why Lutherans Sing What They Sing, Your God Is Too Glorious: Finding God in the Most Unexpected Places, Night Driving: Notes from a Prodigal Soul, and his latest, Upside-Down Spirituality: The 9 Essential Failures of a Faithful Life. He has also authored pieces in The Federalist, Modern Reformation, the Lutheran Witness, Concordia Journal, and elsewhere. Two of his hymns were included in the Lutheran Service Book.

Questions? Email inquires may be sent to the CRTC organizers at: pastorkjohnsen@gmail.com pphil1961@icloud.com

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California pastor elected bishop of the North American Lutheran Church https://thenalc.org/2019/08/09/california-pastor-elected-bishop-of-the-north-american-lutheran-church/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:33:30 +0000 https://thenalc.org/?p=36382 The post California pastor elected bishop of the North American Lutheran Church appeared first on North American Lutheran Church.

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Bishop John Bradosky, Bishop-Elect Dan Selbo, and Bishop Emeritus Paull Spring following the election announcement.

Indianapolis, IN: Following a year of discernment after Bishop John Bradosky’s retirement announcement at the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) annual Convocation last August, the Rev. Dr. Dan Selbo, 63, was elected this week by a majority of delegates at the 2019 NALC Convocation to serve as its next bishop. Selbo is currently serving as the pastor of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in San Jose, CA and was the former dean of the Central Pacific Mission District.

Before the annual Convocation, congregations proposed eligible pastors to a nominating committee, who then published answers from each nominee pertaining to various questions related to their ministry and hopes for the future. This week, 299 pastors, 308 lay-delegates, and 202 visitors from mission districts across North America met in Indianapolis, IN for prayer and discernment before voting to elect Selbo.

A slate of twelve nominees who were willing to stand for election to be the next bishop of the NALC were announced on May 10, 2019. An additional two nominees were nominated on the floor during Convocation. “The Executive Council and the Nominating Committee are grateful for the prayerful manner and approach our church took to bring us to the election of our next bishop,” said the Rev. Mark Chavez, NALC General Secretary. “So many people were praying. We wished for prayer, not politics. Thank you to everyone who helped in that effort.”

The nominees included the Rev. Dr. Catherine Braasch sts, (intentional interim pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jackson Center, OH); the Rev. B. A. “Tim” Christ sts, pastor of Joy Lutheran Church (Richmond, TX); the Rev. Phillip Gagnon sts, pastor of St. Albert Evangelical Lutheran Church (St. Albert, AB); the Rev. Dr. Jeffray S. Greene, pastor of Word of God Lutheran Church (Peachtree City, GA); the Rev. Marshall E. Hahn, pastor of Marion Lutheran Church and Norway Lutheran Church (St. Olaf, IA); the Rev. Ronald Hoyum, pastor of Port Madison Lutheran Church (Bainbridge Island, WA); the Rev. Melinda H. Jones, pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church (North Charleston, SC); the Rev. Kenneth C. Kimball sts, pastor of Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church (Waterville, IA) and Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church (Waukon, IA); the Rev. James T. Lehmann sts, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church (Thomasboro, IL); the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Riesen, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Ashland, OH); the Rev. Dan Selbo, pastor of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church (San Jose, CA); and the Rev. Dr. David M. Wendel, assistant to the NALC bishop for ministry and ecumenism (Jacksonville, FL). The Rev. Dr. Amy C. Schifrin sts, president of the North American Lutheran Seminary (Ambridge, PA), and the Rev. Dr. Amy C. Little, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (Monroeville, OH), were nominated from the floor of the Convocation as the thirteenth and fourteenth candidates for bishop.

These fourteen nominees were asked to prepare and submit written materials for clergy- and lay-delegates’ consideration. The materials included their basic biographical information and responses to a comprehensive questionnaire.

Bishop-Elect Dan Selbo gives the benediction during the Installation Service.

Following several earlier events in the week, including the prestigious Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology and the NALC Mission Festival, the Convocation began with morning devotions by the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Guite, English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic. Electronic voting machines were distributed individually to certified delegates and clergy at registration. Following introductions, reports and greetings, the first ballot began following lunch, narrowing the election to the final four candidates: pastors Riesen, Schifrin, Selbo and Wendel. Following opening statements from these remaining nominees, all clergy- and lay-delegates were strongly encouraged to attend a time of informal conversation with each of the nominees. Following morning devotions on Friday, voting continued. In the fourth ballot, an election was reached as Selbo was named the bishop-elect. An installation service followed the election.

“Dan Selbo is the leader our pastors and lay-delegates have chosen to be the third bishop of the North American Lutheran Church. God willing, he will begin his service in the tenth year of our corporate life,” said Bishop John Bradosky. “I will do all I can as his predecessor to support him in the catalytic ministry to which he has been called, one of spiritual oversight, as defender of the faith, pastor and teacher to the pastors and congregations of the NALC, the chief evangelist, and one dedicated to the disciple-making mission of the Church.”

In his address to the Convocation, Selbo expressed his deep appreciation to the North American Lutheran Church. “Thank you for who you are, for being the Body of Christ,” said Selbo. “I am honored to be part of the North American Lutheran Church. It is a powerful voice that is so needed in this world today and we are on track, we are being led by the Spirit, we are following Jesus Christ, and we have a message this world is dying to hear and we need to share it. Thank you for your vote of confidence. I ask for your continued prayers in the four years ahead.”

Several leaders participated in the laying on of hands during the installation, including Bradosky, as well as the Rev. Yonas Yigezu, president of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus; the Rt. Rev. Dr. Alex Mkumbo, bishop of the Central Diocese (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania); and the Rev. Paull Spring, bishop emeritus of the North American Lutheran Church and bishop emeritus of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

Also present during the Convocation were a number of ecumenical representatives, including the Most Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton, presiding bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church and bishop of the Diocese of Mid-America (Anglican Church in North America); the Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, executive director of the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod); Carmen LaBerge, executive director of the Common Ground Christian Network; the Rev. Martin Fromm, representing both the Global Confessional and Missional Lutheran Forum and the Church Coalition for the Bible and Confession in Bavaria; the Rev. Andreas Späth, vice president of the Internationale Konferenz Bekennender Gemeinschaften/International Christian Network; and the Rev. James Erich Rutten, chair of the Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).

Bishop Bradosky will stay on until October 1, at which point Selbo will assume his new responsibilities. “The entire church would like to honor Bishop Bradosky, and we look forward to celebrating his ministry among us,” said Chavez. “God provided the leadership that we needed in the person of John Bradosky, and we have already witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of gratitude and thanksgiving in the past several months. We look forward to celebrating his ministry among us for many years.”

Bishop-Elect Dan Selbo gives communion to a delegate during the Installation Service.

The NALC is a growing Christian church in the Lutheran tradition, uniting more than 142,500 Lutherans from 433 congregations across the United States and Canada. The NALC embodies the theological center of Lutheranism in North America and stands firmly within the global Lutheran mainstream. The NALC is a church family committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and, in keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, believes all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture.

The NALC has embraced four Core Values which shape its common life: Christ Centered, Mission Driven, Traditionally Grounded, and Congregationally Focused. As a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, the NALC is animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations. A renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, the NALC is focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe.

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Written by Andrew Fuller, Director of Communications for the North American Lutheran Church.

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I Am God – You are my People https://thenalc.org/2019/02/12/i-am-god-you-are-my-people/ https://thenalc.org/2019/02/12/i-am-god-you-are-my-people/#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 22:45:36 +0000 https://thenalc.org/?p=33045 The post I Am God – You are my People appeared first on North American Lutheran Church.

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This devotional booklet, prepared by the Rev. Paull Spring, NALC bishop emeritus and the Rev. Dr. Gemechis Buba, NALC assistant to the bishop for missions, is meant to enhance and enrich our Lenten observance. We have chosen two themes. One is a selection of biblical passages in which God is addressed as the “Great I Am.” The other is a selection of passages in which we are addressed as God’s people, “You are…”

It is our hope that, as we reflect on these passages from God’s Word, our faith in God may be strengthened and our commitment to His Word renewed.

It is also our prayer that, as we move from Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, we may join the two disciples of Jesus as they cried out, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32 ESV).

Ways to access the devotional:

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To receive the daily devotions via SMS, please text @NALCLENT to 614-682-8693.
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Disaster Preparedness Resources https://thenalc.org/2018/05/08/disaster-preparedness-resources/ https://thenalc.org/2018/05/08/disaster-preparedness-resources/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 19:13:16 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=28278 Resources Emergency Operations Planning Resources: Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship (Recorded webinar): An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship US Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center Active Shooter Preparedness Resources: Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter

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Resources

Emergency Operations Planning Resources:

Active Shooter Preparedness Resources:

Free online independent study courses for everyone:

All hazard preparedness resources:

  • Ready.gov– a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters

For more resources, visit www.fema.gov

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NALC News – March/April 2018 https://thenalc.org/2018/03/28/nalc-news-march-april-2018/ https://thenalc.org/2018/03/28/nalc-news-march-april-2018/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:11:33 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=27233

The latest issue of NALC News is now available for reading and download. Contents include: Bishop John Bradosky’s Easter message. Wisconsin church donates shower trailer to NALC Disaster Response. Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2018 Convocation. Registration open for 2018 NALC Convocation. Canadian Rockies Theological Conference to feature Malcolm Guite and Steve

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The latest issue of NALC News is now available for reading and download. Contents include:

  • Bishop John Bradosky’s Easter message.
  • Wisconsin church donates shower trailer to NALC Disaster Response.
  • Nominations sought for positions to be elected at 2018 Convocation.
  • Registration open for 2018 NALC Convocation.
  • Canadian Rockies Theological Conference to feature Malcolm Guite and Steve Bell.
  • Daniel Nelson, missionary to China: Remembering the Lutheran missionary and family killed in skyjacking.
  • The Law and Discipleship – Message from Bishop John Bradosky.
  • “The Academy” by NALC Renewal Team.
  • Andrew Fuller named Communications Director for NALC.
  • Kathy Jacobson is retiring.
  • Congregational Leadership: A Ministry of Reconciliation – “Ministry Matters” by Pastor David Wendel.
  • Ancient Evangelical Future Conference.
  • com Youth and Family Ministry.

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Ohio Floods Disaster Response Teleconference https://thenalc.org/2018/02/27/ohio-floods-disaster-response-teleconference/ https://thenalc.org/2018/02/27/ohio-floods-disaster-response-teleconference/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 17:07:20 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=26678 Mary Bates of NALC Disaster Response is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm Eastern. The purpose is to assess available resources in the vicinity of the Ohio River (from Ohio to Indiana/Iowa/Missouri). Interested pastors, congregation members and individuals are invited to join the call. Here is the information for the meeting: NALC Disaster

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Mary Bates of NALC Disaster Response is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm Eastern. The purpose is to assess available resources in the vicinity of the Ohio River (from Ohio to Indiana/Iowa/Missouri).

Interested pastors, congregation members and individuals are invited to join the call.

Here is the information for the meeting:

NALC Disaster Response 
Tue, Feb 27, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/334547189 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code: 334-547-189 

More phone numbers 
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391

First GoToMeeting? Let’s do a quick system check:https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

 

 

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Ohio River Floods; Tornadoes in Central US – February 2018 https://thenalc.org/2018/02/26/ohio-river-flooding-february-2018/ https://thenalc.org/2018/02/26/ohio-river-flooding-february-2018/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:52:38 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=26671 Please pray for our brothers and sisters impacted by flooding in the Ohio River valley that has destroyed more than 1,200 homes and caused major damage to at least 150 others. Numerous additional homes in the area have minor damage (substantial water in basements). After three days of additional rain, those numbers are anticipated to

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Please pray for our brothers and sisters impacted by flooding in the Ohio River valley that has destroyed more than 1,200 homes and caused major damage to at least 150 others. Numerous additional homes in the area have minor damage (substantial water in basements). After three days of additional rain, those numbers are anticipated to increase. The most recent Ohio River flooding was 14 years ago, in 2004.

Over the weekend, severe thunderstorms swept through the central US and spawned tornadoes, gale force winds and flooding from the Upper Midwest to Appalachia. Tornadoes caused as many as five deaths in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Mary Bates, director of NALC disaster response, has been in contact with congregations who are in areas of flooding and storm damage. She has also been attending the Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio Emergency Management Agency briefings, identifying how to volunteer and how to assist families who do not have flood insurance.

Your help is needed! To volunteer, contact Mary Bates, NALC Disaster Response, at disasterresponse@thenalc.org or 740-509-1132.

Send material donations, such as flood buckets, gift cards (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Target, Walmart), furniture, appliances, and other household items, to the National Disaster Warehouse, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724 or contact Mary at disasterresponse@thenalc.org or 740-509-1132 to arrange a pick up. A “Stuff the Truck” event may also be scheduled in the future, as long-term recovery will extend throughout 2018.

Donate to the Disaster Response Fund

Please note: This fund is for domestic disasters only. Gifts for international disaster relief may be directed to Lutheran World Relief, Water Mission, or the international relief organization of your choice.

Financial gifts should be sent to NALC Disaster Response, 2299 Palmer Dr., Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112 or you may donate online here.

Thank you for your prayers and support. Thanks be to God for NALC!!

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Human Trafficking in Disasters Webinar – March 13, 2018 https://thenalc.org/2018/02/26/human-trafficking-in-disasters-webinar/ https://thenalc.org/2018/02/26/human-trafficking-in-disasters-webinar/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:00:16 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=26673 The DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center), the DHS Blue Campaign, Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, and FEMA, are co-hosting a webinar on Preventing Human Trafficking in Disasters: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from

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The DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Center), the DHS Blue Campaign, Office on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, and FEMA, are co-hosting a webinar on Preventing Human Trafficking in Disasters: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here for details.

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FEMA Expands Public Assistance Eligibility https://thenalc.org/2018/01/30/fema-expands-public-assistance-eligibility/ https://thenalc.org/2018/01/30/fema-expands-public-assistance-eligibility/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:56:40 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=26672 FEMA has just changed a long-standing policy to now include churches among the types of private non-profits that can qualify for federal disaster assistance. This means our congregations can seek FEMA funds for building repairs in federally declared disasters. In the past, churches could not qualify if their “primary” purpose is religious activity, such as

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FEMA has just changed a long-standing policy to now include churches among the types of private non-profits that can qualify for federal disaster assistance. This means our congregations can seek FEMA funds for building repairs in federally declared disasters. In the past, churches could not qualify if their “primary” purpose is religious activity, such as worship, religious education, etc. That restriction has been eliminated. These changes are effective for disasters declared on or after August 23, 2017.  […read more]

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Life Devotions, Day 6 https://thenalc.org/2018/01/17/life-devotions-day-6/ https://thenalc.org/2018/01/17/life-devotions-day-6/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 23:50:45 +0000 https://www.thenalc.org/?p=25849 Original image   •   Click for news about the 2018 NALC Life Conference Today’s reading: John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word … What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:1, 3, 4). Life is a great mystery. The basic philosophical question is, “Why

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Today’s reading: John 1:1-4

“In the beginning was the Word … What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:1, 3, 4).

Life is a great mystery. The basic philosophical question is, “Why is there anything at all? Why not rather nothing?”

The answer of Christian faith is, “God spoke all that exists into existence.” John 1 echoes the great creation story of Genesis 1 in affirming this truth.

We like to say that life is a gift; it is more accurate to say that it is a trust from God. The ancient Hebrews refused to eat blood because they believed it carried the life in it, and life belongs only to God. Even in our fallen and broken creation, all life belongs to God.

Recently I conducted vision screenings on behalf of the Lions Clubs in our local school district, and I was specifically asked to try to screen the students with multiple disabilities. There were nine such students in our district, each with so many issues that an aide was assigned to every student. I witnessed how lovingly the aides and teachers cared for these students in the classroom, and I was in awe when I learned that several of these students were adopted by parents who knew very well the challenges they would face. I suspect that a motivation for the adoption was a solid Christian commitment to the sanctity of life.

I have to be honest that I don’t think I could undertake such a life-long commitment, even if I were younger. But I thank God for those who do. In many ways, they are the heroes of the pro-life movement, and we can all learn from them to respect all life as entrusted to us by God.

A recurring lie is that those of us who oppose abortion don’t care about life after birth. The parents who adopted these students with so many health and learning issues show the truth.

How is God calling you to witness to the wondrous mystery of life, not just by marching but in how you conduct yourselves every day?

Prayer: We thank you, Father, for all who work to preserve and nurture life, especially those who willingly undertake the care of the weakest and most vulnerable. Guide us to care faithfully and loving with all the life you have entrusted to our care. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Steve Shipman. 

Day 1  •  Day 2  •  Day 3  •  Day 4  •  Day 5  •  Day 6  •  Day 7

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