Category Archives: Newsletter

To All the Lost, Come Home: A Devotional on Luke 15:1-10

By Colin Neill, NALS MDiv 2020 Two years ago on a youth mission trip with my home congregation, Zion Lutheran Church, a group of teenagers and I spent a week helping a homeowner named David with household tasks. Throughout the week, David was always accompanied by another gentleman who helped direct and assist us in […]

Finalized Agreement Provides New Extension Center for NALC Candidates in Canada

In the second week of December 2018—a month when the average high temperature in Alberta is in the 20s—NALS President Amy Schifrin and I converged on beautiful Edmonton, Alberta, in order to meet with President James Gimbel and the faculty of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS). Our discussions had to do with a potential arrangement between […]

Assuming the Call of the Summer

An Interview With Justin Baker “It wasn’t until maybe my second interview that I realized that chaplaincy at a summer camp was a role I was suited for,” said Justin Baker, senior MDiv student at the North American Lutheran Seminary. This past summer, Baker worked at Camp Agape, a Lutheran camp in Hickory, Pennsylvania. While […]

Upcoming Classes for Spring 2020

The NALS will have three online courses available during our Spring 2020 semester, beginning on January 21 and running until May 11. These classes are open and available to all students, whether they’re pursuing ordination or just interested in boosting their knowledge of Lutheran theology and practice. Registration for Spring 2020 opens December 4 and […]

“Take my silver and my gold, Not a mite would I withhold.”

A Reflection on Mark 10:17-31 Money, money, money, money, money:  Jesus never had any in his pockets, but he knew what would happen to our hearts if we kept our hands clutched too tightly around ours.          Money—whether people earn it legally or on the streets, if it becomes your reason to […]

NALS Presidential Search Update

The North American Lutheran Seminary will continue the search for its next president after a brief break. Dr. M. Roy Schwarz, chair of the NALS Board of Regents, says, “The Presidential Search process has been suspended until after the North American Lutheran Church Convocation in August. We hope to conclude the process shortly after this […]

Singing the Faith

The Christian’s Life in Hymns By the Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin We know a sound when we hear it. We can tell the difference between a toddler’s giggle and a teenager’s cry of despair, between an angry husband’s “harrumph” when he slams the door and his sigh of deep relief when his wife welcomes him […]

Supporting Your Seminary: May Campaign 2019

In roughly a decade, over 50 percent of our clergy in the North American Lutheran Church will retire. And while there are interested candidates coming to the NALC from various places, the fact that seminary education remains a complicated and expensive procedure inhibits many more men and women from coming forward. Here at the North […]

Grand View University: A New Agreement With the NALS

By the Rev. Dr. Maurice Lee As everyone involved with the North American Lutheran Seminary knows, training for ministry in the church is a complex and demanding commitment. The dollars and years required are not only directly connected to the cost and time of education, but also involve relocating, often accompanied by family, to a […]

To the Ends of the Earth

NALS Student Serves in New Zealand You might not think of becoming a short-term missionary in the middle of your seminary education. After all, doesn’t the average student spend most of her time swamped with essays and Greek parsings? How could living abroad—and missing an entire semester—even work out in the grand scheme of graduate […]