Martin Luther taught us that God claims each of us in Holy Baptism and gives us a life mission that will bless others and contribute to human flourishing. To recognize our baptismal calling is what we mean by vocational discernment. It’s a process of listening to the Spirit of God through the Word of Scripture and the community of the church. Specifically, God calls some people as ordained ministers, and it is this vocation that is in urgent demand right now in the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
In the fall of 2022, the North American Lutheran Seminary announced Dr. Alexander Pierce will serve as Assistant Professor of Historical Theology. Get to know our newest professor and learn more about what he will doing at the NALS!
Mrs. Lynnae Douglas, Mr. Richard Jansek, the Rev. Stéphane Kaljoni, and Mr. Roger Weyersberg were added to the Board of Regents in 2022. The Board of Regents is made up of nine members, the bishop, and the seminary president. Its chief responsibilities are to provide oversight, supervision, and direction for the NALS Network and president, including fiscal plans, new programs and initiatives, and fundraising.
In early 2022, the Trinity School for Ministry (TSM) Board of Trustee appointed the Very Rev. Bryan C. Hollon, Ph.D., as the eighth Dean President.
There is an original stanza from “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” that was, very unfortunately, removed from the Lutheran Book of Worship. You will understand why it was removed when you read it.
In Martin Luther’s little work, A Brief Instruction on What to Look for and Expect in the Gospels, he makes the intriguing assertion that we should press into the Old Testament to find Christ. Luther says, “[i]t is there that people like us should read and study, drill ourselves, and see what Christ is, for what purpose he has been given, how he was promised, and how all Scripture tends toward him.”
Cyril was the bishop of Jerusalem in the second half of the fourth century (ca. 350 386/7). He gave catechetical instruction in the form of “lectures” to those preparing for and having recently received the grace of the Holy Spirit in the waters of Baptism. His lectures invite incoming and newly minted members of Christ’s Church to receive the Church’s creedally orthodox theology and help them to see how that body of teaching originates in Holy Scripture.
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