2017 Bishop’s Series: Lutherans Making a World of Difference
Our monthly studies for 2017 will focus on Lutherans throughout history who have had an impact, but may not be as well-known. Bishop Wohlrabe will introduce names of Lutherans through whom God has worked redemptively in the world.
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For the archived months of this series, click below:
2016 Bishop’s Series: Truth and Love at the Crossroads
Our monthly Bible studies for 2016 will focus on the faith practice of fearlessly and lovingly speaking the truth—in the face of all our propensities toward denying reality, sidestepping the obvious, and “stuffing” our feelings. The Scriptures are continually revealing truth and love at the crossroads of our life within the body of Christ.
2015 Bishop’s Series: Holy Intrusions
These columns are designed to equip the disciples and leadership groups such as church councils, for faithful and fruitful ministry. Feel free to use each column for personal reflection or group discussion, e.g. church council meeting devotions/discussion.
2014 Bishop’s Series: The Mission Table
During this new year of 2014, my monthly bishop’s columns will invite us to consider this powerful image of The Mission Table. As I write these monthly columns, I’ll draw heavily upon Stephen Bouman’s new book, The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community (copyright 2013, Augsburg Fortress). But I’ll also share some of my own reflections along with stories of mission tables that are popping up all around our Northwestern Minnesota Synod. I invite you to join me on this wondrous journey from the kitchen table to the altar table to all the mission tables God creates in our midst.
2013 Bishop’s Series: The ELCA at 25
As we celebrate the 25th birthday of the ELCA, it’s an opportune time to reflect together on what it has meant and what it still means to be part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Hence, my 2013 Bishop’s Bible Studies will focus on key descriptors of our ELCA—adjectives that define us (or that we hope define us) within the whole Body of Christ. These descriptors also serve to define our congregations, the basic units of our ELCA—indispensable cells in the Body of Christ. So these Bible studies will be bi-focal in nature, illuminating our church body and its first quarter-century of life, but also shedding light on what’s happening in our congregations.
2012 Bishop’s Series: Where Are You Leading Us Lord?
Bishop Wohlrabe fourth series of monthly Bible studies focusing on the question: “Where Are You Leading Us, Lord?” The question assumes some important things about disciples and their congregations: we are not a “settled” church that simply stays put. We are, rather, a people sent on a mission into God’s world. These columns are designed to equip the disciples and leadership groups such as church councils, for faithful and fruitful ministry. Feel free to use the column for personal reflection or group discussion, e.g. church council meeting devotions/discussion.
2011 Bishop’s Series: The Next Generation
Bishop Wohlrabe’s monthly column, suitable for personal reflection or group discussion/devotions at meetings of congregation councils or other leadership groups. Columns will focus on topics related to Bishop Larry’s “Vision for our Synod” between now and the end of his term in 2013. Each month, we’ll consider what it might mean for our synod if we regularly asked ourselves: How will this idea, ministry or program serve our purpose of making disciples of all our children?
2010 Bishop’s Series: Life Overflowing
Bishop Wohlrabe’s series of columns on the theology of abundance. Columns may be read by individuals (devotionally) and/or used by congregation councils or other parish leadership groups for study, reflection and discussion.
2009 Bishop’s Series: Healthy Congregations
Bishop Wohlrabe’s series of columns on the marks of a healthy church. Columns may be read by individuals (devotionally) and/or used by congregation councils or other parish leadership groups for study, reflection and discussion.