By Rev. Timothy Swenson, Chaplain Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)
The Day of Thanksgiving has come upon us. Politicians have established it. Preachers exhort it. God commands it. Families enjoy it. Merchants take advantage of it. Pundits reflect on it. Most of us love in some fashion the nostalgia of it all: home, hearth, and heart.
For me, born in that decade following the end of World War II, my Thanksgiving Day nostalgia includes all those sentiments. Multiple families of multiple generations would gather. Prior to the call to table, lively conversation would ensue as cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents an
The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) Ph.D. program commenced with its first students this fall. As the fall semester winds down, Ph.D. students are now working toward finishing their projects in their first course. These students are now beginning to define the path they will take through the Ph.D. program so that they are prepared to do the research that will become their dissertation. There are five students currently in the Ph.D. program. They come from all over the US and one comes from Madagascar. Next semester there are two courses available for Ph.D. students with Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt teaching a seminar on Heidegger and Dr. Paul R. Hinlicky will be teaching a seminar on his system
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life."
1 Timothy 6:17-19 You've already seen the increase in Black Friday ads, right? It's fine to give your family a present like a new flat-screen, but let's think about the total picture we are giving them concerning the kind of life we want.
Have you ever been to Madagascar? Not too many people have. I just got back. The whole time I was at the airport waiting for my homebound flight, only one other plane left. I told the Uber driver that the four types of people visiting there are the French who have some ties to this tropical island nation, ecotourists, a few church people, and NGOs. It’s a shame because the people and the land have a lot to offer. I went there as part of a Friends of Madagascar Mission (FOMM) educational mission trip as well as to meet with the three graduate students now enrolled at ILT. Each of our students received books and two got refurbished laptops. I also met with the President of the Malagasy Luthera