September 12, 2022

Video Ministries – September 2022

Lutheran CORE is always looking for ways to take our ministry to the next level and expand our work of being a Voice for Biblical Truth and a Network for…
September 12, 2022

Highlights of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

No Mention of God Here is a link to the ELCA’s description of the Highlights of its own recent Churchwide Assembly. Please notice.  Two words are conspicuously absent – the…
September 12, 2022

Encouraging and Improving Congregational Singing

First off, this is not an article about the relative merits of traditional and/or contemporary hymns and songs.  So even if you suspect you might have a “chip on your…
September 12, 2022

Inter-Lutheran Hispanic-Latino Ministry Encuentro Returns October 15th

After two consecutive pandemic cancellations, the Inter-Lutheran Hispanic-Latino Ministry Encuentro will take place again on Saturday, October 15th, 2022, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Chicago's Hermosa Neighborhood, offering a…
September 12, 2022

No Acceptance of Confessional Faith at My ELCA Seminary

Note from CORE's Executive Director: Many thanks to a seminarian, who wishes to remain anonymous, for writing about what it was like to attend an ELCA seminary.  Students considering enrolling…
September 12, 2022

SIMUL: A New Academic Journal

In the fall of 2021, St. Paul Lutheran Seminary launched a new academic Journal called SIMUL, and since that time its pages have featured articles by Bob Benne, Mark Granquist,…
September 12, 2022

Igniting Renewal Through Mission

(How ‘City Mission’ was Born, Part 2) Editor’s Note: K. Craig Moorman is an NALC pastor of River’s Edge Ministries in Maryland and is a member of the board of…
July 12, 2022

The Equality Act

This research has been done and this article has been written in response to those who have expressed deep concern over the Equality Act, a bill that is now before…
July 12, 2022

Video Book Review – “The Holy Spirit and Christian Experience”

Lutheran CORE continues to provide monthly video reviews of books of interest and importance.  Many thanks to Dr. Paul Hinlicky, professor emeritus at Roanoke College in Roanoke, Virginia, for giving…
ResourcesSeminarians
July 12, 2022

The ABC’s of Lutheranism Video Series

Wanting to expand our video ministry and increase the number and scope of resources that we offer, we are now developing another series of videos which will answer the question,…
July 12, 2022

The Elephant in the Room: ELCA’s Declaration to Muslims

One of the familiar clichés within Lutheranism is that making the right distinctions is the key to doing good theology.  Admittedly, clichés are dangerous, as Robert Jenson warned in the…
SeminariansYoung Timothy
July 12, 2022

NEXUS 2022: Train Them the Way They Should Go

King Solomon was blessed in many ways with the wisdom the Lord had given him. He asked for wisdom (1 Kings 3:9) and he received it. We must hastily add,…
Young Timothy
July 12, 2022

How ‘City Mission’ Was Born, Part 1: Katrina, The Unwelcomed Reformer

Over the course of the past three decades, I have had the immense privilege of leading disaster relief efforts around the country, typically following a natural catastrophic event. Since my…
SeminariansYoung Timothy
July 12, 2022

A Note from a College Missionary in Italy

“Ciao! I’m Jackson. I’m from the United States. What’s your name?” This is the gist of how I started conversations during my time in Italy this past May and June.…
July 12, 2022

What Does the ELCA Social Statement on Abortion Really Say?

Rev. Thomas E. Jacobson, Ph.D. It is now old news that the issue of abortion in the United States, which has long simmered on medium heat in our national discourse,…
SeminariansYoung Timothy
May 11, 2022

Did Jesus Die For Our Sins?

I am very grateful for all the people who expressed deep concern over the movement I described in my April letter from the director to “cancel” the Gospel of John…
May 11, 2022

Video Book Review – “Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty”

Lutheran CORE continues to provide monthly video reviews of books of interest and importance.  Many thanks to Maurice Lee, NALC pastor and theologian, for doing a review of Mark Mattes’…
May 11, 2022

Resources for Ministry to LGBTQ+ Identified Persons

In the January 2022 issue of CORE Voice and the February 2022 letter from the director I had a two-part article entitled, “How Did It Happen?”, in which I explained…
May 11, 2022

The Trials, Tribulations and Challenges Facing Pastors in 2022

I have been a subscriber to Christianity Today since the early 1980’s.  I have always appreciated the quality and Biblical orthodoxy of its articles.  Recently both the CT magazine May/June…
May 11, 2022

What’s Next for the Pro-Life Movement?

Pro-life folks are celebrating the strong probability that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, which as even the late Justice Ginsburg acknowledged was too far-reaching and too sweeping.…
ResourcesSeminarians
May 11, 2022

Weekly Bible Studies on the Lectionary Readings

One of the goals and purposes of Lutheran CORE is to provide resources for confessing Lutherans.  On our website we have daily devotionals as well as suggestions for hymns, Scriptures,…
March 13, 2022

Spineless Christianity

The life of a Christian isn’t always an easy one. Wasn’t it Jesus who said, “the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those…
March 13, 2022

The NALC Pastors’ Conference: One of the Best

It is always a joy when you go to a Pastors’ conference and leave with a sense of energy and enthusiasm for ministry.  Over my twenty-eight years of ministry, I…
March 13, 2022

The Clergy Availability Crisis: What Are the Implications for Your Congregation’s Future?

Lutheran CORE’s Congregations in Transition ministry (CiT) was launched back in 2019 to assist Lutheran congregations who are contending with the shortage of available pastors to serve their churches.  This…
March 13, 2022

Video Book Review – “A HARVEST OF LUTHERAN DOGMATICS AND ETHICS” by Carl E. Braaten

Lutheran CORE continues to provide monthly video reviews of books of interest and importance.  Many thanks to Steve Shipman, NALC pastor and former director of Lutheran CORE, for his review…
March 13, 2022

COMMUNICATIONS TO ELCA LEADERS

I would like to tell you about two communications which I recently sent to ELCA leaders.  The first one I sent to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.  The second one I…
Young Timothy
March 13, 2022

One Way to Reach Our Youth

Have you ever wondered what good it does to “like” something you read on social media? Lutheran CORE mostly posts information, such as newsletter articles, devotions, and prayers, while others…
SeminariansYoung Timothy
January 12, 2022

How Did It Happen? The ELCA and Community Organizing – Part One

Introduction A question I am often asked by people is this – How did it happen?  How did LGBTQ+ values, priorities, and agenda completely take over the ELCA, and so…
January 12, 2022

Video Book Review – “Ethics” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Lutheran CORE continues to provide monthly video reviews of books of interest and importance.  Many thanks to NALC pastor Jeffray Greene for giving us a video review of the book…
January 12, 2022

A Review of Think.Believe.Do

A concerned member of the ELCA contacted me, asking me to do a review of a new curriculum from Augsburg Fortress’s Sparkhouse. That curriculum is entitled T.B.D.: Think. Believe. Do.…
January 12, 2022

Acedia and Appetite

As we entered 2022, and I faced the deadline for this article, I found myself struggling with what to write; what topic did I find compelling enough to spend time…
January 12, 2022

Worship Attendance and Our National Mental Health Crisis

I admit my tendency to often base my columns on the insights and observations of other writers.  No doubt some of you question whether I have any original thoughts, opinions…
January 12, 2022

Intercessory Prayer, Part Two: How to Write Them

In my introduction to intercessory prayer, I shared some of its historical background and some of its salient characteristics in the Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions. I wrote: Intercessory prayers…
November 12, 2021

She Just Does Not Get It

After reading two recent communications from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, the only conclusion I can come to is this.  She just does not get it. The first communication is…
November 12, 2021

An Introduction to Intercessory Prayer

Many of you know that I write intercessory prayers that are posted on the Lutheran CORE website and sent to many individual pastors and congregations. I’ve done this for over…
November 12, 2021

Concerns Over a Confession

On September 27 the ELCA released a “Declaration of the ELCA to American Indian and Alaska Native People.”  The document contains a full page of confessions to the American Indian…