By late September every year, Christians start posting reactions on Facebook and Twitter about something that is making less and less sense to me every year. They react to the consumeristic reality of Christmas as stores line their shelves with Christmas decorations weeks before Halloween (sorry, I meant Reformation Day!). But as I understand Christmas
Maybe you’ve watched an episode of the ABC’s show Blood and Oil? The whole country seems captivated by the North Dakota oil boom—everyone I speak to has heard of The Bakken and “Fracking” for shale oil. The tag line for the show is, “Sometimes you have to play dirty to get filthy rich.” It’s not
“Dr. Veum, can I tell you something?” The student asking is from the Dominican Republic. His name is Erick Benjamin Sede Eduardo. He wanted to tell me the story about how the Lord provided a study lamp for only six dollars. But first…a bit of background. Benjamin—the name his mother calls him—is 25 years old.
Refection from Pastor Ryan: Well, it’s Monday morning and I am here in my office. I have about a thousand thoughts running through my head at the same time and, for someone who is not good at multitasking, it makes things difficult. You see, on Saturday, October 10, we held our first worship service in
On October 8 and 9, 2015, the Council of Directors of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren met in Fergus Falls, MN, to discuss the vision and mission of the CLB.
Girl being too short for attraction A common question among Christians is, “How can we accept God?” But the better question, the deeper question, is, “How can God accept me?” God answers that himself in Mark 10:14-16. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of
Paying The Bill At the end of June, my family gathered together in Minot, North Dakota to celebrate the marriage of one of my uncles. It was a small ceremony in the Gol Stave Church in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, a really beautiful setting. My extended family has moved all over the country; some of
Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Brethren Church hosted the 2015 WMCLB Event on Saturday, July 11, in Minot, North Dakota. Chairwoman Rachel Patterson emceed the event. Our theme verse, “The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2b, NIV 1984), provided the snapshot presenters with their discussion topics. Strength:
This feels like a school!” That was the reaction of a Lutheran Brethren Seminary board member when touring the new seminary building in March. It was still under construction then. He should see it now. The Lord has gifted the seminary with an amazing space. It’s not that we were desperate for a new building.
There is a fair amount of conversation today about the need for the local church to think of its ministry in much the same way that overseas missionaries think about theirs. Voices in mission today frequently refer to North America as the largest mission field in the western hemisphere. It is a little-known fact that
On August 31, 2015 Lutheran Brethren Seminary opened the 2015-16 academic year by dedicating their new facility to the glory of God in preparing servants of Christ for a life of ministry in His mission. CLB President Paul Larson addressed the seminary students and the crowd of nearly 150 with a message of dependence on
The 2015-16 seminary year began with an intensive taught by Professor Brad Pribbenow. The course introduced students to a theology and practice of worship and included guidelines for Christian worship in the Lutheran Church. The fourteen students in attendance were privileged to be the first class in our new Seminary building.