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The theme of the 2014 convention was "Lifting Our Eyes" accompanied by the line, "Behold, the King is coming!" rising out of John Chapter 12. God lifts our eyes to him, to the cross, to his glory and the hope that we find in our salvation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God lifts our eyes to him and to his mission to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to our neighbors and around the world.
Rev. Paul Larson
- Secretary: Phil Heiser
- Central Region (Layperson) - Michael Swenson
- Western Region (Layperson) - Marv Nelson
- Canadian Region (Pastor) - Jon Overland
- Canadian Region (Laypersons) - Greg Butler and Bernie Foster
- Pacific Region (Pastor) - Jim Erickson
- Pacific Region (Layperson) - Warren Hall
- Eastern Region (Pastor) - Brad Hganson
- Eastern Region (Layperson) - Matthew DeKok
Resolutions Committee: Phil Heiser and Jeff Stephan
With a theme like Lifting Our Eyes I felt it was important for the logo to, in some way, remind us of God. It is, after all, God who lifts our eyes (whether it be to Himself or to His mission—it is always God that does the lifting). This realization led me to search Scripture for commonly used titles for God. One title that seemed to connect well with the theme was “King of kings.” That title led to the logo taking on the form of a crown.
At the base of the crown is a headband decorated with three jewels representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Rising out of the headband is the crown itself. The crown is designed with four swoops creating two paths (one path on the right and the other on the left). They are designed to lead the eye from the Trinity to the cross, from creation to salvation. The cross is the focal point of the logo and the symbol that makes Christianity unique. It represents the moment when the son of God took sin upon himself and declared, “It is finished!” The circle inside of the cross was initially added for decoration, but it has since come to symbolize the individual person, and the fact that no one comes to the Father except through the Son (at which point the paths are now seen as leading from the cross to the Trinity reconnecting the created to the Creator).
The color purple was chosen because of its history for being the color of kings, nobles, priests and magistrates. On the day Jesus was crucified, Roman guards placed a purple robe on Him, mocking His claim to be king. That moment forever linked the color purple to the Lord of lords, the King of kings.
Troy Tysdal serves as the Church Resource Coordinator for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren