Category: Ecclesiology and Ecclesial Life


Margaret A. Krych The Ministry of Children’s Education: Foundations, Contexts, and Practices., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

This highly anticipated resource establishes the importance of children’s education to the life of today’s faith communities. A very readable textbook, it presents foundations for education in the faith, explores contexts in which contemporary faith is nurtured, and suggests practical helps for creating programs that work in congregations.

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Public Church: For the Life of the World., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

Moe-Lobeda explores what it means for the ELCA to play a role in public life today. Sections focus on what it means to be a public church, obstacles to being a public church in public life, power for being public church, and providing public leadership. For the followers of Jesus, the ”way of living” in public is a gift of God to the church.

Kirsi Stjerna The Role of the Bishop, Changing Models for a Global Church., Minneapolis: Kirkhouse Publishers 2002

Perspectives on the office of bishop in the global Lutheran church, papers from the Luther Colloquy 2000 at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA – editing and epilogue.

Martha Stortz Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2008

Each chapter in Blessed to Follow is structured around a similar pattern: appeal to experience; biblical stories; Jesus: the one blessing and the one blessed; disciples: blessed to be a blessing; practice: the blessing made real. Includes questions for discussion and additional resources.


"Peace, Peace, When There is No Peace" Spring In Lutheran Forum. vol. 41, no. 3, 2008 : 3-5

A reflection on the excising of military imagery from church, and reasons to maintain it.

Marcia J. Bunge "Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Children, Parents, and ‘Best Practices” for Faith Formation: Resources for Child, Youth, and Family Ministry Today" Winter In Dialog: A Journal of Theology. vol. 47, 2008 : 348-360

Sections of this article were also republished in Lutheran Partners 25.4 (July/August, 2009):16-21.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "Pastoral Reflections: Preaching Helps" In Currents in Theology and Mission. vol. 23, April 1996 : 151-161
Gracia Grindal "The First Issues and Editorials of Modern Lutheran Church Magazines as Indicators of Competing Ecclesiatical Cultures" Winter In Lutheran Quarterly. vol. 13, 1999 : 478-482
Gracia Grindal "The End is Everything" Spring In Dialog: A Journal of Theology. 1997 : 91-99
Gracia Grindal "New Sight, New Life: Lenten Gospels" 16 In Word & World. vol. 13, 1996 : 91-97