Lutherans in the Twin Cities

When Lutheran districts, synods select their spiritual leaders

Choosing a district president or a synod bishop is not something Lutherans take lightly. The consequences can be significant — even fateful — for the fortunes of a denomination. more »

Commentary

The final issue

The Metro Lutheran will cease monthly print publication with the April issue. The Board of Directors made this decision primarily because we were not able to stabilize our income as advertising revenue declined. All print newspapers face this same dynamic, and Metro Lutheran has not been immune. more »

Thank you

I have regularly told friends that I am the luckiest person alive. As the editor of Metro Lutheran, I have received financial compensation to participate in events, discussions, and even controversies that I would find interesting even without pay. I have often been astounded by the high quality of discussion and action I have been witness to. more »

National Lutheran News

Luther college student finds ancient papyri

This fragment of 1st Century papyrus was recently discovered by a work study student in the Orlando W. Qualley collection at the Luther College Archives, housed in the school’s library. For more information about this discovery, read “Ancient Egyptian papyri found in Luther College collection” on page 10. Photo provided by Luther College

This fragment of 1st Century papyrus was recently discovered by a work study student in the Orlando W. Qualley collection at the Luther College Archives, housed in the school’s library. Photo provided by Luther College

Most student work-study jobs are a bit of a grind. But in January, nine papyri documents almost 2,000 years old were discovered by a student in the Luther College library archives, where they had remained hidden in a cardboard box for decades.

Luther sophomore Brittany Anderson, a double major in biology and anthropology, was conducting a routine inventory of the papers of the late Orlando W. Qualley, longtime professor of classics and dean of the college, when she came across the nine ancient documents among Qualley’s letters and journals donated to the college in the 1980s. The papyri — one of which, a libellus, is especially rare — date from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and were apparently purchased by Qualley from an antiquities dealer when he was part of a University of Michigan archaeological excavation team at Karanis, south of Cairo, in 1924-25. more »

Wheatridge Ministries launches unique crowdfunding website

WeRaise Logo PNG No Background copyFor more than a century, Wheat Ridge Ministries (WRM) has provided funding and support for inspired leaders starting new health-related ministries. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t sometimes on the cutting edge. The launch of WeRaise, WRM’s new Christian crowdfunding program, is just one more sign of its willingness to innovate.

“WeRaise is an exciting new tool God is already using to equip and send out leaders in communities around the world,” Abigail Miller, program lead, told Metro Lutheran. “The global trend is to get more projects in the door, and WeRaise fits into a bigger strategic plan [for WRM] to build awareness of what we do.” more »