The Lutheran is one of the most highly awarded publications within the Australasian Religious Press Association and we’re very proud of it.
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Many of us have heard the saying ‘beauty is only skin deep’ or the notion that having a good personality is more important than being good-looking. But do we really believe that? Do we spend an unhealthy amount of time, energy and money on our physical appearance, or do we want to look our best simply because our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit?
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There’s special symbolism in a small wooden Christmas tree sitting in the local Lutheran church in the regional Victorian town of Nhill. Not only does it remind us of the birth of Jesus Christ, but this tree’s peculiar decorations also remind us of the new life Jesus brings. This is because the adornments completely covering the tree’s trunk and boughs are damaged, used postage stamps.
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With the Lutheran Church of New Zealand unable to elect a bishop at its 2023 Synod, the LCANZ’s College of Bishops has asked the NSW and ACT District to provide oversight for the LCNZ until the next synod in two years, including the NSW-ACT bishop making two-week visiting tours of all New Zealand churches twice yearly.
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From cover to (almost) cover
Maria Rudolph and Jonathan Krause recently shared a special ‘reunion’. But it was actually the first time the pair had met – almost 18 years after they graced the same cover of The Lutheran in June 2006, German-born Maria had shared her story of meeting Lutheran people while backpacking around Australia and coming to faith, while Jonathan had explained his role at Christian Blind Mission International – collecting and bringing back stories from the world’s poorest places. Maria is today a pastoral associate at St John’s Lutheran Church in Perth, while Jonathan is Community Action Manager for Australian Lutheran World Service. Maria’s husband, Pastor Michael Rudolph, who serves the Concordia congregation at Duncraig in suburban Perth, took the photo.
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