ELS President Gives Local Talk About Lutherans

Bethany and Concordia belong to the national association of Lutheran churches called the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The ELS President John Moldstad will be in The Dalles from Mankato, Minnesota, to present a talk and answer questions about the distinctive history, teachings, and practice of Lutherans from the perspective of the ELS.

Bethany and Concordia invite their neighbors of our Columbia Gorge communities to this special event. Most Christians learn at some point about Martin Luther, but not much. In fact, he’s often confused with a much more recent American figure: Martin Luther King Jr. Roman Catholics, Protestants, and Americans in general have reasons to remember Luther’s contributions to history, but it is sometimes forgotten that the people who agreed with Luther back in the 16th Century have also spread around the world, bringing a unique kind of Christian faith that shares elements of both Roman Catholicism and of the Protestant denominations. This one-day talk is a chance for people in the Gorge to find out about just what Lutherans do, teach, and believe today.

The times have changed since the 16th Century, and all Christians have had to deal with those changes. The Evangelical Lutheran Synod adopted its current name as recently as 1955, but it existed in other forms long before. What do Lutherans like them believe and teach today? How is this similar to other Lutherans, or even other Christian denominations? How would they answer your questions about Biblical teaching, faith, and life? Join us on Palm Sunday (April 14) to find out, and to enjoy a meal with fellow students of history, theology, and individual freedom.

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About Jesse Jacobsen

Pastor Jacobsen moved with his family to the Columbia Gorge in January, 2006. He has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod since 1998. He resides in The Dalles, serving Bethany Lutheran Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, and Columbia Lutheran School.

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