National Magazine of the Lutheran Church of Australia
Statistics show there are many families living with autism, but what can congregations do to support them?
Is the LCA on the brink of missional renewal or on a path to slow decay from a lack of imagination?
Parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a challenge that can push people to breaking point. But, along with the hard years, Kirra and her husband Rowan have experienced wonder and delight.
Geordie Mills loves playing video games and seems typical of high-achieving, active teens. But, along with dealing with all the usual pressures of being 16, he has the added challenge of living with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Inspired by Jesus’ prayer to his father for unity among Christians, churches in Rockhampton in central Queensland will join for Easter worship next month in a powerful witness to the broader community.
Pastor Simon Cooper is a chaplain to two contrasting communities – students at a Lutheran college in Queensland and members of Australia’s defence forces in his role as a part-time Navy Reserve Chaplain. But, he says, one common denominator of both ministries is hope.
In their daily work, members of the defence forces may face danger, hardships and relationship pressures, and often encounter moral and spiritual challenges. That’s where defence chaplaincy has a role, says Principal Chaplain Darren Jaensch.
When keen cyclist Adam McKay was 31, he was hit by a car and his life was shattered. He has since shared his story through Lutheran Media’s Messages of Hope and has come to know the power of forgiveness.
Meet six pastoral ministry graduates from Australian Lutheran College, who are stepping out in faith to begin their first assignments in 2018.
As Christians we know we are to forgive those who wrong us, just as God has forgiven us. But when people hurt us deeply, it can be really tough to forgive them.