The Lutheran Zephyr 2.0 was listed among a handful of blogs named in the most recent issue of Seeds for the Parish, "the resource paper of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America." Seeds for the Parish is sent to all ELCA congregations and church leaders six times each year.
Getting a shout-out in Seeds for the Parish is a nice recognition of this blog, for sure. But this article is also a nice recognition of the many Lutheran blogs that contribute in a variety of ways to the church's life.
Reprinted below, entirely without permission, is the column from Seeds for the Parish about Lutheran blogs. Of course, you can access this column and the entire issue of the Seeds for the Parish in convenient pdf format here, or at the Seeds for the Parish website.
Please note that even though these blogs appeared in an official ELCA publication, "not all the resources and program ideas listed in Seeds for the Parish have received official ELCA review or endorsement." This blog has surely not been officially reviewed or endorsed by anybody … please, don't confuse this blog with anything official. That might hurt my reputation! ;-)
Lutheran blogs (reprinted from Seeds for the Parish, page 5, July-August 2009)
A quick Google search returns more than 51,700 results for “ELCA Lutheran Blogs.” There are bloggers from all walks of Lutheran life, from the 2009 Bishops Academy to a “Sarcastic Lutheran” in Denver. There is no doubt that Lutherans are blogging in unprecedented numbers. Listed below is a sampling of what is going on in the blogosphere.
The Lutheran Zephyr 2.0: “The semi-regular reflections of Chris Duckworth, a 30-something rookie pastor encountering God, faith, and mission. . .all over again.” http://www.lutheranzephyr.com
A Pastor in the Parish: “A Lutheran pastor seeks to reclaim the role of pastor as theologian. Excerpts and reflections meant to generate discussion and devotion are posted.” Blogger Brian Bennett is an ELCA pastor serving the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Morgantown, West Virginia. http://intheparish.blogspot.com/
One Mission Blog: Reflections on the ELCA’s Ministry of Publishing—Augsburg Fortress—from president & CEO Beth Lewis. http://www.augsburgfortress.org/blog
Music at Bethany: Maintained by the organist at Bethany English Lutheran Church in Cleveland. Focuses on Lutheran hymns, musical heritage, and liturgy. http://music-at-bethany.blogspot.com CORRECTED!
Grace Notes: Lectionary poems and daily meditations along with other thoughts and reflections of Pastor Dan Bollerud, from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, Anchorage, Alaska. http://www.coslcgrace.blogspot.com
Protestant Blog Ethic: Lutheran singer/songwriter Jonathan Rundman reflects upon the media, show business, family and church life at http://jonathanrundman.blogspot.com.
The Seminarian’s Sojourn: A blog from the Office of Vocation, Admissions & Financial Aid at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, written by LSTC seminarians. http://www.seminarians-sojourn.blogspot.com
Sarcastic Lutheran: The cranky spirituality of a postmodern gal—written by Nadia Boltz Weber, the mission developer for House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. http://www.sarcasticlutheran.typepad.com