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Facilitating Efficient Meetings for Joyful Ministry

Facilitating Efficient Meetings for Joyful Ministry

One great equalizer of humans, says J. Oswald Sanders, is time: “Others may surpass our abilities, influence, or money, but no one has more time.” (p. 94, Spiritual Leadership, Moody Press, 1994) We all of the same 21.6 million seconds … ...
Mass murder and the fall of man

Mass murder and the fall of man

One is wise to react and write slowly in times of national lament. Too many times I have joined the cacophony of “too soon” conclusion-jumping. Today’s Twitter culture politicizes events before facts (those deemed fit for public consumption) are revealed. … ...
What I Wish I Knew Then (And What I Want You To Know Now)

What I Wish I Knew Then (And What I Want You To Know Now)

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools At FLBC we say “Start here, go anywhere, grounded in God’s Word.” I am one of the students who didn’t start here, but came here after college. I spent the first four years … ...
What Keeps Me Going

What Keeps Me Going

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools When I came to the Free Lutheran Schools five years ago I was in for the change of a lifetime. I wasn’t a pastor anymore. Michele wasn’t a pastor’s wife. That all was … ...

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Facilitating Efficient Meetings for Joyful Ministry

Facilitating Efficient Meetings for Joyful Ministry

One great equalizer of humans, says J. Oswald Sanders, is time: “Others may surpass our abilities, influence, or money, but no one has more time.” (p. 94, Spiritual Leadership, Moody Press, 1994) We all of the same 21.6 million seconds …
Mass murder and the fall of man

Mass murder and the fall of man

One is wise to react and write slowly in times of national lament. Too many times I have joined the cacophony of “too soon” conclusion-jumping. Today’s Twitter culture politicizes events before facts (those deemed fit for public consumption) are revealed. …
What I Wish I Knew Then (And What I Want You To Know Now)

What I Wish I Knew Then (And What I Want You To Know Now)

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools At FLBC we say “Start here, go anywhere, grounded in God’s Word.” I am one of the students who didn’t start here, but came here after college. I spent the first four years …
What Keeps Me Going

What Keeps Me Going

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools When I came to the Free Lutheran Schools five years ago I was in for the change of a lifetime. I wasn’t a pastor anymore. Michele wasn’t a pastor’s wife. That all was …
Five Disciplines for Down Times

Five Disciplines for Down Times

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools During the summer people ask me, “Is the summer a little quieter for you around campus?” In a way, it is. The pace is different. The campus is quiet- sometimes eerily so. But …
I AM – FLY 2019

I AM – FLY 2019

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools I was converted to Christ at the Free Lutheran Youth (FLY) Convention in 1991. I was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate who called himself a church-going atheist, though never loudly or proudly. …
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Pastor Wade Mobley President, Free Lutheran Schools The AFLC Annual Conference grows on you. The original intent of the Conference was to be the “spiritual powerhouse” of our Association, said early Lutheran Free Church leader Georg Sverdrup. No matter how …
Kinship Magazine – Spring 2019 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Spring 2019 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on the latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus. View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside the …
Survival Isn’t the Goal

Survival Isn’t the Goal

When I talk to parents about helping their child select a college, one question comes up in conversation more than any other: “Is my child ready to survive as a Christian in college?” While I understand the sentiment, I submit …
AFLBS Partners With Composer for New Work

AFLBS Partners With Composer for New Work

The AFLBS choirs had a unique opportunity this year to, very literally, sing a new song to the Lord. The story began almost two years ago when AFLBS choir director, Andrew Hanson, was approached by Deo Cantamus, a non-profit organization …
Life with the Light

Life with the Light

“Let there be light”—and, thankfully, some much-needed light has appeared during this new spring season. Although I have always appreciated this delightful time of year, my fondness for it has recently bloomed. This past winter, the gloomy skies, blustery winds, …
In Christ We Are New Creations

In Christ We Are New Creations

In II Corinthians 4 and 5, the apostle Paul is encouraging believers in their life of faith. He reminds his readers that they have the treasure of the gospel and the treasure of eternal life in “earthen vessels.” Earthen vessels …
Moments That Mattered – Nick Mathsen

Moments That Mattered – Nick Mathsen

Nick Mathsen, Ada, MN, AFLBS junior During our two-week mission trip, I saw the importance and beauty of loving God by serving my neighbor. In a morning devotion on Mark 12:30-32, Pastor Darwin Paccha said, “God uses ordinary lives to …
Moments That Mattered – Alisabeth Boyum

Moments That Mattered – Alisabeth Boyum

Alisabeth Boyum, Ossian, Iowa, AFLBS junior Being in Ecuador during spring break was such a blessing to me. Even though it was amazing, it was not without its hardships. While serving there, acting out the drama and doing crafts with …
Moments That Mattered – Isaiah Miller

Moments That Mattered – Isaiah Miller

Isaiah Miller, Fosston, Minn., AFLBS junior Visiting Ecuador was a life-changing experience for me and I would recommend a trip down there for almost anyone. Going down there I didn’t know what to expect and was very open-minded. I was …
Moments That Mattered – Marcela Lopez

Moments That Mattered – Marcela Lopez

Marcela Lopez, Portillo, Mexico City, AFLBS junior During our recent visit in Ecuador, I was amazed by how God works in people’s hearts. It was exciting to share the gospel through skits, showing kids the love of God. I was …
When History Comes Calling

When History Comes Calling

My vehicle of choice that summer day was a bicycle, since I was too young for a license to drive. My fascination with history had been excited by the discovery that the acreage where I was raised was just more …
Growing in God’s Word

Growing in God’s Word

If you find it hard to read the Bible, I can relate to you. Before coming to AFLBS, I really struggled to read the Bible because I didn’t fully understand it. I knew the stories and the general ideas behind …
Osier called as AFLBS dean

Osier called as AFLBS dean

Adam Osier knows the importance of a firm spiritual foundation. After graduating from high school, incoming AFLBS dean Pastor Osier attended a year of college in his hometown and realized he wasn’t equipped to deal with the challenges to his …
Taking AFLBS abroad

Taking AFLBS abroad

Contrary to popular belief, AFLBS doesn’t really make you ready to be an English teacher in Ecuador. “How’s it going there?” friends keep asking. Ah … how do you figure? Do you mean, how are my English classes going? Honestly, …
Kinship Magazine – Winter 2019 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Winter 2019 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus.   View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside …
The Story

The Story

In early November we enjoyed our third annual Friends of the Schools Banquet. Nearly 500 students and guests listened to John Stonestreet speak at the banquet or during a student assembly the next day. Stonestreet leads the Chuck Colson Center …
Who Is My Neighbor?

Who Is My Neighbor?

We Know that God has called us to love our neighbors, and we know that neighbors are more than those who live in the houses on either side of us. We know that neighbors are all of the wonderful people …
The Military Arena

The Military Arena

I joined the U.S. Navy in the spring of 2008 and served until May 2015. Since then, I have considered what it means to serve in the military as a Christian. Here are a few thoughts on mission, stewardship, and …
Gospel Equipped – Maddy Rehr

Gospel Equipped – Maddy Rehr

During my first year at AFLBS, I also continued my studies for a second year at the University of Minnesota. On one afternoon, I went over to a friend’s apartment in Minneapolis to hang out with her and some of …
Gospel Equipped -Nate Crellin

Gospel Equipped -Nate Crellin

One of the many blessings that I have been given at AFLBS is solid Christian fellowship. I get asked fairly often, “Why do you stay on campus if you only live less than 15 minutes away?” My answer to that …
Gospel Equipped – Nick Sinclair

Gospel Equipped – Nick Sinclair

In my short time at AFLBS and AFLTS my confidence in sharing the gospel has grown stronger. Every class has helped equip me to engage culture with a better understanding of the salvation message to reach the lost and encourage …
Gospel Equipped – Derick Perry

Gospel Equipped – Derick Perry

At AFLBS I have been given an opportunity to learn from the Word of God. One thing I have learned is that through the means of His Word God has blessed me to understand His grace. I thought for so …
Hebraic Approach To Faith

Hebraic Approach To Faith

The time frame in which we live is that of post-modernism. As a result, atheism increases, the spirit of the anti-Christ spreads, traditional moral standards are suppressed, absolutes are rejected, the institution of family is being destroyed, and individuals create …
Building Friendships With A Gospel Focus

Building Friendships With A Gospel Focus

It is hard to imagine Miah Johnson ever feeling lonely. The bubbly AFLBS junior from Camarillo, Calif., feels equally comfortable discussing cultural trends with adults twice her age as she does engaging in lighthearted chats with new friends between classes …
Coordinating Alumni

Coordinating Alumni

I admit, the first time I heard the title Alumni Relations Coordinator I made a joke about it being a dating service for graduated AFLBS students. But then, I learned what the role entailed, and I became intrigued. And now …
Pedagogy

Pedagogy

Leaving the parish for the Schools has produced some odd sensations. Chief among them is the fact that you are just entering the most intense stretch of ministry, and I have been out of it for almost three weeks. It’s …
Kinship Magazine – Fall 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Fall 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus.   View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside …
The Decision

The Decision

“And men, if you make a mistake, I suspect God will use you there, too,” said Pastor Phil Haugen.  The occasion for Pastor Haugen’s memorable quote was an internship workshop in 2002, my final year of seminary. Several of us …
Intentional Decision Making

Intentional Decision Making

In 2016 God called us, the McMinn family of seven, to seminary. This must be distinctly understood. He didn’t only call Bryce. Bryce and I both discerned the Lord’s call, and we’re all intimately involved in this as a family. …
Asked and Answered

Asked and Answered

By Ruth Gunderson  Julia Aamot has a question. Maybe two. Okay, let’s admit it, Julia is going to keep asking until she gets an answer.  “I don’t know why God has made me a questioner,” admits the AFLBS senior from Cokato, Minn. …
Decision Makers – Micah Moan

Decision Makers – Micah Moan

Throughout my life, AFLBS has been at the forefront of where I wanted to go after high school. I have always been familiar with the campus. My dad has taught both Bible school and seminary students, and now my mom …
Decision Makers – Carley Washburn

Decision Makers – Carley Washburn

My journey to AFLBS has been nothing short of exciting, but also slightly unconventional. I have been a Christian my entire life. Although God was always a big part of my life, I had tunnel vision regarding my future. I …
Decision Makers – Scott Erickson

Decision Makers – Scott Erickson

The pastoral ministry had a tug on my heart ever since I met my wife, Tina, at Bible school. She and others have encouraged me in that very pursuit. I have battled, struggled, and even ignored the call at times, …
Decision Makers – Miao Zhao

Decision Makers – Miao Zhao

In September 2012 I attended Indiana University, Bloomington, to participate in a PhD program. While there, I was led to a Lutheran church and for the first time in my life I heard a law and gospel sermon. I started …
A Crash Course in Defending Your Faith

A Crash Course in Defending Your Faith

By Caleb Holt  I had the privilege of attending FLY Beyond, the AFLC national youth equipping conference, in July and representing the Bible school there. There were many things to be studied, fun games to be played, and friendships to …
Stepping Out in Faith

Stepping Out in Faith

By Ignacio Davalos  My go-to verse during my senior year of high school was Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he …
AFLB/TS

AFLB/TS

One Last Project  This was not what they expected, kneeling down, fingernails digging into the soil in the nearly 90-degree heat.   As AFLBS summer team members converged on campus on Aug. 11, ending 10 weeks serving in local congregations and …
In the Local Congregation

In the Local Congregation

Ministry is hard. We knew this as we began our parish building journey, but what we didn’t know was just how hard it would be. When we started ministry at Christ Community Church in Hagerstown, Md., we had a constant …
Kinship Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine – Spring 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus.   View the latest edition of Kinship here: Inside …
The Difference

The Difference

“WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, other than lying and swearing less, between being a medical doctor and a Christian medical doctor?” I’ve been asking that question a lot lately (you can insert whatever occupation you want—it still works). If you can’t answer …
Rolf Leaves Legacy of Love for Students and Ministry

Rolf Leaves Legacy of Love for Students and Ministry

PASTOR JOEL ROLF ANNOUNCED his resignation as dean of the Association Free Lutheran Bible School earlier this year, to be effective at the end of June. Rolf has been a constant through many years of change at the Bible school, and students and staff …
Facing Fear with God’s Help

Facing Fear with God’s Help

Lessons Learned in Historical Books AT SOME POINT in our lives, each of us has to come to grips with fear and worry. Most of the time it’s caused by one thing: change. Many of us shudder at the very thought. It’s been …
Europe

Europe

HUNGARY It was such a joy to welcome my alma mater to Budapest, Hungary. So many memories came flooding back from my own European AFLBS choir tour 17 years ago. Memories of laughter, experiencing new cultures, but also ways in …
Love Your Neighboor

Love Your Neighboor

THE THOUGHT OF STANDING on a street corner preaching and proclaiming the Word of God causes feelings of uncertainty and anxiousness to swell up inside me. Upon entering the seminary, I had a sense of unworthiness as I wondered how …
Sing to the Lord

Sing to the Lord

“I WILL SING UNTO THE LORD, for He has been good to me” (Psalm 13:6). This is not only one of my favorite Bible verses but also a line from one of my favorite songs by the late Jeremy Erickson. …
Spring Break?

Spring Break?

While some students headed home over a unique three-week April break, others took advantage of three opportunities to serve and learn. Here are their stories. Testamental Unity Andrew Kneeland THE BIBLE SCHOOL offered a one-week elective course last month, …
Singing What Can’t Be Said

Singing What Can’t Be Said

By Benjamin Helge, LCMS Missionary in Czech Republic It’s Monday morning. The week begins, and I head to school to teach conversational English. Just like in the United States, telling your students about Jesus Christ and what He has done …
Let’s Go! Exploring Life Off Campus…

Let’s Go! Exploring Life Off Campus…

Arts & Culture The stereotypical college student fills his free time with ramen noodles and video games. But there is a group of AFLBS students this year breaking that mold and doing their best to add some culture to their …
Advantage: Bible classes

Advantage: Bible classes

One Perk of being a seminarian’s wife: enrolling at AFLBS By Allie Westerbur ALLOW ME TO SHARE my first Bible school class with you: I walked in to the senior classroom, sat in the back (and was quite certain I …
Applying Ethics

Applying Ethics

Seminary class digs into the deep issues of life and service By Bryce McMinn ARE YOU CRUEL FOR OPPOSING assisted suicide? Is it sexist to believe only men should be pastors? Is it bigoted to oppose gay marriage? Maybe a …
Hard. But Good.

Hard. But Good.

Real life doesn’t end on campus, it begins By Justin Nelson AS I REFLECT on my years of seminary I think of the amazing three years I have spent here, the brothers and sisters in Christ whom I have met, …
We’re Not Perfect

We’re Not Perfect

But AFLBS points us to the one who is perfect. By Chanel Pederson AS A FRESH-OUT-OF-HIGH-SCHOOL South Dakota girl moving to Bible school last year, I believe I almost subconsciously expected that life here would be perfect and peachy-keen all …
Kinship Magazine Winter 2018 Edition

Kinship Magazine Winter 2018 Edition

Kinship is a magazine of the Free Lutheran Schools. Stay up to date on latest news, student stories, classroom highlights, and fun tidbits about life on the AFLBS and AFLTS campus. Inside the Winter 2018 Edition: Pg. 2 – Greeting …
SOLI DEO GLORIA—FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE

SOLI DEO GLORIA—FOR THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE

Last in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Back in the sixteenth century, a humble baker named Veit Bach fled Hungary because of his Lutheran beliefs, settling in Thuringia in central Germany. Veit’s great-great-grandson recalled …
SOLUS CHRISTUS—CHRIST ALONE

SOLUS CHRISTUS—CHRIST ALONE

Fourth in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Our all-glorious and all-gracious God has only ever had one purpose to save us—His beloved but fallen creatures—from our awful sin and complete sinfulness. This plan of …
SOLA GRATIA—GRACE ALONE

SOLA GRATIA—GRACE ALONE

Third in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty Sola gratia or grace alone is one of the five solae (only or alones) of the Protestant Reformation. The phrase “grace alone” has become so common among …
SOLA FIDE—FAITH ALONE

SOLA FIDE—FAITH ALONE

Second in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty The Reformation principle of sola fide (faith alone) is actually a Biblical Gospel principle that was recovered and re-emphasized at the time of the Reformation. Throughout Scripture, …
SOLA SCRIPTURA—SCRIPTURE ALONE

SOLA SCRIPTURA—SCRIPTURE ALONE

First in a five-part “Solae of the Reformation” series by AFLC Schools faculty All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be …