Der Adventskalender is a special calendar used to count down the remaining days until Christmas, usually given to kids on December 1st, where they can count down the last 24 days to the holiday. In the ready-bought commercial ones (as pictured above), there’s chocolate behind each door and the idea is to open one door a day in anticipation of Christmas Eve. The Advent calendar was first used by German Lutherans/Protestants in the 19th century but is now ubiquitous among Christians in general, including the non-religious. Some parents use homemade calendars, filling them with little gifts or candy for each day but the commercial brands are very popular.

Young at Heart: Q&A with Vans Skate’s Daniel Lutheran

We hung out with Daniel Lutheran on the set of our Disney and Vans photo shoot in Los Angeles, CA and asked him to answer a few questions in his own words… and script. Shop the Disney and Vans collection including his favorite (the Winnie The Pooh Authentic) now at

The News from Lake Wobegon for June 27, 2015
  • The News from Lake Wobegon for June 27, 2015
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The News from Lake Wobegon for June 27, 2015

It’s been beautiful summer weather, it’s been up in the 80s. We’ve gotten some rain, not too terribly much and everything is green.

Mr. Magendantz changes his lawn-mowing pattern, Irene Bunsen creates her own tomato varieties, the town holds a tractor parade for Midsummer Day, and the host recalls attending a gospel meeting as a teenager.

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[More from the June 27, 2015 broadcast]
Rev. Meg Riley: Minnesota Marriage Equality: Top Ten Reasons This Victory Is So Sweet

8.  A huge multi-faith coalition of people of faith was absolutely essential to the victory. While I am proud of the long-standing support of my clan, Unitarian Universalists, for marriage equality, my hat is off to the Evangelical Lutherans on this one. In Minnesota, they made all the difference. And the vocal Catholics who stood up to the leadership of their faith were deeply inspiring.

Lutheran pride!*

*But not too proud.

Therefore my dear brother, learn Christ-Christ Crucified. Learn to sing praises to Him and utterly despair of your own works. Say to him: Thou, my Lord Jesus, art my righteousness; I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken from me what is mine and given me what is Thine. Thou didst become what thou wert not and madest me to be what I was not. Beware of your ceaseless striving after a righteousness so great that you no longer appear as a sinner in your own eyes and do not want to be a sinner. For Christ dwells only in sinners.

Martin Luther, Letter To Spenlein,1516

What beautiful and comforting words.  Christ dwells only in sinners.
From Conflict to Communion. Lutheran Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. Report of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity (2013)

This is posted for Levi, one of the nicest Lutherans on Tumblr. This document is a thorough summary of the perspectives on 1517 and the shattering of Christian unity.

It does not candy coat or water down the doctrinal differences which exists between Catholicism and Protestant Christianity.

And the historical sketch or summary of events leading up to Luther’s protest of 1517 is one of the most balanced and nuanced which I have read–an excellent summary which avoids Catholic drama about “Oh we were so bad, we needed so much reform” or the simplistic “Luther just wanted to reform, and things just got away from him, poor thing.”

There is neither a desire to canonize Martin Luther (in fact, there is a reference to Lutheran acknowledgement of his anti-Semitism, the Lutheran persecutions against the Anabaptists, and the Lutheran justification of massacring the Germans who participant in the Peasants Revolt), but neither is there a desire to demonize him or marginalize his contributions.

This is excellent reading. When I get most questions about Catholic and Protestant differences and dialogue, I will just link folks to this document.