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LSTC Launches Blogs of Daily Devotions, Reflections on Vocation, and Seminary Life

Posted Oct 3, 2006

Pastor David L. Miller, Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation and Dean of the Chapel and Pastor Joy L. McDonald Coltvet, director of vocation and recruitment at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago are blogging devotions and reflections on vocation in two separate sites. Subscribers will receive new blogs as they are posted. A third blog is by four seminarians who share their thoughts on daily life at LSTC.

David L. Miller offers a passage from Scripture and a prayer each weekday on his blog, "Praying the Mystery" at Using a lectio continuo method, Miller is slowly moving through Paul's letter to the Philippians, sometimes pausing several days over a particular passage.

In his introduction to the series of devotions, Miller writes, "I hope the biblical readings and prayers will stir your own prayers and continuing reflection throughout each day." He urges readers to "offer whatever the Spirit gives you, praise and petitions, confession or confusion, words or wonder. Then rest in the wonder of God's loving presence."
Miller is the former editor of The Lutheran magazine and has led numerous retreats on spiritual practices and disciplines.

Joy McDonald Coltvet's blog, "Blessed to Be a Witness," helps readers explore their vocations. It is especially for those who are considering attending seminary but are wondering, "Is God calling me?" Log on at to read Pastor Joy's thoughts, post your own comments, or subscribe.

"I am so blessed to be called to LSTC and to be called out to tell the story of what's happening at LSTC to neighbors near and far," McDonald Coltvet said. "I hope this blog can be an online tool to share God's call and invitation widely."

"The Seminarian's Sojourn," is for those wondering what seminary life is like today. These real-life reflections of students from different programs and stages of the seminary process provide a way for others to connect to the women and men preparing to be leaders in the church.

"From Israel in the desert to Mary on the donkey's back to Paul's missionary sails, our faith stories are full of people on journeys to places unknown. So, too today, the people of faith are on a journey to where God is leading them. We're not always sure of where we're going or how we're going to get there. Instead we rely on God, faithful and full of grace, to be our guide." So begins The Seminarian's Sojourn. Visit to read about the journey and post observations of your own.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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