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Taking up our crosses leads to life

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on September 17, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Mark 8:27-38

Who do you say that I am? It’s one of those haunting questions that Jesus says to us. To everyone who follows him. And our answer- the answer in our heart, not the well-polished church speak we can recite, makes all the difference in how we live.

But it’s one of those questions that stops us in our tracks. We’d say he is a good example and someone who points us back to ways of justice and love that God intends. He&#...

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Day 6: Hope rippling on our way home

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 23, 2018 at 12:15 AM

We started our day at Rippling Hope- with some folks finishing up building a wall at our house from yesterday They were pretty much beaming with pride when it was done and I understand why- our students built a wall by themselves!

The rest of us helped take down some shelves from Rippling Hope’s former headquarters in a church so they could install it in their new headquarters- a former bank building that was donated to them. (We got to explore the safe and the safet...

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Day 5: Steps made, walls rebuilt, hope riplling through

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 22, 2018 at 12:40 AM

Today we joined in the work of Rippling Hope, an organization created by Carl Zerweck about 8 years ago to mobilize volunteers to do home repair projects. He works with neighborhood associations and block clubs to make this work happen- having these groups distribute applications for repairs. This helps the associations connect with neighbors and allows them some say in which projects get moved forward. They choose about 300 projects each year to accomplish and have groups like ours come t...

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Day 4: Life battling back in winter, in art and in belief against the odds

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 21, 2018 at 12:55 AM

The Greening of Detroit is an organization that began as a response to the loss of trees between the 1950s and the 1980s. Now the group works with community groups and block clubs to sponsor tree plantings and create neighborhood gardens and also trains people in landscaping as job preparation. And as their showplace, they maintain a food garden in downtown Detroit to introduce folks to what they do and provide a beautiful place for the city. They also produce food for local food pantries ...

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Day 3: Community and hope in shredded paper and turnips

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 20, 2018 at 12:05 AM

We spent the day at Cass Community Social Services" target="_blank">, a program originally founded out of a Methodist church that was determined to commit themselves to caring for the people of their neighborhood. It began with bread lines during the Great Depression and has now become an organization which houses over 300 people and serves over a million meals a year. And they are located in a neighborhood where vacant buildings are on nearly e...

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Day 2: Worship, downtown and Marge's Bar and the systems we live in

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 19, 2018 at 12:50 AM

This morning, we were the grateful guests of the Detroit Cooperative Church, several Lutheran congregations who have joined together to be stronger in mission (which joyfully meets right upstairs from where we were staying!) The music was holy and life-giving and Pastor Anderson reminded us that Jesus calls us reject the life of the world and follow Jesus into God’s intention. How we are called to reject the systems of the world that value those with money more than those without and ...

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Day 1: Detroit Historical Museum

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on March 18, 2018 at 12:40 AM

(First, we ask for your prayers for one of our Morgan State students who was dealing with such back pain that her mom needed to pick her up last evening, after we had arrived in Pittsburgh.)

We were grateful to the Lutheran University Center at Pittsburgh for their hospitality last night. And very grateful that they had wifi strong enough to stream the UMBC game so that we (well, mainly superfan Rev. Katrina Grusell) could watch an amazing upset of UVA! It’s nice t...

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Speaking to the demons

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on January 29, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Mark 1:21-28

21They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” 25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and ...

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Getting ready for Jesus, not just Christmas

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on December 11, 2017 at 4:30 PM

2 Peter 3:8-15

Mark 1:1-8

Every Thursday on campus, our ministry stands out with a big sign on campus asking a question to get to know our Towson community. And this week’s question was about which holiday tradition we were most looking forward to. And one of our students told me that what she likes the best is how her mom changes out all the lights to make them softer so that everything is cozy at Christmas. That’s how we like to prepare for Christmas- especia...

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Being first-responders in a fear-filled world

Posted by Baltimore Lutheran Campus Ministry on December 4, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Mark 13:24-37

There are wars rumors of war. Earthquakes and famines. Stars and sun and moon are failing to give their light. The world is falling apart and it seems like the end is near. Welcome to the new year in the church!


Every single year, we this is how we begin- with a reminder of the chaos that will happen to our world. And some years we don’t really need this reminder, do we? It feels like our world is in chaos already. I...

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