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Step by step

As a young adult studying aerospace engineering in California, Erik Alair never dreamed that he would someday graduate from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., fully prepared to be a WELS pastor. Step by step—through many different church bodies and challenges—the Lord slowly revealed the path Erik would take.

Erik was baptized in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church in Solvang, California. Solvang, a Scandinavian town, was significant to the Alair family because of their Danish heritage. “My great-grandfather, Frantz-Oluf Lund, was actually a Danish minister from Denmark who was sent to Los Angeles as a missionary,” Erik explains. “He planted a Danish church there, and he would preside over services in Danish.”

2023 Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduates

2023 Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduates
At the graduation service on May 26, 39 graduates received diplomas for successfully completing their seminary studies. See their photos and assignments.

2023 Martin Luther College graduates

One hundred sixty-six people graduated from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., on May 13.
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Catechism review

Go back to the basics and review the teachings of Luther’s Small Catechism with this new online series from Forward in Christ.

Explore these articles from the July issue:

Help from the Mountain Maker

mountains and sky
There are few places in God’s creation quite as beautiful as the mountains. Whether snow-covered peaks or tree-covered foothills, a beautiful range of mountains can cause one’s soul to sing. Why? Perhaps it the sheer size that can make even the largest human . . .

Worth our very lives

The first Lutheran martyrs
Jesus once said, “Whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). Apart from people in the Bible, , can you name any Christians who have lost their lives for the sake of the good news of Jesus? Any Lutheran Christians? Permit me to tell you . . .

Q&A: Should Christians pray to saints?

Q&A 2023 Dave Scharf
Say a child wants something from his or her parents. That child’s best chance to get what is requested is by asking the “golden child” older sibling, whose family status is higher, to go to the parents and present that request. The parents may be more inclined to grant . . .

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