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About Ted Carnahan

I am passionate about the missional church, technology, and music. I love my call, my family, and my God!

Introduction to our O Antiphon series

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series O Antiphons

Two years ago, my good friend Chuck Meyer and I were invited to be a part of a group of student composers at Wartburg Theological Seminary writing musical settings for the O Antiphons. These antiphons are traditionally used in vespers services the last seven days of Advent. Each of the seven antiphons focus on a name or description of Christ given in the Bible.

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Uppercase or lowercase baptism?

Well, today is the last day for this year’s seniors to work on their ELCA Approval Essays, because they’re due tomorrow. Since the Gospel text for this year is Matthew 3.13-17 (Baptism of Our Lord, Year A), I’ve found myself writing the word baptism a LOT. So, should it be capitalized?

If you’re looking for the official ELCA directions on this, look no further than the ELCA Style Guide. Rather than make you flip through 52 pages of it, though, here’s the one minute version, taken straight from the Style Guide:

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ELCA Congregational Email Turnaround

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Congregational Website Study

Logo for series on Church Demographics and Congregational Websites

There is nothing more frustrating than asking a question and not getting an answer. Timely communication is critical in the business world, and it’s critical in the church world too. Churches seem to recognize this: as I noted in part 5 of this series, over 95% of congregations posted email contact information on their website.

Just listing an email address isn’t enough, though – someone has to check it.

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Advanced Content on ELCA Websites

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Congregational Website Study

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There are plenty of things that churches can do to make their websites more appealing to visitors and members. I was curious to find out how common some of these “advanced content” ideas were. These things aren’t advanced because they require advanced technology; instead, they are just “above and beyond” a simple brochure-style website.

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