Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

What is Atrial Fibrillation

This is a question I often hear when talking to members of the parish and community. The frequency of the question is understandable as Atrial Fibrillation, typically abbreviated AFib, is one of the most common cardiac conditions, affecting 2.7 million Americans. AFib is an irregular heartbeat of the top chambers of the heart, known as the atria. It is best described as a quivering of the atria. This quivering can be rapid or slow and changes the way the blood flows through the heart. This change in blood flow can cause blood clots to form in the heart. Blood clots from AFib can then leave the heart and travel to the brain causing a stroke. In fact, people with AFib have a 5-fold increased r

The Pastoral Care Dimension of the Reformation

The Pastoral Care Dimension of the Reformation When trying to “condense” the history of the Reformation Movement, one immediately focuses on the clash between Luther and the Pope and the Emperor. These are the dramatic moments that make a good story or screenplay. You know these points of conflict well enough (Luther standing before the Emperor and declaring, “Here, I stand!” But, Luther’s concerns in 1517 were every bit as much pastoral care concerns as they were doctrinal. It was the effect upon the faith-life of his parishioners that motivated Luther to confront the false pieties and false theologies of his time. The problem with the common misuse of the “selling” of Indulgences is that i