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The Rev. Debra Samuelson

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson is the senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, MN.

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The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson

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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, MN

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson is the senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Minneapolis, MN.

Before coming to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in 2010, she served as pastor for Evangelism and Outreach at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, GA. She served on the clergy staff at Redeemer from 1995 to 2010.

Debra is a graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. In 2008 she earned a doctor of ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.

For four years Debra was a frequent panelist on the Day1 TV segments produced for the Hallmark Channel. Debra and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Peter Samuelson, are the parents of two children.


Latest Content by The Rev. Debra Samuelson

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Wordless Prayer

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

When we moved this past summer, a friend of mine sent me a beautiful song, the words to which I have printed here.  It is a song we all sing in our lives at one time or another, especially, for many, this time of year.  It is a song of lament and a song of trust.

"My Wordless Prayer"   by Craig Courtney

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Seasons of Mixed Emotions

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Seasons of Mixed Emotions

It has been some months since I have written a blog for Day 1, months of many mixed emotions.  We have moved from Atlanta to Minneapolis, Minnesota; from Lutheran Church of the Redeemer to a new community of faith, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd where I have accepted the call as senior pastor.  My emotions of deep sadness in leaving Redeemer, a strong and faithful congregation where I had served for 15 years, and my great joy in serving Good Shepherd in SW Minneapolis, another strong and faithful, vibrant congregation, are not at opposite ends of the spectrum. 

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Debra Samuelson

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January 19, 2010

Is Our Hope Lost?

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Where does our hope come from in the face of shattering grief and pain?
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December 11, 2009

Got a Grip

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

This "Holiday Season" can heighten a sense of loneliness. What we discover when we lose our grip is that Christ's grip on us is never tighter than when we are free-floating through the dark.
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October 12, 2009

Count it all Joy!

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

It seems the recession has made people miserly. We think hoarding things will make us feel better, but that only makes us feel more desperate. It is giving that creates joy and freedom - even in a recession.

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September 01, 2009

“All of us will live on in the future we make.” (Senator Edward Kennedy)

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Senator Edward Kennedy had an abiding Catholic faith whose life was informed by the Roman Catholic social teachings.
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August 01, 2009

What Is It?

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Israelites were quick to complain when things didn't go the way they thought they should in the wilderness. We, too, are quick to complain when things don't go as we wish they would, and yet God is faithful. God continues to come to us with grace and mercy.
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30 Good Minutes - Conversation with Debra Samuelson

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Hosts Daniel Pawlus and Lydia Talbot in conversation with Debra Samuelson, who says the power of the cross is that Jesus meets us where we are and walks with us, but not only that — God also meets us in Christ in the cross with a promise of new life, and that promise comes in surprising ways.
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30 Good Minutes - "Hope: The 'Why' and the 'Who' of it"

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Debra Samuelson, Pastor for Evangelism and Outreach at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia, uses the story of Job to help us understand how, when bad things happen, our questions shouldn't be "why" but "who" — because the God of all creation always walks with us.
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June 16, 2009

In the Name of Jesus

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

I do not understand killing in the name of Jesus. I do, however, understand the importance of community, praying for one another and comforting one another in the name of Jesus. I do understand praying for the courage to reject “violence as a means of resolving differences” in the name of Jesus.
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May 29, 2009

The Rush of a Mighty Wind

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Sometimes the Spirit of God comes in unmistakable ways - like the rush of a mighty wind. More often, the breath of God comes in quiet, almost imperceptable ways, that are no less powerful and life-giving.
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April 30, 2009

Old Friends

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

I’m talking today about friends – old friends. You know the kind – those old friends whom you haven’t seen or spoken to for some time, but when you do see each other, or talk again, you pick up right where you left off – without skipping a beat.
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April 23, 2009

The Church

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson talks about Dr. Laura Mendenhall’s recent sermon and what it says about how we should be church today.

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April 21, 2009

An Introduction

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

Welcome to my Day1 blog! I am Debra von Fischer Samuelson.

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March 08, 2009

Was Peter Looking for a Bailout?

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Debra Samuelson explores Jesus great question to his disciples: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8). Discover the real meaning of the cross Jesus commands us to take up, leading to the power of the resurrection, in her sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Lent.
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August 13, 2006

Food for the Family Trip

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Debra Samuelson is the pastor for evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia. And her husband, the Rev. Peter Samuelson, is the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta, GA. In this dialog sermon they take a look at how God provides

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August 06, 2006

Keeping the Children Fed and Happy

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Debra Samuelson is the pastor for evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia engages in dialogue with  her husband, the Rev. Peter Samuelson, is the pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta, GA.

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October 23, 2005

Munching-from the Inside Out

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Debra Samuelson, pastor for Evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia, brings us a sermon based on Mathew 22:34-36.

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October 16, 2005

The Problem of Box Elder Trees

The Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson (ELCA)

The Rev. Debra Samuelson, pastor for Evangelism at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia, preaches a wonderful sermon on Isaiah 25:1-9.