Daniel Erlander

Daniel Erlander’s story is one of art and theology: theology as an embodied art and art as visible theology. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1938, the second of Ruth and Emory Erlander’s three sons, and baptized on February 6, 1939. He was nurtured in faith and life in Lutheran parsonages in Cheyenne; Moline, Illinois; and La Crescenta, California. His childhood memories include drawing, especially airplanes, trains, and cars. 

After high school Dan attended California Lutheran Bible School (1956–1958) where his love of Scripture deepened. He majored in art, not religion, at Pacific Lutheran University (1958–1962) and then entered Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Drawings of his professors and saints, church architecture and vestments, and cars embellish his seminary class notes. He was ordained into the ministry of word and sacrament in 1966 and married Karen O. Kiland in 1967. 

Dan’s wise and winsome artistic voice and his theological vision of God’s mercy mending the entire universe are best seen and heard in his hand-drawn and hand-lettered books and pamphlets, worship resources, cartoons, and Christmas cards. After serving parishes in Illinois, California, and New Mexico, Dan and Karen moved to Holden Village in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington where, while serving as pastor, teacher, and director of the Resource Center, Dan wrote Baptized, We Live and By Faith Alone. During his years as University Pastor at Pacific Lutheran University, he wrote Manna and Mercy. In their home on Whidbey Island Dan created three booklets on the sacraments and Tales of the Pointless People. Dan and Karen now live in Seattle.

Acknowledging a lifetime of welcoming people to the grace of God in Christ Jesus through his inimitable work, Trinity Lutheran Seminary conferred upon Daniel a Doctorate of Divinity honoris causa in 1998 and his seminary alma mater honored him with the Faithful Servant Award in 2006. A grateful church says, Amen.

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Come and See: A Collection of Cartoons, Graphics and Illustrations by Daniel Erlander

Come and See: A Collection of Cartoons, Graphics and Illustrations by Daniel Erlander

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Mon Nov 23 00:00:00 CST 2015

An attractively laid-out collection of more than 170 drawings representing over three decades of work... read more

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Water Washed and Spirit Born: A Baptism Manual for Youth and Adults

Water Washed and Spirit Born: A Baptism Manual for Youth and Adults

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Mon Jun 26 00:00:00 CDT 2006

A 40-page booklet for youth or adults preparing for baptism. Also useful for adult classes on baptism and individual study. Includes Biblical background, a... read more

$6.99
A Place for You: My Holy Communion Book

A Place for You: My Holy Communion Book

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Thu Oct 21 00:00:00 CDT 1999

This is a "welcome book," a story of Jesus who invites you to his special meal called "Holy Communion." This booklet is for: Children to read, look at,... read more

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Let the Children Come: A Baptism Manual for Parents and Sponsors

Let the Children Come: A Baptism Manual for Parents and Sponsors

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Mon Feb 03 00:00:00 CST 1997

A 35-page booklet on infant and young child baptism by author of Baptized We Live. Includes the origin of baptism, baptism in the New Testament, infant... read more

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Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life

Baptized, We Live: Lutheranism as a Way of Life

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Mon Oct 23 00:00:00 CDT 1995

This booklet refreshingly describes Lutheranism as a way of seeing, hearing, teaching, and following.Black- and-white illustrations.

$6.50
Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe

Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God's Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe

by Daniel Erlander (Author)

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Mon Oct 23 00:00:00 CDT 1995

With imagination, clarity, humor, and cartoons, Erlander retells the Bible's story.

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