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Title: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: aletheist on November 26, 2020, 11:48:12 AM
A message from President Harrison:

Our Lord Jesus has called to Himself our brother and fellow servant in Christ, Rev. Paul Timothy McCain (Feb. 12, 1962 - Nov. 25, 2020) to await the blessed resurrection unto life everlasting. Paul served as a pastor in Iowa, senior assistant to LCMS President A.L. Barry, and was serving as the Publisher at our Concordia Publishing House. Funeral arrangements are pending. The Lord blessed Paul with a passionate zeal for the Gospel as taught in the Scriptures and confessed in the Book of Concord. Join us in prayer for Paulís wife and children, and his CPH family. Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!

https://www.facebook.com/TheLCMS/posts/10158511067813580
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Post by: Richard Johnson on November 26, 2020, 11:49:00 AM
Wow. Rest eternal grant him, O Lord.
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Post by: Pastor Ken Kimball on November 26, 2020, 11:52:34 AM
And let light perpetual shine on him. 
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Post by: peter_speckhard on November 26, 2020, 12:10:22 PM
Wow indeed. Does anyone know if he was ill? Was this in any way expected?
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Post by: Michael Slusser on November 26, 2020, 12:16:00 PM
May he rest in peace.

Peace,
Michael
Title: Rev. Paul McCain, RIP
Post by: Jeremy_Loesch on November 26, 2020, 12:26:30 PM
Friends, I just read on the CPH Facebook page that Rev. Paul McCain died last night. This is stunning news to me
 He was a regular guest on Issues Etc. and the shows were always informative and fun.

Rest in peace, Paul. Rise in glory.

Jeremy
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Post by: DCharlton on November 26, 2020, 12:59:37 PM
I'm sad to hear this.  I enjoyed talking to Paul on this forum.
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Post by: RDPreus on November 26, 2020, 01:02:18 PM
This is shocking news.  So young!  God blessed his church through Paul.  Feisty, energetic, and theologically sound, he was a born teacher.  I pray that the peace of the gospel Paul faithfully proclaimed will bring comfort to his family. 
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Post by: Donald_Kirchner on November 26, 2020, 01:06:39 PM
Oh my!   :-[

Kyrie eleison!
Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: J. Thomas Shelley on November 26, 2020, 01:08:07 PM
Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

The choir of Saints has found the fountain of life and the door of Paradise. May I also find the way through repentance. I am the sheep that is lost: O Savior, call me back and save me.

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.

Of old You created me from nothing and honored me with Your divine image. But when I disobeyed Your commandment, O Lord, You cast me down to the earth from where I was taken. Lead me back again to Your likeness, and renew my original beauty.

Blessed are you, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.


I am an image of Your ineffable glory, though I bear the scars of my transgressions. On Your creation, Master, take pity and cleanse me by Your compassion. Grant me the homeland for which I long and once again make me a citizen of Paradise.

Blessed are You, O Lord, teach me Your statutes.


Give rest, O God, to Your servant, and place him in Paradise where the choirs of the Saints and the righteous will shine as the stars of heaven. To Your departed servant give rest, O Lord, and forgive all his offenses.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.


The threefold radiance of the one God let us praise, and let us shout in song: Holy are You, eternal Father, coeternal Son, and divine Spirit! Illumine us who worship You in faith and deliver us from the eternal fire.

Now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Rejoice, gracious Lady, who for the salvation of all gave birth to God in the flesh, and through whom the human race has found salvation. Through you, pure and blessed Theotokos, may we find Paradise.

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia. Glory to You, O God

With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Your servant where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor suffering, but life everlasting.

Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: Julio on November 26, 2020, 01:08:18 PM
The Churchís loss is Heavenís gain ... and an unanswered email ...

For some years I have been the recipient of devotional texts from a LCMS pastor.

Some weeks ago, I ask the pastor if I could contact CPH about theses texts being used a Portals of Prayer devotions.  Finally Sunday evening I write the email ... now never to be answered.

We thank God that He used Reverend McCain to do great things for His Church and rejoice that the Victory in Christ is now his for eternity.
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Post by: Randy Bosch on November 26, 2020, 01:22:25 PM
This is a shock.  We were blessed by his writing, learned much through too little private communications, our congregation blessed by his daughter serving as a summer intern one year and clearly showing the love of Christ radiating through the McCain family.  May the Lord give them solace in their grief through the sure knowledge of reunion in Heaven.

He invited early readers of Lutheranism 101 to share photos while reading it -- I was the wise guy reading it with Old Faithful geyser erupting behind me on a glorious -10 F day in Yellowstone, our backyard in those days!
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Post by: Donald_Kirchner on November 26, 2020, 01:27:08 PM
I think about the "What about ...?" series.
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Post by: Julio on November 26, 2020, 02:40:35 PM
The What About Series (https://steadfastlutherans.org/whatabout/) ... as timely today as when they were originally released ... truly Biblical and Lutheran in content and confession.

Available individually thru the link above ... or as an almost complete collection in Unchanging Truth in Change Times (https://steadfastlutherans.org/images/whatabout/Unchanging_Truth.pdf) .. the What about Islam? (https://steadfastlutherans.org/images/whatabout/wa_islam.pdf) and What about Mormonism? (https://steadfastlutherans.org/images/whatabout/wa_mormonism.pdf) are in addition to the Unchanging Truth collection.
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Post by: David Garner on November 26, 2020, 03:03:36 PM
Memory eternal.
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Post by: Weedon on November 26, 2020, 06:51:25 PM
I believe it was a heart attack. Grant rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints.
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Post by: FrPeters on November 26, 2020, 10:25:44 PM
Paul will be remembered for many things but I think his most proud work was done at CPH, leading it to become the premier Lutheran publisher in the world.  A friend of several decades, I am shocked and saddened for the loss to his family, CPH, and the church body he loved.  Requiescant in pace.
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Post by: Weedon on November 27, 2020, 01:01:05 PM
https://weedon.blogspot.com/2020/11/remembering-friend-paul-timothy-mccain.html
Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: D. Engebretson on November 27, 2020, 01:24:55 PM
https://weedon.blogspot.com/2020/11/remembering-friend-paul-timothy-mccain.html

Thank you for these personal reflections and memories.  I knew Paul mainly through the internet, which, as you note, did not always show his best side.  I did meet him in person once in St. Louis around 2007, when I was at the IC as part of a tour in connection with the Writer's Workshop. I wish that I could have had that cup of coffee with him that you would recommend, but I have not often been in St.Louis, living far up in the cold white north, rarely venturing that far south.  The church has indeed lost a passionate defender of its teachings.  Requiescat in pace my brother in Christ. 
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Post by: Weedon on November 27, 2020, 02:25:34 PM
Thanks, Don. I wish you could have enjoyed that cuppa with him!
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Post by: D. Engebretson on November 27, 2020, 06:00:44 PM
Those of us who knew the Rev. Paul T. McCain honor his memory and treasure his contributions to the church, sure that as a good Lutheran he would think of himself as simul justus et peccator, as I, myself wish to be remembered when my time comes to "depart and be with Christ which is far better." It is said of the sainted Luther himself, that after his death they found a piece of paper beside his bed on which was written, half in Latin, half in German: "Wir sein Pettler, Hoc est Verum" ("We are beggars, that is true").  With this we simply thank God for the life and work of our brother in Christ. May He rest now in the true peace of Christ.
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Post by: D. Engebretson on November 28, 2020, 09:16:13 AM
A recent FB post reminded me of one of the Rev. Paul McCain's legacies to the church.  I think that Pr. Herman Otten may have been an early proponent calling for a more affordable edition of the BOC, especially to make it more accessible to laypeople. Although, as with any edition of the BOC there will be some differences and disagreement, the Rev. McCain's work as editor of CONCORDIA - The Lutheran Confessions (CPH, 2007) will remain as a lasting contribution to the church.  It is now in its second edition and several individual portions of the confessions (AC, Smalcald Articles, Formula, etc.) have also been printed in separate booklets.  The hardback version is currently discounted at $25, and in what might be the first ever paperback version of the confessions, we have a very affordable one sale priced at $15. One of the challenges of publishing is making books affordable to the average buyer.  Any pastor understands the hefty prices they pay for works that get a small circulation and thus have a higher sticker price.  Many thanks to our departed brother for this contribution to the church. 
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Post by: Julio on November 28, 2020, 09:16:47 AM
Obituary: Rev. Paul Timothy McCain, publisher and executive editor, Concordia Publishing House

https://blogs.lcms.org/2020/obituary-rev-paul-timothy-mccain-publisher-and-executive-editor-concordia-publishing-house/
Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: Donald_Kirchner on November 28, 2020, 09:42:20 AM
Thanks for that info, Julio.
Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: RevG on November 28, 2020, 01:47:51 PM
This is very sad and shocking news given Paulís age.  I will confess that I had some rather negative encounters with Paul online, but hadnít really interacted with him much since the early 2010s.  Popping up on various websites and forums (like this one) throughout the years he often struck me as an individual who was at war with himself more than anyone else.  That may be my own conjecture, though.  I never got to witness the gentle side of Paul that Will writes of, which is sad in its own way.  Will's writing reminds me yet again that we are all truly complex beings in need of the grace of God.  Nonetheless, I truly hope he is now resting in the peace of Christ. It seems to me that he may have been in need of such rest.

My peace and condolences to his family during this difficult time.

In Christ,
Scott+
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Post by: Mbecker on November 29, 2020, 12:17:59 AM
I, too, am saddened by this news of Paul's death. While he and I had our disagreements over the years, which is putting it mildly, Paul was--and is--a brother in Christ, one who was baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Crucified and Risen One.

May Paul rest in the peace and light of the LORD, and may the Father of all compassion and all comfort be with his family in this time of sorrow.

Matt Becker
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Post by: Donald_Kirchner on December 01, 2020, 03:06:32 PM
https://www.csl.edu/live/

At 36:20... Yes! The physical resurrection!

If there, Dr. Gibbs must have had on his happy face.  :)
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Post by: Padre Emeritus on December 02, 2020, 01:58:42 PM
I add my condolences and shock at this news.  Paul and I had an interesting relationship that began during his days representing President Barry, which is where I met him....at my Colloquy for the Pastoral Ministry.  Years later he informed me that he couldnít have been there, but alas he was.  We had good conversations while he was at CPH, I appreciate his intellect and faith.  He is now in the hands of the Savior he proclaimed throughout his life.

Eternal rest, grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Title: Re: Rev. Paul T. McCain, RIP
Post by: Matt Hummel on December 02, 2020, 05:48:48 PM
Having crossed paths with him on this site a few times, and having been on the opposite side of the argument a few times, I appreciated his faithfulness and zeal. So this afternoon , my Mass intention was for the repose of his soul, and he was named in the canon.